Previously named a 2013 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for his work as part of a Robins Kaplan team that obtained a $2.7 billion arbitration award for Kraft Foods Group, Inc., Michael Reif was nominated by Robins Kaplan as an Up & Coming Attorney for his work on behalf of firm clients, and for his extensive pro bono and community activities.
After graduating from Boston College, and prior to law school at the University of Minnesota, Reif spent a year as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corp on the North Cheyenne and Crow reservations in southeastern Montana. That experience has proven useful in Reif’s practice as part of Robins Kaplan’s recently established American Indian Law and Policy practice, which has included the representation of a Native American farmer in South Dakota who is seeking permission to grow hemp.
Reif also represents Great Clips Inc. Sandra Anderson, the chief legal officer at Great Clips, describes Reif as an “absolutely phenomenal outside counsel,” and says the she and others at Great Clips “have the highest regard for Mike.”
Reif is one of a number of Robins Kaplan attorneys handling pro bono immigration matters in conjunction with the Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School, and he recently prevailed on behalf of his client in the first cancellation of removal hearing brought by Robins Kaplan.
Reif created and is the primary contributor to “The Brief,” Robins Kaplan’s daily financial industry blog, to which he typically devotes more than an hour a day. Reif also teaches Law in Practice at the University of Minnesota Law School, and is a volunteer tutor at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
This combination of top-flight litigation skills, pro bono work and community involvement makes Michael Reif a 2015 Up & Coming Attorney.