Notable Women in Law 2022

Meet TCB’s 29 Notable Women in Law, exemplary professionals who handle complex transactions and use their expertise to guide a variety of clients through obstacles. They also are instrumental in serving as mentors, doing pro bono work that addresses social and economic causes, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

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, individuals must have at least five 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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Emily McNee

Emily McNee

Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.
Emily McNee is a strategic advisor and litigator with eight years of experience handling all stages of litigation in state and federal courts, including defending matters involving allegations of discrimination,
Jessica Monson

Jessica Monson

General counsel and vice president, legal, Caribou Coffee
Jessica Monson leads legal, risk management, and retail food safety for major chain Caribou Coffee as the general counsel and vice president of legal. She advises and manages a variety
Carol Moss

Carol Moss

Partner, Hellmuth & Johnson
As a partner at Hellmuth & Johnson, a corporate and business law firm, Carol Moss is known for her knowledge of the law, strong analytical skills, and a deep commitment
Kathryn Nash

Kathryn Nash

Partner; Labor, Employment, and Higher Education Practice Group leader, Lathrop GPM LLP
Kathryn Nash specializes in Title IX issues and is a co-founder of the firm’s trainED initiative, a nationally recognized higher education training and compliance arm. She leads training on new
Melissa Nilsson

Melissa Nilsson

Attorney, shareholder, Henson Efron
Melissa Nilsson has more than 15 years of family law practice experience. Her legal expertise ranges from business and property valuation and division to child support. Nilsson has drafted qualified
Jeri Parkin

Jeri Parkin

Officer, Fredrikson & Byron
Over the span of Jeri Parkin’s career, she’s handled legal issues dealing with real estate, banking and finance, and other corporate and business matters. As an officer at Minneapolis-based Fredrikson
Ann Rainhart

Ann Rainhart

Chief strategy officer, Taft Law
As the chief strategy officer at Taft Law, Ann Rainhart has been an important leader in articulating the firm’s vision, identifying its market opportunities, and executing its strategies to influence
Jessica Roe

Jessica Roe

Partner, attorney, Roe Law Group
In Jessica Roe’s practice, she handles legal matters related to labor law, employment and commercial litigation, and employment law practice. Roe manages employment counseling for large management teams, national companies,
Jill Sauber

Jill Sauber

Managing attorney, Sauber Legal Services
Jill Sauber is the managing attorney for her Edina-based boutique elder law firm. Previously a mortician, Sauber’s career has heavily revolved around death and dying. During the pandemic, Sauber built
Sara Stenberg

Sara Stenberg

Deputy general counsel and senior vice president, U.S. Bank
As the deputy general counsel at Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank, Sara Stenberg oversees a team of 29 professionals. She provides legal support to the bank’s corporate and commercial banking division as
Cynthia Topel

Cynthia Topel

Senior director, corporate counsel, Sleep Number
Joining Minneapolis-based Sleep Number in 2018, Cynthia Topel has provided proactive and practical advice to business partners, led legal and cross-functional teams, and driven process efficiency and scale for commercial