Norm Pentelovitch is an experienced litigator who guides clients through their toughest challenges in and out of the courtroom by developing a compelling story and communicating it effectively to judges and juries.
Norm has represented public and closely-held companies in a wide variety of "bet the company" litigations and trials, from product liability class actions and shareholder derivative suits, to appraisal matters and internal investigations. Drawing on his experience working with some of the best trial lawyers in the country, as well as his time as a judicial clerk to United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim, Norm listens to his clients and focuses on achieving the outcomes they want, while utilizing resources efficiently.
At the heart of every case is a story, and Norm knows that understanding his clients' stories and communicating them clearly to a judge, jury, or even opposing counsel, creates the best opportunities for success. Norm guides clients through each step of the litigation process to try and reach a pre-trial resolution, but stays trial-focused so that the case is ready when it is time to go to court.
Norm has maintained an active pro bono practice throughout his career, and has particularly focused on representing refugees seeking political asylum, and representing survivors of domestic violence. Through this work, Norm has successfully tried numerous cases in immigration and state courts, obtaining the relief sought by each of his clients. Norm also lived and worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, assisting a non-profit organization in developing legal analysis for use by the international criminal tribunal prosecuting the crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge regime.
Norm began his career in the Washington, D.C. office of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP, where he worked on a wide range of complex litigation matters nationally and internationally for six years. He left Paul Weiss with several partners to be a founding associate of preeminent national trial boutique Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz LLP, also in Washington D.C., before moving to his hometown of Minneapolis and joining Anthony Ostlund.
Director, Hennepin County Bar Association
At-large Member, Hennepin County Bar Association Finance and Planning Committee
Member, Access to Justice Task Force, Federal Bar Association
Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
Member, Federal Bar Association
10/05/2020 Minnesota Lawyer and Finance & Commerce – Norman Pentelovitch was featured in article “Anthony Ostlund has a passion for pro bono work.”
Not Until When?! Managing Expectations In Uncertain Times, Minnesota Lawyer and Finance & Commerce - Partner Content, August 2020
4/23/19 City Pages - Norm Pentelovtich was quoted in news article "Harassment: Woman suing Nobles County gets arrested on bad warrant"
4/22/19 Norm Pentelovtich interviewed by KSTP regarding improper arrest surrounding immigration lawsuit.
What was that? Practical tips for interpreted depositions, Minnesota Lawyer - Partner Content, March 2019; Finance & Commerce Partner Content, March 2019
There Ain't No Easy Way Out: Counsel's Obligation to Oversee Discovery, Minnesota Lawyer - Partner Content, March 2018
Got Something To Sell (Or Say) During Super Bowl LII? Better Be Careful Where You Sell (Or Say It), Attorney At Law Magazine - Minnesota Edition, February 2018
Everyone's Favorite Legal Issue: The Changing Jurisdictional Effect Of State Business Registration Statutes, Minnesota Lawyer - Partner Content, July 2017
Seeing Justice Done: The Importance of Prioritizing Outreach Efforts at International Criminal Tribunals, 39 GEO. J. INT'L L. 445 (2008)