Attorney Spotlight: Pattie Garger

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

My area of practice is litigation focused on property issues including first party insurance claims, coverage analysis, construction disputes, construction defects and mechanics liens. Additionally, I have a special emphasis on cannabis issues.

I chose this area because litigation provides opportunities to help people resolve their important issues while navigating a process where, ultimately, the client gets to tell their story. To truly appreciate the client’s goal and act as their trusted advocate, litigation provides the chance to really get to know my clients and connect with them.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A flight attendant or a trauma nurse.

When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer?

When I was twelve after experiencing the legal system from a child’s perspective.

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

I am surrounded by colleagues who have an unmatched depth of knowledge and experience and are willing to mentor and support each other. The H&J environment allows new attorneys to be curious and learn from the best!

What is the best career advice you have received?

“A good lawyer knows when to shut up.”

“You’re a lawyer, not a debater.”

What is the strangest legal question you have ever been asked?

Can you help me get custody of my ex-girlfriend’s dog?

What is an item on your bucket list?

Go to Greece, Spain and Portugal.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

The Caribbean, specifically Barbados. Or Oklahoma. They’re pretty much the same.

What is your favorite Minnesota Lake?

Crosslake. I love that this a fun lake that flies under the radar.

What is your favorite Twin Cities restaurant?

Ten Sushi or Biaggi’s in Maple Grove.

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

Playing pool, listening to loud music, playing with dogs or chasing a six-year-old boy around.

What is your favorite part of practicing law?

I love the writing process but I love the relief my client’s feel when they know someone cares and wants to help them.

Who is your hero?

Princess Di because she changed a system and brought the world together by being herself.

What is a recent good book you read?

“The Inner Game of Tennis”.

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

You’re in a room full of people who are feeling the same way as you. It’s ok to not know the answer. “It depends” IS an answer.

What might people be surprised to know about you?

I don’t like chocolate. I was adopted and I have nine biological siblings.

What is your strongest asset?

My fortitude – “Those who say it can’t be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” A Chinese Proverb that I live by.

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

Franconia Sculpture Park, a concert at First Ave, wineries in Stillwater.