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Adrian Peterson: Intention and Negligence

Unfortunately, NFL players have been making more news for their actions off the field than on the field. Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson, has been in the spotlight after he was charged with reckless and negligent injury of a child. These charges come after his child sustained injuries after being disciplined.

According to USA Today Sports, Peterson believes he is innocent and is expected to enter a not guilty plea at his arraignment on October 8, in Texas. While Peterson has expressed his regret and that he did not intent to inflect injuries, the law does not consider intent when being charged with reckless and negligent injury to a child. Attorney Benjamin Van Severen, of Birdsall Law Offices, S.C., elaborates from a criminal defense perspective:

“The most concerning fact beyond the accusation itself is the fact that his attorney released a statement saying he didn’t “intend” to cause harm to the child. From looking at the charges, intent seems to be irrelevant in this case. Peterson was charged with “reckless or negligent” injury to a child. By definition, there can be no intent with reckless or negligent conduct.  Peterson has maintained that he feels bad for the unintentional harm he caused. What he is essentially doing is admitting that he caused the conduct through reckless or negligent behavior – that it was an accident. Unfortunately for his defense, accidents are often caused by reckless or negligent conduct.”


Wisconsin State Bar Elects Attorney John A. Birdsall to the Board of Governors


John A. Birdsall, president of Birdsall Law Offices, S.C., was elected to the Milwaukee district of the Wisconsin State Bar Board of Governors and will begin his service in July. The Board of Governors manages and directs the affairs and activities of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Birdsall will be one of the twelve governors part of the Milwaukee District. Birdsall is also the only attorney on the board to exclusively practice criminal defense law.

Birdsall brings a history of leadership along with this unique perspective as he is currently on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Criminal Law Section of the State bar of Wisconsin. Birdsall also serves on the board of directors at the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.

Early Success for Young Defense Attorneys



Attorneys Matthew Meyer and Ben Van Severen are seeing early success here at Birdsall Law Offices. Both attorneys focus their practice primarily on criminal defense, including OWI defense. Matthew Meyer was recently nominated to the National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100 Trail Attorneys in Wisconsin.


Defense Attorney Matthew Meyer

The National Trial Lawyers’ mission is to promote excellence in the legal profession through advocacy training, networking, and education of trial lawyers. Membership to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Attorneys is through invitation only and is offered to attorneys that have shown leadership, influence, and reputation as a trial lawyer.


Defense Attorney Ben Van Severen

Matthew is not the only one at Birdsall Law Offices experiencing success as Attorney Ben Van Severen had his first ever trial in February, which resulted in a victory. Birdsall Law Offices is proud of their successes and achievement so far in their careers.