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Click above to read the Attorneys of the Year 2017 digital edition.

Click above to read the Attorneys of the Year 2017 digital edition.

Each year, Minnesota Lawyer recognizes the best achievements in the Minnesota legal profession with the Attorneys of the Year awards. This year’s attorneys were chosen based on their leadership, involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events, excellence in corporate or transactional services, and public service.

Once again, it is Minnesota Lawyer’s privilege to bring you the best of 2017 — the lawyers working in groups, partnerships or alone who put the grand in the canyon for our great profession.

To start with, we have nine groups of lawyers, which says a lot about the kind of year it was. We saw an unprecedented dispute between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature over the line-item veto, which will no doubt reverberate into the 2018 session. We also saw some remarkable vindication of the rights of the injured and deceased, immigrants, criminal defendants
and owners of intellectual property. We saw lawyers putting themselves out there to help young lawyers find their way.

Honorees selected two or more times have been inducted into the Circle of Excellence.

Congratulations to all our 2017 Attorneys of the Year.

—Barbara L. Jones



Patrick M. Arenz

Stephanie A. Ball

Robert Bennett *

Angela Beranek Brandt

Karin Ciano

Brian Corey and Steven Ryan

Janel Dressen

Lisa Elliott

Friedlander Legal Team *

Gov. Dayton’s Legal Team *

Marsh Halberg *

Teresa Lavoie

Cortney S. LeNeave

Eric Magnuson *

Merchant & Gould Legal Team

Chris Messerly and Elizabeth Fors *

Minnesota State Legislature Legal Team *

Mai Neng Moua and Linus Chan

Andrea Niesen *

Tara C. Norgard *

Kevin Riach *

Peter Surdo

Surly Legal Team *

Syngenta Legal Team *

Tenant Remedies Action Legal Team

Kenneth Udoibok *

University of Minnesota Student Legal Service Team

Dorothy Whelan

White Bear Lake Legal Team *


Outstanding Service to the Profession

Judge Donovan Frank

Cathy Haukedahl

Judge Richard Kyle

Andrew Mohring

Judge Ann Montgomery *

Judge Diana Murphy


* denotes a Circle of Excellence attorney, who has been named Attorney of the Year more than once

One comment

  1. Thank you to Kelsey and everyone at Minnesota Lawyer who made the 2017 Award Ceremony an event that made the award presentations a very special event. Shakespeare would have been pleased. There was just enough pomp and circumstance to generate (a modest amount of ) pride.

    Thank you.

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