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Up & Coming Attorneys, Unsung Legal Heroes named

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 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 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
Office of the US Attorney, District of Minnesota

Adriel Villarreal
Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

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