Name: Kay Nord Hunt
Title: Shareholder, Lommen Abdo
Education: B.A, political science and history, Gustavus Adolphus College; J.D., Marquette University

Kay Nord Hunt began working as an appellate advocate for Lommen Abdo before there was a Minnesota Court of Appeals.  Hunt clerked at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals for a year before joining the firm. Minnesota’s appellate court got its start the following year, in 1983.

“I started arguing cases right when the [Minnesota] Court of Appeals came into existence,” Hunt said. “Nothing could be more valuable than that.” Hunt since has handled more than 600 appeals in Minnesota and Wisconsin appellate courts and the 7th and 8th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. Hunt handles the appellate briefing and argument and advises trial attorneys on preserving the record for appeal, often on cases from outside the firm. Subjects include family law, commercial litigation and legal and medical malpractice.

Analyzing cases with a “new set of eyes” is important. “I’m reading the record as the appellate would read it,” Hunt said. “The appellate court is a generalist and so am I. What I have found in some circumstances is when it’s an area of law I’ve never touched I think I do a better job of explaining it.”

Read the May 29, 2019 Minnesota Lawyer article.  Kay answers the following questions in this Q&A:

  • What’s the best way to start a conversation with you?
  • What prompted you to study law and pursue it professionally?
  • What books are on your bedside table or e-reader?
  • What is a pet peeve of yours?
  • What are your favorite aspects of being an attorney?  What is your least favorite?
  • What’s a favorite activity outside of your job?
  • If someone visits you in your hometown, what would you take them to see or do?
  • Is there an attorney or judge, past or present, whom you admire most?
  • What’s a misconception people have about working as an attorney?
  • What is your favorite depiction of the legal professional in popular culture?

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