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Amy M. Krupinski

2020 Up & Coming Attorneys: Amy Krupinski

Amy Krupinski’s client was “over the moon” when a jury ruled in his favor as biological father in a paternity case against the husband of the child’s mother.

The February verdict, after two years of work, also meant a lot to Krupinski and co-counsel Victoria Elsmore, attorneys at Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh.

“That was a very proud moment and a very special moment and I’m not sure that will ever be recreated in my career,” Krupinski said.

Paternity is the only issue in family law where jury trials are an option, and county attorneys, rather than private ones, usually handle them, Krupinski said.

Krupinski, co-chair of the Education and Professional Development Committee for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ Minnesota Chapter, appreciates the blend of law and psychology in her family law practice.

How and when did you know you wanted to study law and pursue it as a career?

I grew up in small towns in Wisconsin. My uncle was a Chicago lawyer who always had good stories. …  I’d visit for a week in the summer and he’d usually say, you want to see what happened to this poor guy? He practiced plaintiff-side railroad litigation, so he always had gruesome photos and — to me —fascinating stories about people’s lives.

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

Read everything before you sign it, read everything before you let your client sign it, and don’t feel shy about asking questions.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

What I have liked about recently working from home is the ability to walk right outside to tend to my garden between calls. I have a little vegetable garden and love planting tomatoes every year. Lately, I love being able to be home to notice the small changes in my garden.

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