But for a career in law, the training turned out to be near perfect. “I think the law is a combination of the two, especially for litigators because we are constantly balancing the theoretical and practical,” he said.
Kroll, a business litigation associate at Winthrop & Weinstine P.A., has won several interesting cases in his first four years on the job. A significant win at the 8th Circuit allowed unwitting individual victims of Tom Petters’ Ponzi scheme to retain payments they received from the swindler.
He successfully fought off a lawsuit against Blue Plate Restaurant Co. involving an employee wellness surcharge that collected money for employee benefits. The ruling is one of the first of its kind. In another case of first impression involving Xcel Energy, Kroll defended electric vehicle pilot programs intended to assist electric vehicle charging and adoption. In fall 2020, he helped a woman entrepreneur obtain a preliminary injunction against trademark infringement.
“These cases are complex and often lend themselves to storytelling,” Kroll said. “I enjoy telling the client’s story and hopefully putting them in the best position to succeed.”
The attorney also stays busy with pro bono work. For example, when officials at the state detention facility ended access to the local library system, Kroll led a team of lawyers who worked to have their library borrowing rights restored. In another case, Kroll briefed and argued a pro bono disability discrimination appeal at the 8th Circuit.
Serving others drives Kroll’s passion for the law. “I greatly enjoy advocacy,” he said. In pro bono matters Kroll said he “is very motivated to help people who have been treated unfairly.”
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