MSBA President Pursues Welfare and Fairness Issues – Minnesota Lawyer



Name: Jennifer thompson

Title: Partner, TTLO Law

Education: BA, History and Political Science, University of Minnesota; JD, Hamline University Law School

When a Nerf gun and pillow fight between Jennifer Thompson’s sons spilled over into the background of her video feed during an online conference, she took comfort in the supporting comments that she received.

The episode, like countless others that parents endured during the pandemic lockdown, thwarted the efforts of Thompson, a founding partner of TTLO Law, an Edina firm specializing in construction and construction law. real estate, to keep his personal life out of sight.

But it bolstered her resolve to keep the welfare and fairness of lawyers at the top of her agenda as the 2021-2022 president of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA).

To that end, Thompson said, the MSBA will apply to the Minnesota Supreme Court for changes to the Rules of General Practice, the Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Rules of Civil Appeal Procedure to facilitate attorneys’ personal leave requests for certain health problems, the birth or adoption of a child or the serious illness or death of a family or household member.

As a female lawyer and particularly in male-dominated construction law, Thompson “always felt a kind of pressure to keep my whole personal life personal for the sake of my professional life.”

But the pandemic has made that impossible. “We saw ourselves as human beings who have messy, complicated and difficult lives outside of our professional life,” said Thompson.

MSBA’s 13,000 members represent about half of the state’s licensed lawyers, according to the organization.

Question: The best way to start a conversation with yourself?

A: I love to cook and try new restaurants. If you’ve tried something new or love to cook, I’m talking about it everywhere. Otherwise, two of my favorite things are sports and “The Sopranos”.

Question: Why did you go to law school?

A: The first time I got interested in law school, it was really because I watched Corbin Bernsen play lawyer Arnie Becker in “LA Law”. I saw that, I was young and I thought, “I want to do this.” I would like to have a selfless or deeply touching story about this.

Question: What books are you reading?

A: I admit it to other lawyers and they can’t understand it, but I really don’t like reading too much. I love to read new recipes and think of new ingredients.

Question: Who is your pet peeve?

A: When people really aren’t listening. You have to take your time and really listen and try to hear the other person.

Question: The best part of your job?

A: Collaboration and problem solving. Work with my partners or other people in my business to solve problems and really think about things. Strategy development. Here is the problem, what are the different ways we could deal with it? What’s the best way to deal with it? And argue in court. I love to argue in court.

Question: Less favorite?

A: Follow-up time. In front of the timekeeper.

Question: Favorite activity outside of work?

A: Anything sporty or athletic. I like to play sports or watch them. I love spending time with my kids and extended family. I have three sisters, a father with whom we spend a lot of time, then also my in-laws and my sisters-in-law. And cook.

Question: Where would you take someone to visit your hometown?

A: One of my absolute favorite things is being on the bridge that separates the lake from the lagoon from Lake Nokomis at sunset and looking west and watching the planes land at MSP airport with a really nice pink sky at sunset.

Question: The misconception others have about your work as a lawyer?

A: Whether because you are a lawyer, you need to know everything about the law or that there is an easy way to find the answer to every legal question. As there is a special Google for Lawyers where you can just ask your question and get your answer easily.

Question: Favorite book, movie or TV show about lawyers?

A: “Better to call Saul”, “Damage” and “The good wife”.

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