celebrated our firm's 90th anniversary in 2007.
our roots back to 1916, the firm was
started by State Sen. Leo J. Lauerman (pictured
at right). Lauerman was a prominent
attorrney who served as secretary to Charles Lindbergh's father in
the House of Representatives.
Gordon Keith was Lauerman's first partner.
In the early 1930's, Harold
Pfeiffer joined the law firm. DePaul Willette joined Lauerman
in December, 1961. They were joined by James Zeug
in 1962. The firm was known as Lauerman, Willette
and Zeug until Lauerman's death. In 1966, John Kraft moved to Olivia and joined
the firm. Jim Zeug was appointed District Court
Judge in 1970 and the firm was then known as
Willette and Kraft.
Donald H. Walser joined the firm in 1972. Paul
A. Nelson came in 1975, Steven E. Hettig joined
the firm in 1979, Daniel B. Honsey joined in 1994,
and Christopher A. Kleiman joined the firm in
2002. Sene M. Zupke joined Kraft Walser in 2008.
Elizabeth Randa joined the firm in 2012.
DePaul Willette was appointed District Court
Judge and served in that capacity from 1977
to 1982. He then rejoined the firm, which was
known as Willette, Kraft, Walser, Nelson &
Hettig. Willette left the firm in 1992 to become
the Executive Secretary of the Minnesota Board
of Judicial Standards. Paul Nelson was appointed District Court Judge
Providing first-rate legal service to our
clients has been our philosophy for 90 years,
and it continues to direct our endeavors as we
look toward the future.