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Kathleen Flynn Peterson Named a Plaintiffs’ Trial Trailblazer by The National Law Journal

National trial firm Robins Kaplan LLP® announced today that Kathleen Flynn Peterson, a partner in the firm’s Minneapolis office, has been recognized as a 2018 Plaintiffs’ Trial Trailblazer by The National Law Journal.

This annual list recognizes innovative plaintiff attorneys who have moved the needle in terms of the practice, policy, and other advancements in their field. Flynn Peterson is one of only 26 lawyers named to this year’s list, and she is the second consecutive Robins Kaplan partner to be recognized.

For nearly 40 years, across two different professions, Flynn Peterson has been a constant champion for victims of injustice—often women and children—in the health care system. A registered nurse turned lawyer, she worked the night shift at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center while earning her J.D. Despite the institutional resistance of juries and policymakers to see fault in medical professionals, she has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, many of them record-setting, to secure justice for individuals and families who have experienced injury or death as a result of medical negligence.

Her leadership on policy matters is as impressive as her trial skills. Formerly president of the American Association for Justice (then the Association of Trial Lawyers for America), Flynn Peterson lobbied Congress extensively to resist caps on non-economic damages in medical negligence claims, which discriminated against women and children. She was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work. She has also been selected to head the Minnesota chapters of both the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American College of Trial Lawyers, for which she currently serves as a Regent. Flynn Peterson also previously served as president of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, which is dedicated to ensuring access to justice for ordinary citizens.

The 2018 Plaintiffs’ Trial Trailblazers list is available here. Roman Silberfeld, national trial chair of Robins Kaplan, was recognized on the inaugural list in 2017.