Now, after a highly productive tenure as the association president, Peterson bids farewell to his leadership role, marking the end of a significant chapter in his professional life. His years of service to the members of the association culminated last year when he proudly took the reins. It was a natural progression, a pinnacle achieved through years of service and participation.
“I first became active in the Ramsey County Bar Association as a new lawyer practicing in St. Paul,” says Peterson. “My career as an active member of the MSBA began in approximately 2003. It is incredible to have been selected to serve as president this past year—and to think back and appreciate the many wonderful people I have encountered along the way. I am grateful for the opportunity.”
Ever humble and always gracious, in his first column Peterson wrote, “Our leadership, however, is not embodied by the president but by the varied positions that make up the organization. From our bar foundation and our section leadership to our wonderful staff, strong committees, and outstanding new lawyers section, the president of the MSBA is but one of many leaders. My goal in this coming year is to humbly assist the great leadership we have in place so that our organization can shine.”
According to many, he achieved this goal and much more. In-coming MSBA president Paul Floyd who has worked alongside Peterson has this to say: “During Paul Peterson’s tenure as president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, a significant revitalization of support between the bench and bar was achieved. Emphasizing the importance of personal connections, he dedicated time and effort to establish a strong rapport with the district court and appellate judges, leaving a lasting impact that will endure for years to come.”
His years of service have left an indelible mark on the legal community of Minnesota and beyond, but with his term now concluded, Peterson looks forward to turning the page and embracing a new chapter – one that while keeping him involved with the association and its members will include the opportunity to spend more time with family as well as return to the laser focus he’s always strived for at Harper & Peterson, PLLC.