In just six years as a practicing attorney, Leora Maccabee Itman has established herself as a force in the Twin Cities’ legal and Jewish communities, say her colleagues.
An associate at Minneapolis-based Maslon LLP, Itman’s legal practice includes general business, trusts and estates, tort law and product liability litigation. She has represented start-up businesses to multimillion-dollar companies.
“I love being the attorney a business can call upon when problems arise,” Itman says. “I’m passionate about helping my clients through those moments, whether they resolve through late-night negotiations or a summary judgment motion.”
One of Itman’s higher-profile cases was as part of the Maslon team that represented the Fortune 500 engineering company involved in the I-35W collapsed bridge litigation.
The Up and Coming award follows Itman’s recognition among the 2015 Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota and inclusion in the 2014-2015 Rising Stars lists by Minnesota Super Lawyer. She received the 2013 Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award from the Twin Cities Cardozo Society.
Last year, the Minnesota State Bar association recognized Itman as a North Star Lawyer, for devoting 50 hours or more of pro bono legal service in a calendar year. Her pro bono work includes representing low-income people in housing and consumer debt matters through the Volunteer Lawyers Network and Federal Pro Se Project.
Outside of her law practice, Itman is active in several community endeavors. She is founder and president of Jewfolk Media Inc., a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that runs TCJewfolk.com, a multi-author online magazine and virtual community space devoted to increasing the number of quality Jewish moments experienced by people of all ages and backgrounds. She is also on the board of directors of the Sabes Jewish Community Center in Minneapolis. She also received the 2014 Natan/NEXT grant for social entrepreneurs and the 2013 Twin Cities Cardozo Society’s Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award.