Faegre Baker Daniels
For Lariss Jude, it isn’t enough to be a successful lawyer with a thriving practice. She wants to inspire others to succeed as well.
Jude has been an associate with Faegre Baker Daniels since 2012, when she graduated from University of Minnesota Law School. She already had three years of part-time experience with Larson King, where she worked all through law school, and it wasn’t long before she had a broad litigation practice at FBD.
She has handled trust and estate, consumer fraud, bankruptcy, and other types of cases, but she especially likes the intellectual challenge of product liability cases involving pharmaceutical companies. “I feel passionate about representing business and supporting innovation, and in pharmaceuticals there are so many opportunities to do that,” Jude said. “The R&D they do has such an impact on the world.”
Jude’s pro bono work includes the Children’s Law Center, where she represents children in foster care. She usually shoots for Faegre’s goal of 100 pro bono hours a year, which is the number of hours the firm allows lawyers to credit toward their billable hours. “They make it really easy to do the work because they’ve got the infrastructure to support it,” Jude said.
As a board member for the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Jude vets candidates for endorsement, drafts endorsement letters for Hispanic judges and represented MHBA at the national convention. At the invitation of Chief Judge Michael J. Davis and the Open Doors to Federal Courts program, she spoke to more than 300 Minnesota high school students about her struggles and successes.
“People didn’t necessarily believe in me as I was growing up,” she said. “I wanted [the students] to know that sacrifice and hard work can pay off, that it’s good to ask for help, and that you can find opportunities even if they’re not finding you.”