AWARDS – ANNOUNCEMENTS – PRESS RELEASES – PROMOTIONS Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard, Street and Deinard announced they would combine, aiming to serve Fortune-ranked, midsize public and private, and emerging companies, as well as individuals needing sophisticated legal services. On Jan. 1, exactly 100 days later, the combined firm began business operations with offices in 14 cities and more than 520 attorneys, which puts Stinson Leonard Street among the 75 largest law firms in the U.S. Leading Stinson Leonard Street’s management are co-managing partners Mark Hinderks and Lowell Stortz, along with deputy managing partner Allison Murdock. Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd. announces the addition of experienced family law attorney Kelly M. Eull. With nearly a decade of legal experience, Eull concentrates her family law practice in the areas of divorce/marriage dissolution and child support/child custody. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota state court and is a member of the Minnesota State and Ramsey County bar associations. Larson King is pleased to announce that Anthony J. Novak has been named a partner of the firm. Novak’s national litigation and trial practice is focused on the defense of products, transportation and professional liability claims. Novak is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and has been admitted pro hac vice in courts across the country. Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp LLP announces that it named Sara H. Daggett a partner. Daggett obtained her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 and her J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2006. Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp LLP announces Robert Bennett and Jeffrey S. Storms were named Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer. This marks the third time that Bennett has received this honor. Merchant & Gould announced the appointment of two new partners. Rachel C. Hughey and Andrew J. Lagatta have been promoted to shareholder. Hughey and Lagatta are both based at the firm’s Minneapolis headquarters. Hughey practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent litigation and appellate-level disputes. Her wide-ranging fields of expertise include chemical technologies, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, mechanical device and software. Lagatta serves on the conflicts committee of Merchant & Gould and also provides pro bono services to nonprofit organizations and low income inventors through the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program. Anastasi Jellum, P.A. was recently recognized for their continued support of Family Pathways, a grass roots nonprofit organization that serves east-central Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. Since 2000 the firm has contributed over $56,000 to Family Pathways to help those in need. Jackson Lewis P.C. is pleased to announce Lee A. Lastovich has joined the firm’s Minneapolis office as shareholder. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Lastovich was the chair of the litigation department at Felhaber Larson, P.A., and also a member of its board of directors. Lastovich brings to Jackson Lewis over 21 years of experience in all aspects of labor and employment litigation. The law firm of Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys D. Scott Aberson, Stephanie Bitterman and David Suchar have been elected to the firm’s partnership. Aberson practices in Maslon’s litigation group. He represents major manufacturers, financial institutions, business entities, and individuals in complex commercial disputes in the areas of tort and product liability, business torts and breach of contract actions, business ownership and governance disputes, and intellectual property litigation. Bitterman practices in Maslon’s litigation group where she represents clients ranging from small business owners to large corporations throughout all stages of litigation. She has experience in a wide range of highstakes business disputes, including minority shareholder and creditor disputes, insurance coverage disputes, construction defect claims, business contract disputes, non-compete and ERISA matters. Suchar practices in Maslon’s litigation group. He is a trial lawyer with substantial experience representing clients in complex civil litigation. A former federal prosecutor, Suchar has acted as first chair or second chair trial counsel for a variety of bench and jury trials in courts across the country. W. Michael Garner, P.A. announced that Elliot R. Ginsburg became a partner and shareholder of the firm. Ginsburg practices in the area of franchise and distribution law. He has litigated cases involving fraud, breach of contract, statutory violations, trademark and service mark issues, and violations of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Elliot is a topic and article editor of the Franchise Law Journal, and has spoken at the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising. In 2013, he was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the fourth consecutive year, has announced that the Lommen Abdo Law Firm is included in the 2014 Best Law Firms rankings. Lommen Abdo’s appellate practice received a national ranking in the 2014 lists. Regional rankings for the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Metropolitan Area included four litigation practices (appellate - Tier 1, plaintiff’s personal injury - Tier 1, legal malpractice defense - Tier 2, and personal injury defense - Tier 2 and the corporate law practice - Tier 3). Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce the addition of six associates to the firm’s Minneapolis office. Jessica D. H. Allen assists clients with the firm’s trademark, copyright, advertising and domain name issues. Her practice focuses on trademark and licensing work. Kristen Barlow Rand’s practice focuses on assisting clients on a range of employment issues, including wage and overtime disputes, trade secrets protection, non-compete agreements and workplace discrimination. Alexis C. Hamilton is a corporate attorney who assists clients in SEC reporting and compliance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate governance issues. Hamilton is an attorney in the firm’s corporate governance, securities and mergers & acquisitions groups. Thomas F. Manewitz is a corporate attorney, focusing on helping companies with mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and day-to-day business issues, including commercial agreements. Manewitz is an attorney in the firm’s corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions and securities groups. Christopher H. Montana concentrates his practice on assisting corporate clients in the resolution o f various litigation matters. Samuel S. Young is an attorney in the firm’s real estate group. He assists clients with a broad range of transactional matters, including real estate purchases, sales and leases. Fredrikson & Byron was named a 2014 Go-To Law Firm, and will be featured in the 11th annual In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 U.S. Companies, a guide produced by American Lawyer Media (ALM), the publishers o f Corporate Counsel magazine.
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