Notable Partners in Law 2022

These veteran partners have represented hundreds of clients and are recognized both within their firms and the broader field for their results-oriented legal work, pro bono efforts, and community involvement. We are pleased to introduce our 2022 Notable Partners in Law.

Methodology: The individuals featured did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list is not comprehensive; it includes only people who were nominated and accepted after editorial review. To qualify for this list, Partners in Law candidates must have a minimum of seven years of experience in their field and have shown the ability to effect change in their roles or areas of practice.

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David Aafedt

David Aafedt

Shareholder and board member, Winthrop & Weinstine
Throughout his career, David Aafedt’s involvement with the law has centered on community. Prior to entering private practice with Winthrop & Weinstine, Aafedt served as an assistant attorney general with
Patrick Arenz

Patrick Arenz

Partner and chair of recruiting and hiring committee, Robins Kaplan LLP
Patrick Arenz handles high-stakes disputes for a diverse set of clients, from Fortune 100 companies to smaller companies and individuals. His most recent first-chair trial victory included a $27.8 million
Heidi Carpenter

Heidi Carpenter

Shareholder and CEO, Fafinski Mark & Johnson
Heidi Carpenter is the newly appointed CEO at Fafinski Mark & Johnson, where she’s been an integral part of the Eden Prairie-based firm since its inception in 1999. As she
Mike  Cavallaro

Mike Cavallaro

Partner, Barnes & Thornburg
Beyond his thriving practice, Mike Cavallaro has always made time to give back. In 2018, he took charge of pro bono activities for Barnes & Thornburg, overseeing all of the
Amy Conway

Amy Conway

Partner, Stinson LLP
Amy Conway’s focus is client counseling and investigations, but when conciliation is ineffective, she’s a fierce litigator. As chair of Stinson’s Minneapolis Recruiting Committee, she’s been instrumental in increasing the
Bryan  Feldhaus

Bryan Feldhaus

Vice president of legal-regulatory and compliance, DuVal & Associates
After 14 years as a trial and litigation shareholder at another Twin Cities firm, Bryan Feldhaus joined DuVal & Associates in early 2021 to apply his legal talent and leadership
Nicole James Gilchrist

Nicole James Gilchrist

Vice president and managing counsel, commercial division, Thrivent
Nicole James Gilchrist leads a legal team who advise and support Minneapolis-based Thrivent’s multiple distribution channels. She helps maintain the organization’s relationships with regulators and ensures Thrivent complies with laws
William Griffith

William Griffith

Shareholder, Larkin Hoffman
Thirty-five years ago, William “Bill” Griffith was recruited by the City of Bloomington to join Larkin Hoffman and work on the Mall of America project. Since then, he has served
Bill Gschwind

Bill Gschwind

Founding partner, Minnesota Construction Law Services
Bill Gschwind has spent the past decade building Minnesota Construction Law Services into a firm dedicated to serving residential and commercial contractors throughout the state and beyond. Throughout the pandemic,
Lousene Hoppe

Lousene Hoppe

General counsel and shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron
Lousene Hoppe is a litigator and criminal defense attorney who represents corporations and individuals accused of health care fraud, financial or tax crimes, and criminal felony and misdemeanor cases at
Jesse Klick

Jesse Klick

Shareholder, Fafinski Mark & Johnson
Jesse Klick became a shareholder at Eden Prairie-based Fafinski Mark & Johnson in 2020, one of the youngest partners ever elected. In the last 18 months, Klick has worked on
Kathryn  Lammers

Kathryn Lammers

Partner and director of family law department, Heimerl Lammers Law Firm
Kathryn Lammers heads her Minnetonka-based firm’s family law department, helping Minnesotans in divorce, custody, asset division, adoption, and more. She’s represented hundreds of clients in civil litigation cases in Minnesota,
Barry Landy

Barry Landy

Partner, Ciresi Conlin LLP
Barry Landy is a trial attorney and partner at Minneapolis-based Ciresi Conlin, representing both businesses and individuals in complex civil cases, including breach of contract, fraud, financial services litigation, class
Roshan Rajkumar

Roshan Rajkumar

Managing partner, Bowman and Brooke LLP
Roshan Rajkumar has been a steadying force for the Minneapolis office of Bowman and Brooke throughout the pandemic challenges. When a sizeable number of lawyers left the firm in January,
Michael Sacchet

Michael Sacchet

Partner, Ciresi Conlin LLP
Impactful in recent national mass tort cases, Michael Sacchet specializes in complex civil litigation, including multidistrict litigation and class actions on behalf of Minneapolis-based Ciresi Conlin. For the past two
Kirsten Schubert

Kirsten Schubert

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Kirsten Schubert is a trial lawyer and partner, representing commercial clients in securities class actions, shareholder disputes, and other disputes relating to the financial services and health care industries. She
Amy Seidel

Amy Seidel

Partner, Faegre Drinker
Amy Seidel advises large public companies and boards of directors on a full range of securities compliance and corporate governance matters. For the past four years, Seidel has served as
Tara Sutton

Tara Sutton

Partner, chair of national mass tort practice, and member of the executive board, Robins Kaplan LLP
Tara Sutton’s trial practice focuses on representing individuals, governments, and tribal nations harmed by defective products and fraudulent conduct. She was lead negotiator for the Minneapolis-based firm’s representation of 28