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|Thomas D. Jensen Becomes 94th President of the Hennepin County Bar Association|
News Release: June 20, 2012
Born and raised in the Minneapolis area, Jensen studied business at the University of Minnesota before pursuing law at William Mitchell College of Law. Following graduation, he joined the firm of Hanft, Fride, O’Brien & Harries in Duluth. After three years, Jensen returned to the Twin Cities where he worked for 10 years with Lommen, Nelson, Cole & Stageberg. In 1991, he became a founding partner in the law firm where he is today.
Jensen has been deeply immersed in the legal profession, including serving as the president of the Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court (2005-2006). He served as a leader in the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, serving as dean in 2011. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Defense Research Institute, where he served as chair of DRI’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. In 2009 Jensen and his wife, Chris, created the Professional Liability Defense Federation, an organization for professional liability insurance adjusters and malpractice defense lawyers.
Jensen notes that he came to active involvement in the HCBA later in his practice, and hopes that newer attorneys won’t miss out on the many benefits of membership during their early practice years. His own involvement with the bar association began with participation on the committee that oversees the member publication, The Hennepin Lawyer. This experience gave him a unique overview of the broad range of service and opportunities that the bar association provides. This led to much wider engagement as he pursued leadership opportunities.
Jensen plans to take a pragmatic approach while leading the bar association during his year as president. As attitudes of new professionals seem to be changing with regard to membership in their trade and professional associations, he wants to be sure that the HCBA clearly communicates the value it delivers. In addition, with an eye to fiscal responsibility, Jensen would like to see the association increase non-dues revenue to reduce pressure to increase membership dues. Jensen’s experience with and enthusiasm for the profession will guide him in leading the association and its 8,500 members.
Also serving on the 2012-2013 Executive Committee of the Hennepin County Bar Association are: President-elect: Eric Cooperstein, Law Office of Eric T. Cooperstein Treasurer: Tom Nelson, Leonard Street and Deinard Secretary: Kim Lowe, Fredrikson & Byron Past President: Jewelie Grape, Portico Benefit Services New Lawyers Section Chair: Claire Gagnon, Buffets, Inc. The Hennepin County Bar Association is a professional society representing 8,500 area attorneys with a wide variety of services for the community and the profession. The association strives to ensure the fairness and accessibility of the legal system by promoting public understanding and confidence in our system of justice and by working along with the courts to improve the administration of justice.