Susan Bowden Gunst

Susan Bowden Gunst

Oakdale, Minnesota

Susan Bowden Gunst has spent her entire career forcing insurance companies to treat people like they say they do in commercials. She has helped injured people recover medical expenses, wage loss and other damages incurred as a result of car accidents, dog attacks, liquor liability, falls and other injuries as a result of someone else's wrongdoing.

Susan has also helped families that are suffering with the loss of a loved one by holding the negligent party accountable. She has arbitrated, mediated and litigated hundreds of cases with insurance companies. Her vast trial experience includes wrongful death, personal injury and medical malpractice claims. Since 1998, Susan has been aggressively fighting on behalf of her clients to ensure fair compensation for their injuries. She not only has experience in State District Court, but also at the Federal Court level and the Court of Appeals. Her compassionate nature and passion for upholding her clients' rights has proven to be a successful mix both in and out of the courtroom.

A Minnesota native, Susan is a graduate of Moorhead State University (B.S., 1995) and William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1998). She is admitted to practice law in the state of Minnesota and United States Federal District Court, District of Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Minnesota Association for Justice, formerly known as Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association.

In 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010 she was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers (only 2.5% of all attorneys practicing less than 10 years or under 40 years of age receive this honor).

In 2014, 2015 and 2016 she was selected as a Super Lawyer (no more than 5% of attorneys in each state). In 2016, she was also named to the top 50 Women in Minnesota Super Lawyers List.

Areas of Practice

  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • No-Fault/Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist
  • Premises Liability
  • Liquor Liability
  • Social Security Disability

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1999


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence cum laude - 1998
  • Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science cum laude - 1995
    • Major: Marketing

Published Works

  • "The Use of a "Memorandum of Understanding" in a Multi-Party Claim", Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Spring, 2004

Representative Cases

  • Brett v. Watts, 601 N.W.2d 199 (Minn.App.1999)
  • Brett v. Watts, 2001 WL 267486, Minn.App., March 20, 2001 (NO. CX-00-1791)
  • Bieloh v. First Nat'l. Ins. Services, 2006 WL 2129763, Minn.App., August 01, 2006 (NO. A05-1749)
  • Clark v. Peterson, 741 N.W.2d 136 (Minn.App. 2007)
  • Economy Premier Assurance Company v. Hansen, A11-183, (Minn. App. Aug. 15, 2011)


  • Auto Injury Claims from Start to Finish for Paralegals, NBI, Inc., January 18, 2017
  • Auto Injury Litigation Boot Camp for Paralegals, NBI, Inc., July 20, 2016
  • No-Fault Arbitrations, Minnesota Chiropractic Association, 2000 - 2006
  • Post-trial set offs, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Conduct, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dram Shop update, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention
  • Dram Shop Seminar (Challenging the Liability Limits), Minnesota Association for Justice
  • No-Fault seminar (Presentation of the Case at Arbitration), Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Discovery of Client Media, Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Future Medical Expenses, Minnesota Association for Justice - Summer Convention
  • Future Medical Expenses, Minnesota Association for Justice

Honors and Awards

  • Named SuperLawyer “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law and Politics: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2005
  • Selected as a 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Legal Assistance of Washington County, Past Board Member/Past President
  • Minnesota Association for Justice f/k/a Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Business Networking International-Partners in Networking
  • Legal Assistance to Washington County Board- President

Past Employment Positions

  • Hauer, Fargione & Love, Law Clerk, 1997
  • Babcock, Lacher, Neilson & Manella, Anoka, MN, Law Clerk, 1996 - 1998
  • Crabtree Law Firm, P.A., Stillwater, MN, Attorney, 1998 - 2006
  • McCullough, Bowden & Cyr, P.A., St. Paul, MN, Partner, 2006 - 2009