Meet RCBA Member Racey Rodne


Racey Rodne, who practices personal injury law with McEllistrem Fargione, P.A., is co-chair of the New Lawyers Section, and a member of the RCBA Board and the Diversity Committee.

How did you get involved with the RCBA?

I was invited to an RCBA event by past president Sarah McEllistrem–so a personal invite–which I believe is the best way to get more lawyers involved. Since then, I haven't looked back and have taken on a variety of roles throughout the RCBA.

What led you to a career in law? 

The idea started out in a civics class in high school, then I started undergraduate school at Hamline University initially thinking that I was going to do their 3-3 program (3 years of undergrad and 3 years of law school). After my first few undergraduate law courses did not go so well, I thought maybe law school was not cut out for me. Then I found myself a senior at Hamline without a plan and jumped back on my plan to pursue a career in law. 

How did you choose your practice area?

I couldn't say no when opportunity arose to clerk at my current firm, working on personal injury law. The partners hired me on as an associate and I truly lucked out being at a firm that allows me to gain experience, learn from excellent attorneys, and advocate for those who are injured and are in difficult situations.

Practice/technology tips: favorite piece of tech you’ve been using? 

A headset is a game changer for your zoom hearings.

How do you unwind and add balance into your week?

Unwind = Getting outside for walks and hikes. Balance = Playing in rec sports leagues–basketball, soccer, softball, etc. I could be a good substitute if you need one!

Favorite meal to eat out or prepare? 

I'll die on this hill but The Nook/Shamrocks has the best burger in town.