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Unsung: Maria Patino

Maria Patino

The population of Willmar is about 20,000, and about 21 percent of its population is of Hispanic or Latino origin, according to the 2010 census. A large portion of the clientele at Mid Minnesota Legal Services in Willmar speaks only ...

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Unsung: Sheri Peterson

Sheri Peterson

In 2007, SiebenCarey was handling a large toxic tort case and Sheri Peterson came on board as a paralegal. For most of that case, she was the only support professional and she interviewed over 200 potential claimants, ultimately pursuing 45 ...

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Unsung: Sandi Poppen

Sandi Poppen

Last year, while attending the Minnesota Lawyer Unsung Legal Heroes awards ceremony, Robins Kaplan associate Elizabeth Burnett turned to her seatmate and they agreed, “Sandi should be up there.” The reason legal administrative assistant Sandi Poppen came immediately to mind ...

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Unsung: Kia Schmeckpeper

Kia Schmeckpeper

When litigators in Robins Kaplan’s Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation Group take on a new case, the paralegal that the attorneys ask for is Kia Schmeckpeper. “If the matter is going to be in any way challenging or complex, I ...

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Unsung: Kelly Thaemert

Kelly Thaemert

Kelly Thaemert has paint, spackle and a tool box in her office at Hellmuth & Johnson, along with vaults of payroll and personnel files. “I wear many hats,” says Thaemert. “You will find me painting and patching walls.” One recent ...

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Up & Coming: Shannon Bjorklund

Shannon Bjorklund

After fewer than eight years as an attorney, Shannon Bjorklund is drawing accolades from colleagues. Bjorklund, who recently became a partner at Dorsey & Whitney’s Minneapolis Trial Group, “has distinguished herself as an exceptional lawyer with a deep commitment to ...

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Up & Coming: Shelby Knutson Bruce

Shelby Knutson Bruce

From the time when she was a grade school student, Shelby Knutson Bruce knew she wanted to be a lawyer. “I knew the career would be challenging and engaging,” Bruce told Minnesota Lawyer. Today, she is living her childhood ambition ...

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Up & Coming: Jamie Buskirk

Jamie Buskirk

Attorney Jamie Buskirk has taken the health care mergers and acquisitions world by storm since joining Lindquist & Vennum in 2015. “Jamie has already participated in several high-­profile transactions that have generated significant results for our clients in the past ...

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Up & Coming: Rob Courtney

Rob Courtney

Rob Courtney, a principal at Fish & Richardson, is a “triple threat” in handling patent-infringement disputes for his clients, who include some of the world’s largest technology companies. Courtney’s dossier includes extensive litigating before federal courts, the International Trade Commission ...

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