AWARDS – ANNOUNCEMENTS – PRESS RELEASES – PROMOTIONS Fredrikson & Byron has re-elected Clinton E. Cutler and Ann M. Ladd to the firm’s board of directors. The newest members elected to the board are Kevin P. Goodno and James H. Snelson. They join David P. Bunde, John J. Erhart, John M. Koneck, Steven J. Quam, and Mary S. Ranum, who are currently serving board terms. International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced that Clinton Conner has joined the intellectual property litigation practice group in the firm’s Minneapolis office as of counsel. Conner’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent litigation and patent enforcement strategies. He has represented Japan-based clients in U.S. patent litigation and counseled clients on U.S. and international patent law issues. Melvin Ogurak of Ogurak Family Law & Mediation, P.A. has announced that his firm now practices exclusively in the following family law alternative dispute resolution processes: mediation, arbitration, social early neutral evaluation, parenting time expediting and parenting consulting. Anastasi Jellum, P.A. announced that Larie Ann Pampuch has been promoted to associate attorney. Pampuch, a Minnesota native, joined the firm as a law clerk in March. Pampuch is a graduate of St. Catherine University, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in English. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree, graduating summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in May, and was recently admitted to the Minnesota Bar. Members of Larson King’s product liability team attended a special meeting of the in-house legal staff of diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton where they received the Eaton Law Department’s Supplier Inclusion and Diversity Excellence Award in recognition for their efforts in support of Eaton’s diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as those in the greater legal community. Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the largest workplace law firms in the world representing management, is pleased to announce U.S. News — Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms has named the firm Law Firm of the Year in litigation – labor & employment. Jackson Lewis was also named a Tier 1 National Best Law Firm in three practice areas: employment law – management; labor law – management; and litigation – labor & employment. The Best Law Firms rankings, among the most prestigious in the legal profession, are based on the opinions of general counsel at major U.S. corporations as well as prominent legal practitioners. Moss & Barnett is pleased to announce that Timothy L. Gustin has been selected to serve on the Freddie Mac Multifamily Legal advisory council. In that role, he will work with Freddie Mac’s legal division to update and improve documentation and loan requirements to address legal and industry developments. Mackall, Crounse & Moore, PLC announced it will combine with the 81 attorney Wisconsin firm of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. The combined firms will have more than 100 attorneys with expertise in more than 30 areas of law and offices in Madison and Metropolitan Milwaukee, Wis. and Minneapolis, Minn. The Minneapolis office of the firm will operate as DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore. The firm’s management structure will assume that of the current management structure of DeWitt Ross & Stevens with Bradley W. Raaths as managing partner and president. Briggs and Morgan welcomes two new attorneys, Elise Larson and Michael Sawers, to the firm. Larson joins as an associate and is based in the firm’s Minneapolis office. She is a member of the business litigation section. Sawers joins as an associate and is based in the firm’s Minneapolis office. He is a member of the business litigation section and white collar crime and enforcement-related civil litigation practice group. Fredrikson & Byron attorney Thomas R. Wilhelmy named the 2013 Corporate Tax Attorney of the Year for the United States of America by Lawyer Monthly, a news website and monthly legal publication with more than 108,000 subscribers covering legal news around the world. According to Lawyer Monthly, the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards recognize the achievements of some of the most dynamic and trusted lawyers working in the profession today. Fredrikson & Byron has been named a Tier 1 Metropolitan Best Law Firm in 27 practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2014. U.S. News - Best Lawyers The law firm of Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP, is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Michael Sampson as special counsel to the firm’s estate planning group. His addition further strengthens Maslon’s capabilities in key areas of practice for its clients. Michael Sampson is an experienced attorney who focuses his practice on high-end estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration, charitable planning, and business succession planning. Leonard, Street and Deinard shareholder Gina Fox was named 2013’s Top Women in Finance by Finance & Commerce. Fox, a real estate attorney, is singled out for her leadership role in several recent high-profile Twin Cities real estate development projects. The business newspaper annually recognizes an elite group of Minnesota women in finance and related professionals who are making significant contributions to their profession and to the wider community. BankCard Services Worldwide, a leader in innovative payment solutions, announced that its ClientPay solution received the Impact on Industry Award at The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) 2013 Tekne Awards. The ceremony was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. BankCard Services Worldwide’s ClientPay® solution is a credit card processing interface designed specifically for the legal industry. It seamlessly integrates with law firms’ financial management systems and delivers a superior level of back office efficiency, security, data accuracy, reporting and customer service. ClientPay revolutionized the accounts receivable process by converting a multi-step procedure using unrelated platforms to complete a credit card transaction into an automated and easy-to- use system. Merchant & Gould, a leading intellectual property law firm, announced that Brian P. Wallenfelt, Lotta K. Breyer and Sangki Park have joined the firm’s headquarters in Minneapolis. Wallenfelt focuses on patent prosecution in the electrical and mechanical arts. Prior to his legal career, he served in various engineering and management roles at multiple technology and medical device companies, ranging in maturity from early-stage startup to established multinational. Breyer, a native of Finland, holds a degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Helsinki and a law degree with an intellectual property concentration from the University of Minnesota. Breyer comes to Merchant & Gould with more than eight years of industry experience in biofuels and bioproducts; her roles in the corporate sector included research scientist, laboratory manager and intellectual property manager. Park, a South Korean native, holds a B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Seoul National University and a law degree from Washington University School of Law. He practices intellectual property law with an emphasis in the mechanical and electrical arts. Moss & Barnett is pleased to announce that John K. Rossman has been named to the executive steering committee of the Consumer Relations Consortium (“CRC”), which is based out of Washington, D.C. The executive steering committee directs the vision and actions of the CRC to engage the various government agencies and consumer advocacy organizations that ensure collectors pursue consumer debt obligations in the professional manner that every consumer deserves. Rossman is the chair of Moss & Barnett’s creditors’ remedies and bankruptcy team. Leonard, Street and Deinard announced that Judith Bevis Langevin has joined the firm’s labor and employment practice as a shareholder. Focusing on employment litigation, Langevin has built a prominent career defending employers in discrimination and wrongful termination litigation, including sexual harassment cases, and providing advice and training on personnel issues. One of her special interests is theater-based training for employers and employees.
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