Susan Gaertner

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Susan Gaertner is an experienced trial attorney, having served as Ramsey County Attorney from 1995 to 2011. She was only the fourth person to hold the office since 1933 and was the first woman to hold the office. Susan took a hands-on approach and successfully prosecuted many high-profile and complex cases in civil and criminal court. She was an assistant county attorney for 10 years, successfully trying scores of cases to a jury. She worked as a criminal defense attorney for the William Mauzy Law Office and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gerald W. Heaney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Susan’s trial expertise has been recognized by her admission into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Susan’s experience includes managing the myriad civil litigation and advisory practice challenges faced by a major metropolitan county. She understands the impact that investigations and litigation have on an organization. Her experience allows her to create solutions to legal problems and ensure they are provided in a cost-effective manner, whether it is done in-house or through outside counsel.

Susan cochairs the firm’s Investigation and White Collar Defense team. She has represented companies and individuals in federal and state court enforcement actions, and has conducted internal investigations when allegations of misconduct have been raised.

Susan has counseled health care providers on issues related to health care fraud and regulatory enforcement. She has represented health care professionals in district court and licensing board matters, and before the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

As a member of the firm’s Agribusiness and Food team, Susan has assisted clients with regulatory enforcement and food safety issues.


  • Deweese v. Lakeview Clinic, 10-CV-10-1172 (Carver County District Court)
  • State v. Sontoya, 788 N.W.2d 868 (Minn. 2010)
  • State v. Evans, 756 N.W.2d 854 (Minn. 2008)
  • In re Giem, 742 N.W.2d 422 (Minn. 2007)
  • Sletten v. Ramsey County, C2-01-1066 (Minn. Sup. Ct.)
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