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Up & Coming Attorneys, Unsung Legal Heroes announced

Each year Minnesota Lawyer recognizes a group of new attorneys off to a fast start in their legal careers and the legal professionals who work to make sure the job gets done.

We are pleased to announce the 2021 Up & Coming Attorneys and Unsung Legal Heroes.

All of the Up & Coming Attorney honorees are in their first decade of practice.

Unsung Legal Heroes come from several categories including: legal administrative assistant, paralegal or judicial clerk, administrator or office manager, librarian, accounting staff, information technology and marketing.

Congratulations to the 2021 Up & Coming Attorneys and Unsung Legal Heroes.


Up & Coming Attorneys


Trevor Brown

Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Daniel Bruzzone

Patterson Thuente IP


Aram Desteian

Bassford Remele


Autumn Gear

Barnes & Thornberg


Jessica Gutierrez

Robins Kaplan LLP


Lisa Hui-Peterson

Ramsey County Attorney’s Office


Iain Johnson

Stinson LLP


Grace Kim

Fish & Richardson P.C.


Jessica Kometz

Bassford Remele


Kyle R. Kroll

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.


Brittany Lawonn

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office


Leah D. Leyendecker

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP


Shui Li

Robins Kaplan LLP


Virginia McCalmont

Forsgren Fisher McCalmont DeMarea Tysver LLP


Ann Motl

Maslon LLP


Alexandria Mueller

Hellmuth & Johnson


Evan Nelson

Maslon LLP


Laura Nelson

Stinson LLP


Brittany Resch

Gustafson Gluek PLLC


Jesse E. Sater

Bowman and Brooke LLP


Rachael Stack

Faegre Drinker


Vanessa Szalapski

Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Jessica Timmington Lindstrom

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.


Anna Tobin

Greene Espel PLLP


Arielle Wagner

Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.


Jessi Wagner

McGough Construction Co. LLC


Kathryn E. Wendt

Ballard Spahr LLP


Davida Williams

Greene Espel PLLP


Kyle Wislocky

Ciresi Conlin LLP


Ryan R. Woessner

Faegre Drinker


Seth Zawila

Robins Kaplan LLP



Unsung Legal Heroes


Kerry Conboy

University of St. Thomas School of Law


Tonya Cooper

St. Paul City Attorney’s Office


Marina Davis

Ciresi Conlin LLP


Karen K. Deneen

Greene Espel PLLP


Chau Espenson

U.S. Bank


Nancy Fraser

Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Shelli Haag

Sieben Edmunds Miller PLLC


Kim Hansen

Taft Law


Nancy Jaeckels

Manty & Associates, P.A.


Nikki Krahler

Fish & Richardson P.C.


Fred A. Levy Haskell

Stinson LLP


Kelsey Lund



April Paul

Engelmeier & Umanah


Ann Potter

Robins Kaplan LLP


Marissa L. Powers

Stellpflug Law PLLC


Jennifer Stegora

Shepherd Data Services, Inc.


Susan Trombley

Law Library Service to Prisoners


Dawn Van Alstine

Robins Kaplan LLP


Karen Westwood

Hennepin County Law Library


Brandy Wolf

Fish & Richardson P.C.


Service Center

Merchant & Gould


Victim Witness Team

St. Paul City Attorney’s Office


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