Attorney Spotlight: Colman Sutter

In what area of law do you practice and why did you choose this?

Information Technology and Intellectual Property. It’s rewarding to help clients protect and commercialize their innovations.

When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer?

I worked alongside a number of attorneys in my first jobs out of undergrad and I grew to really appreciate their approach to problem solving. They all told me law school was a drag, I decided to go anyway.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer?

I would be an architect.

What do you like best about practicing law at H&J?

The collaborative culture at H&J is second to none.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Regarding law school and student debt, never forget the power of compound interest.

What is an item on your bucket list?

Backcountry camp in Patagonia.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Deschutes County, Oregon.

What is your favorite Minnesota Lake?

Lake Superior.

What is your favorite Twin Cities restaurant?

Colita in Minneapolis and Chip’s Clubhouse in St. Paul.

When you are not working, what would people find you doing?

Cheering on the Loons at Allianz Field or snowboarding at Afton Alps.

What is your favorite part of practicing law?

I like the process of distilling complex problems into understandable and manageable issues.

What is a recent good book you read?

“A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James.

What advice would you give to the young version of yourself who is just entering law school?

Your relationships with your law school classmates will be important to your long-term success as a lawyer.

What might people be surprised to know about you?

I worked in the White House.

What is your strongest asset?

My ability to earn trust.

If you have an out-of-town visitor, what are the “must see/do” things in the Twin Cities?

Bike around a lake or along the river to a great patio spot like Un Dito or Sea Salt. Rent a boat or paddle board and get out on the water.