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Kathleen Flynn Peterson may have had an easier time than many top lawyers adjusting to the time, stress and dedication required to build a successful law practice. After all, she secured her law degree at the William Mitchell College of Law in 1981 while working full-time as a nurse. The combination of professional skills has paid off hugely for Peterson and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, where she chairs the personal injury and medical malpractice group.
The biggest beneficiaries are her clients – families coping with the loss or serious injury of a loved one as a result of medical mistakes. Last year, she won a $4.6M verdict against a Monticello hospital for the husband and son of a woman who died in childbirth. Peterson is herself married with two grown sons, which has not only made her something a trailblazer in the trial bar but also helped her better connect with jurors in courtrooms.