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When high-profile clients speak, Minnesota Super Lawyer Lee Hutton listens


He also defends corporations and individuals in high-stakes real estate, entertainment law and fraud litigation matters. Hutton’s clients range from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. Since 2014, Hutton has been recognized on the Minnesota Super ...


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Lee Hutton (Photo provided by Barnes & Thornburg LLP) As a seasoned trial attorney, Lee Hutton represents clients in a variety of complex matters involving construction, commercial and employment litigationHe also defends corporations and individuals in high-stakes real estate, entertainment law and fraud litigation mattersHutton’s clients range from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. Since 2014, Hutton has been recognized on the Minnesota Super Lawyers list and he was named on the Rising Stars list in the 2008-2013 editionsIn 2010, he was selected as an Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for his successful trial advocacy in a complex real estate matter. Hutton’s experience includes sports concussion cases, rights of publicity cases, and an in depth understanding of sports bylaws and policies in professional and college sportsHe is also known for his representation of individual sports figures such as Kris Humphries in his high-profile divorce case from reality television star Kim Kardashian. Notably, Hutton is an experienced litigator who focuses on high-stakes litigation and further advises clients on various aspects of brand protection and extortion concernsIn addition, he provides counsel on complex litigation matters related to defense of corporations and individuals. In the area of sports and entertainment law, Hutton represents celebrities, athletes and coaches in endorsement negotiations, player performance contracts and business transactions and advises on brand protection and extortion threatsHis client list contains professional, amateur, Paralympic and Olympic athletes, entertainers, musicians and celebritiesHutton offers a holistic approach to representation in order to maximize consistency, reliability and efficiency for clients who often call on him to serve as general counsel. Hutton is a frequent guest lecturer and regularly called on to provide media analysis on entertainment, sports and litigation topics. Active in the community, Hutton regularly assists non-profit organizations in pro bono matters and is a board member for The Griffin Gives FoundationHe also coaches youth football through the Lake Minnetonka Athletic AssociationHutton is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association and Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. In 2002, Hutton earned his J.Dfrom the William Mitchell College of LawIn 1999, he earned his B.Afrom the University of Minnesota. Hutton is admitted to practice in the states of Minnesota and New York and before the U.SDistrict Court for the District of Minnesota. Read his interview below. Tell me a bit about yourselfWhat attracted you to the legal profession? I was born in San Antonio, TexasMy father and mother were married young, but married for 46 years until my father passed away this yearMy father became a urologist and my mother a registered nurseThey were both the first in their family to attend college. I came to Minnesota in 1994 to attend the University of Minnesota on a football scholarshipAfter putting NFL dreams aside, I enrolled in William Mitchell College of Law, a private law school in StPaul. Initially, I wanted to become a doctorHowever, my parents discouraged those aspirations because “the practice of medicine and giving quality care has been compromised.” I became interested in the law due to living through historical events such as the Rodney King verdict, OJ Simpson trial, Oliver North hearings, and other landmark casesI was quick to notice that the courtroom was “absent of color.” I committed myself to change the landscapeThus, I entered law school. I became a partner in 2006 after six years of practiceNow, I am a partner in the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLPI am also litigation chair for the Minneapolis office. I am a member of the Litigation Department and the Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice GroupHutton concentrates his practice on complex commercial trial litigation, products liability, construction, employment and entertainment law. When did you first develop an interest in law and justice? I truly believe an advocate lives within us allI developed an interest in the law after advocating for student-athletes at the University of Minnesota when I was a football player on campusIn the capacity as student-athlete president, I initiated and developed policy initiatives that protected the right of student-athletes. How well did your college/university prepare you for the legal profession? Life prepared me for the legal professionTo become a good trial lawyer, you must also become a cultural anthropologist. Describe your legal experiencesWhat have been some of your most significant moments being a lawyer?Kardashian vHumphries; Puff Daddy Superbowl Concert – working with legends; Nomadic Entertainment lawsuit and BarMaid Lawsuit. Define a legal mind. A legal mind is one that would rather be opened by wonder than one closed by belief. Describe your thoughts on legal accountability and justice. The lack of diversity in the legal profession is troublingEssentially, diversity is important to the legitimacy of the legal professionUnfortunately, there is more work neededWithout diverse individuals or ideas, legal accountability and justice have suffered. What is your philosophy on the legal justice system? My father always said that “caring is preparing.” The legal profession allows the attorney to shape the destiny of an individual, community, and the worldIt’s a responsibility that I take seriously. What advice would you offer a law student just beginning his/her career? Each individual is faced with a unique set of circumstances that will eventually establish your final status in lifeAs an attorney, you will be that circumstance for someoneTo care is to prepare. How do you incorporate technology into your law practice?  I use technology to assist in storytelling for the juryToday, we absorb lots of information in 15-second sound bitesIn essence, I have learned to present my case in 140 characters. How has technology affected your delivery of services? Technology has adapted our way of listening and communicatingAs such, I constantly adapt to present evidence to the jury. Describe your favorite role model experience. I was told by an attorney when I was a law student that as a first year attorney you must act like a third year and as a third year you must act like a fifth year and as a fifth year act like a partnerThis advice has always stayed with me. Tell me who you’d like to emulateWho are your role models? I would like to emulate my father’s ability to overcome life’s obstacles with grace. I would like to emulate my mother’s heart to unselfishly give your all unconditionally to those you love. I would like to emulate my wife’s ability to adapt. I would like to emulate my children’s innocence to find the good in everyone and to forgive and love. My family without question has been my heroes in life.     Share this:TweetMorePrint More on rollingout.com No Related Posts Yet! Yvette Caslin I’m a writer, image architect & significance marketerLove photojournalism, creative expression & originality. 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