Staff Spotlight: Kristi Wood, Legal Assistant

Staff Spotlight: Kristi Wood, Legal Assistant

Written on March 18th, 2019

Meet Kristi Wood, Cris Palmer’s legal assistant for the last seven years! Kristi was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. When we asked Kristi why she wanted to become a legal assistant her response was “I worked here in high school then left for college. I moved home from Chadron after one year and I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do so I started working at Gunderson Palmer part-time again while attending the School of Mines. I eventually decided I’d go to paralegal school at Western Dakota Tech and here I am!”

Kristi’s favorite part of being a legal assistant for Cris Palmer, who focuses on insurance defense, is problem-solving and helping clients. A typical day for Kristi consists of mail, emails, telephone calls, scheduling, drafting pleadings, settlement agreements, and letters.  She has been with the firm for 13.5 years and a lot of her favorite memories are the team building and socializing events like the YMCA Corporate Cup, staff retreats, and Christmas parties.

Kristi has been involved in the South Dakota Paralegal Association since 2014. She has served as Chair of the Membership Committee as well as serving as Secretary on the Executive Committee.  Kristi also participated in and completed the 360° Leadership Academy, an eight-week course designed by the SDPA to help develop one’s influence from anywhere within an organization.

Outside of work, Kristi enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She loves to cook, watch sports and enjoys golfing whenever she has a chance. Kristi also loves to travel. Her favorite places she has vacationed so far were Alaska and the Oregon Coast and she is always looking forward to her next adventure. One of Kristi’s favorite quotes is “You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head. Be kind to yourself.”

At Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP law firm in Rapid City, South Dakota, we are glad to have Kristi on our team! If you have any questions pertaining to insurance defense, please reach out to us at 605-342-1078 or by stopping by our downtown Rapid City location at 506 6th Street.