Associate attorney, Bassford Remele
Kerri Nelson had a leg up on most new attorneys when she graduated from law school, having spent 13 years as a legal secretary. After assuming increasing responsibility over the years, including legal research, writing and client service, Nelson walked into her first job more than ready to tackle the legal world.
Practicing since 2006, Nelson is an associate at Bassford Remele in Minneapolis, where she primarily works in employment law, human resources, housing, business litigation and insurance defense. She guides clients through crises while also helping them take the long view about these areas of their business.
“We try to keep people out of court first, and then if you need to go to court, we’re ready, willing and able,” says Nelson.
A litigator who enjoys fighting for her clients before judge and jury, Nelson has experience in the first chair at trials and hungers to take on more courtroom work. She also strives to develop a partnership approach with business clients, where she can use her trouble-shooting skills and serve as a resource to help them solve complex issues.
Though it wasn’t easy to go back to school as an adult — and with a young son and a small-business-owner husband to boot — Nelson said she is pleased with her decision and fulfilled by her work.
“I like being able to think for a living. I really like getting to know the clients and getting a taste of all their different businesses,” she says. “By the time I’m working with someone, they have a fairly urgent issue like a lawsuit or an employment issue. I try to handle the issue to resolution and then think long-term about what needs to be done to avoid problems in the future.”
Nelson applies her strategic thinking and leadership skills to the benefit of the Hennepin County Bar Association, where she has served on the Finance & Planning Committee, the Civil Litigation section and the board of directors. She also volunteers for the Association of Women Contractors, an organization for women business owners, where she helps plan education events about law and business.