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Patricia St. Peter

Patricia St. PeterPhone: (612) 336-9112
Email: pstpeter@zelle.com

Pat concentrates her practice in the area of complex business disputes including insurance coverage, reinsurance and bad faith litigation. Pat has served as lead counsel in the prosecution and defense of matters brought in state and federal courts in over 30 jurisdictions. Pat has handled matters involving the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita, environmental and long-term exposure to harmful substances, asbestos, product recalls, construction defects, intellectual property, technology, and cyber risks.

Pat is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.

Pat also has extensive experience in all phases of the appellate process - strategy whether to bring an appeal, brief writing, and oral argument.

Pat has spoken at seminars on numerous topics including effective trial presentation, claims litigation strategy, management of outside counsel, risk management, advertising injury, successor liability, and bad faith. Pat also conducts in-house training seminars for the firm's clients.

Pat served for five years as the President of U.S. Figure Skating (2009-2014), the national governing body of the sport of figure skating as recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Pat is also a National Singles and Pairs Judge and National Referee in U.S. Figure Skating, and previously served as Midwestern Vice President, Administrative/Legal Group Coordinator, and Chair of the Ethics Committee of U.S. Figure Skating.

In June 2004, the International Skating Union elected Pat as a member of a five-person international Disciplinary Commission which hears all charges of disciplinary, doping, and ethical offenses brought against skaters, judging officials, office holders, or member federations of the International Skating Union. The International Skating Union is the international governing body recognized by the International Olympic Committee for the sports of figure skating and speed skating. The International Skating Union established the Disciplinary Commission in response to the judging scandal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Pat was recognized by William Mitchell College of Law in "Women in Law - 100 Years of Challenge and Change."


Pat is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She was named a Minnesota "Super Lawyer" for 2010-2017.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, JD, cum laude, 1983
  • Hamline University, BA, cum laude, 1973; French Major; Spanish Minor
  • Professional Affiliations:

  • ARIAS U.S.
  • American Bar Association; Tort & Insurance Practice Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers