Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
When Lori Anfinsen was just a teenager, she responded to a newspaper ad for a legal secretary trainee, thinking that the legal field seemed interesting enough for a first venture into professional work. Thirty-three years later, she’s still at the firm.
“I believe my best quality is my loyalty,” she said. “As my time at the firm shows, I’m fierce in my loyalty to the attorneys, my coworkers, and our clients.”
She’s often called on to mentor, both formally and informally, new legal administrative assistants, and has served on the firm’s training committee. Over the years, she’s worked with many of the firm’s attorneys, always in the medical malpractice and personal injury department. She noted that the specialization area is both sad and rewarding, since clients arrive with a tragic injury or the wrongful death of a loved one.
“It’s not an easy task, but after many years in the field, you get better at coping with the sadness that comes with each of our cases,” she said. “Money cannot fix their injuries or bring back their loved ones, but hopefully it will help alleviate the financial burden that comes with these types of injury cases.”
In helping attorneys prepare these type of cases, Anfinsen often acts as the first point of contact for clients, and her ability to handle clients with grace and compassion make her stand out, said firm partner Terry Wade: “Grieving patients and family members are stressed to their limits and beyond. In the 15 years that I’ve worked with her, I’ve received only praise from clients and team members. In a career spanning nearly 40 years, I’ve never worked with a more accomplished professional.”