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Knutson + Casey Law Firm

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Company: Knutson + Casey Law Firm, Mankato, MN
Company Description: Knutson + Casey is Mankato's newest progressive law firm. Established only 3 years ago, the firm is growing quickly. With 6 attorneys and more than 10 staff members, and 3 offices located in Mankato, Madelia and Edina Minnesota, there are plans to open a fourth location in the near future. At Knutson + Casey, we combine the power of a large scale law firm with compassionate care.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Company of the Year - Legal - Small

Nomination Title: Knutson + Casey Law Firm of Mankato, Minnesota

Tell the story about what this nominated organization has achieved since January 1 2017 (up to 650 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms.

In 2017 the Knutson + Casey law office expanded its size and reach by adding two additional offices located in the cities of Madelia and Edina, Minnesota. They now represent the City of Madelia. And in 2017, they added another 7 employees, making Knutson + Casey one of the fastest growing law firms in Southern Minnesota.

Knutson Caseys attorneys were recognized locally and nationally, and received many awards in 2017. These included being awarded SuperLawyers recognition, Top 10 U.S. Attorneys, listed in the top 100 attorneys in Minnesota by peer review, and 2 attorneys being rated 10.0/ 10.0 by attorney rating service AVVO. Knutson Casey attorneys are involved in peer organizations including the Minnesota Association for Justice (former board member and Education Committee Chair), the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and the local bar association (former President of 7th District Bar).

Knutson + Casey also connected and became even more involved in the local community. Its attorneys serving on several boards including Visit Mankato Board, Visit Mankato Executive Committee (President), LEEP Board (Leisure Education for Exceptional People -tantamount to Special Olympics), the Greater Mankato Sports Commission Board, and the local Kiwanis. Their attorneys were involved in youth sports in 2017, coaching 2 soccer teams, basketball and football. Knutson + Casey attorneys also founded and ran the Mankato Kids Triathlon Team of more than 45 members.

Knutson + Casey became known throughout Southern Minnesota for its wildly popular Veteran of the Game program, which donates to Veterans and their families 5 hockey tickets for home games. Veterans also receive a MSU hockey jersey, hat, and other gifts at each Minnesota State University home hockey game. All chosen veterans are specially recognized at the hockey game during the second period, which they truly appreciate. Knutson + Casey also originated the LEEP Player of the Game for all home Mankato Moondog minor league baseball games. The LEEP player of the game means a Special Olympics athlete gets to come onto the field during the game to be recognized, and accept a Moondogs jersey.

Knutson + Casey has also founded and put on the Mankato Mud Run, a 5k mud course for children and families, involving more than 1300 participants and 130 volunteers, with all proceeds going to local charities.

In the summer of 2017, Knutson + Casey initiated their July 4th Safe Ride Home program. The Safe Ride Home Program gives free Uber rides to anyone needing a ride on July 4th – with KC attorneys getting Uber licenses and doing the Uber driving!

Knutson + Casey reaches out to the more than 15,000 college students at Mankato State University (aka Minnesota State University) as the MSU Student Attorney, providing weekly office hours and giving students get free legal advice while they attend the University.

Knutson + Casey strives to maintain a happy and progressive work environment, and provides health insurance to all full time employees, something that is becoming rarer each day. They also began providing summer Fridays off at noon, and non-summer Fridays off at 3: 30 pm. They host several events for their employees, including an annual Mall of America shopping event (with shopping money for each employee), Casino Night, several lake boating events, and a Christmas party with live Christmas band.

Within 3 years of opening, KC law office has become a household name in Mankato and Southern Minnesota based upon its involvement in the community, its charitable efforts, and its shown desire to be a part of, and better the community. For more info see www.knutsoncasey.com.

In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief accomplishments of this organization since the beginning of 2017 (up to 150 words).

-LEEP Player of the Game (see above)
-Mankato State Veteran of the Game (see above)
-Mankato Mud Run - Charitable 5k for kids and families (see above)
-Mankato State Student Attorney (see above)
-Madelia Fire Community Rebuilding Effort and Donations (free legal work to rebuild downtown after a fire destroyed 1/2 of the town)
-July 4th Safe Ride Home Program (see above)
-Visit Mankato Board and Executive Committee (see above)
-Sport Commission and Coaching (see above)
-Somali Community Support and Free Legal Services (providing support to the large Somali community in Mankato and Minneapolis. Somalis are settled here by the federal government and need legal help)
-Award Winning Law Firm (see awards above)

Of the following measures of success, which ONE do you want the judges to most appreciate about your organization's story of achievement since the beginning of 2017? Corporate Social Responsibility