A Day in the Life of A Civil Litigator

A Business Law Society Leadership & Development Event.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
12:30 PM - 1:25 PM


MSL 321

Ever wondered what it’s like to work at a law firm or in civil litigation? Curious how your Torts or Civil Procedure classes play out in the real world? Join the Business Law Society (BLS) on Tuesday, September 13 from 12:30-1:25 p.m. for our first event of the year: A Day in the Life of a Civil Litigator. Hear from Nilan Johnson Lewis Shareholder, Tracy Van Steenburgh, and Associate, Kirsten Pagel, on their take about practicing law. Lunch will be provided.

About Nilan Johnson Lewis
“Nilan Johnson Lewis (NJL) is an innovative, independent, women-owned law firm that is a first choice for organizations across the country seeking deep expertise to solve their complex business challenges and disputes. Diversity is a core founding value of NJL. In 2022, the firm became certified as a women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a significant milestone in NJL’s ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace and being a law firm that delivers exceptional results because they celebrate and advance the diversity of our members and clients. The firm has deep expertise in five areas of law: business litigation, corporate and transactional services, health care, labor and employment, and product liability/complex tort litigation.”

About Tracy Van Steenburgh
“Tracy partners with national clients in a variety of venues and enjoys a reputation of being a “go to” person for handling large scale complex litigation, bringing organization to chaos and generating creative solutions for marshalling facts for trial or developing legal strategy. She is viewed as an extension of her clients both inside and outside the courtroom, displaying integrity and professionalism while also exhibiting true passion. Tracy’s skills have earned her her clients’ trust; she provides sound legal advice and is a strong and solid advocate in the courtroom. When not representing clients, you can find Tracy outdoors in Minnesota and elsewhere, biking, hiking, and enjoying new travel adventures, and of course rooting for the Twins.”

About Kirsten Pagel
“Kirsten focuses her practice on advising and defending clients in complex litigation in a variety of industries, including the agricultural, transportation, and utility industries. Her background in agricultural business, as well as her previous employment with the Minnesota Court of Appeals and a Fortune 500 company, gives her a unique perspective on what is important to our clients. Kirsten also has experience defending product liability and personal injury cases and has represented clients in a variety of appellate proceedings.”

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