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Up & Coming: Adine S. Momoh

Adine S. Momoh

Adine S. Momoh

Stinson Leonard Street

For a new lawyer, Adine Momoh has an extensive practice. But that’s not surprising for someone who loves to be in court as much as she does.

Momoh joined Stinson Leonard Street in 2009, after graduating from William Mitchell College of Law. After her first year there, she left for a yearlong clerkship with Magistrate Judge Jeanne Graham.

At Stinson Leonard Street, Momoh specializes in bankruptcy. But she’s also done business and commercial litigation, estates and trusts, oil/gas/mining litigation, cases involving transportation, and occasionally even family law. “I had a client whose [former] husband was trying to skirt his obligations by filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy, and I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen,” she said. It didn’t.

In a transportation matter with a railroad, Momoh was second chair, but handled the bulk of the work, preparing witnesses, conducting direct and cross examinations, and even interrogated expert witnesses.

That’s partly why Momoh has been so involved in the Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association. “The division creates opportunities for younger attorneys to develop the skills they might not get at large law firms,” she said. “That’s important, because big cases tend to be handled by more seasoned attorneys.”

Momoh is on the board of directors of the Hennepin County Bar Association, and she’s the co-chair of its civil litigation section. She was also just elected to the board of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers. But she doesn’t neglect her pro bono work; she provides services through Stinson Street Leonard’s Legal Clinic and the Federal Bar Association’s Pro Se Project, where she handles section 1983 cases involving civil rights violations. She spends about 200 hours a year on pro bono cases.

And yes, she said, she does have a personal life in addition to all of that. “I learned in high school that I was a high-capacity person,” Momoh said.

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