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3 partners of well-known firm injured in car crash while attending annual meeting


Three partners of a well-known Minneapolis law firm were injured in a car crash over the weekend while they were in the Brainerd lakes area attending the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi firm’s annual partner meeting.

Thomas Kayser, 77; John Eisberg, 76, and Jan Conlin, 51, were sharing a ride with Kayser at the wheel when they were struck by another motorist coming from the opposite direction who lost control of her vehicle and swerved into their Cadillac El Dorado, Mike Ciresi of told the Star Tribune.

“Tom didn’t have a chance,” Ciresi said, crediting the “big, old tank” of a Cadillac and emergency and hospital personnel for the fact that they weren’t more seriously injured. In addition to the three partners, spouses of Kayser and Conlin were also in the vehicle and all five occupants suffered broken bones, he said. Meanwhile, the other driver, Laura Giles, 33, and her two-year-old son also were injured, although not critically.

Among the law firm group, Kayser and his wife remain hospitalized and the other three passengers have been released.

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