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Kelly A. Putney

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Kelly A. Putney

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Practice Groups

Professional Liability/Claim Prevention

Industry Groups

Health Care, Law Firms and Lawyers

Overview

Ms. Putney is a professional liability litigator who has helped clients navigate and prevent malpractice actions for more than 25 years. Also experienced in other types of proceedings including investigations, arbitrations and licensing matters, Ms. Putney is a true professionals’ lawyer, having represented and counseled hundreds of health care providers, lawyers, insurance agents and brokers, real estate agents, architects, and accountants. Most recently, Ms. Putney successfully defended a family practice physician in a birth injury trial, where plaintiff sought tens of millions of dollars in damages.

Ms. Putney is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for Professional Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law, and Legal Malpractice Law, and has been selected as a Minnesota Super Lawyer and a Top 50 Female Minnesota Super Lawyer numerous times. She is also a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and has served as a Hennepin County Conciliation Court Judge.

Ms. Putney serves as the firm's Chief Operating Officer. She is also Co-Chair of the Bassford Remele Professional Liability Practice Group.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, B.S., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1990

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

Experience

Representative Cases

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of law firm client in family partnership dispute.

Secured directed verdict for lawyer clients in legal malpractice matter. 

Decision sustaining summary judgment as a matter of law in favor of large insurance broker in case alleging negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.

Obtained trial victory for large insurance company in contract dispute with former agent.

Obtained summary judgment for large hospital client in case involving alleged sexual assault by patient.

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • Board of Directors, 2008-2010
    • Editorial Committee, 2003-2013
  • Minnesota Hospital Association

Civic Involvement

  • Hennepin County Conciliation Court, Judge, 2003-2018
  • People Serving People, volunteer

Accolades

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Professional Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation, 2010-present; Medical Malpractice Law, 2019-present; Legal Malpractice Law, 2020-present
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 50 Female list, Super Lawyers, 2010-2014, 2017
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2004, 2005, 2009-present
  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell

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Publications

  • Minnesota's Developing Law on the AIA Waiver of Subrogation Provision, author, Constructive Comment Newsletter, October 31, 2001
  • Application of Waiver of Subrogation Provision in Minnesota, author, 1999

Seminars

  • What if You Get Hit By a Truck? aka Succession Planning is for Everyone, presenter, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company Defense Panel Seminar, Chaska, Minn., August 6, 2019
  • Leading and Succeeding, presenter, Managing Partners’ Panel, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Women in the Law Committee, Minneapolis, Minn., September 18, 2018
  • Legal Malpractice, presenter, Minnesota Legal Ethics Summit VIII, Minneapolis, Minn. June 8, 2018
  • You Are Hereby Commanded: How to Respond When a Subpoena Is Served on YOU, presenter, 2016 Legal Ethics Summit VI, Minneapolis, Minn., June 1, 2016
  • Bias: A Look at the Everyday Impacts, presenter, Bassford Remele Spring Seminar, Minneapolis, Minn., May 5, 2016
  • What I Learned from Trying My Biggest Case, presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee Meeting, Minneapolis, Minn., April 21, 2016