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Lauren Pockl
Lauren Pockl

2020 Up & Coming Attorneys: Lauren Pockl

As a University of Minnesota undergraduate, Lauren Pockl spent a semester in 2008 working in then-Rep. Jim Ramstad’s Washington, D.C., office. Pockl told Ramstad of her desire to dedicate her life to improving the lives of others.

“I told him I want to make an impact on the world and that I really appreciated the ability to use politics to do so,” she said. “He suggested I pursue a career in law, which I hadn’t considered up to that point.”

After sitting on the advice for several years, Pockl enrolled at what is now Mitchell Hamline School of Law and clerked for a year at the Minnesota Court of Appeals for now-Justice Margaret Chutich, Judge Matthew Johnson, and Judge John Rodenberg. She then joined Briggs & Morgan, today Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

The energy law specialist often assists clients in regulatory cases before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Outside of work she offers pro bono services to several clients, among them the Ramsey County Mental Health Court. “I’ve done it for five years and I’ve enjoyed every minute of that work,” she said. “I like being the sounding board for the individuals I interact with and represent.”

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

There are two pieces of advice that have always resonated with me. The first is to be kind, always. You never know what someone else is going through, so be considerate and compassionate to those you meet, and default to empathy in all of your personal interactions. The other piece of advice is to keep your eye on the doughnut, not the hole. There is something to be said for being grateful for what we have.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I was a Division I athlete who played softball at the U.

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