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David Cades, Exponent

David is a ’92 grad of the University of Minnesota law school and for the last 21 years, he has represented injured workers. David is also an avid volunteer at the University of St. Thomas Law School with their mentor program. David is the author of “That’s Why They Call It Practicing Law,” a book focused on improving the attorney-client relationship through elevated customer service that also emphasizes a highly effective and ethical practice.

Steven Clune, DigiStream Investigations

Steven Clune is the National Account Manager at DigiStream. He has been in the role since 2015, prior to which he served as an Investigative Consultant in the Mid-Atlantic region. He specializes in leveraging social media and online content in insurance, legal, and due diligence investigations. Steven spent the first two years of his career with DigiStream performing manned surveillance. Prior to entering the investigative field, he studied Music Performance at the University of the Arts and Audio Engineering at Nashville School of Audio Engineering.

Judge Michael Cuzzo

Cuzzo is a judge on the Sixth District Court in Minnesota. He is chambered in Lake County, but also serves Cook County. He was elected to the bench in 2010 for a term beginning January 19, 2011. He ran unopposed for re-election in 2016. Before Cuzzo became a district judge in 2011, he practiced with a few different firms. He was partner for Cuzzo & Envall, P.A. (formerly Cuzzo, Bradt & Envall) and Petersen, Sage & Cuzzo (formerly Gruesen, Petersen & Sage). He also worked as an attorney with Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum, McCoy & Carey, Ltd.

Jeremy Estenson, Leonard Stinson

Jeremy Estenson is a member of Stinson Leonard Street’s Government Solutions team. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for the Republican Party in the Minnesota House of Representatives, including serving as committee administrator for the Transportation Finance Committee.
Jeremy previously worked for the Minnesota Trucking Association and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He’s been heavily involved in issues related to transportation, workforce and labor, economic development, and small business throughout his career.

Judge Jim Florey

Jim Florey is a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He was appointed to this court by Governor Mark Dayton in April 2017. Florey's current term expires in January 2019. Florey was formerly the chief judge of the Minnesota Sixth Judicial District and served in St. Louis County, Minnesota. Governor Arne Carlson appointed him to the seat in 1999 and he was elected to a full term in 2000. He was re-elected in 2006 and again in 2012.

Judge John H. Guthmann

Guthmann began his legal career in 1979 as a law clerk for Hennepin County District Court Judge Harold Kalina. The following year, he clerked for Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Sheran. He joined the firm of Hansen, Dordell, Bradt, Odlaug & Bradt, P.L.L.P. in 1981, became a partner of this firm in 1990, and a managing partner in 1998. He worked in this capacity until he joined the district court in 2000.

Judge Eric Hylden

Hylden is a Sixth Judicial District judge for St. Louis County, Minnesota. He was appointed to this position on February 7, 2007, and was elected to a full term in 2008. He was re-elected in 2014 for a term that expires in 2020. During nearly twenty years of private practice, Judge Hylden represented clients in nearly all aspects of civil litigation. A significant percentage of his work was in complex litigation, such as professional malpractice, construction cases and product liability. Judge Hylden tried approximately 30 cases to a verdict. He was recognized as a ‘Super Lawyer’ by the magazine Minnesota Law and Politics from 2000-2006.

Spiwe Jefferson, Blackwell Burke

Spiwe L. Jefferson serves as trial counsel in cases nationwide, defending major corporations in food safety, toxic tort, products liability litigation, commercial disputes. Her general products experience includes managing product recall portfolios to mitigate risk. Her litigation experience includes serving as first and second-chair trial counsel, and managing litigation across the United States and abroad. She previously served as Associate General Counsel – Litigation for a medical device company in St. Paul, and Deputy General Counsel for an oil and gas product manufacturer in Chicago.
Ms. Jefferson is outside general counsel of ChristLight Productions and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She serves on the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, and was formerly an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law. She is a former ethics investigator for the Hennepin County Bar Association.
Ms. Jefferson is admitted to practice in the State and Federal District Courts in Minnesota.

David Kempston

David is an ’03 Tufts grad and an ’11 George Mason grad where he received his Ph.D. in Human Factors and Applied Cognition. David has been with Exponent in the Chicago area since 2011 and is currently a Managing Scientist who applies “human factors” principles to the evaluation, design, and critique of systems, products, and processing.

Judge Mary Mahler

Mahler is a Seventh Judicial District judge for Stearns County, Minnesota. She was appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on in 2010, She ran for election in 2012 to keep her seat and won. Her current term expires in January of 2019. Mahler began her career in 1995 as the owner of the Law Office of Mary B. Mahler in Las Vegas, Minn. In 1998, she joined Quinlivan & Hughes, PA, where she was a shareholder until her judicial appointment in 2010.

Justice Anne McKeig

Anne McKeig began her legal career in 1992 as an assistant Hennepin County attorney. In 2007, she worked as a staff attorney for the American Prosecutors Research Institute. McKeig also teaches as an adjunct professor at the Hamline University School of Law, is a trainer for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and is a specialist on the Indian Child Welfare Act. McKeig is an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. McKeig is descended from the White Earth Nations, and she is the first American Indian justice on the court.

Scott Schultz, DigiStream Investigations

Graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and International Studies. Scott began his career at DigiStream Investigations as private investigator and worked cases across the country. Scott now serves as the Midwest Regional Investigative Advisor and gives presentations regarding the dynamic between social media and geosocial data when it comes to investigations. He frequently presents to BAR associations, law firms, and conferences. 

Judge Christina Stevens

Stevens is a judge on the Third Judicial District in Minnesota. She was appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty in October 2010. She won re-election in 2012. Her term expires in January 2019. Stevens has primarily spent her legal career in private practice. She also served as a Conciliation Court Referee in Olmstead County.

Judge John Tunheim

John Tunheim is an Article III Federal Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. He joined the Court in 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to his appointment as a federal judge, Tunheim served for nine years as chief deputy attorney general in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. Tunheim served as chairman of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board, an independent federal agency responsible for reviewing and facilitating public disclosure of previously classified government records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The review board completed its very successful work in 1998, presenting its Final Report to President Clinton and establishing a legacy of more than four million pages of materials concerning the assassination now available to the public at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

Judge Edward Wahl

Edward Wahl is a judge on the Fourth Judicial District of Minnesota serving Hennepin County. He was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in 2012. He was re-elected in 2014 for a term that expires in 2020. Before Wahl became a district judge, he spent time as a partner in both Faegre Baker Daniels and Oppenheier Wolff & Donnelly LLP.

Judge Kory Wahwassuck

Appointed June 28, 2013, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2014.
Education: J.D., University of Missouri School of Law; Bachelors of Journalism, University of Missouri



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