FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 17, 2018
Carla Ferrucci, Executive Director
Minnesota Association for Justice
(612) 375-1707 Office
(612) 532-5060 Cell
The Minnesota Association for Justice
Elects New President – Richard Ruohonen
With the Theme “Think Like There is No Box,”
Richard Ruohonen becomes 64th President of the Minnesota Association for Justice
Brainerd, Minn. – Twin Cities attorney Richard A. Ruohonen was elected president of the Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) at the association’s annual convention, which took place on August 17, 2018 in Brainerd, Minnesota.
Mr. Ruohonen pledged to use his one-year term as president to help eliminate barriers that injured consumers encounter when seeking justice in our court system, enhance the professional development of the association’s membership by providing diverse and cutting-edge legal education, and to ensure the sustainability of the association, which has been dedicated to these goals for more than 60 years.
The Minnesota Association for Justice is committed to our Constitution’s guarantee of justice and equal protections for all promotes that mission in all its work. As president, Mr. Ruohonen will lead MAJ’s efforts to ensure that our right to a trial by jury is not undermined in the courts – or at the State Capitol.
“Our mission is to protect everyone's access to the courts. We actively oppose legislative proposals that undermine or eliminate our legal rights in Minnesota,” Mr. Ruohonen said. “In addition to our legislative advocacy, my presidency will also encourage our members to think creatively in their practice of law: to take some chances to advance your client’s cause, try things you’ve never done before, and adapt your practice with our changing times. Our annual convention theme is, ‘Think Like There is No Box,’ because we want our members to go far beyond their comfort zone. Helping the injured today takes a lot of creativity, tenacity and passion for seeking justice. That is how I practice law and that is how I intend to lead this organization in the coming year.”
Mr. Ruohonen has dedicated his legal career to the practice of personal injury law, where he helps injured people obtain justice by holding those responsible accountable for their actions. He earned his B.A. from Hamline University, with honors, and subsequently received his law degree, with honors, from the Hamline University School of Law.
Rich Ruohonen is consistently named as a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. Rich focuses his practice on cases involving car accidents, traumatic brain injury (TBI), food poisoning, premises liability, daycare liability and product liability. He has represented hundreds of victims of various personal injury accidents and has tried numerous cases to a jury with excellent results.
Mr. Ruohonen is married to Sherry and they have two children, Hannah and Nicholas. Both children are active in sports, including softball, baseball and hockey. Rich helps coach his children’s sports activities in his spare time and is an avid participant in the sport of curling. As a curler, Rich has been to several national championships and is a two-time national champion. He went on to compete in two world championships the most recent one in 2018 held in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also enjoys fishing and water sports in the summer.
About The Minnesota Association for Justice
The Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) is a professional association of attorneys who represent Minnesotans wrongfully harmed or suffer injuries to their person, property or violations or their civil or human rights. MAJ defends the rights guaranteed by the Constitutions and laws of the United States and Minnesota, foremost among them our right to a trial by a jury of their peers and advocates for public policies that enhance consumer protections, accountability and equal access to justice for all.