“I realized I was more interested in the contracts customers were signing and the arrangements that were being made than in the gym memberships, phone systems, and IT services I was selling,” she said. “I thought maybe law would be a better place for me.”
Returning home to Minnesota, LaGrange enrolled and graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. As a summer associate in 2015 for Lindquist & Vennum, she worked on a few bank transactions and liked them. After she joined the firm, she began focusing in that area.
One of the largest transactions LaGrange worked on for the firm — now called Ballard Spahr LLP — was the 2018 acquisition of MidCountry Bank by a group of local investors.
LaGrange enjoys contributing her time as a volunteer. She helps economically disadvantaged taxpayers through the Minneapolis nonprofit Prepare + Prosper. “It’s rewarding because you can see the impact you’re having on families,” she said. “You can often find tax credits they wouldn’t have found themselves.”
As a volunteer for the Ramsey County Harassment Court she assists in mediations between parties with restraining orders who may have to come in contact with one another because of their proximity.
The mother of 1-year-old Gerald, LaGrange enjoys working out with her husband, a personal trainer, and being outdoors. “We’re into fitness and being active,” she said.
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