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People & Practices: Oct. 24, 2022

Christian J. Hansen

Christian J. Hansen

Merchant & Gould P.C. has welcomed one partner and two associates to its Minneapolis team: Christian J. Hansen, partner; Heather S. Chatterton, associate; and Ariel O. Howe, associate.

“These three attorneys bring IP experience in growing industries for Minnesota, adding depth to our practice groups and helping local and global innovators protect their brands and technologies. They are excellent additions to our firm and leaders in the IP community,” said Christopher J. Leonard, managing director and CEO of Merchant & Gould.

Hansen, partner and experienced IP attorney, provides enforcement strategies and patent protection for both domestic and international clients. For more than 10 years, he has helped a range of large corporations and small startups with their technological innovations and ideas in some of the following industries: manufacturing, consumer products, aerospace, computer software, medical devices, electrical vehicles, agriculture, and metallurgy. Hansen focuses on drafting and preparing patent applications; following up with the USPTO; and negotiating licensing agreements to monetize patent applications. He also provides client counsel, including freedom-to-operate, clearance, and non-infringement opinions.  Hansen received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. magna cum laude from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Chatterton, associate, supports inventors and companies through patent prosecution. She began her career as a patent agent; and now, as an attorney applying that experience, develops patent strategies and defending patents before the USPTO. Chatterton works with clients in a wide range of industries, including software, mechanics, medical device, and biotech. She received three degrees from the University of Minnesota, including a B.S. in genetics, cell biology, and development; an M.S. in patent law; and a J.D. from the Law School.

Howe, associate, helps companies protect their intellectual property through strategy and litigation. Her practice includes utility and design patents, trademark, trade secret, and copyright litigation, as well as pre-litigation support. Howe has enforced and defended many industries, including medical device, pharmaceutical, HVAC, and farming equipment. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from Minnesota State University and her J.D. magna cum laude from the William Mitchell College of Law.

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Nicholas F. Miller

Nicholas F. Miller

Attorney Nicholas F. Miller has joined Fredrikson & Byron in its Intellectual Property LitigationLitigation and Appellate Groups. Miller is a trial lawyer specializing in intellectual property and commercial disputes.

Miller represents clients in trademark, patent, copyright, and complex commercial disputes in state and federal court, as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He also has experience litigating disputes over trade secrets, noncompetition agreements, and employment agreements. Miller takes a thoughtful and calculated approach to legal disputes, analyzing the likelihood of success, costs, and benefits of litigation so his clients can make informed business decisions.

Before beginning his practice, Miller served two federal judicial clerkships, one with Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska and one with Judge L. Steven Grasz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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Fredrikson & Byron has been named a 2022 Compass Award winner by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), recognizing those law firms and corporations showing a strong commitment to building more diverse organizations and a more inclusive legal profession.

The Compass Award recognizes those individuals and organizations that fulfill all the following requirements in a single calendar year:

  • Member attendance at the LCLD Annual Membership Meeting and/or member attendance at a Leadership Summit and/or submission of a Leader’s Pledge.
  • Participation in the LCLD Fellows and Pathfinder Programs.
  • Participation in an LCLD Pipeline program (the 1L Scholars program or the Success in Law School Mentoring Program).

LCLD is one of the nation’s leading organizations promoting diversity and consists of more than 430 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners—the leadership of the profession—who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession.

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Kutak Rock has announced the addition of six associates to its Minneapolis office. Practice areas among the new attorneys include real estate, public finance, corporate, employee benefits and litigation.

The new associates are Nathan Froemming, Benjamin Kramer, Rachel Loscheider, Spencer Riegelman, Madaline Simon and Marcus Zelzer.

“We are excited to welcome these talented lawyers to the firm as they pursue new challenges, work collaboratively and help build upon Kutak Rock’s already strong capabilities,” said Margot Wickman, managing partner of Kutak Rock’s Minneapolis office. “Adding these young attorneys to our various practice groups will help us to continue providing valuable service and counsel to our clients in Minneapolis and nationwide.”

Nathan Froemming is an associate in the firm’s real estate practice group and serves clients in a variety of real estate and corporate matters, including multifamily housing and solar projects. Froemming earned a J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Minnesota. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Benjamin Kramer is an associate in the firm’s corporate practice group and serves clients in a variety of corporate and business matters. Kramer received a J.D., with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law and a B.B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of South Dakota. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota.

Rachel Loscheider is an associate in the firm’s national employee benefits practice group. Loscheider advises plan sponsors and fiduciaries regarding the design, administration and operation of employee benefit plans. Loscheider received a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a B.S./B.A. from The College of Saint Scholastica, and an A.A. from Rainy River Community College. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota.

Spencer Riegelman is an associate in the firm’s real estate practice group and primarily services clients in the area of multifamily housing. Riegelman earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from University of St. Thomas School of Law and a B.S., summa cum laude, from Winona State University. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota.

Madaline Simon joins the firm’s public finance practice group as an associate. Simon received a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota.

Marcus Zelzer is an associate in the litigation group who focuses on contract drafting, insurance and construction law. Zelzer earned a J.D. from University of St. Thomas School of Law and a B.S. from Salem State University. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and Iowa, in addition to the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Minnesota and the Southern District of Iowa.

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The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has announced that Steven L. Schleicher, a partner and chair of the Investigations & White Collar Defense Group at Maslon LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has accepted an invitation to join the IADC, the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests.

Steven L. Schleicher

Steven L. Schleicher

“I look forward to joining fellow corporate defense lawyers in the International Association of Defense Counsel as we work to further develop our skills and bring greater diversity to the profession,” Schleicher said.

A former federal prosecutor with 13 years of experience working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, Schleicher concentrates his practice on high-stakes criminal and civil litigation, government and internal investigations, and appellate work. He served as a special prosecutor in the homicide trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

In his white-collar criminal defense practice, Schleicher represents individuals accused of financial crimes involving health care, agriculture, and corporate embezzlement. As a business litigator, he has served as liaison defense counsel for a leading corn seed developer in a consolidated action involving more than 65,000 plaintiffs. Mr. Schleicher’s investigations practice has included internal investigations and government compliance on behalf of health care providers.

Schleicher received his J.D. (cum laude) from Mitchell Hamline School of Law (formerly William Mitchell College of Law) and his Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

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Cozen O’Connor has announced veteran litigator Miguel Alexander Pozo has returned to its fast-growing North American Commercial Litigation Department. Pozo, who spent the past two years as senior vice president, general counsel, and compliance officer for firm client Minnesota Community Care, Minnesota’s oldest and largest federally qualified health care center, returns to the firm as a member and will reside in Cozen O’Connor’s Minneapolis office. Pozo brings to the firm nearly three decades of experience litigating a range of commercial and business disputes, including matters involving global brand protection, trademark enforcement, and employment law.

Miguel Alexander Pozo

Miguel Alexander Pozo

“Miguel is a perfect fit for our department, and I wholeheartedly welcome him back to the fold,” said Barry Boss, co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department. “Cross-border commercial disputes are on the uptick, not just in terms of numbers but also in complexity. Miguel brings to our clients a rich and diverse corporate-level background, serving as in-house and external counsel to some of the world’s most iconic brands across a number of industries, from automotive to health care. He’s a solid addition to the firm and I’m sure our clients will share my enthusiasm for his return.”

During his first tenure with the firm, Pozo served as Minnesota Community Care’s outside counsel, before moving to the organization full-time in 2021, where he managed all legal issues impacting its 19 clinics and sites in the greater St. Paul area and led its compliance, investigatory, and risk management functions. Upon his return to Cozen O’Connor, he will once again focus on his business litigation, intellectual property, and employment law practices.

After practicing in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Georgia, Pozo relocated to Minneapolis (and Cozen O’Connor) in 2018 with his wife — a Minnesota native — and their two young boys. In January, he joined the board Minnesota USA Expo 2027, a nonprofit working on Minnesota’s bid to host the 2027 World’s Fair, and is chair of its governance committee — a positions he will retain as a member of Cozen O’Connor.

Pozo is also a board member and vice chair of the Sanneh Foundation, which empowers diverse low-income urban and immigrant youth populations in Minneapolis-St. Paul through a range of in- and after-school programs. He has also held high-profile leadership roles within the legal profession, including national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association and president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.

Pozo earned his J.D. at the Rutgers School of Law-Newark and his B.A. at Hofstra University.

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