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Anna M. Tobin
Anna M. Tobin

2021 Up & Coming Attorneys: Anna M. Tobin

In just eight years practicing law (five and a half at Greene Espel), Anna M. Tobin, a partner at Greene Espel, has com.piled career highlights that would be impressive for someone with three times her experience.

She has led several internal investigations, including one matter for a large publicly traded corporation in which she designed and executed a complex discovery plan and interfaced directly with a government agency to achieve a successful outcome for the client. As a litigator, Tobin has served as a key member of multiple successful trial teams, including defending a Fortune 100 company against allegations of breach of contract and fraud that resulted in a successful verdict. She argued and won a summary judgment motion involving a multimillion-dollar shareholder dispute, and helped achieve summary judgment for a client facing a $22 million implied contract claim.

Tobin said she was uncertain what direction she’d head while in law school. Clerkships for U.S. Magistrate Judge Franklin Noel and U.S. District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery after she earned her J.D. solidified her interest in complex civil litigation.

Her legal achievements don’t end with her work for her clients at Greene Espel. In her pro bono work, Tobin has successfully represented indigent clients facing serious criminal charges and represented clients in immigration proceedings, including helping a family achieve asylum status in a legal process that lasted over four years.

When she’s not representing companies in internal investigations and complex business disputes or helping families achieve asylum, Tobin can be found performing and directing for HUGE Improv Theater in Minneapolis. Improv comedy may not be the first hobby you’d guess for an Ivy Leaguer (Dartmouth College) who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, but it suits Tobin just fine.

“I used to be embarrassed about it, because I thought people wouldn’t take me seriously as a lawyer if they found out about it,” said Tobin. “I’ve gotten over it. Some people run marathons and I do this. Honestly, it requires a lot of skills that cross over into lawyering.” Skills that include, according to Tobin, thinking around corners, putting the team before the individual, and a healthy dose of fearlessness.

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