Each year, Minnesota Lawyer recognizes the best achievements in the Minnesota legal profession with the Attorneys of the Year awards.
This year’s attorneys were chosen based on their leadership, involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events, excellence in corporate or transactional services and public service.
Among the honorees is the legal team that pursued a case credited with shedding light on the misuse of the state’s vehicle records database, a case that resulted in reform of the way state handles the data. An attorney- lobbyist and a law school professor who worked behind the scenes to make Minnesota the 12th state to recognize same sex marriage and two attorneys who earned their client the largest settlement ever paid in Hennepin County to an in custody inmate.
The nominations were submitted by judges, bar groups, clients and fellow attorneys. The honorees come from diverse practice groups including criminal law, litigation, public service, intellectual property and in-house legal departments.
This year there were also 10 repeat Attorneys of the Year. Four additional attorneys were recognized for a lifetime of dedication and commitment to the Minnesota legal community with the Outstanding Service to the Profession award, two others are being recognized posthumously.
The newspaper will host an awards program Feb. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis to recognize this year’s honorees will publish a special section highlighting the honorees.
The 2013 Attorneys of the Year:
Larry Fett, Jon Strauss, Kenn Fukuda, Mark Zitzewitz and Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Sapientia Law Group
Jeanette Bazis, Marie Failinger, Mary Vasaly, and Lisa Brabbit, Infinity Project
Michael V. Ciresi, David Beehler, Katie Crosby Lehmann, Tom Hamlin, Mathew Korte, Melissa Goodman, Michael Reif, and William Bornstein, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
William L. H. Lubov and Robert Bennett, Lubov & Associates/Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp
Patrick J. Ciliberto and Todd P. Zettler, Scott County Attorney’s Office
Michael O. Freeman and Michael Richardson, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
David March and Timothy Baer, Target Corp.
Douglas R. Peterson, Wade Davis, Jennifer Ives, Andrew Davis, and Daniel Oberdorfer, Leonard, Street and Deinard
Nancy A. Haas and Dale Carpenter, MN United
Barbara Zurek, Meagher & Geer
Charles Spevacek, Meagher & Geer
Chris Madel, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
Dana Bartocci, Minnesota Women Lawyers
Daniel E. Gustafson, Gustafson Gluek
David Bradley Olsen, Henson & Efron
Devan V. Padmanabhan, Winthrop & Weinstine
Jeff Anderson, Anderson and Associates
Jeffrey S. Storms and Robert Bennett, Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp
Katherine McBride; Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society
Kay Nord Hunt, Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg
Matthew Ralph, Dorsey & Whitney
Michael E. Florey, Fish & Richardson
Norman Baer, Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie
Stephen R. Baird, Winthrop & Weinstine
Susan Segal, city of Minneapolis
Tony Palumbo, Anoka County Attorney
Mark Fiddler, Fiddler Law Office
Hal Shillingstad, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
Byron Starns, Leonard, Street and Deinard
Jennifer Reedstrom Bishop, Gray Plant Mooty
Felicia J. Boyd, Barnes & Thornburg
Morgan Burns, Faegre Baker Daniels
Kim Schmid, Bowman and Brooke
Charles P. Moorse, Lindquist & Vennum
Mike Snyder, Meshbesher & Spence
David A. Davenport, Winthrop & Weinstine
In addition, the following are being recognized for Outstanding Service to the Profession:
John Stuart, Minnesota State Public Defender
Kenneth Tilsen, Attorney at Law (posthumous)
Judge Kathleen Gearin, Ramsey County District Court
Ron Meshbesher, Meshbesher & Spence
David Brink, American Bar Association
Justice Rosalie E. Wahl, Minnesota Supreme Court (posthumous)