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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


Daniel Bruzzone

Patterson Thuente IP


Aram Desteian

Bassford Remele


Autumn Gear

Barnes & Thornberg


Jessica Gutierrez

Robins Kaplan


Lisa Hui-Peterson

Ramsey County Attorney’s Office


Iain Johnson



Grace Kim

Fish & Richardson


Jessica Kometz

Bassford Remele


Kyle R. Kroll

Winthrop & Weinstine


Brittany Lawonn

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office


Leah D. Leyendecker

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr


Shui Li

Robins Kaplan


Virginia McCalmont

Forsgren Fisher McCalmont DeMarea Tysver


Ann Motl



Alexandria Mueller

Hellmuth & Johnson


Evan Nelson



Laura Nelson



Brittany Resch

Gustafson Gluek


Jesse E. Sater

Bowman and Brooke


Rachael Stack

Faegre Drinker


Vanessa Szalapski

Dorsey & Whitney


Jessica Timmington Lindstrom

Winthrop & Weinstine


Anna Tobin

Greene Espel


Arielle Wagner

Lockridge Grindal Nauen


Jessi Wagner

McGough Construction Co.


Kathryn E. Wendt

Ballard Spahr


Davida Williams

Greene Espel


Kyle Wislocky

Ciresi Conlin


Ryan R. Woessner

Faegre Drinker


Seth Zawila

Robins Kaplan



Unsung Legal Heroes


Kerry Conboy

University of St. Thomas School of Law


Tonya Cooper

St. Paul City Attorney’s Office


Marina Davis

Ciresi Conlin


Karen K. Deneen

Greene Espel


Chau Espenson

U.S. Bank


Nancy Fraser

Dorsey & Whitney


Shelli Haag

Sieben Edmunds Miller


Kim Hansen

Taft Law


Nancy Jaeckels

Manty & Associates


Nikki Krahler

Fish & Richardson


Fred A. Levy Haskell



Kelsey Lund



April Paul

Engelmeier & Umanah


Ann Potter

Robins Kaplan


Marissa L. Powers

Stellpflug Law


Jennifer Stegora

Shepherd Data Services, Inc.


Susan Trombley

Fredrickson & Byron


Dawn Van Alstine

Robins Kaplan


Karen Westwood

Hennepin County Law Library


Brandy Wolf

Fish & Richardson


Service Center

Merchant & Gould


Victim Witness Team

St. Paul City Attorney’s Office


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