Soren Paul Petrek
Bringing his 30 years of experience to the leadership of Bridge Litigators is Soren Paul Petrek. Paul has appeared in thousands of civil and criminal cases all over Minnesota. As a Qualified Neutral and an attorney, Paul has engaged in hundreds of mediations and negotiated settlements in civil cases ranging from DNR matters to divorce cases and major felony jury trials. Paul takes time to ensure that his clients understand every step of the proceedings, their choices and their potential consequences. Paul’s clients appreciate the extra time and attention he takes to make sure they understand everything about their case. Paul believes that confidence in your attorney is absolutely key.
Dave’s greatest satisfaction in life has come through helping others reach their maximum potential. These accomplishments have come both in the form of helping others make their businesses a success as well as providing employees with the opportunity and mentorship to advance within his companies. Through hard work and the willingness to take educated risks, Dave has a history of success as both an entrepreneur and business owner.
Dave has also benefitted from some interesting advice from his father, “There are no real failures in life as long as you learn from them and they make you a better person. And, the fast failures never kill you, it’s the long drawn out failures that do.” Dave
applies these guiding principles, advice from his father, and his experience as an entrepreneur and business owner while representing his clients. Dave brings a unique perspective to his clients because he has been in their position as a lender, entrepreneur, real estate investor. Dave is a life learner and finds that much of the advice he gives clients is rooted less on pure legal considerations and more on sound business considerations. If you’re are a client of Dave’s, you will eventually hear his catch phrase “Emotions are a great thing, however, they have to be held in check while making business decisions. Business decisions that are overly influenced by emotions generally turn out to be bad decisions in the long run.”
Dave graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. Dave immediately went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Drake University Law School.
When not practicing law, you can find Dave spending time with his family, golfing, skiing, traveling, cooking, and reading.
Thomas R. Anderson III
Thomas R. Anderson III. focuses his practice on immigration and criminal law. He represents clients in Immigration Court, before the Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Minnesota state courts.Mr. Anderson has successfully handled thousands of cases including: family petitions for permanent residency, removal/deportation, U-visas, consular processing, deferred action for childhood arrivals, and citizenship.
He is a past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section.
Due to extensive experience in both immigration and criminal law, he frequently teaches CLE classes and advises attorneys in the two areas. Mr. Anderson has served as an expert witness for immigration and criminal law related matters in both state court and federal court. Mr. Anderson is fluent in Spanish.