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Kathleen Flynn Peterson, a medical malpractice attorney in Minneapolis, has been named president of the American Association for Justice. Peterson, a partner at Minneapolis-based Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, represents individuals in cases involving injury or death due to medical negligence. She has been a member of the board of governors of AAJ, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, since 1995. She also has served on its executive committee, judicial independence committee and the board of the national college of advocacy, the AAJ’s educational division. A graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, Peterson is past president of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association. The National Law Journal named Peterson one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America in May. Also elected to the AAJ were: medical malpractice attorney Les Weisbrod, a partner at Dallas-based Morgan & Weisbrod, as president-elect; Anthony Tarricone, a partner in the Boston office of New York’s Kreindler & Kreindler who specializes in wrongful death cases, as vice president; C. Gibson Vance, a shareholder at Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles in Montgomery, Alab., as secretary; Gary M. Paul, a products liability partner in the Los Angeles office of Dallas-based Waters & Kraus, as treasurer; and Richard Golomb, managing shareholder of personal injury firm Golomb & Honik in Philadelphia, as parliamentarian. The AAJ, based in Washington, has 52,000 members and is the world’s largest organization representing trial lawyers.

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