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Robins Kaplan Partner Kathleen Flynn Peterson Receives Minnesota Women Lawyers Myra Bradwell Award

Kathleen Flynn Peterson

Minneapolis, MN—April 10, 2017—Robins Kaplan LLP® partner Kathleen Flynn Peterson has won the 2017 Myra Bradwell Award, presented to a Minnesota Women Lawyers member who reflects the highest ideals of the legal profession.

Flynn Peterson will receive the award on April 21 at MWL’s 45th annual meeting. The award recognizes lawyers who possess qualities exemplified by political activist and legal publisher Myra Bradwell, including courage, perseverance, and leadership on issues of concern to women.

Flynn Peterson has devoted her life to advocating for those who have been harmed as a result of medical negligence. She became a lawyer after working as a registered nurse, speaking for her patients’ needs and speaking up against institutional problems in the medical system in order to provide the best possible care. 

Over a 30-year legal career, 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.

“Kathleen’s work and success is intrinsically intertwined with her commitment to advocating for victims of injustice—often women and children—in the health care system, and she has made a significant impact on countless lives both within and outside of Robins Kaplan,” said Martin Lueck, partner and chair of Robins Kaplan’s Executive Board.

Flynn Peterson has a long record of supporting women in their careers, and she has been particularly effective as a mentor to colleagues at Robins Kaplan and numerous students at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, her alma mater. She also established the Kathleen Flynn Peterson scholarship for aspiring female trial lawyers.

She also has served on the board of the Great Plains Organization for Perinatal Health Care, which provides education and access to care for mothers and their babies. Additionally, as president of the American Association for Justice (then the Association of Trial Lawyers for America), she performed extensive lobbying and provided testimony to Congress on access to quality health care.

Flynn Peterson has served as head of the Minnesota chapters of both the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American College of Trial Lawyers. She also has been appointed to two international organizations: the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. In addition, she previously served as president of the American Association for Justice, the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ attorneys organization, which has honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.