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Unsung: Jessica Heck

Jessica Heck

Jessica Heck spent many years in the resort and hotel industries before she made an important discovery. “Hotels never close,” she said. “I wanted more regular hours.” Which isn’t to say that Heck’s current job is a great deal easier ...

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Unsung: Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson

The 450-strong Bowman and Brooke has a three-person Human Resources Department, when those jobs are staffed. But in the last year or so, the department lost its director and payroll specialists, leaving Amanda Johnson’s plate stacked high. She handled it ...

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Unsung: Bonnie Korte

Bonnie Korte

As the manager of patent paralegals at Fish & Richardson, Bonnie Korte has one of the most important jobs in the firm. With responsibility for recruiting, hiring, training, and assigning work to over 80 patent paralegals across the firm’s 11 ...

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Unsung: David Oxley

David Oxley

You may have read a thing or two about the importance of information security and of the horrific consequences of a breach. That’s why a director of information technology is critical to an office, as shown by unsung hero David ...

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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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