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Attorneys of the Year

Daryle Uphoff – Lindquist & Vennum

Although his hands were full managing Lindquist, Uphoff agreed to advise Doug Kelley who was serving as a receiver and eventually Chapter 11 trustee in cases related to Petters Group Worldwide and Petters Inc. At the time that Petters's activities were uncovered, it was the largest Ponzi scheme on record. That was until three months later when Bernard Madoff's activities were revealed.

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Daniel Gustafson – Gustafson Glueck PLLC

Three years of complicated, all-consuming litigation reached its pinnacle for Minneapolis attorney Daniel E. Gustafson on Oct. 8, 2010, when Medtronic Inc. agreed to settle a so-called "mass" or field action regarding injuries alleged to have been caused by its Sprint Fidelis family of defibrillation leads.

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Brent Schafer – Schafer Law Firm

If you ask Koua Fong Lee and the folks at the Innocence Project of Minnesota, Brent Schafer should be 2010 Attorney of the Year. Schafer was instrumental in exonerating Lee, who had spent three years of an eight-year state prison sentence in the deaths of three people who were riding in a car that Lee's 1996 Toyota Camry struck in St. Paul in 2006.

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