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Winthrop & Weinstine Shareholder Michael J. Rothman Appointed as Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce

Minneapolis, MN – January 5, 2010. Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., has announced that shareholder Michael J. Rothman has just been appointed by Governor Mark Dayton as Commissioner of Commerce of the State of Minnesota. Michael will be leaving the firm, and the position begins effective January 12, 2011.

Michael has been a shareholder with the firm since 2002, and has co-chaired the firm's Insurance & Financial Services practice group. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced law in California, and served as a staff member for the Minnesota Senate and as a law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School in Insurance Law and Regulation.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s mission is to ensure equitable commercial and financial transactions and reliable utility services by: regulating and licensing business activity in more than 20 industries; investigating and resolving consumer complaints; advocating the public's interest before the Public Utilities Commission; and administering various state programs.

Scott Dongoske, firm president, said, “We wish Mike well in this exciting new chapter of his professional career.”

Michael received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and his B.A. from Carleton College. Mike resides in Minnetonka, MN, with his wife Shari Latz Rothman, a professional harpist, and their three children.

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