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2021 Up & Coming Attorneys: Virginia R. McCalmont

After just six years as an attorney, Virginia R. McCalmont started a firm with seven other partners in January 2021.

Forsgren Fisher McCalmont DeMarea Tysver LLP has stayed busy since opening by offering a variety of specialties, from civil and criminal cases to investigations and intellectual property law. Referrals have come from the business and legal community. “It’s been inspiring to be part of this,” she said.

For McCalmont, the opportunity outweighed the risk and fulfills a dream, even as the firm’s start came just after she gave birth to a third child. “I always was interested in being an entrepreneur and starting something from the ground up with different people I have worked with over the years,” she said. “I want to help grow the practice and do good for clients.”

The attorney began her career at Greene Espel, establishing a reputation as a “fierce” litigator whose online resume covers 10 practice areas. Lately, she represents both corporate and individual clients in a broad range of matters, including plaintiffs suing under Section 1983 of the federal code for civil rights violations.

The University of Iowa graduate’s first job as an AmeriCorps volunteer sent her to Iowa Legal Aid. The commitment of attorneys working for the agency impressed her, so much so she decided to go to law school. McCalmont graduated from Yale Law School. She served as an editor of the school’s law journal, an executive board member of Yale Law Women, a Coker Fellow, and a volunteer in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Her pro bono work continues in the Twin Cities, where, among other things, she volunteers for the Pro Se Project of the Federal Bar Association. She is also active in bar associations, including Minnesota Women Lawyers. “I love being on a team, collaborating with colleagues in the firm and with clients to solve problems,” McCalmont said.

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