Kristi Paulson

Founding Partner

Kristi Paulson

the vision

from the beginning

Kristi J. Paulson is an experienced litigator and trial attorney.   In 1998, Kristi opened the doors of her own law firm, Kristi J. Paulson, Chartered. Her practice focused on personal injury cases, general civil litigation, employment law, and professional and medical malpractice, family law, business litigation, commercial law, and criminal law.   Prior to that time, Kristi worked for the downtown law firm of Hvass, Weisman & King, Chartered as a trial attorney focusing in those same areas.

law is not a fair game

Overview And Experience

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Kristi prides herself on not only her legal expertise, but her ability to draw on her life experiences and translate those to the situation at hand.  Kristi is creative and committed, always seeking out the best result possible.  She tries to never give less than 100% and has high expectations of herself and those around her.

failure is not an option

Kristi is well versed in a variety of online mediums and different software systems.  More importantly, she has had over a decade of experience using online forums, online systems and has been very successful in establishing and creating systems that remain in place today.   Her communication and interpersonal skills are well suited to the online environment, given her years of addressing the unique challenges the online medium presents.

Phone Number:

(612) 598-9432


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Practice Areas

Kristi Paulson focuses her practice on Dispute Resolution in both the civil and family areas.  She is a state appointed BMS Labor and Employment Law Arbitrator.  She is a trial attorney, well known for her advocacy in the courtroom.

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Professional Recognition and Honors

Kristi Paulson

Attorney and Mediator


1998 - present

Kristi J. Paulson, Chartered


Hvass, Weisman & King


Wm. D. Foster & Associates


Professor - Communications, Criminal Justice and Legal Processes

In 2009, Kristi was retained as a consultant and hired as a Professor to develop an online program in Speech Communication.  She developed and taught courses in Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Advanced Issues in Communication, Negotiation, and Strategic Communication.

Kristi was developed online programs and taught nationally in areas such as communications, business law, criminal justice and policing systems.  She was instrumental in developing the courses for and accrediting a paralegal degree program for a major national university.

About Me

I live in the Twin Cities area and with my husband and my wonderful son and daughter.  I have a legal assistant named, Dash, who is a mini Australian Shepherd.  I grew up in Moorhead Minnesota with a wonderful family – my parents, brother and sister.

I am an extremely creative person and love to try anything artistic – painting, writing, sewing, beading.   I am not known for my green thumb and gardening is not one of my hobbies.  I love spending time on the water, boating or just floating with a good book in hand.


  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1993)

  • North Dakota State University (M.A., 1990)

  • Moorhead State University, (B.A.,summa cum laude, 1998)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Claims

  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribal Court

  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Honors and Distinctions

  • America's Top Personal Injury Attorneys

  • Martindale-Hubbel - AV Rated

  • Lawyers of Distinction

  • America's Top High Stakes Litigators

  • Minnesota "Rising Star"

  • Minnesota "Super Lawyer"


Trial Attorney
Educator and Trainer
Legal Advice

My Philosophy

Everyone’s life has challenges.  That is what makes us human.  My goal is to learn from these challenges and move forward.  My talent and expertise is helping others do the same.

I love meeting new people.  I love working with people and helping them find creative solutions to problems, seek the justice they deserve, or find a way to bring closure and healing to one’s life.  Sometimes bad things happen to good people.  

Together, we can find a way to make the best of a situation.

MN Rule 114 Qualified Mediator and Neutral

Minnesota Rule 114
Civil Mediator

Minnesota Rule 114
Family Mediator

Minnesota Rule 114 Arbitrator

ND Rule 8.9 Qualified Mediator and Neutral

North Dakota Rule 8.9
Civil Mediator

North Dakota Rule 8.9 Family Mediator

North Dakota Rule 8.9

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

American Board of Trial Advocates
American Bar Association
Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court
American Board of Trial Advocates
Federal Bar Association
ABA Fellow - Life Member
Dakota County Bar Association
Minnesota Bar Association
Minnesota Association for Justice
Minnesota Consumer Alliance
ABA Dispute Resolution
MSBA Civil Litigation Section
MSBA ADR Section and Council Member


Professional Appointments

Lawyers Board of Professional Responsibility

Kristi maintains the highest degree of civility, ethics and professionalism in her practice and her mediations.  In 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court appointed Kristi J. Paulson to the Lawyer's Board of Professional Responsibility. The Lawyers Board consists of 23 members (14 lawyers and 9 non-lawyer members) appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Board is responsible for the oversight and administration of the Minnesota lawyer discipline system. Board members serve as "judges" and preside over proceedings concerning allegations of unprofessional conduct and also consider appeals of complaints.

ADR Ethics Board

In 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court appointed Kristi to serve on the ADR Ethic Board for the State of Minnesota. This Board is intended to promote ethics in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Process. It is made up of Judges, court administration staff, and ADR Professionals. The Board investigates complaints and makes recommendations to the Supreme Court if discipline is warranted.

Minnesota Bureau of Mediation - Arbitration Panel

Kristi Paulson

Kristi has a talent for organizing interesting and varied seminars.  She has a variety of interests and has a creative mind and talent for bringing together interesting speakers and interesting topics.  Kristi intends to work to promote more online seminars and approaches to law as the digital age of law becomes more the norm than the exception.

Kristi has taught courses for Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Association for Justice, Amdahl Inn of Court, The Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, the Maryland Bar Association, the Torts, Ethics and Trial Seminar, and the University of Minnesota in areas such as:

  • Depositions and Trial Tactics

  • Adverse Medical Examinations

  • Law Practice Management

  • Elimination of Bias

  • Online Mediation – Basic and Best Practices
  • Advanced ADR skills
  • Cross Examination

  • The Art of Storytelling

  • Public Speaking for Lawyers

  • Implicit Bias

  • Trying Jury Trials in the Covid-19 Courtroom
  • The Importance of Listening
  • Wrongful Death Cases

  • Starting a Law Practice

  • Ethics

  • The “Me Too” era

  • Trying a Virtual Civil Jury Trial
  • Dealing with Difficult People

Kristi was hired as a national consultant in 2009 by several colleges and universities as a consultant to develop online public speaking courses.    In 2020, with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kristi Paulson developed online certified skills training courses for Minnesota Rule 114 for professionals.  She is the Founder and President of PowerHouse Mediation Academy.

Certified ADR Skills Courses

Certified Civil Arbitration Skills Training
Certified Civil Mediation Skills Training
Certified Family Mediation Skills Training
Certified Family Arbitration Skills Training
Certified Domestic Abuse Skills Training

Professional Recognition and Honors

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