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People & Practices: May 9, 2022

Robert Fafinski Jr. (left) and Heidi Carpenter

Robert Fafinski Jr. (left) and Heidi Carpenter

Fafinski Mark & Johnson (FMJ) has announced that the Eden Prairie-based law firm has named Heidi Carpenter as the new chief executive officer effective July 1, 2022. Current CEO Robert Fafinski Jr. will transition to his new position, chairman of the board, on that date. Carpenter and Fafinski have worked together for over 24 years and have been working on this transition for the past nine months.

Carpenter’s has been leading the firm as a shareholder, board member, and head of the General Corporate & Business and Mergers & Acquisition practice groups. She will be the second CEO of the firm and the first woman to take on the role joining only 25% of women that hold executive-leadership positions in law firms according to a study from McKinsey & Company. In addition to her newly appointed duties as CEO, Carpenter will continue to practice law full-time.

Fafinski’s new role as chairman of the board will allow him to continue assisting in the leadership of the firm and allow him more time to focus on practicing law and serving his clients.

Fafinski Mark & Johnson serves local, national, and international clients in 17 primary practice areas: Agriculture, Appellate, Banking & Financial Institutions, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, Competition & Trade, General Corporate & Business, HR & Employment, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Manufacturing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Nonprofit & Philanthropic, Products Liability, Real Estate, Transportation & Logistics, and Trusts & Estates.


Stephen Fiebiger

Stephen Fiebiger

Burnsville attorney Stephen Fiebiger was reappointed to the Merit System Council by Gov. Tim Walz for a three-year term ending in 2025.  The Merit System Council hears personnel appeals, sets policy for administration of examinations, and reviews classification and compensation plans and proposed rule changes. The Minnesota Merit System announces civil service examinations for employment in the social services and human services agencies in 42 of Minnesota’s 87 counties. Fiebiger practices civil litigation and appeals in state and federal courts.

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