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Minnesota Lawyer has named 21 Unsung Legal Heroes and 28 Up & Coming Attorneys

Up & Coming Attorneys and Legal Heroes Unsung no longer

 Minnesota Lawyer has named this year’s honorees for both the Up & Coming Attorneys and the Unsung Legal Heroes.

The Up & Coming Attorneys recognition highlights lawyers in 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 go 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.

Both groups were nominated by colleagues, supervisors and their peers, and chosen by a panel of prior winners of the relevant award. This year both groups will be recognized together at a lunch event Sept. 10at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. Minnesota Lawyer will publish a special section Sept. 14 profiling the honorees.


2015 Unsung Legal Heroes

Jean Anderson
Minnesota State Law Library


Amanda Bakken
Stinson Leonard Street LLP


Patty Brophy
Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Robin Chance
Fish & Richardson


Sara Galligan
Ramsey County Law Library


Suzanne Grossman
Dakota County Law Library


Dan Gruber
Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP


Ellen Hanson-ZeVan
Bowman and Brooke LLP


Diane Liebrenz
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid


Kerri S. Lorig
Gray Plant Mooty


Roxann Mosey
Gray Plant Mooty


Steve Nardini
Gray Plant Mooty


Maggie Palmisano
Hallberg Law


Dawn Parker
Patterson Thuente IP


Mariel Piilola
Larkin Hoffman


Carolyn Reinardy
First District Public Defender’s Office


Susan Style
Robins Kaplan LLP


Raul Taveras
Fish & Richardson


Annie Tremain
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota


Bradley G. Wicklund
Lommen Abdo Law Firm


Lindy Yokanovich
Cancer Legal Line


2015 Up & Coming Attorneys

Kaisa Adams
Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP


Emily A. Ambrose
Blackwell Burke P.A.


Ryan J. Bies
Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.


Kimberly Brzezinski
Hanft Fride


Jennifer Bullard
Bowman and Brooke LLP


Christopher J. Cadem
Cadem Law Group, PLLC


Brian Clark
Lockridge Grindal Nauen


Anne Cotter
Stinson Leonard Street LLP


Sarah Davis
The Legal Rights Center


Sybil Dunlop
Greene Espel, PLLP


James Gempeler
North Star Criminal Defense


Leora Maccabee Itman
Maslon LLP


Phillip M. Kitzer
Teske, Micko, Katz, Kitzer & Rochel, PLLP


Jessica L. Klander
Bassford Remele


Brett M. Larson
Messerli & Kramer P.A.


Rick Linsk
Lockridge Grindal Nauen


JoLynn M. Markison
Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Riann Meyer
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid


Ryan R. Miske
Faegre Baker Daniels


Angela Munoz-Kaphing
Robins Kaplan LLP


Joshua T. Natzel
Lindquist & Vennum LLP


Michael D. Reif
Robins Kaplan LLP


Zachary J. Robins
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.


Stephen E. Schemenauer
Stinson Leonard Street LLP


Nadege Souvenir
Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Victoria Taylor
Crossroads Legal Services


Lola Velazquez-Aguilu
U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota


Adriel Villarreal
Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

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