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People & Practices – March 5

Robert J. Pratte

Robert J. Pratte and Brent R. Lindahl, two business litigation lawyers focusing on mortgage banking and class action defense, have joined the Minneapolis office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP as partners.

Pratte comes to Fulbright as a partner from DLA Piper. Lindahl comes to the firm from Briggs and Morgan.

Pratte and Lindahl both concentrate their practices on mortgage banking, regulatory compliance, class action defense, consumer credit and real estate finance. Their clients include financial institutions, homebuilder businesses, mortgage banking and insurance companies.

Before joining DLA Piper, Pratte spent more than 20 years at Briggs and Morgan, where he was the head of the mortgage banking practice group. Pratte and Lindahl worked closely together at Briggs and Morgan as members of its business litigation group. He received his J.D. from Tulane University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern. His professional associations include the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

Lindahl is licensed to practice in Minnesota. He received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Lindahl is also a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America.

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Patent attorney Paul Haven McDowall has joined Patterson Thuente IP.

Much of McDowall’s career has been spent in the medical technology arena. He served as patent counsel for the medical device companies Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, protecting innovation in the areas of palliative and

curative cardiac device therapies, alternative anatomic imaging and medical device energy systems. Earlier in his career, he worked in the technology transfer office at the University of Minnesota, managing patents and licensing for diverse technologies.

Serving of counsel for Patterson Thuente IP, McDowall will focus his efforts on assisting companies and academic institutions with patent prosecution; IP portfolio management; licensing issues; Freedom to Operate, invalidity and patentability opinions; and the transition to new patent laws under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA).

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Lindquist & Vennum PLLP announced that it has opened an office in Sioux Falls, S.D. The expansion will allow Lindquist & Vennum to broaden its already significant representation of business, banking, and trusts and estates clients in South Dakota.

Sioux Falls attorneys Lee Magnuson, Mary Akkerman, Amy Arndt, Dan Fritz, Brian Kirby, Amy Ross Lauck and Heath Oberloh are moving their practices to the new office. Magnuson will be the partner-in-charge of the new office, which joins the firm’s existing offices in Minneapolis and Denver.

Lindquist & Vennum clients in South Dakota include First Premier Bank and a number of other financial institutions, agricultural equipment and processing businesses and individuals.

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Gray Plant Mooty is pleased to announce that Bruce Mooty has been appointed chairperson of the firm’s board of directors. In the position, Mooty will work closely with David Bahls, Gray Plant Mooty’s managing officer.

Mooty is a business lawyer representing and counseling public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and other key business decisions. He has been practicing with Gray Plant Mooty since 1994. From 2000 to 2007, he served as the firm’s managing officer and board chair. Before joining Gray Plant Mooty, Mooty was a shareholder and board member at another large Minneapolis law firm.

Outside of his legal practice, Mooty has served the University of Minnesota in various volunteer capacities, including as national president of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and as a member of the search committee that recommended the hiring of Eric Kaler, the University of Minnesota’s new president. In 2010, Mooty was honored by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association with its Alumni Service Award. He received his undergraduate and law school degrees from the U of M.

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Gray Plant Mooty is pleased to announce that Michael P. Sullivan Jr. has been elected president of the Minnesota chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is a global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions for mid-size to large companies. For 50 years, ACG members have focused on strategic activities that increase revenues, profits and stakeholder value. Today ACG stands at more than 9,000 members (with 350 in the Minnesota chapter) representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, FTSE 100 and mid-market companies in 48 chapters in North America, Europe, and soon, Asia.

Sullivan is a shareholder with the firm and concentrates his practice on business/corporate law, with an emphasis on representing closely held and emerging growth companies. He concentrates most of his time on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and private equity and debt offerings.

Sullivan received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

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Gray Plant Mooty is pleased to announce that Matthew Shea, a principal with the firm’s Trust, Estate & Charitable Planning practice group, has been elected as a fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

ACTEC is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. All ACTEC members have made substantial contributions to the field of trusts and estates law through writing, teaching and bar leadership activities. The members work to:

• Enhance their ability to provide the most efficient and highest quality services to their clients

• Develop qualified trust and estate counselors

• Improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures and standards of professional responsibility

• Cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar missions.

Membership in ACTEC is by election of the college’s regents. Individual lawyers meeting the criteria for membership are nominated for membership by college fellows and subjected to review by state and national membership selection committees before consideration by the regents of the college.

Shea practices in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, and international estate and tax planning. He works with executives, business owners, dentists and physicians to address their unique estate planning issues. Shea is an adjunct law professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School, where he teaches courses on wills, estates and trusts, and estate planning and taxation of gifts. Shea received his J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law.

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