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People & Practices: Oct. 10, 2022

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., has been listed as a “highly recommended” litigation firm in Benchmark Litigation, the only publication to focus exclusively on litigation in the United States. In addition, Benchmark recognizes the firm as “recommended” for labor and employment litigation. Nine individual attorneys from Winthrop & Weinstine were ranked as “Local Litigation Stars,” with one also named “Labor & Employment Star.” Winthrop also counts among its ranks one lawyer named “Future Star.”

Benchmark Litigation identifies the leading U.S. trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Focused exclusively on the U.S. litigation market, the publication’s rankings and editorials are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. Supplementary firm information is also submitted in the form of a questionnaire. The guide’s “local litigation stars” reflect lawyers who are recommended by clients and peers to have established consistent reputations as trial attorneys, while “future stars” are those litigators who are highlighted as likely to be become “local litigation stars” in coming editions.

Recognized attorneys: David Aafedt; Local Litigation Star; Thomas Boyd, Local Litigation Star; Aimée Dayhoff, Local Litigation Star, Labor & Employment Star; Christianna Finnern, Local Litigation Star; Gerald Fornwald, Local Litigation Star; Matthew McBride, Local Litigation Star; Brooks Poley, Local Litigation Star; Michael Rosow, Local Litigation Star; Eric Swanson, Local Litigation Star;  and Joseph Windler, Future Star.



Cody M. Bauer

Minneapolis attorney Cody M. Bauer has joined Fredrikson & Byron’s Energy Group. Bauer is part of a team advising utilities, transmission companies and independent power producers on routing, siting, permitting and other regulatory matters before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and other federal, state and local agencies.



Jacob S. Woodard

Jacob S. Woodard has joined Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., as counsel in the Mergers & Acquisitions and General Corporate practices.

Woodard has extensive experience advising clients on business and corporate transactional issues, including merger and acquisition documents and agreements, entity selection, preparation of corporate organizational documents, member or shareholder control agreements, buy-sell agreements, vendor and supplier agreements, terms and conditions, transportation and distribution contracts; non-solicitation, noncompete, and employment agreements; and corporate governance documents and minutes. He also works with clients to provide legal and compliance advice, manage a wide variety of business relationships, and develop long-range market strategies and risk-management initiatives targeted to driving growth for the business.

Prior to joining the firm, he was in-house general counsel for manufacturing and retail organizations.  Woodard earned his J.D., from the University of Tulsa College of Law, and his B.A. in Political Science, with East Asian Studies and History minors, from the University of Minnesota.


Panhia Vang

Minneapolis attorney Panhia Vang has joined Fredrikson & Byron’s Litigation Group.

Vang has represented clients in high-stakes litigation related to shareholder disputes, contract disputes, patent and copyright infringement disputes, and property disputes. She has experience with responding to government investigations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and opioids.



Susan Link


The law firm of Maslon LLP has adopted a new governance structure and added partners Susan Link and David Suchar to its newly formed board of directors.

The new board consists of five partners and the chief operating officer, who are responsible for strategy, policymaking, and oversight of the firm through the executive committee. Board Chair Keiko Sugisaka, Vice-Chair Mike McCarthy, and Shauro Bagchi, who were previously elected, will serve as board members along with Link and Suchar.

David Suchar

The executive committee consists of two partner board members, Sugisaka and McCarthy, and Chief Operating Officer Suzette Allaire. It is charged with making day-to-day operational and management decisions.

“We expect this expansion of leadership to positively impact the firm overall and position Maslon to better address future needs and challenges,” Sugisaka said in a news release.


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