Paul Gunderson concentrates his practice on general civil litigation, agricultural and business law, criminal defense, insurance defense, alongside general practice matters. Paul has considerable experience trying cases to juries and judges. He is also mindful that the best result for a case often comes from thorough preparation and thoughtful legal counsel to avoid protracted litigation altogether.
Prior to joining Blethen Berens, Paul prosecuted primarily felony crimes for Brown County including drug sales and possession, criminal sexual conduct, driving while impaired, and serious assaults—among many others. Prior to his time as a prosecutor, he began his legal career representing individuals and businesses with legal needs for Berens, Rodenberg & O’Connor. During law school, Paul worked for a general practice law firm in northwestern Minnesota, was an intern for the judges of the Northeast Central Judicial District in Grand Forks, served on the editorial board of the North Dakota Law Review, and won awards while participating on his law school’s trial team. As a result of his accomplishments throughout law school, Paul was inducted into the National Order of Barristers.
Paul is a native of St. Peter and has been a lifelong resident of southern Minnesota. Paul strongly believes in community engagement. As a prosecutor, he was a staffing member of the Brown County Treatment Court, which serves individuals who struggle with substance abuse. Paul has served on the Oak Hills Nursing Home board for a number of years and is a member of the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church council. Paul is a volunteer coach for the Bethany Lutheran College mock trial team. Paul is also a past president of the Ninth District Bar Association.