Patrick J. Persons

Paralegal/Investigator

As an Investigator, I see each case as a new opportunity to search for and bring to light truths which may have become hidden or clouded over by both surrounding facts and obscure data. Eventually, through research, active listening and communication, I am able to piece together for our trial team the facts we use to achieve our common goal of finding answers and presenting the narrative on behalf of our clients.

Experience

Patrick has an extensive history of investigating and preparing cases for trial.  He has investigated hundreds of cases involving medical negligence, auto collisions, and defective products.  His background includes some of the largest and high profile cases in recent Minnesota history, including the I-35W Bridge collapse, which killed 13 and injured 145 people, and the Minneapolis Hollidazzle parade accident in which a police van surged into the crowd at the parade, killing two persons and injuring others.  Patrick also assists trial teams in jury trials as a “hot seat” operator of trial presentation software and has assisted in numerous trials in both State and Federal Courts, including in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Texas, North Carolina, and Iowa.

Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University and his Paralegal Certificate from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Patrick is licensed as a Private Investigator in Minnesota.  He has been an active Paralegal member of Minnesota Association for Justice since 1997.  He has also assisted with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at their “Masters in Trial” annual mock trial presentation. He has been a frequent lecturer in the areas of Investigation and trial presentation.

Patrick believes in complementing his vocation with avocations which challenge and renew him, including family activities of travel and camping. He has a passion for Trout fishing in local rivers and enjoys creative arts of  fly-tying and spoon carving.

Community Service

  • YMCA Minneapolis, Yoga, Pilates and Spin Instructor (2008 – 2015)
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Minnesota Conservation Volunteer
  • American Swedish Institute Volunteer