Nicole M. Kustermann

Nicole M. Kustermann

Partner

Tel: 612-244-2903

Fax: 612-344-1689

Email: nkustermann@yostbaill.com

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Nicole Kustermann’s practice involves the litigation and oversight of worker’s compensation subrogation claims across the country. Whether advising and assisting her clients through the recognition and investigation phase of a claim, or taking the necessary steps to perfect, prosecute and settle a worker’s compensation lien, Nicole is a knowledgeable resource in a complex area of the subrogation field. Nicole is proud of the co-counsel and expert witness relationships she has built with attorneys and experts throughout the country and considers these relationships to be a vital component of success for her clients.

Prior to focusing her practice on worker’s compensation subrogation claims, Nicole managed the auto subrogation department at Yost & Baill, LLP, where she successfully litigated and tried cases to judges and juries in state and federal courts. She was awarded the External Customer of the Year award from the Minnesota Fourth Judicial District Court for her efficient handling of hundreds of default judgment cases in the county. Nicole has been recognized as a Rising Star Attorney by Minneapolis St. Paul magazine. She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude. Prior to her employment with Yost & Baill, Nicole was a prosecutor for the City of New Hope.

In addition to her subrogation practice, Nicole is highly involved in the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), a non-profit trade association dedicated to the mission of education for the subrogation industry. Over the years, Nicole has volunteered in a variety of capacities, including serving as a long-time editor of the Subrogator magazine, chair of the Minnesota Chapter and co-author of the Certified Subrogation Recovery Specialists (CSRP) guidebook. Nicole has served on the Board of Directors since 2008. As a Board Member, Nicole has served on Conference Planning committees, Strategic Planning committees and Nominations committees. She served as the organization’s Secretary, Vice-President, and began her two year term as the President in October, 2016. She is a proud holder of the CSRP designation.

In her spare time, Nicole is kept busy with her family: husband, Kyle and two kids, Gavin and Hadley. She has volunteered her time coaching youth softball and baseball and enjoys fostering her love of writing by writing articles for her family’s youth hockey association newsletter, the OMGHA Rink Reader.

Education

  • J.D. (cum laude), William Mitchell College of Law
  • B.B.A. Finance & Marketing, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Admission to Practice

  • Minnesota State Courts and United States District Court, District of Minnesota

Honors & Awards

  • 2010 NASP Board Member of the Year
  • Named 2008 Rising Star Attorney by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Law & Politics Magazine and Twin Cities Business
  • Awarded Certified Recovery and Subrogation Professional designation by NASP
  • Recipient of 2004 External Customer of the Year Award from the Civil Filing Staff at Hennepin County District Court

Leadership

  • Current President of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • 2013 Chair of NASP Nominations Committee
  • Current member of NASP Board of Directors
  • Former Vice-President of NASP
  • Current Board Liaison to Subrogator editorial staff
  • Current Co-Chair of NASP Website Committee
  • Former Secretary of NASP
  • Former Co-Chair, Minnesota Chapter of NASP
  • Current Member of NASP Conference Planning Committees
  • Former member of NASP Committee to re-write manual for Certified Subrogation Recovery Professional designation
  • 2009 Co-Chair of NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference
  • Auto Track Chair for 2008 and 2006 NASP Annual Conferences and 2008 NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference
  • Auto Track Co-Chair for 2007 NASP Annual Conference
  • Former multi-year Editor in Chief of NASP Subrogator magazine
  • Current Co-Chair of NASP Website Committee
  • Served on Board of Directors for non-profit organization, Jenny’s Light (www.jennyslight.org)

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals

Presentations

  • 2014
    -NASP Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, “Resolving Worker’s Compensation Subrogation Claims: The Future is Negotiable,” with Heath Sherman and Kristin Papianou
    -Owatonna, MN for Federated Insurance: “Worker’s Compensation Subrogation: Making the Case with Product Liability Claims”
    -St. Charles, IL, for Westfield Insurance, with Jeffrey M. Baill, “Worker’s Compensation Subrogation”
    -Iowa Symposium – Des Moines, IA, “Worker’s Compensation Subrogation in Iowa”
  • 2013
    Des Moines, IA, for Farm Bureau Insurance, “Solving the Worker’s Comp Subro Puzzle.”
  • 2012
    -NASP Annual Conference – Las Vegas, NV. “Evaluating and Negotiating Complex Worker’s Compensation Claims: A Workshop”
    -NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference – Chandler, AZ. “Deposition Preparation”
  • 2011
    -Webinar presentation for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, “Worker’s Compensation Subrogation: A Team Approach”
    -NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference – San Diego, CA. “Direct and Cross Examination”
  • 2010
    NASP Annual Conference – Dallas, TX. “Psst, Don’t Just Hear It Through The Grapevine: Increased Recoveries from the Uninsured” (Co-Presenter)
  • 2008
    NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference – Las Vegas, NV. “Everyday Customer Service Issues in Auto Subrogation”
  • 2007
    NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference – Las Vegas, NV. “Managing High Volume Litigation”
  • 2006
    -NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL. “Black cow at night, white pig in a snowstorm; When is the farmer caught in the headlights?”
    -NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference – San Diego, CA. “Auto Subro: A to Z”

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