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Minnesota Super Lawyers Articles

'True Colors'

A look back at the pro bono response to the I-35W bridge collapse

The Stabilizing Force

Vanya Hogen, always quick to defer credit, is a leader in Native American law and tribal sovereignty issues

Lawyer by Day, Mayor Also by Day

Kathy Martin is a leader in law and in local government

All in La Famiglia

The Bruno firm brings a tight-knit mentality to criminal defense

Handy at Bandy

Kelly Engebretson keeps it cool on the ice

Leap of Faith

Janet Stellpflug on launching a firm during an unprecedented global pandemic

Authentic Grace

Behind a pulpit or on behalf of clients, Jenny Carey is there for the Twin Ports

Piece by Piece

Tom Muck has made a career out of assembling the puzzle that is tax law

Helping Where He Can

Ryan Schildkraut contributes to the effort to support craft brewing employees during the COVID-19 pandemic

Foreign Affairs

Esther Agbaje’s path to the law included managing rule-of-law projects in the Middle East

Their Voice in the System

How Vildan Teske defends the rights of U.S. military service members

The Data's in the Details

Scott Flaherty challenged Hennepin County on its data practices—and won

Eating the Chief's Soup

What James Volling learned from Warren Burger

The Greater Good

Bill Pentelovitch has been pushing Minnesota forward for nearly a half century

Joni's Way

Joni Thome got fired, then changed the state of employment in Minnesota

We Can Do Something

Mike Cavallaro helps hospitals provide clothes for those who need them

Cheers to Michael Madigan

How to build a thriving alcohol practice before last call

From Justice Writ Small to Justice Writ Large

E. Michelle Drake’s transition from capital defense work to consumer law 

The Astounding Kristoff, J.D.

By day, Christopher Harristhal is a business litigator; by night, he’s Kristoff the sleight-of-hand magician 

The Steady Boat in the Storm

Lymari Santana makes the most of every opportunity

David Bradley Olsen Hates Making Headlines

But when you represent Jesse Ventura and Brock Lesnar, sometimes you can’t help it

'The Trees are Gone'

Lymari Santana returns to Puerto Rico for the first time since Hurricane Maria

Marty Swaden’s Encore

The singer-turned-lawyer moonlights as a theater performer

Small Community, Big Boosts

Jennifer Miernicki on the nuances of working in tribal finance

Traffick Alert

How Karla Vehrs helps the most vulnerable of immigrants

Discovery with Kristi A. Hastings

Kristi Hastings on baking, hockey-season dinners and power-mad 11-year-old judges

Local Counsel with Andrew R. Peterson

Born and raised in Virginia, Minnesota, curling enthusiast Andy Peterson shares his favorite Iron Range spots

Order & Law

How Eric Magnuson’s devotion to deductive thinking took him to the state Supreme Court and back

House of Hanson

How Laurie Hanson’s family life informs her elder law practice and advocacy efforts

Sometimes When You Lose, You Still Win

A tough case turned into a pro bono passion for Kate DeVries Smith

The Mission for Our Profession in the 21st Century

The Minnesota State Bar Association president on challenges and possibilities

A Golden Age

An oral history of lawyers who began practicing law more than 50 years ago, and are still at it today

Discovery with Timothy C. Cook

Tim Cook on pizza, mediation and everything in-between

Local Counsel with Jane C. Poole

Jane Poole takes us on a tour of Duluth and the North Shore

Ron Meshbesher: ‘I Love Practicing Law’

Remembering a candid Q&A with the legendary Minnesota criminal defense attorney from 2010

‘Still Dancing Backwards in High Heels’

An oral history of Minnesota women who started practicing law in the 1960s and ’70s

Matters of Life and Death

Susan Link has a deep devotion to estate planning. Her pro bono work with Wills For Heroes is a big reason why

The Counter-Balancing Force

Dan Gustafson doesn’t shy away from representing society’s biggest pariahs

A Solid Foundation

How Jeffrey W. Coleman built a construction law career out of an engineering degree

Telling Their Stories

Lisa Lamm Bachman gives a voice to children and victims of domestic abuse

Discovery with Michael S. Gaarder

Vacuum cleaner salesman-turned-lawyer Michael S. Gaarder on outdoor adventures, ill-advised courtroom shirts and his other odd job

Local Counsel with Jessica L. Durbin

Duluth-based attorney Jessica Durbin tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

‘An Uncommon Level of Common Sense’

Jim Carey spent the first part of his life unsure of his path; he’s spent the second at a full sprint

Dancing Outside the Shadows of the Law

Jan Conlin is at times a war-room general and at times a self-described softy

The Whistleblower’s Best Friend

Clayton D. Halunen aims to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted

Finding the Good

Deborah Ellis defends cops and the people arrested by them

The Amazing World of Nadia Hasan

When the business litigator talks pro bono work, one word keeps coming up over and over 

From Posner to Scalia

Aaron Van Oort on the jurists who shaped his career

Turning the Page

A few months before retiring from the state Supreme Court, Justice Alan Page sat down with us to look back at his judicial career

There’s No “I” in Greene

Legendary Minneapolis litigator Cliff Greene has made teamwork his legacy

Care for the Caregivers

Civil defense attorney Deborah Eckland is any in-home day care provider’s best friend

Under Center

Eric Hageman uses his legal know-how on behalf of his NFL-bound son, former Gophers star Ra’Shede

Smart From the Heart

Employment law attorney Sheila Engelmeier aims to make a difference as pragmatically as possible

Around the World with Inchan Hwang

From South Korea to Japan to the U.S., the attorney has developed an international practice

From the Red River Valley to the Iron Range

Fergus Falls-based attorney and former state bar president Dick Pemberton of Pemberton Law has tried dozens upon dozens of cases in every corner of the state

Best Man

Keith Nelsen uses his leadership skills to help renew Best Buy

The Daley Show

Annamarie Daley grew up on a farm, went into complex commercial litigation and is considered by clients to be capable of anything

There and Back Again

Sam Hanson’s journey from the bar to the bench

The Gunslinger, the Bulldog or the Pit Bull

Call her what you want—Cecilie Loidolt just wins

Wall of Protection

How trademark lawyer Tim Kenny safeguards local and national brands

A Better Way

Nancy Zalusky Berg advocates for family law clients and human rights

The Wide Out

Former Gophers wide receiver Lee Hutton III traded in his pads for a thriving and diverse legal practice

Expecting the Unexpected

Duluth-based defense attorney David Keegan of Keegan Law Office on authenticity, courtroom surprises and representing the man who turned a recliner into a vehicle

Bringing Down Trevor Cook

How John Harper III did it

The Advocate

Jim Schwebel is in the business of rebuilding lives

The Patent Protector

Steve Lundberg conceived of a firm over a game of Ms. Pac-Man. He helps others protect their inspiring ideas

The System Does Not Always Work

David Schultz never loses sight of this in his professional and pro-bono work

From Scrubs to the Courthouse

Law may be Mary Shearen’s second career—she started out as a nurse—but it’s her true calling

Seeing How The Evidence Comes In

After 45 years as one of Duluth’s busiest—and most successful—trial lawyers, Tom Thibodeau still considers himself a student

The Combiner

Andrew Humphrey is a mergers lawyer who last year pulled off one of his own–between Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels. We sat down with him in March to ask him how he did it

A Steely Calm

General Mills’ Rick Palmore keeps the Pillsbury and Betty Crocker brands strong

The Crusader

Jeff Anderson on law school, legal tactics and his ultimate goal—deposing Pope Benedict XVI

An Entertaining Practice

Ken Abdo rides with the band

At the Crossroads

A train collides with a car full of young people, slicing the vehicle in two. There are heart-wrenching phone calls. One is to attorney Sharon L. Van Dyck

After the Collapse

Personal injury lawyer Chris Messerly tackles the 35W bridge collapse

The Quiet Passion of Shamus O’Meara

The Johnson & Condon attorney advocates for those with developmental disabilities

Ann Cathcart Chaplin

How a 38-year-old is leading Fish & Richardson’s litigation practice group

The Doyenne of Dorsey

Dorsey & Whitney’s Marianne Short on what it’s like to manage one of the state’s largest firms, her role as a leading female pioneer, and lessons learned from a certain vice president

The Man From Medtronic

Cameron Findlay keeps the medical device company moving forward

In the Swing of Things

Joe Anthony has every lawyer’s dream assignment: serving as general counsel of the USGA

Road Warrior

Dick Bowman has made a habit out of winning products liability trials for automakers

A Solid Foundation

Affordable housing attorney Angela Christy opens doors for the underprivileged

The Change of Heart of Don Nichols

For years he was a leading DWI defense lawyer but suddenly stopped to handle employment class actions

Marsh Halberg’s Equal Protection

Criminal defense lawyer Marsh Halberg gives all clients his best, even the questionable ones, so he can stay sharp for the innocents

Divorce With Dignity

Family lawyer Debra Yerigan has a knack for making the transition bearable

A Serious Man

Ron Meshbesher talks about his legendary career and what it’s like being name-checked in a Coen brothers movie

Copyrighting Obama

Kristine Boylan helped protect an amateur photographer's college pics of the president 

Nose for Business

Stephen Ling's past informs his present

Providing Closure

Employment attorney Nicholas May protected sheriff's department vets from retaliation

Joani Loves Family Law

Bringing calm to crisis is Joani Moberg's goal

The Big Sister

Ann O'Reilly is on the rise

Carrying the Burden

Steven Sitek is willing to settle, until his opponents aren't

The Dwight Stuff

Dwight Opperman went West as a young man, and the rest is history

Not Your Ordinary Joe

How Joe Friedberg wins friends and influences people

Robert's Rules of Order

Robert Weinstine on the civility of yesteryear

Dwight Opperman: The Q&A

Dwight on trading wines with Warren Burger, breaking bread with Larry King, and offering an exhausted Bill Clinton a place to crash

In the Strike Zone

James Cavanaugh's trial by fire at Hormel

Inside the Chaos of Iraq and Pakistan

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cliff Wardlaw steps into foreign courts

Around the World with Cargill

Steven Euller brings a wealth of international experience to his post       

The Translator

Language whiz Mark Vavreck on volcanoes, earthquakes and sleeping under the stars

Team Player

Patrick Gallagher uses what he learned as a kid on the playing fields every day

Brothers in Law

The Siebens carry on a family tradition

Post-It Man

Marschall Smith safeguards 3M's intellectual property   

Dan in Real Life

How Dan Satorius went from Normal to Sweet Land

The Defense Never Rests

It’s rarely tea time for the hard-charging Earl Gray

The Storyteller

Bill Mauzy pays close attention to plot, character and motivation

Can a Pagan Priest With a Beard Work in Food Service?

Such are the questions that keep Christopher Harristhal busy

Ciresi Does It

Mike Ciresi tops the Super Lawyers list and looks to become our next U.S. senator

O Solo Mio

What enables young attorneys to take the risk of hanging out their own shingle––and succeed?

Good Wil Hunting

Wil Fluegel, is hard to find, but worth the effort

Minnesota Lawrence Preston

Perry who? John Koneck was inspired by a different TV lawyer

Rhode Scholar

Susan Rhode’s journey to family law

Seeing Red

Scott Borene spends his days wrapped from head-to-toe in red tape

Assisting the Asylees

Nancy Wolf realizes that for some, the U.S. is home; for others, it is a safe haven

The Blog is Mightier Than the Sword

When he isn’t taking on powerful interests as a commercial litigator, John Hinderaker takes them down with his conservative blog Power Line

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