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Susan Joanne Bowden Gunst

Personal injury Attorney at Saint Paul, MN

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Susan Joanne Bowden

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1998
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Liability, No-Fault, Uninsured, Underinsured

  2. Personal injury
    Dog Attacks, Animal Attacks,

  3. Animal and dog bites

  4. Slip and fall accident
    Trip and Falls

  5. Wrongful death

 I help people navigate through the process of dealing with insurance companies after unfortunate circumstances and resulting injuries. I have over 20 years of practical legal experience, keen intuition, and an assertive approach to resolving issues. I understand that not everyone is familiar with the legal process, so I take the extra time to answer questions and ensure that my clients feel comfortable and well-informed throughout the process.  


My law partner Lisa Cyr and I wanted to create a firm that was different. Our focus is to help real people with real problems and manage expectations throughout the process.


Bowden Cyr PLLC
7825 3rd Street N.
Suite 204
Saint Paul, MN, 55128

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  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Susan | February 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Susan Bowden Gunst
I would recommend Susan Bowden Gunst to anyone needing a great Lawyer. She was so wonderful with helping me after my car accident by explaining what I needed to know in laymen terms. She handled everything with both side of the insurance companies so that I didn’t have to worry about any of the legal matters so all I had to do was worry about getting better. Her and her staff were so wonderful and personable. Thank you Susan
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Response from Susan Bowden Gunst February 27, 2020
Thank you Susan! You were a wonderful client! I appreciate your kind words!
Posted by Brad | February 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quality representation is nice to know
Susan has consulted with several of my clients. Each has shared favor with comments such as “she made me feel comfortable” and “Susan shared what I should expect”. Thank you for being a valued resource! Brad Gombold, Preferred Insurance Services, Inc.
Posted by Thuy | July 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
World Class Service
I truly could not have been happier with how my case was handled. Coming into this scenario, I was apprehensive and not too knowledgeable, but Susan was so kind, unassuming and took time to educate me. I’ve never felt more at ease with Bowden Cyr. Everything was wrapped up within 18 months, just as Susan expected it to be. The high standard of service in how my case was handled is truly amazing. I cannot express my gratitude enough to Susan and I thank her for representing me. Her knowledge, experience and guidance has been remarkable and above all, she really cares about her clients. The thought of going to an attorney to seek help was initially intimidating to me, but Susan was unassuming and took the time to explain every step of the way and kept my best interests at heart. I was at ease and felt like I could focus on my life instead of being burdened in dealing with the aftermath of an automobile accident. Bowden Cyr will always be the first and only name I will recommend for any legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would Hire Again
She stayed on top of my case. To keep mindful of the budget -- only the necessary things were done (didn't waste billable hours etc). I'd describe her as...... Compassionate, understanding, diligent, fair, just, kind and great communicator.
Posted by Chad | October 14, 2014
The perfect blend
My wife had a car accident a few years back. She didn't initially suffer from a lot of pain but as the week and weeks went on, she was hurting. Susan provided the best advice for her and really helped to walk us through the process. The insurance company tried to a few tactics to get out of paying but Susan was right on the spot to set them straight. In the end, we got a great settlement and she even negotiated with one of our doctors to reduce the bill.
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Posted by Heidi | October 14, 2014
Superb representation!
I was hit by a drunk driver and Susan was a fantastic resource and huge support through the process that followed. She helped navigate dealing with the no-fault insurance, negotiating the arbitration and ultimately negotiating a settlement for permanent damage. She worked on things in a timely manner, was very professional and I knew without a doubt she my best interests in mind. Though it was a difficult situation, I was very pleased with my experience and the results and would recommend Susan to anyone needing legal representation!!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Attorney
  • McCullough Bowden & Cyr PA
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Crabtree Law Firm, PA
  • 1998 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Babcock, Lacher, Neilson & Mannella
  • 1996 - 1998


  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1995


  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Legal Assistance to Washington County
  • Board Member- Past President
  • 1998 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 50 Women in Minnesota
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • MAJ Summer Convention- 2013
  • Pain and Suffering Damages
  • 2013
  • Winter Convention
  • Discovery of Client Media
  • 2010
  • No-fault Seminar
  • Presentation of the Case at Arbitration
  • 2008
  • Dram Shop Seminar
  • Challenging the Liability Limits
  • 2007
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Summer Convention
  • Dram Shop Update
  • 2006
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Conduct
  • 2005
  • Minnesota Chiropractic Association
  • No-Fault Arbitrations
  • 2000
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association
  • Post-Trial Set offs
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
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Personal injury Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred many clients to Susan. She is thorough, thoughtful and very knowledgeable. My clients and I have been very satisfied with her representation and I really appreciate having her as a referral resource I can completely trust."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan is a straightforward, no-nonsense attorney who sincerely cares about her clients. I have referred close friends to Susan and found their needs and wishes were taken care of. She is intelligent, very knowledgeable about her area of law, and very experienced in every aspect of a client's case. I refer anyone to Susan without a doubt knowing they will be satisfied with only the initial free consultation or having Susan handle their entire case."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Ms. Bowden for more than sixteen (16) years as we attended law school together. Since that time, I have referred Ms. Bowden several cases and have always found her work to be extremely competent and professional. Most importantly, she is always responsive to the client's questions and is also very aware of the practical considerations faced by all clients. During a tough period, all clients need to know that they are protected and that their attorney is vigorously advocating for their interests. Susan exceeds these expectations. I highly recommend Susan for all personal injury cases."
Car accident Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Susan and I have worked on several Wisconsin personal injury matters over the years. She is a tireless advocate for our mutual clients. She has a unique ability to get to the issues at hand and effectively and efficiently litigate cases."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Susan for six years. During that time I have come to understand and appreciate her approach in working with clients and advocating for the relief they need. With great respect for her work I have been glad to refer to her clients in need of trustworthy legal help with their personal injuries."
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Saint Paul Personal injury Lawyer Susan Joanne Bowden Gunst
Susan Joanne Bowden Gunst
Personal injury Attorney
Saint Paul, MN
Licensed for 25 years
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