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Kim A. Pennington

  • Founding partner, 1982


Kim A. Pennington was a founding partner of Pennington, Cherne, Gaarder & Geiger Hagen, PLLC in 1982.

Kim was admitted to practice in both Minnesota and North Dakota in 1979. Since that time, Kim has continuously represented clients throughout Central Minnesota. Since 1994, Kim has been listed on the Minnesota Supreme Court list of "qualified neutrals," and is often selected to facilitate resolution of disputes without litigation (mediation) or to render a decision in a dispute as a "private judge" (arbitration).

Approximately 50% of Kim's current practice is devoted to alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and in the remainder of his time, Kim continues to practice in civil litigation, business and commercial law, personal injury law, family law, employment law, wrongful death claims, insurance claims, and probate related matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • Civil litigation
  • Business and commercial law
  • Personal injury law
  • Family law
  • Employment law
  • Wrongful death claims
  • Insurance claims
  • Probate

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1979
  • North Dakota, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1979


  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    • JD (With Distinction) - 1979
  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • General Mediation Training and General Arbitration Training - 1994
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Honors and Awards

  • Who’s Who in ADR
  • Super Lawyers, one of the top 21 attorney ADR practitioners in Minnesota, Minnesota Law and Politics
  • Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer in the state of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine's Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2016
  • Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Seventh Judicial District Bar Association, President, 2009 to Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Association for Justice (fka Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Stearns/Benton Bar Association, Past president
  • John E. Simonett American Inn of Court
  • Minnesota Supreme Court ADR Qualified Neutrals Roster, 1994


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