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Breaking the Ice: Covering ground in the courtroom, outdoors

Kevin Curry

Kevin Curry

Name: Kevin Curry

Title: Attorney, Soule & Stull

Education: B.A., history; University of Colorado; J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Attorney Kevin Curry of Soule & Stull has tried cases from coast to coast in representing large corporations in product liability, commercial litigation, personal injury and other cases.

Curry also covers a lot of ground outside of his legal practice. He’s a two-time Ironman triathlon participant, marathoner, certified National Ski Patrol team leader and, most recently, yoga practitioner.

Gaining Ski Patrol training, which Curry completed three years ago, included three months of first-aid training.

“When I’m not practicing law I like being outside,” Curry said. “I grew up as a skier and there was an incident or two where I ended up being hauled off by the Ski Patrol. I admired and appreciated their work and suppose the time came to get involved myself.”

Curry joined George Soule and Melissa Stull at their newly opened firm opened in 2014. Soule and Stull previously were colleagues at Bowman and Brooke, where Curry had worked for 14 years.

With less travel now, “it’s nice getting to know lawyers locally,” Curry said.

Q. What’s the best way to start a conversation with you?

A. I’m happy to meet new people and talk about law or talk about skiing. If there is pizza or wine involved, so much the better.

Q. What prompted you to study law and pursue it professionally?

A. As college wrapped up it was 1992. Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr. and Ross Perot were a having unique and interesting election. That combined with my history major pointed me in the direction of taking the LSAT. When I saw there no math on the LSAT that was the final push I needed.

Q. What books are on your bedside table or e-reader?

A. “The Immortal Irishman,” by Tim Egan — that was a Christmas gift; I come from an Irish family so I certainly wanted to read that one — and “Watergate” by Fred Emery.

Q. What is a pet peeve of yours?

A. My biggest pet peeve right now is if I find myself procrastinating or running late when I shouldn’t be.

Q. What is your favorite aspect of being an attorney?

A. Particularly in the litigation realm, your clients come to you when they’re in a bit of a tight spot. When I can help them out and get them in a better situation that’s the best part by far.

Q. Least favorite?

A. If I can have the rest of my career not involve any discovery disputes that would be fine with me.

Q. What’s a favorite activity outside your job?

A. I love being on the ski patrol, that combination of being on the slopes and being able to help people out.

Q. If someone visited you in your hometown, what would you take them to see or do?

A. Particularly now that summer is coming, the Chain of Lakes, Harriet, Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun are what make Minneapolis special so I’d take them there and then to lunch or dinner at the outdoor patio at W.A. Frost in St. Paul.

Q. Is there an attorney or judge, past or present, whom you admire most?

A. [Former] Judge Gary Crippen at the Court of Appeals was certainly an early mentor. Dick Bowman and George Soule — Dick has passed away, but George I still work with — certainly had a great impact on how I practice law.

Q. What’s a misconception people have about working as an attorney or judge?

A. Legal cases are not wrapped up in one hour,  that things generally extend for months if not years. Courtroom work is really just the tip of the iceberg. It’s putting the story together, investigation, interviews, depositions, looking at the relevant documents and always writing. The courtroom is where you present the story but that’s the last step.

Q. What, if any, is your favorite depiction of the legal professional in popular culture?

A. The depictions that stick out in my mind are the ones that make me laugh, if you remember Lionel Hutz from “The Simpsons” or Judge Smails from “Caddyshack.” And of course “A Few Good Men,” that’s a great movie.

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