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In-House Counsel: Connie Armstrong

Connie Armstrong is managing two demanding responsibilities in her life, one as senior counsel for a major construction company and the second as an Air National Guard squadron commander.
For the past 2½ years, Armstrong has worked full time handling legal matters at Roseville-based McGough Construction Co. while also serving as commander of the Logistics Readiness Squadron for the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth.
The combination of military service and construction has been a constant in Armstrong’s life for more than 20 years. In the 1990s, starting at age 19, Armstrong was stationed in Alaska and became a contracting officer, awarding and administering federal construction projects for the Guard. She combined her military duties with school, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees, and returned to her home state of Minnesota — she’s from the Duluth area — in 2003 to attend William Mitchell College of Law.
Her goal from the start, Armstrong says, was a career in construction law. She co-founded the school’s Construction Law Group and, after graduating in 2006, worked in law firms where she handled mostly construction law before joining McGough in 2016.
Armstrong describes her work as broad-based, involving a significant amount of contract reviews and risk management. “Litigation is not a big part of what I do,” she says, “and we’re proud to say that.”
Her role as squadron commander in Duluth requires periodic weekend trips northward, a responsibility she relishes.
“It’s a tough job, and there are 80-plus people who are relying on me for advice and guidance in their careers,” she says. “There’s a lot of work, but a lot of satisfaction.”

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