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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Minnesota Lawyer honors Up & Coming Attorneys

We're hosting our Up & Coming Attorneys lunch celebration today at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

We hope to see you there. But if you can't join us, here's a recap of Minnesota's newest legal talent:

David E. Ahlvers Lindquist & Vennum, P.L.L.P.
Lacee Bjork Anderson Special Counsel, formerly The Esquire Group
Kathleen A. Austin Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, L.L.P.
Andrew M. Baese Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Arthur G. Boylan Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A.
Anne L. Bjerken Gray Plant Mooty
Christina K. Brusven Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Benjamin Butler Public Defender's Appellate Office
Aimée D. Dayhoff Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Kevin M. Decker Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Tracey Holmes Donesky Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A.
Erika N. Donner Kuhn Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
Amy R. Freestone Faegre & Benson, L.L.P.
Rachel C. Hughey Carlson, Caspers, Vandenburgh & Lindquist
Lee A. Hutton III Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A.
T. Nicole James Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Jennifer G. Lurken Larson • King, L.L.P.
Maggie Mahoney Tobacco Law Center
Kimberly G. Miller Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P.
Andrew P. Moratzka Mackall, Crounse & Moore, P.L.C.
Ryan L. Nilsen Bowman and Brooke, L.L.P.
Shanda K. Pearson Bassford Remele, P.A.
Sarah E. Ruter Best & Flanagan, L.L.P.
Jeffrey S. Sieben Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, Ltd.
Christopher Wendt Mayo Clinic

You can read more about the 2008 Up & Coming Attorneys in a special section of Minnesota Lawyer on Monday, May 12.


Anonymous said...

Can anyone shed light on this list? I have heard rumors that firms are allocated certain slots depending on how much money they contribute. Can anyone confirm or deny these rumors. In other words, if a person worked at a firm that did not subscribe to Minnesota Lawyer, and did not contribute any money to Minnesota Lawyer, would they be allowed to participate in this list?

Dan Heilman, staff writer said...

Sorry, anonymous, but you're way off.

We send out the call for nominees for the Up & Coming Attorney awards in December, contacting law firms, courts, law schools, public law offices, corporation....pretty much anywhere a talented young lawyer might be found.

From those nominees, the staff of Minnesota Lawyer, over the course of several sometimes contentious weeding-out sessions, picks the cream of the crop. Those are the folks who were deservedly honored this afternoon.

During the selection process, we aren't privy to -- nor are we interested in -- whether a firm or other entity subscribes to or has some other business relationship with Minnesota Lawyer.

We love a good conspiracy theory as much as anyone, but I'm afraid Up & Coming Attorneys is strictly a meritocracy.

Mark Cohen, editor said...

I would add that if anonymous knows someone who would be a good candidate who wasn't on this year's list, please let us know. There is always next year!

In any case, accompanying next week's edition of Minnesota Lawyer will be a special section explaining in detail the selection process and the accomplishments of the attorneys who made the list. I would encourage you to check it out -- they are quite an impressive group of folks.

Anonymous said...

I nominate Dan Heilman and Mark Cohen for doing such a fine job of representing Minnesota Lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Do they get bonuses for being "yes" men?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1 is an idiot. Who asks the host of a blog site if they are being impartial? I think we know the answer. All one needs to do is review the two following posts. I know at my firm these "lists" are not looked upon very favorably. And if those on them are not humble...watch out, they get shunned like a leper! That is not to say anyone on the list has leprosy, that would be defamation per se. http://www.pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies208.htm

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1, the question is not the contributions beforehand. The question to examine is how many "Congratulations to our up-and-comers!" advertisements get sold after the announcements are made. The up-and-comers are probably more likely to purchase those glossy full color photo ads.

Said up-and-comers generally being a bit easier on the eyes than, say, Tim Thornton.

One hand washes the other in this business.