Peter Torseth, the CEO of Foley & Mansfield, doesn’t skimp on the praise for his firm’s director of finance. “Julie is the most dedicated, hard-working individual that I have had the pleasure to work with, and I cannot think of anyone more worthy to be recognized,” says Torseth, who recruited Julie Zierden to Foley six years ago.
A few years after arriving at Foley, Zierden was tasked with a logistically challenging, multi-year project: transitioning from the firm’s legacy accounting and billing software to Thomson’s Elite 3E product. According to Torseth, Zierden managed the shift expertly, with minimal disruption to the work flow in the firm’s 11 offices.
Not surprisingly, she was soon promoted from controller to director of finance.
A native of Galesburg, Illinois, Zierden first came to Minnesota to attend Saint Mary’s University in Winona, where she majored in accounting and minored in computer science. After college, she returned to Illinois and worked as an accountant for McGladrey & Pullen LLP before deciding to move back to Minnesota in search of new opportunity.
Prior to arriving at Foley & Mansfield, Zierden hadn’t worked at a law firm, but, as it turned out, that wasn’t much of an impediment. “There are some nuances for the accounting for each industry but it’s pretty easy to pick up once you have the basics down,” notes Zierden.
While the demands of the work don’t leave much time for hobbies, Zierden likes to spend her spare time with her husband and two adult sons and a newly acquired puppy, a shepherd lab mix. “We swore we weren’t going to get another puppy but, of course, we caved,” she adds.