Associate, Fredrikson & Byron
In just her fifth year of practicing law, Amber Brown already has made a solid name for herself in the Twin Cities’ legal and nonprofit communities.
Brown, 28, was set on her career path the way many attorneys are: as an argumentative child. “I was told over and over, ‘You should be an attorney,’” she said. She took that gift for impassioned advocacy seriously, to where the only obstacle left was her own misconceptions about the legal field.
“I didn’t know the practice areas,” she said. “I didn’t want to sit in an office and study the Constitution. I was glad to learn that there’s a lot more to it than that.”
An associate at Fredrikson & Byron, Brown guides a corporate and securities practice that involves helping clients with a variety of transactions, including public and private securities offerings, governance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Brown said her mentors at Fredrikson didn’t waste any time helping her get her feet wet.
“In law school, I was interested in copyright, trademarks and working with creative people,” she said. “With Fredrikson having several different departments, they put people where they think they’ll fit the best. Transactional was going to be for me — they thought my personality would be a good fit. They knew what they were doing.”
She has worked to transfer those skills to the nonprofit world as well, serving on the board of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association and helping to found the BizGrow Network, a national network of nonprofits serving minority businesses.
“I like working with nonprofit clients because they’re so appreciative of your efforts,” said Brown. “As a younger attorney, you get given a lot of pro bono work because it helps you build experience. It’s with those clients that I really feel like I’m providing service.”