Attorney Kate Flom

Kate Flom - AttorneyAttorney Katherine Flom is a trial lawyer who has practiced personal injury law for over 25 years. In the past, Kate’s practice focused primarily on product liability, medical malpractice, sexual abuse, and auto crashes. Kate recently joined Pritzker Hageman ending a three year hiatus from active law practice during which she cared for a loved one.

Kate is one of the attorneys leading the trial team prosecuting cases against Foster Poultry Farms of California.  The 2013-2014 outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Foster Farms chicken, was one of the largest outbreaks on record.

Prior to working with Pritzker Hageman, Kate was a shareholder at Meshbesher & Spence, LLC, where she practiced personal injury litigation for over twenty years, serving on the Board of Directors from 2005-2010. She litigated cases from the trial court level to the Minnesota Supreme Court and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Her work resulted in significant jury awards and settlements for her clients.

Throughout her career Kate has successfully represented individuals against the Goliaths of the world: institutions, governments and major corporations. Motivated by the belief that all people are entitled to justice, Kate is tireless in her pursuit of wrongdoers to shed light on their wrongful acts and hold them accountable.

Kate graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Early in her career, Kate worked for the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office trying felonies and misdemeanors.

Kate has obtained millions in compensation for her clients, including a multi-million dollar settlement for a young man injured by a drunk driver, a seven figure settlement for the death of child caused by medical malpractice,  millions for clients injured by a “natural” sleep aide, and many substantial six and seven figure settlements and verdicts for clients injured in a variety of ways, including: sexual abuse in a foster care setting; sexual abuse by clergy and other professionals; injury to a worker’s arm from a machine; Legionnaire’s disease; drunk driving; construction accidents; auto crashes; and dog bites.

Education

  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D.
  • Bates College, B.A.

Bar Memberships and Certifications

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • S. District Court – Minnesota
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (2006) and the Minnesota State Bar Association (1999)

Professional Affiliations

  • Exoneration Remedies Panel (Minn. Stat. § 611.363) (2015)
  • Civil Justice Reform Task Force (2011)
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure, 2007-2012
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (currently Minnesota Association for Justice)-president 2004-2005
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Women’s Lawyers, Advisory Board 2008-2011
  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court
  • American Board of Trial Advocates-Minnesota Chapter

Representative cases

Motorcyclist Injured When Auto Cut Across His Lane

A 40 year old man riding his motorcycle was cruising in the right lane when an out of state auto driver crossed two lanes of the highway to catch an exit ramp to another road. Although there was no contact, the motorcyclist was forced onto the shoulder of the highway, and had to ‘lay down’ his bike to avoid crashing into a guard rail. The motorcyclist sustained severe injuries to his knee, ankle, arm and torso. Kate was able to obtain a partial settlement of the underlying policy, while preserving the excess claim, so her client would have some money to live on while he was disabled and undergoing several surgeries and rehabilitation.

Settlement: 1.5 million.

Metal Fabrication Worker Injured by Faulty Machine

A man working at a local metal fabricating plant suffered a de-gloving injury in which he lost two fingers and much of the skin of his forearm and hand when his arm became caught in a metal slitting machine. After reconstructive surgeries, he had limited use of his hand and three remaining fingers. Suit was brought against the manufacturer of the machine for failing to put adequate warnings on the machine, and installing an emergency shut off switch that was inaccessible when her client’s arm was caught. The jury returned a significant verdict.

Verdict: $800,000

Northern MN Physician Sexually Abuses Patient

A married family practice physician in northern Minnesota was providing treatment to a 35-year-old single mother of two with depression. The doctor claimed to be in love with his patient, and made sexual overtures toward her in the examining room. He also sought to meet her outside of the office for intimacy. The patient’s depression worsened and she developed additional symptoms, ultimately seeking treatment from a psychiatrist who encouraged her to report the abuse. The case settled without a lawsuit for a confidential amount.

Carpet-Layer Receives Brain Injury On the Job

A carpet-layer was delivering rolls of carpet to a Twin Cities construction site, when a piece of plywood blew off the roof and fell three stories, striking him on the head. Although he was wearing a hard hat, the carpet layer was struck unconscious and rushed to a trauma center. He was diagnosed with a concussion and neck and back injuries, suffered seizures, severe headaches, and episodes of forgetfulness. One year later he returned to work, but takes anti-seizure medication. Kate sued the general contractor and numerous subcontractors to establish whose plywood blew off the roof and hit the carpet-layer.

Settlement: $477,500

Retired Man Attacked by Vicious Dogs

A retired man was taking his morning walk in rural Minnesota when three dogs owned by a neighbor got loose and attacked him, biting him numerous times and dragging him into a ditch. A passing motorist was able to scare the dogs away and called the sheriff, who had to shoot one of the dogs so ambulance personnel could tend to the wounded man. The case settled for the policy limit from the dogs’ owner.

Settlement: $500,000

Family and Personal Life

Outside of the office Kate is the proud grandma to two grandsons ages 1 and 4. Kate and the boys like exploring anything and everything from the zoo and science museum to the light rail, bus rides and bugs in the grass.  Her family also includes her husband of 23 years, two stepdaughters, two cats and a border collie named Bongo. When not adventuring with her grandsons Kate enjoys kayaking, rowing, skiing, and biking.

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