Discovery with Kristi A. Hastings

Kristi Hastings on baking, hockey-season dinners and power-mad 11-year-old judges

Published in 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers magazine

By Kristi A. Hastings on July 5, 2018


If you were in my office, you’d … notice that the walls are mostly bare except for a poster that reads, “Work Hard & Be Nice to People.”

My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I did not dream of being a lawyer as a kid. I wanted to own a small-town newspaper.

My pre-trial routine is … akin to a cat in a bathtub. I’ve given up trying to change this. I am who I am.

When I started, I wish I knew … that mistakes can be fixed, so take a breath and do your best.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a baker.

My favorite baked good is … a good ol’ fashioned fried donut. 

The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … Sonia Sotomayor.

The SCOTUS decision I’d overturn is … Citizens United.

A different practice area that intrigues me is … intellectual property.

I can do a pretty good impersonation of … myself freaking out (after I calm down). 

I get angry when … I think my kids aren’t grateful enough for the sweet life they have.

The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom is … my 11-year-old son slamming down the gavel at a mock trial and shouting “Order in the court!” because one person in the gallery whispered something. I think the power got to his head.

My earliest memory is … pushing my little sister in a stroller around our farm while we ate banana popsicles.  

The movie line I quote most often is … “So you’re telling me there’s a chance.” – Lloyd Christmas from Dumb & Dumber

The three people I’d invite to dinner are … my husband and two kids during hockey season, since we never get to have dinner together from September to March.

If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … my partner, Josh Heggem. I promise you, we are hilarious

The last TV show I binge-watched was … The Handmaid’s Tale (again).

Nothing cheers me up like … planning a trip.

If I had a time machine, I would … travel back to when my kids were little and I would slow down and enjoy it more.

I wish I had invented … bobby pins.

My favorite word is … “Seriously?”

If I won the lottery I’d … buy City Bakery in Fergus Falls and reopen it.

My courtroom walk-up song would be … “The Middle” by Zedd. “Oh baby, why don’t you just meet me in the middle? / I’m losing my mind just a little.”

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