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Nancy DiPasquale

After working for 14 years in the affordable housing arena, paralegal Nancy DiPasquale brought valuable expertise to Messerli & Kramer when she joined the firm in April 2010.

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Susan M. Tindal – Iverson Reuvers

When the city of St. Paul faced a class-action lawsuit filed by 32 protesters arrested outside the 2008 Republication National Convention, Susan Tindal used her specialized expertise to help craft a successful defense. The William Mitchell College of Law graduate joined the Bloomington-based firm Iverson Reuvers in 2001 as a law clerk; she is now a senior associate. A Bloomington native, Tindal made her career choice while an undergraduate at the College of St. Benedict.

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Andrew P. Muller – Muller & Muller

In 2006, Andrew Muller had a relatively rare experience: starting a new law firm in partnership with his father. Muller and his father, Noel Muller - a former Grey Plant Moody partner - formed Minneapolis-based Muller & Muller.

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Stacia W. Driver – Walling, Berg & Debele

Choosing the somewhat esoteric area of adoption law as a specialty was a logical move for Stacia Driver; her father, Wright Walling, has practiced in family law since the late 1970s and co-founded Walling Berg & Debele in 1991. She also has an adopted sister, Bria.

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Christine Cassellius – Severson, Sheldon, Dougherty & Molenda

As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Christine Cassellius was not planning on a legal career. But majoring in criminal justice and sociology at UMD was good preparation for her current career: practicing family law and also handling routine criminal prosecutions as an assistant attorney for the city of Apple Valley and for the city of Coates in Dakota County.

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Caldwell Camero – Best Buy

As a law student, Caldwell Camero was attracted by the challenges and variety of in-house law practice, and she has found both as in-house counsel for two of the fastest-growing companies in the Midwest: Menards and Best Buy.

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Karen Duncan – Minnesota Public Defenders

As chief public defender for Minnesota's 3rd Judicial District, Karen Duncan has spent several years coping with a worsening funding crunch, exacerbated by the state's current, $5 billion-plus budget shortfall. Duncan took bold action to address the issue last year, asking a Steele County District Court judge's to permit her overburdened staff to withdraw from representing 46 defendants.

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Jim Behrenbrinker – Attorney at Law

Minneapolis attorney Jim Behrenbrinker had never handled a police excessive-force case until December, 2006, when Katie Felder contacted him, seeking justice for her late son, Dominic Felder. He had been shot and killed by two Minneapolis police officers.

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