Michael W. Unger (’81) Chosen President-Elect of the Minnesota State Bar Association
JULY 9, 2014—Michael W. Unger (’81) is the new president-elect of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), effective July 1, and will serve in that role throughout the association's 2014-15 bar year. The office puts Unger on track to become the MSBA's president during the 2015-16 bar year. Unger has been serving as secretary of the MSBA since July 2012.
Unger is a personal injury lawyer with Unger Law Office in Minneapolis. He is an MSBA-certified civil trial specialist through the organization's Certified Legal Specialist program, created to assist the public by identifying attorneys who meet objective specialty-area standards. In 2009, the MSBA recognized Unger's representation of a victim of the I-35W bridge collapse with its Professional Excellence Award.
Unger is a past president of the Minnesota Justice Foundation, the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and the Hennepin County Bar Foundation. He has also served on the board of directors of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association and the Minnesota Association for Justice. He has received the President's Award from the Hennepin County Bar Foundation for his dedicated volunteer service, and in 2011 Minnesota Lawyer magazine selected him for its Outstanding Service to the Profession Award for his help in creating the nonprofit legal referral service Call For Justice.
The MSBA is the state's largest voluntary attorney organization. It provides assistance to the legal system and CLE and public service opportunities to its 16,000 members.