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Fax: (218) 461-1309
Legal Assistant – Penny Hietapelto:


Stephanie was born and raised in Duluth, where she graduated from The Marshall School in 1998. She completed her undergraduate courses at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 2001 and received her Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 2005. Stephanie returned to Duluth immediately after law school to join her father, Jim Balmer, and his partners in the representation of disadvantaged and injured people.

Stephanie and her husband, Jesse, spend their time raising their two children, reading, enjoying local music, playing and coaching soccer, skiing and curling.

Stephanie serves on the board of governors for the Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) and is also a board member of Generations Health Care Initiatives, a local foundation whose focus is expanding health care access and improving health care for the underserved. She was a board member of the local United Way for several years, served as president of the 11th District New Lawyers section, and coordinated the legal services for the yearly Homeless Connect event in Duluth. Stephanie has presented at several state-wide seminars in automobile injuries and workers’ compensation.

Stephanie also was recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ each year from 2008 to 2012 by Minnesota Law & Politics, an honor given to 2.5 percent of Minnesota attorneys under 40 years old or in practice for 10 years or less.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Short and Long-Term Disability
  • Social Security Disability

Bar Admissions

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


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 2005
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    • B.A. – 2001

Published Works

  • Social Security Disability Benefits: A Primer for Non-representative Attorneys, Minnesota Trial, Summer, 2015


  • How the Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure Have Affected Your Practice, Minnesota Association for Justice, 05/14/2015
  • Hidden Gems: Court Decisions That May Help You Win Your Next Case, Minnesota CLE, 12/11/2014
  • .239 Conference Deconstructed, Minnesota CLE, 04/19/2013 to 04/20/2013
  • Effective Techniques for Arbitrating a No-Fault Claim, Minnesota CLE, 02/14/2014

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ), Board of Governors
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 11th District Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • 11th District New Lawyers section, President

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member, Generations Health Care Initiatives
  • Board Member, Local United Way
  • Homeless Connect Event in Duluth