Devoted to Protecting Your Rights

Personalized, Client-Focused Approach to Each Case

We founded Bowden Cyr, PLLC, to help people navigate their stressful family law problems and to obtain just compensation for victims after traumatic personal injuries. In every case, we put you first. We work to know everything that we can about you and your case to ensure that we meet your expectations throughout the process.

Our legal team understands that no two cases or clients are the same. Once we get to know you and the facts of your case, we tailor our legal approach and strategy to your needs. Our legal team provides you with caring support and aggressive advocacy throughout the process.

Attorneys
Susan Bowden Gunst

Location: Oakdale, MN
Phone: 651-288-2844
Email: sbowden@bowdencyr.com

About

Aggressive Intuition. Proven Results.

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.

Susan was included on the list of Super Lawyers in 2014 – 2024 (no more than 5% of attorneys in each state). In 2016 and 2017 she was also named to the top 50 Women in Minnesota Super Lawyers List.

Susan enjoys spending time with her family (many kids keep her running!), assistant coaching basketball, and is actively involved in her church. She is active on several boards, including her church board and Renew Hope, an organization that helps survivors of sex trafficking.

Areas Of Practice

  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury
  • No-Fault/Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist
  • Premises Liability
  • Liquor Liability
  • Dog Attacks

Bar Admissions

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

Education

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

Classes / Seminars

  • National Business Institute, 30 Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Insurance Claims, Guest Speaker, NBI, Inc., December 2019
  • National Business Institute, Auto Injury Claims for Paralegals, Guest Speaker, NBI, Inc., September 2019
  • National Business Institute, Auto Injury Litigation Boot Camp for Paralegals, Guest Speaker, NBI, Inc., May 2019
  • National Business Institute, Auto Injury Claims From Start to Finish for Paralegals, Guest Speaker, NBI, Inc., December 2018
  • Auto Injury Claims from Start to Finish for Paralegals, NBI, Inc., 01/18/2017
  • Auto Injury Litigation Boot Camp for Paralegals, NBI, Inc., 07/20/2016
  • Future Medical Expenses, Guest Speaker, Minnesota Association for Justice, November 2013
  • Future Medical Expenses, Speaker, Minnesota Association for Justice, Summer Convention – 2013
  • Discovery of Client Media, Guest Speaker, Minnesota Association for Justice, Winter Convention – February 2010
  • No-Fault seminar (Presentation of the Case at Arbitration), Guest Speaker, Minnesota Association for Justice – October 2008
  • Dram Shop Seminar (Challenging the Liability Limits), Guest Speaker, Minnesota Association for Justice – 2007
  • Dram Shop update, Guest Speaker, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention – August 2006
  • No-Fault Arbitrations, Guest Speaker, Minnesota Chiropractic Association – 2000-2006
  • Trial Conduct, Guest Speaker, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association – 2005
  • Post-trial set offs, Guest Speaker, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association

Honors And Awards

  • Named Super Lawyer “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law and Politics: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Selected as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2014 – 2022
  • 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)
  • She has been named to a Minnesota Super Lawyers list 12 times in here career (no more than 5% of attorneys are selected annually)
  • In 2016 she was also named to the top 50 Women in Minnesota Super Lawyers List

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Renew Hope, Board (Organization that provides resources to survivors of sex-trafficking), Current Board President
  • 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

Past Employment Positions

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

Location: Oakdale, MN
Phone: 651-288-2844
Email: lwcyr@bowdencyr.com

About

             Prepared. Proactive. Aggressive.

Lisa Watson Cyr has devoted her practice to the area of Divorce and Family Law since being admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1998. Her experience and depth of knowledge ensure that her clients receive the highest quality of representation in dealing with all aspects of family law matters, including divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, marital and non-marital property, alimony, and paternity. She is an effective negotiator and skilled litigator, always keeping the best interests of her client as her sole focus. Although Lisa believes her clients are best served by a negotiated settlement and strives to settle matters through mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, she is an experienced litigator who has successfully represented hundreds of clients in court.

Lisa has been selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list each year since 2015.  Being named to the Super Lawyers list is a prestigious distinction that only the top 5% of attorneys in Minnesota receive. She was also recognized as a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine / Minnesota Super Lawyers.  In addition, Lisa has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America each year since 2015. She is also AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated* by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available rating. 

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Time
  • Spousal Maintenance/Alimony
  • Property Valuation and Division
  • Non-Marital and Marital Property
  • High-Asset Divorce

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • J.D. – 1998
  • Honors: magna cum laude
  • Honors: Class Rank: 13/221 Cumulative GPA: 3.41
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • B.A. – 1995
  • Honors: summa cum laude

Honors And Awards

  • Selected to list of Best Lawyers for the years 2015-2024
  • Selected to list of Minnesota Super Lawyers for the years 2015-2024
  • Named Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers/Law & Politics Magazine
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available rating
  • Selected to the list of Top Attorneys by Minnesota Monthly for the years 2023 and 2024

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Family Law Section)
  • Ramsey County Bar Association (Family Law Section, Co-Chair 2001-2002)
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)

Past Employment Positions

  • McCullough, Bowden & Cyr, P.A., St. Paul, MN, Shareholder/Partner, 2000 to 2009
  • Olive, Taber & Owens, P.A., Bloomington, MN, Associate Attorney, 1998 to 2000
  • Olive, Taber & Owens, P.A., Bloomington, MN, Law Clerk, 1996 to 1998

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ramsey County Family Court Legal Clinic, Volunteer attorney, 2003 to Present
  • Washington County Legal Assistance, Volunteer attorney, 2009 to Present
Staff
Michelle Bilz
About

I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. I love living in Minnesota for the seasons! My hobbies include baking, walking the dog with my husband, gaming with my son, car stuff with my dad, and gardening with my mom. I would like to get back into horseback riding soon, too! 

I have been with Bowden Cyr since 2011, and work directly with Lisa as her paralegal on family law cases. I am also the office manager. I like working with clients, preparing balance sheets and organizing files. I love being a part of an awesome team that makes a difference in people’s lives!

Nellie Smith
About

I have been with Bowden Cyr since 2009. I drive a ways to work but I love my job! I work mostly with Susan on personal injury cases and helping people when they have immediate questions after an injury. Being able to help people through a difficult time in their lives is very fulfilling.

I love living in Minnesota for the seasons, but especially enjoy the leaves when they change colors. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and listing to true crime podcasts.

Jesika Valdez
About

Believe it or not, I moved to Minneapolis for the cold weather and the snow! I have two Siberian Huskies that love to bikejör in the warmer months and dog sled in the winter. My hobbies include camping, hiking, and kayaking with my dogs, Mach and Miska.

I like working at Bowden Cyr and working with caring and compassionate attorneys that want what is best for their clients!

Widely Recognized Legal Team

When you work with Bowden Cyr, PLLC, your case is handled by caring attorneys who are widely recognized for their hard work. Attorneys Susan Bowden Gunst and Lisa Watson Cyr were both included on Minnesota’s Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists for several years. Susan was included on the list of Super Lawyers in 2014 – 2024. Lisa was included on the list of Super Lawyers in 2015 – 2024. Lisa was AV Preeminent peer review-rated* by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest distinction. Our law office also earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Our attorneys skillfully negotiate your case when possible and aggressively litigate when it is in your best interest. This personalized approach ensures that our wealth of legal experience is tailored to your case.

Don’t Take Chances With Your Future Call Us Today

Bowden Cyr, PLLC, is ready to help you address your divorce, family law , personal injury needs. You should not have to face any of these challenging situations alone. Call our offices at 651-288-2844 to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our attorneys. You may also choose to contact us online to make your appointment.

Our office is conveniently located in Woodbury, within easy driving distance of Minneapolis and St. Paul. We offer free on-site client parking.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories legal ability and general ethical standards.

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If you are looking for an attorney who has the experience and the tenacity to accomplish your goals, contact our firm today. You can call our office at 651-288-2844 or arrange your free consultation online. We are conveniently located in Oakdale, minutes from St. Paul, Woodbury, and Stillwater.

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