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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Honoring the best of the new breed

Yesterday, more than 200 people gathered in the Nicollet Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis for Minnesota Lawyer’s annual luncheon honoring the region’s top young attorneys. The Up and Coming Lawyers event is a bit different from other events that pay tribute to the cream of the legal profession in that none of the honorees have been practicing law for more than 10 years.

While that doesn’t guarantee any degree of wetness behind the ears (the eldest honoree was 43), it does mean these folks are brimming with the kind of enthusiasm and zest that can be hard to find among more experienced folks in any field, not just law.

All 20 honorees spoke with sincerity and wit about the people and places that got them to this point in their careers; a few speeches had to be cut short when their presenters became overcome with emotion. This was not just another rubber-chicken lunch where trophies were handed out; it was an occasion that demonstrated the future of the legal community in Minnesota is in good hands.

You can read about this year’s Up and Coming Attorneys in a special section included in next week’s Minnesota Lawyer. Meanwhile, congratulations to this year’s honorees:

Amy K. Amundson, Rider Bennett, L.L.P.
Dawn R. Bakst, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
Harleigh E. Brown, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Patrick R. Burns, American Arbitration Association
Clayton W. Chan, Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Carrie A. Daniel, Graco, Inc.
Aaron W. Davis, Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.
Gloria L. Contreras Edin, Centro Legal, Inc.
David Galle, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, L.L.P.
Jennifer K. Huelskoetter, Bowman and Brooke, L.L.P.
Saran B. Jenkins, Legal Rights Center
Christopher A. Johnston, Johnston | Martineau, P.L.L.P.
Brian M. Meloy, Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A.
Tamika R. Nordstrom, Blackwell Burke, P.A.
Sarah L. Oquist, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Lori D. Semke, Flynn, Gaskins & Bennett, L.L.P.
Amy M. Sieben, Foley & Mansfield, P.L.L.P.
Mathew A. Soberg, Krekelberg, Skonseng & Hastings, P.L.L.P.
John T. Soshnik, Dorsey & Whitney, L.L.P.
Aaron D. Van Oort, Faegre & Benson, L.L.P.

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