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Iain Johnson
Iain Johnson

2021 Up & Coming Attorneys: Iain Johnson

Iain Johnson is an unabashed Midwesterner, through and through. Born and raised in Blue Earth, Minnesota, he is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Iowa Law School. He joined the Minneapolis office of Stinson LLP right after law school and has spent his entire eight-year career there, being elected partner earlier this year. He hopes to make Stinson his professional home for the entirety of his career.

Why did this small-town boy and first-generation college student choose law?

“I love the process of law,” he said. “I love how [lawyers] articulate themselves; how their minds work.”

Real estate law chose him during a summer internship at the firm. He liked the work, but, more importantly he said, he liked his co-workers.

“Practicing law can be isolating — you have to enjoy the people you are working with,” he said.

In his real estate practice, Johnson has become known for and is passionate about working on affordable housing.

“Many of us take that for granted, having a stable living situation,” he said. “But that’s not true for everyone. I’m really very passionate about affordable housing for all.”

Both in and outside of the office, Johnson enjoys mentoring younger attorneys, especially those in the LGBTQ community. He’s a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association.

“I had so many wonderful mentors who are openly gay at Stinson. I’m just doing the same as others did for me,” he said.

He credits the entire Stinson team for creating an atmosphere where everyone is welcome.

“It’s just great to be in a place where you can be yourself, be your authentic self,” he said. “It makes it so you can be a better attorney.”

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