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Minnesota Lawyer’s inaugural Top Women in Law class celebrates the outstanding achievements of women in the legal community in Minnesota.

We’re honoring the exceptional educators, trailblazers, role models and public-service lawyers who work in the trenches as well as attorneys who have dedicated their careers to nonprofit work, private practice and in-house counsel. These women have become leaders in their practice areas and are instrumental to their companies’ success.

The honorees were selected based on the core principles of leadership, professionalism, accomplishment and passion for making a difference.


Joy Anderson

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy


Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson Law, LLC


Stacey Benson

Jeff Anderson & Associates PA


Victoria J. Brenner

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP


Courtney Camp Enloe



Kathy Cima

Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office


Jennifer Maria de la Luz Robbins



Tammera R. Diehm

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.


DeAnne L. Dulas

Sheridan, Dulas, Hunstad & Kins, P.A.


Kathleen Flynn Peterson  

Ciresi Conlin LLP


R. Leigh Frost

DeWitt LLP


Karla Gluek

Gustafson Gluek PLLC


Cathy E. Gorlin

Best & Flanagan LLP


Rochelle Hauser   

Henson & Efron, P.A


Elizabeth (Lisa) Henry

Chestnut Cambronne PA


Sarah Johnson Phillips

Stoel Rives LLP


Phyllis Karasov

Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd.


Gina M. Kastel

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


Julia Ketcham Corbett

Blethen Berens


Kelsie Kingstrom

Renville County Attorney’s Office


Heather J. Kliebenstein

Merchant & Gould P.C.


Jocelyn Knoll

Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Poonam Kumar

DLA Piper


Elin Lindstrom

Jeff Anderson & Associates PA


Jacquelyn S. Lutz

Messick Law, PLLC


Heather L. Marx    

Cozen O’Connor


Dana McKenzie

Cheney-Hatcher & McKenzie Dispute Resolution Center


Carol R.M. Moss

Hellmuth & Johnson


Trudi Noel Trysla

Fairview Health Services


Tara C. Norgard

Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA.


Karen D. Olson

Spencer Fane


Jenny Olson

TSR Injury Law


Jill R. Radloff

Stinson LLP


Jen Randolph Reise

North Star Law Group PLLC


Melissa Raphan

Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Katherian D. Roe

Office of The Federal Defender


Amy M. Salmela

Patterson Thuente IP


Marianne D. Short

Formerly of UnitedHealth Group


Erin Sindberg Porter

Jones Day


Kimberly Slay

Spencer Fane


Sarah Stroebel

U.S. Bank


Melissa Stull

Soule & Stull LLC


Keiko L. Sugisaka

Maslon LLP


Tara D. Sutton

Robins Kaplan LLP


Randi Winter

Spencer Fane


Masha M. Yevzelman

Fredrikson & Byron P.A.


Mary Young

Norton Rose Fulbright


Genevieve Zimmerman

Meshbesher & Spence