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News Release: May 17, 2016 


MINNEAPOLISThe Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) recognizes two for their commitment to the highest professional standards in the legal community with the Professionalism Award. This year’s awardees are two prominent members of the Minnesota legal community, Chief Judge Peter Cahill (Fourth Judicial District) and Susan Holden (SiebenCarey). They will be recognized by the HCBA at its annual meeting on June 1.  The award is given to lawyers who best exemplify the practice of law as a profession, which includes a spirit of public service and promotion of the highest possible level of competence, integrity, and ethical conduct. 

Chief Judge Peter Cahill has served the legal community throughout his career. In his nominating form, Cahill was described as someone who has “led by example with respect to what professionalism means inside and outside of the courtroom.” 

Cahill was appointed to the bench in 2007 and was named Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial District in 2012. Prior to being named to the bench, he worked for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, becoming the Chief Deputy Hennepin County attorney in 2000. Judge Cahill has also taught at three of the state’s law schools.

A proponent in helping attorneys get familiarized with the 4th Judicial District, Cahill has set up tours of the courthouse for different HCBA sections. He also makes himself available for informal discussion sessions with new members of the bar. He has encouraged newer attorneys to become active in the HCBA. Cahill has also been an active representative for the bench. He has spoken at numerous Continuing Legal Education Seminars and provided updates on the court for the HCBA member magazine, The Hennepin Lawyer, as well as the HCBA board of Directors.

Susan Holden is a partner and shareholder at SiebenCarey. Holden is an experienced and dedicated trial lawyer who has served the legal and local community with distinction, including serving as president of both the HCBA and the MSBA. She has also represented Minnesota in the ABA House of Delegates since 2007.

Holden is consistently recognized as one of the top lawyers in the state of Minnesota and in the nation. She was recently named in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.  She is also certified as a Civil Trial Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), a feat achieved by less than one percent of female lawyers.

After the I-35W bridge collapse, Holden was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve as Special Master to handle all of the claims by the victims of the accident. She oversaw the distribution of $36.64 million dollars in the fund set up by the Minnesota Legislature.

Among many professional awards, Holden received the President’s Award, highest award given out by the MSBA in 2008. Holden is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite organization of accomplished trial attorneys whose qualifications require demonstrated significant courtroom skill and experience, high personal character, and an honorable ethical reputation.


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