You could call Linda Peterson selfless, forward-thinking, supportive, skilled, knowledgeable, straightforward, and a ray of sunshine. That’s what they call the 18-year legal assistant at Barnes & Thornburg, Minneapolis.
“She’s always selfless, and certainly she is always thinking about the client and the needs of the client first,” said Trisha Volpe, an associate at the firm. “Because she’s so experienced in litigation, when you’re trying to figure out which way to go, she can definitely look at all sides of it.”
Peterson is also a mentor to new attorneys and staff, demonstrating how to meet the firm’s standards and remain self-sufficient and humble.
When one of her attorneys recently needed hotel reservations in London for three client representatives and four lawyers, Peterson negotiated the hotel down from its three-night-minimum stay rule to a 24-hour checkout notice. The arbitration ended sooner than planned, and Peterson saved the client more than $10,000.
Peterson can also anticipate others’ needs and understands the dynamics and stress of practicing law, according to Volpe.
“She exudes a calming presence and gives a sense that everything is under control, even in the most stressful situations,” Volpe said. “She makes us all want to work harder to meet her high caliber.”