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Minnesota Lawyer is proud to announce this year’s honorees for both the Up & Coming Attorneys and the Unsung Legal Heroes.

Minnesota Lawyer announces Unsung Legal Heroes, Up & Coming honorees

Minnesota Lawyer is proud to announce this year’s honorees for both the Up & Coming Attorneys and the Unsung Legal Heroes.

The Up & Coming Attorney recognition highlights those lawyers within their first 10 years of practice who have already distinguished themselves by their achievements. The criteria for selection are: professional accomplishment, leadership service to the community and the profession or achievement as in house counsel.

The Unsung Legal Heroes award honors the law firm employees who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty often behind the scenes. This award is reserved for the state’s most talented and dedicated legal support professionals.

The honorees were chosen from eight different categories: Firm Administrator, Law Librarian, Legal Marketer, Legal Secretary, IT, Accounting, Paralegal and Legal Education.

Both groups were nominated by colleagues, supervisors and their peers. This year both groups will be recognized together at a lunch event Sept. 12, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. Minnesota Lawyer will publish a special section at that time profiling those who were selected.


Anita Anderson

Law Librarian, Minnesota Office of Attorney General

Lisa Becker

Case Manager, Fish & Richardson

Holly Bilderback

Manager of Operations, Client Technology Solutions, Faegre Baker Daniels

Tricia Charnell

Marketing Services Coordinator, Barnes & Thornburg

Susan M. Cyronek

Director of Human Resources/Administration, Messerli & Kramer

Holli Drinkwine

Manager, Legislative and Business Development Manager, Lockridge Grindal Nauen

Mary Freyberg

Law Librarian, Scott County Public Law Library

Tina M. Johnson

Paralegal, Gray Plant Mooty

Jill LaMere

Executive Director, Lindquist and Vennum

Michelle Marlowe-Sistad

Applications Administrator, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Debra McNeil

Legal Administrative Assistant, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Vicki Nagel

Office Administrator, Best & Flanagan

Pam O’Brien

Senior Paralegal, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Lolita Oorlog

Technology Manager, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Kathy Osborne

Legal Administrative Assistant, Gray Plant Mooty

Michael S. Rand

Events and Public Relations Coordinator, Bowman and Brooke

Patricia Strickler

Legal Administrative Assistant, Gray Plant Mooty

Jennifer Thompson

Legal Secretary, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer

Deb Weinstock

Legal Marketer, Moss & Barnett

Tess Maclin and Stacey McGuire

Senior Business Development Coordinator and Business Development & Marketing Communications Manager, Gray Plant Mooty


Cassondre K. Buteyn

Associate, Wilson Law Group

Tamara Caban-Ramirez

Attorney, Caban-Ramirez Law Firm

Michael R. Carey

Associate, Bowman and Brooke

Chad Drown

Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels

Trevor Foster

Associate, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Bryan R. Freeman

Partner, Lindquist & Vennum

Jessica Frein

Associate Attorney, Blethen, Gage & Krause

Gretchen L. Gurstelle

Attorney, Gretchen Gurstelle Attorney at Law

Nancy A. Haas

Attorney, Messerli & Kramer

Micah Hines

General Counsel to the Governor’s Office, Gov. Mark Dayton — State of Minnesota

Jane Holzer

Supervising Attorney at the Foreclosure Relief Law Project, Housing Preservation Project

Bryan Lake

MSBA Director of Legislation, Minnesota State Bar Association

Margie Meier

Associate Attorney, Larson King

Jeffrey R. Mulder

Associate, Bassford Remele

Justin M. Page

Staff Attorney, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

Sharon E. Roberg-Perez

Associate, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Amy M. Salmela

Partner, Patterson Thuente IP

Melissa R. Stull

Associate Attorney, Bowman and Brooke

Douglas Ujdur

Associate, Briggs and Morgan

Joseph Windler

Associate, Winthrop & Weinstine

William R. Woodford

Principal, Fish & Richardson

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