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Stephanie M. Balmer

Partner

Stephanie was born and raised in Duluth. She completed her undergraduate courses at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Stephanie happily returned to Duluth to join her father, Jim Balmer, and his partners in the representation of disadvantaged and injured people.

Stephanie and her family spend their time reading, enjoying local music, coaching and playing soccer, skiing, curling, and being with their high-energy dog, Florence.

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury
Workers’ Compensation
Short- and Long-Term Disability
Social Security Disability

Community Involvement

The Duluth Bethel Society, Inc. Board Member (2020 – present)
Generations Health Care Initiatives, Board Member (2014 – 2020)
League of Women Voters of Duluth, Member
Volunteer Attorney Program, Past Board Member
Head of the Lakes United Way, Past Board Member
Udac, Past Board Member
Destination Imagination, Past Team Manager
Arrowhead Youth Soccer Association, Coach
Homeless Connect, Past Legal Services Coordinator
Lawyers on the Line, Past Producer and Panelist
Minnesota State Bar Association Mock Trial Judge
Kids Voting Volunteer
City of Duluth Election Judge

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 2005
Wisconsin, 2007
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2006
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2017

Education

William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota (J.D. 2005)
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (B.A. 2001)

Professional Legal Organizations and Recognition           

Minnesota Law and Politics “Super Lawyer” (2021 – 2022) (honor given to only 5% of Minnesota attorneys)
Minnesota Law and Politics “Rising Star” (2008 – 2012; 2020) (honor given to 2.5 percent of Minnesota attorneys under 40 years old or in practice for 10 years or less)
Minnesota Association for Justice, Member (2005 – present), Executive Committee (2021 – present), Membership Committee (2019 – present), Board of Governors (2011 – 2021), Co-Chair of Workers’ Compensation Committee (2021 – present)
Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Governing Council (2017 – present)
Volunteer Attorney Program, volunteer attorney (2005-2020)
Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, volunteer attorney (2020 – present)
Qualified Neutral for Minnesota No-Fault Disputes, American Arbitration Association
Wisconsin Judicare, volunteer attorney
2020 Top 10 Judicare Attorney
Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society
Minnesota State Bar Association
Wisconsin State Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers
11th District Bar Association, Past Board Member, Member
11th District New Lawyers, Past President

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Minnesota Association for Justice, Women Trial Lawyers’ Conference (2021): “Trial Preparation.”
Torts, Litigation and Ethics XII (2021): “The Complicated Client.”
Minnesota CLE, Uninsured, Underinsured, No-Fault Insurance and Bodily Injury Update (2021): “2021 Review of the Top Minnesota Personal Injury Decisions.”
Minnesota State Bar Association, “Courtroom Technology During a Pandemic” (2020).
Minnesota CLE, Motor Vehicle Accident Cases in Minnesota (2020): “Litigating Motor Vehicle Accident Cases Involving TBIs – Plaintiff and Defendants.”
Torts, Litigation and Ethics XI (2020): “The Border War: Evaluating Cases: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin.”
Minnesota CLE, 2020 Workers’ Compensation Institute: “Medical and Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits 2020.”
Minnesota CLE, Uninsured, Underinsured, No-Fault Insurance and Bodily Injury Update (2020): “Case Law Update.”
American Academy of Trial Lawyers Minnesota, Heartaches and Heartburn Issues during a Trial (2019): “Wisconsin Law.”
Minnesota CLE, 2019 Motor Vehicle Accident Cases in Minnesota (2019): “Litigating Motor Vehicle Accident Cases Involving TBIs – Plaintiff and Defendants.”
Minnesota CLE, Uninsured, Underinsured, No-Fault Insurance and Bodily Injury Update (2019): “Case Law Update.”
Women Trial Lawyers Conference (2018): “Evidence from Start to Finish.”

Minnesota CLE, Uninsured, Underinsured, No-Fault Insurance and Bodily Injury Update (2018): “Case Law Update.”
Minnesota Association for Justice, Playing Well with Others: Coordinating, Protecting and Maximizing Your Client’s Benefits and Recoveries (2018): “SSI/SSDI.”
Minnesota State Bar Association, One Profession – One Day (2018): “Practical Considerations to Accessing the Treasure Trove of Social Media Evidence.”
Minnesota Association for Justice, Workers’ Compensation Seminar (2017): “Presentation at Hearing: Preparation and Performance.”
Minnesota Association for Justice, Workers’ Compensation Seminar (2017): “Case Law Update.”
Minnesota Association for Justice, Finding the Truth – Finding Justice (2015): “How the Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure Have Affected Your Practice.”
Minnesota Association for Justice, Trial Magazine (2015): “Social Security Disability Benefits: A Primer for Non-Representative Attorneys.”
Minnesota CLE, Workers’ Compensation Deskbook Seminar (2014): “Hidden Gems – Court Decisions that May Help You Win Your Next Case.”
Minnesota CLE, Uninsured, Underinsured, No-Fault Insurance and Bodily Injury Update (2014): “Effective Techniques for Arbitrating a No-Fault Claim.”
Minnesota CLE, Workers’ Compensation Institute (2013): “.239 Conference Deconstructed.”
Minnesota Association for Justice, Handling the Car Crash (2012): “Workers’ Compensation and Car Crash Cases.”