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People & Practices: Jan. 25, 2021

Damon Schramm


Lathrop GPM has welcomed attorney Damon Schramm back to the firm after he served 15 years as in-house counsel to a number of well-known and publicly traded companies. Schramm rejoins the Business Transactions Practice Group and is based in the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Schramm’s practice focuses on business law with emphases on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, governance, debt and equity finance, securities and casino gaming. Schramm will serve as a strategic adviser to clients leveraging his experience as in-house counsel to help them meet their strategic business objectives.

Most recently, Schramm was chief legal officer and secretary with Waitr Holdings Inc., a publicly held technology company facilitating food order and delivery from restaurants. At Waitr, he oversaw all legal and regulatory compliance, as well as the integration of 15,000 nationwide employees following its merger with BiteSquad.com, LLC. He served as chief legal and administration officer and secretary at BiteSquad during a time of rapid growth. Previously, he served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Evine Live Inc. (now ShopHQ) and at Lakes Entertainment Inc. as vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Schramm received his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul and his B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.



Patterson Thuente IP has elevated patent attorney Daniel Bruzzone to partner, recognizing his grasp of new technologies, dedication to client service, and status as an emerging leader within the firm.

Daniel Bruzzone


Bruzzone works with some of the firm’s largest clients, as well as the smallest. He prosecutes patents and helps develop strategy for a highly regulated, multinational consumer products company, based in London, United Kingdom, and at the same time fights online copycats for a small family owned enterprise in Minnesota. Other facets of his practice include securing IP protections internationally, preparing patentability and invalidity opinions, and supporting the firm’s litigation team in defense and enforcement cases.

Out of college, Bruzzone spent six years in product development for 3M and worked in the company’s then emerging solar and photovoltaics division. Bruzzone’s technology exposure has broadened to include aerospace, atomic force microscopy, consumer products, optical systems, software-implemented inventions, and more.

Bruzzone’s career as a patent attorney has led him to develop an affinity for assisting inventors and entrepreneurs. His efforts in this arena include regular speaking appearances at Twin Cities Startup Week events and developing resource materials for inventors. He also dedicates at least 50 hours per year to providing pro bono legal assistance to inventors.


Kyle Prouty



Heimerl & Lammers LLC has added Kyle Prouty to its family law team.

Prouty, working solely in family law, focuses on providing families with the advice and knowledge needed to navigate the family court system in Minnesota. Prouty has years of experience representing clients in divorce, custody, third-party custody, domestic abuse, and other areas of family law, practicing alongside the firm’s workers’ compensation, personal injury and plaintiff’s employment law attorneys.



Rebecca Peterson


Lockridge Grindal Nauen has named Rebecca Peterson a partner in the firm’s class action group, where she focuses on consumer protection, product liability, and pet food regulation cases, and accompanying regulatory issues. Peterson has been part of successful prosecution of actions on behalf of consumers in both state and federal courts. Peterson has been appointed lead counsel and, alongside a group of attorneys, was recognized as Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for her work on behalf of U.S. farmers.

Before joining the firm, Peterson practiced in California and had extensive experience in complex class actions, appeals, and public relations.

Peterson is admitted to the state bars of Minnesota and California. She received her law degree from the University of San Diego School Law and her B.A. from St. Olaf College.


Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., has announced that David Aafedt has been reelected to the Board of Directors, and Thomas Kettleson and Anton Moch have been elected members of the board.

Aafedt, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors, also serves as the chair of the firm’s Regulatory, Government Relations and Intellectual Property practice groups. Before joining Winthrop, he was an assistant attorney general with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, where he served as counsel to the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Department of Health, and represented the state, the governor, the attorney general, and various state agencies in business and consumer litigation, investigations and market conduct examinations, and civil enforcement proceedings. He was also heavily involved in numerous attorney general audits and consumer investigations pursuant to the office’s consumer, nonprofit, and charitable organization oversight. Since joining Winthrop & Weinstine, Aafedt has used his extensive experience to advocate on behalf of his clients in a wide range of settings in all 50 states, including state and federal regulatory matters, business, consumer and non-profit litigation, as well as state and federal investigations, market conduct examinations, and unclaimed property audits.

Kettleson focuses his practice on commercial lending matters, representing financial institutions in connection with construction and real estate lending, M&A transactions and other commercial financing transactions including revolving lines of credit, term loans, asset based loans, and other complex secured transactions. He is involved in all aspects of the lending process, from structuring financing transactions to documenting, negotiating and closing financing transactions. He has extensive experience representing financial institutions with debt workouts, debt restructurings, foreclosures, and collections. He has also represented and advised businesses, developers and institutional clients on a variety of corporate, commercial financing and commercial real estate matters varying in both size and complexity.

Moch’s practice is focused on representing community and midsize banks, working with them as a partner to find creative, practical solutions, and to allow them to focus on running their businesses. He advises on any legal issue banks encounter, from banking-specific issues like governance and regulatory issues, bank mergers and acquisitions or chartering a bank, to aspects that impact any business organization, like market opportunities, capital issues and structure, employment issues, intellectual property, benefits, succession planning or litigation disputes.  He also counsels banks on technology related issues, including Fintech partnerships and relationships as well as helping banks with third-party vendor agreements and negotiations, including data processing agreements, electronic banking agreements and payment systems.

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