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Kim A. Pennington

Senior Counsel

St. Cloud, MN


Kim A. Pennington was a founding partner of the firm that has become Pennington, Cherne, Gaarder and Geiger Hagen, PLLC.

After 42 continuous years of full-time private practice in central Minnesota representing individual clients, small businesses and nonprofits, and also providing mediation services (facilitation of settlement agreements in legal conflict) and arbitration services ('private judge' adjudication of legal conflict), effective 2022 Kim will continue his work part-time, providing legal services to clients, and shifting his focus to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Kim will continue providing ADR services in the areas of civil litigation, business and commercial law, personal injury law, family law, employment law, wrongful death claims, insurance claims and probate related matters. On occasion, Kim also is asked to mediate or arbitrate rare or unusual types of civil litigation in state or federal courts not identified herein, for which his extensive experience as an advocate and as a qualified ADR provider provide context and assistance to the litigants and their attorneys.


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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Rated By Super Lawyers Kim A. Pennington 15 years