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Anthony Simone
Anthony Simone

2020 Unsung Legal Heroes: Anthony Simone

Stinson paralegal Anthony Simone has always enjoyed debating and discussing “the big questions,” he said. “I want to be a part of the decision-making process.”

His job certainly lends itself to being in on some big decisions. He’s responsible for overseeing most of the labor and employment group’s electronic discovery efforts in Minneapolis — an area of legal work that’s exploding that more and more of our lives leave a digital footprint.

The Colorado native first came to the Twin Cities to study at Macalester College, where he graduated with a degree in political science and critical theory. Following college, he worked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and as a  Minnesota state Senate staffer before coming to the law firm.

What do you find the most rewarding or love best about working in the legal profession?

I like being asked to solve abstract problems. E-discovery is really abstract, but when it’s done right it makes the job easier for the case teams. It’s a huge opportunity in the field with real implications for cases as new data are constantly evolving

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

I think the theme of the best advice is that preparation turns talent into ability. Everybody has talents — hard work hones those into abilities.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I came to this late — I changed my strategy right before college. I was all about science and engineering; I wanted to be an aerospace engineer.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to cook, to try new recipes from anywhere. I love being outdoors, to camp, to ski, play golf, riding my bicycle, go hiking and backpacking.

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