The Minnesota Association for Justice has a new president.
Twin Cities attorney Michael Hall III was elected on Aug. 16 to a one-year term during the association’s annual convention in Brainerd. Hall replaces Richard Ruohonen, who was elected to a one-year term last August.
Hall, of Minneapolis, is senior trial attorney at Hall Law P.A., an Edina-based personal injury law firm. His father, Mike Hall, Sr., is the firm’s founder. His late grandfather, Lawrence M. Hall, was a Minnesota House Speaker, attorney, lobbyist and early Metropolitan Airports Commission member.
According to his firm’s website, the younger Hall’s $10.5 million jury verdict in 2011 was the largest in St. Cloud history. The verdict was against a man accused of sexually abusing his niece. It includes $7.5 million in punitive damages.
“At a time in our history when the individual rights of everyday citizens can sometimes be overlooked, I am proud to lead an organization that stands firmly on the side of the people of Minnesota,” Hall said at the time of his election.
According to a press release, Hall plans to spend his presidency helping eliminate court-system barriers to injured Minnesotans. He also plans to enhance association members’ professional development through diverse, cutting-edge legal education programs.
He also will work to ensure the association of plaintiffs’ attorneys, which has been together for more than 60 years, is sustainable, the release says.