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Kenneth Lester Sovereign, American lawyer. Bar: Minnesota 1955, Minnesota (United States District Court) 1973, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1973.


Sovereign, Kenneth Lester was born on February 20, 1919 in Sartell, Minnesota, United States. Son of Lester Clark and Myrtle Frank Sovereign.


Bachelor of Science, University Minnesota, 1941. Postgraduate, School Business, 1947. Juris Doctor, Wm. Mitchell College Law, 1955.

Degree in advanced Management Program, Harvard University, 1964.


Assistant state labor conciliator, Minnesota, 1949—1953. Personnel and safety director Waldorf Paper Products Company, 1953—1960, corporation industrial and public relations director, 1960—1966. Corporation industrial relations director Hoerner Waldorf Corporation, St. Paul, 1966—1968, vice president industrial relations, 1968—1971, vice president, senior attorney, 1971—1977.

Associate counsel, assistant secretary Champion International Corporation, 1977—1981. Private practice, from 1981. Consultant, seminar leader.

Lecturer industrial relations University Minnesota. Member Faculty Management Center, St. Thomas College, 1965—1982. Lecturer workers and unemployment compensation, personnel law Minnesota Association Commerce and Industry, from 1980.

Member industrial relations advisory council University Minnesota, 1955. President Don El Guia Owners Association, Mexico, 1974—1977, chairman board, 1978—1979. Member Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Review Board, from 1975, chairman, from 1980.

Board directors Tri-Lakes Association, from 1955. Served with United States Army, 1942-1946.


  • Bar: Minnesota 1955, Minnesota (United States District Court) 1973, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1973.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor books. Author: (books) Personnel Law, 1984, 2d edition, 1989.


Fellow: Society Advancement Management. Member: American Bar Association (labor law section, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Equal Employment Opportunity committees since 1971), American Society Personnel Administration (lecturer 1980-1985, seminar leader personnel management and law since 1980), Minnesota Bar Association (labor law section), Masons.


Married Janet Lucille Olson, July 19, 1947. Children: David Paul, Jeffrey Clark.

Lester Clark

Myrtle Frank Sovereign

Janet Lucille Olson

David Paul Sovereign

Jeffrey Clark Sovereign