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A Firm Difference

Founded in 1979 by six attorneys who believed that law firms are first and foremost about clients, Winthrop & Weinstine has been different from the beginning. The core value that defined us then is the same one that drives us today: Put clients first

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About Us
Putting clients first is the living, tangible presence that drives who we hire, the way we interact with and represent clients, and how we exist within the larger community.
 
Winthrop & Weinstine is a full-service law firm that champions your legal interests in a timely, innovative and professional manner. Our firm energetically engages in every aspect of your legal matter and fully commits to assembling the best legal talent to counsel, advise and advance your interests. We hold close the values of excellence, integrity and community involvement. We succeed by helping our clients succeed.
 

The Twin Cities community is known for its robust business environment, and the people themselves are known for their creative, professional passion. Perhaps that's why we've always called it home. Through the years, Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., has created what its clients see as a responsive, service-driven law firm that passionately champions client issues, using innovation rather than outmoded tradition and creativity rather than standard formulas.

With 100+ attorneys in our Minneapolis office, we have a diverse team that serves clients with high intensity, tight focus and deep understanding. Our attorneys are encouraged and allowed to develop their own individual practices while responding to the specific needs of their clients. It's how we adhere to our core value of putting clients first: as a group, we focus on building strong relationships and discovering new ways to serve our clients' interests.
 
The clients we retain are truly the measure of our continued success, and they are the reason we strive to differentiate ourselves.

 

Firm Facts

Honors & Accolades


Minnesota Lawyer recognized Stephen Baird, David Davenport and Devan Padmanabhan as “Attorneys of the Year” for 2013. Steve Baird also received the Circle of Excellence Award.

Benchmark Litigation recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended” for litigation in Minnesota. In addition, nine attorneys were listed as “Stars.”  

U.S. News – Best Lawyers ranked 23 Winthrop & Weinstine practice areas as among the best in Minnesota. In addition, the firm ranked nationally in Banking & Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, and Litigation – Banking & Finance.

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., is a prominent legal force in the state of Minnesota. The firm was recognized in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of “Best Places to Work” for medium-sized law firms in 2006, and 2008-2013.

Twenty-One Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys were named to 2014 “Best Lawyers In America©” list. Jeffrey Ansel and John Knapp also named as “2014 Lawyers of the Year.”

Chambers USA 2013 lists Winthrop & Weinstine as one of the top Minnesota law firms for Litigation and Real Estate, and named six Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., attorneys as leading practitioners worldwide in its 2013 edition. The London-based Chambers has become widely accepted in recent years as the standard for legal distinction, both in the U.S. and around the globe.

Benchmark Litigation 2013 lists Winthrop & Weinstine in their top tier rankings as ‘Highly Recommended’ in Commercial Litigation and Appellate Law.

The 2013 Super Lawyers® List recognizes 24 attorneys from several of the firm’s practice areas. The Rising Stars List recognizes 13 attorneys. Thomas H. Boyd, Matthew R. McBride and Robert R. Weinstine listed in the Top 100. The designation is based on a survey of attorneys across Minnesota.

Winthrop & Weinstine's Trademark & Brand Management practice was recognized in 2013 as among the best by World Trademark Review 1000, a unique, user-friendly and comprehensive guide to the trademark legal services market.

Seven attorneys from Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., were named “North Star Lawyers” by the Minnesota State Bar Association, in recognition for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services in 2012.  

Four attorneys from the Intellectual Property practice group at Winthrop & Weinstine were recognized as “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

U.S. News & World Report, in their “Best Law Firms” 2013 report, lists Winthrop & Weinstine as a top firm nationally in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance and Environmental Law.

Minnesota Business included shareholder David E. Moran in its 2013 “(Real) Power 50” list. The RP50 are described as the ones who make things happen in their businesses and in the community.

Thomas H. Boyd was named "Attorney of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer for 2012. Mr. Boyd also received the Circle of Excellence Award.

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., has also been chosen by American Lawyer Media as one of the 2013 Go-To Law Firms® for Fortune 500 Companies. Winthrop & Weinstine, recommended by a large financial company client, was recognized for its expertise in Contracts Litigation.

Minnesota Lawyer recognized Paralegal Constance White among “Unsung Legal Heroes” for 2013; Deb DuBois, Nancy Evans and Sandy Ricci have also been recognized for this honor.

Finance & Commerce named Michele Vaillancourt as among the "Top Women in Finance" for 2012.

Aimée D. Dayhoff was recognized in 2013 as a “Women in Business” honoree, as named by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Winthrop & Weinstine intellectual property blog DuetsBlog was named one of the Top Minnesota Legal Blogs by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

The firm’s marketing collateral has received several top honors from the Minnesota Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association. The firm’s website received a top award for legal websites by the Web Marketing Association in 2010-2012.

Stephen R. Baird was selected as an “Attorney of the Year” for 2011 by Minnesota Lawyer.

Jeffrey R. Ansel & John A. Knapp received “Lawyer of the Year” honors from The Best Lawyers in America® for 2012 (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). Jeff was listed in real estate litigation; John in government relations.

Seventeen Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). In addition, the firm had 12 practices areas ranked in first tier, 9 in second tier, and litigation ranked nationally.

Twenty-two Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys representing clients in diverse practice areas were named to the Super Lawyers® list for 2011, with Jeffrey R. Ansel, Thomas H. Boyd, Matthew R. McBride and Robert R. Weinstine listed in the Top 100. The designation is based on a survey of attorneys across Minnesota.

Thirteen of the firm’s younger lawyers have been named to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers® for 2011.

Minnesota Lawyer recognized Nancy Evans, Laura Gutierrez and Sandy Ricci as “Unsung Legal Heroes” for 2011; Deb DuBois (Cochran) has also been recognized for this honor.

Winthrop & Weinstine was recommended in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers as one of the top law firms in Minnesota. In 2011, five of our attorneys were recommended in Chambers USA for General Commercial Litigation, Appellate Litigation and Real Estate. The firm was also recognized for its top expertise in General Commercial Litigation and Real Estate.

Minnesota Lawyer recognized Christianna L. Finnern as an “Up & Coming Attorney” for 2011. Jeffrey J. Koerselman and Tammera R. Diehm have also been recognized for this honor.

Aimée D. Dayhoff was recognized in 2011 as a “Forty Under 40” honoree, as named by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Other honorees include Christine M. Zimmer, Craig S. Krummen, Stephen R. Baird and Tammera R. Diehm.

The BTI Client Service All-Star Team for 2011 includes shareholder David E. Moran for the second year in a row. He is one of only 176 lawyers from across the globe to receive this recognition.

Mark A. Pihart has been designated as a certified specialist in Labor & Employment Law.

Thomas M. Hart & Eric F. Swanson were named “Lawyer of the Year” for construction law and energy law, respectively, in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2011.
Vision
We are a full-service entrepreneurial commercial law firm of highly motivated individuals, dedicated, as a team, to advancing the best interests of our clients and our community through the timely delivery of legal services of exceptional quality, innovative character and unsurpassed value.

Philosophy
The philosophy of Winthrop & Weinstine is comprised of four elements: client and community service, professional excellence, teamwork and life balance, and integrity.
 
In serving our clients, we represent them as we would want to be represented ourselves. We work diligently to fully understand their needs and serve their best interests. At the same time, we conduct ourselves in a way to positively impact the quality of life in our community.
 
We're committed to professional excellence through many avenues. We work to continually improve the timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of our services in order to exceed the expectations of our clients. In our daily work, superior judgment, leadership, creativity and personal responsibility are encouraged and rewarded.
 
Teamwork at Winthrop & Weinstine is achieved by working together energetically and creatively, as we strive to support each other in our challenges and celebrate our successes. We respect personal backgrounds and styles, and always conduct ourselves in a way that reflects positively on the firm. We recognize the importance of striking an appropriate balance between personal and professional interests and responsibilities, and strive not only to excel but also to have fun.
 
The final cornerstone of our philosophy is integrity, and this value extends to the representation of our clients, our dealings with other professionals and our interactions with one another in the firm. We consistently align our behavior with the values we consider essential and of first importance: integrity, excellence, service, honesty, respect and teamwork.
 
Pro Bono
Committee Members       Examples      Resources

“The firm’s overall commitment to community service encompasses pro bono representation and participation in professional organizations.”
— Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. Pro Bono Policy

Introduction
In early 1990, Steve Tourek and Tom Boyd exchanged memoranda shaping and establishing Winthrop & Weinstine’s pro bono policy. Those early memoranda stated the firm’s pro bono policy was “best conveyed as a natural extension of the firm’s overall commitment to community service and professional responsibility.” The early policy further stated, “Winthrop & Weinstine has always greatly encouraged lawyers to be active and contributing members of the community and of its political, social, and religious institutions to the extent that their own conscience and values permit.”

In late 1991, the policy was formalized with the creation of the Pro Bono Committee at the request of John Knapp. Initial Committee members were Tom Boyd, Jon Hoganson, Laurie Knocke, and Catherine Dominguez. The original purpose of the committee was to:

1. Identify opportunities for pro bono involvement and encourage and publicize that involvement;
2. Review potential pro bono work for conflicts of interest;
3. Establish procedures for intake, file opening, and ongoing review of pro bono work; and
4. Assure appropriate recognition within the law firm and within the legal community of those attorneys involved in pro bono activities.
The Committee continues to fulfill these original responsibilities to promote and support pro bono work by the firm’s attorneys and staff.

LegalCORPS is a non-profit organization that uses volunteer attorneys to provide free transactional legal services to low-income owners of small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and low-income innovators in Minnesota. Founded in 2004, its mission is to expand access to the legal system – in the area of business law – to many who would otherwise be unable to afford legal services.

LegalCORPS provides a number of services including drop-in, brief advice business law clinics, full representation for transactional issues, and an inventor’s assistance program that provides Minnesota inventors with assistance in obtaining both provisional and non provisional patents.

Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys began volunteering at the drop-in, brief advice clinics three months after the first clinic opened in 2005. The firm’s participation has continued to grow and in 2011, 12 Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys and 4 summer associates volunteered to staff various clinics for LegalCORPS. Volunteering at a drop-in clinic provides attorneys with an opportunity to counsel clients on a wide variety of business issues. The typical LegalCORPS client seeks information on entity formation, basic contract questions, or real estate issues. Because the counseling sessions are limited to 30 minutes, volunteer attorneys are expected to provide general information and identify potential issues that may warrant ongoing representation.

Unemployment Compensation Pro Bono Appellate Program
For more than 10 years, Winthrop & Weinstine has coordinated a pro bono project that offers pro bono legal assistance to individuals in Minnesota who have been denied unemployment compensation benefits. This program was initiated by the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section in coordination with the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The program helps find lawyers for individuals who have appealed their denial of benefits to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

The firm coordinates a group of volunteer attorneys located in the Twin Cities, as well as in greater Minnesota, who review these cases and are willing to represent these pro se parties in their appeals. The volunteer lawyers file formal briefs and present oral arguments to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. This important project has been featured in an article entitled, “Minnesota’s Pro Bono Appellate Program: A Simple Approach that Achieves Important Objectives,” published by the Journal of Appellate Practice and Process at the University of Arkansas.

This program provides invaluable pro bono legal services to the parties seeking these benefits, who are typically poor and in dire need of these funds for their basic living needs. The program also enhances the manner in which the issues raised in these appeals are presented to the appellate court. Finally, these cases present particularly good opportunities for new lawyers to brief and argue cases to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Many of the firm’s associates, and even several of its summer associates, have gained tremendous experience handling these appeals.

Sew Much Comfort was organized in December 2004, and provides adaptive clothing at no cost to support the unique needs of injured service members from all branches of the military and national guard. Each week, many wounded military members arrive on United States soil for extensive medical treatment for bullet wounds, burns, head and limb injuries, and amputations and need adaptive clothing. Sew Much Comfort also supports many previously injured military personnel whose needs change during the recovery process. These injuries require medical equipment, prosthetics, and casts that are too bulky to fit under ordinary clothing or underwear. Without adaptive clothing, the only option is a hospital gown.

The adaptive clothing that Sew Much Comfort supplies has been designed with input from wounded and medical personnel. The clothing is adapted from either store-bought garments or sewn using custom-designed patterns. The wardrobe options continue to evolve as Sew Much Comfort strives to meet the needs of injured service members. This clothing gives the service members and medical personnel the ability to have ready access to their injuries utilizing the adaptive openings in Sew Much Comfort’s clothing. The adapted clothing allows injured service members to have their clothing appear the same as normal civilian attire; an attribute which helps facilitate a more natural and comfortable recovery.

Sew Much Comfort has been able to provide over 75,000 pieces of adaptive clothing and comfort accessories because of the generosity of volunteers that span the United States, Europe, and Canada. Volunteers remain the driving force behind its success, their continued dedication and effort in producing and delivering adaptive clothing enables Sew Much Comfort to continue to accomplish their mission. These volunteers are committed to aiding the recovery of injured service members and providing them with an added measure of comfort and dignity as they recover from their injuries and return to everyday life. Sew Much Comfort is the only organization providing adaptive clothing at no cost to wounded service members.

Winthrop & Weinstine is proud to be a long-time supporter of Sew Much Comfort. In 2005, when the organization was still in its infancy, the founders met with attorneys from our firm to discuss corporate and tax issues. We assisted by forming a non-profit corporation under Minnesota law and completing the IRS application for tax-exemption. Since this time, we have counseled the organization on intellectual property issues and provided general advice as they have grown from a small, Minnesota non-profit to a group with an international following.

Winthrop & Weinstine provides a range of legal services.

Winthrop & Weinstine is committed to serving the community through pro bono activities. The program provides valuable service to clients in need of legal representation and varied experiences to attorneys at the firm.

Committee Members
Tom Boyd - Chair
Natalie Brauer
Tami Diehm
Deborah DuBois
Reid Golden
John Knapp
Tip Lee
Paul Markwardt
Kelly McBeain
Sandra Ricci
John Sellner
Ann Steingraeber

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Resources
Report on Pro Bono Appellate Programs

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Diversity
Diversity Committee      Diversity in Action      Links


Statement of Purpose

Diversity is a central value of Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. We are committed to building a diverse workforce of talented individuals who will help us continue to put people first, build strong relationships, and discover new ways to serve our clients' interests.

Our Goals:

  • Continue to build a diverse team of talented individuals, each with their own unique backgrounds and experiences
  • Provide educational opportunities to enrich our knowledge and appreciation of diversity
  • Establish relationships and business connections that take advantage of the diverse community in which we live
  • Become a strong and connected member of the greater Twin Cities Community
Diversity Committee
The Diversity Committee was formed in 2005. Chaired by Tammera R. Diehm, the committee is comprised of shareholders, associates and administrative management, and are charged with developing and implementing the firm’s diversity strategy. The Committee Members are:
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Diversity in Action
Attorneys and staff at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. are involved in a number of initiatives, activities and organizations, working to promote diversity in the legal community:
  • Formed a Diversity Committee to implement a firm-wide diversity strategy
  • Sponsorship and partnership opportunities, including Top Women in Finance, Hispanic Bar Association and Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
  • Encourage nominations for awards honoring diversity
  • Sponsorship and participation in charitable events and community involvement
  • Mentoring of Twin Cities law school students, partnering with the University of Minnesota Law School
  • Inclusion of ‘Discovering Diversity’ column in monthly Firm Newsletter
  • Offer domestic partner health benefits
  • MSBA's Minnesota Minority Clerkship Program
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Links
Professional Organizations:


Community Organizations:

Community Commitment
Committee Members       In Action

Statement of Purpose
Winthrop & Weinstine P.A., is not only committed to our clients, but also to the community in which we live in and work. We strive to make a difference in the community by volunteering our time and energy. Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys and staff participate in a variety of community-building activities and programs such as food drives and youth mentoring. Winthrop & Weinstine and its employees also contribute monetary donations to various charities and organizations.


Our Goals:

  • To serve the greater Twin Cities community by volunteering our time to projects that have the most impact and put people first.
  • Build strong relationships with our community and community partners to improve the quality of living.
Committee Members
Chaired by Joseph M. Windler, the committee is comprised of shareholders, associates and administrative management and staff members.  The committee researches and selects community projects firm employees can participate in. The Committee Members are:
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In Action
Attorneys and staff at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., are involved in a variety of projects and activities that give back to the community in which we live and work in.

Click on the headings to be directed to their website.

School Supply Drive for Washburn Center for Children
The Committee collects new school supplies for the Washburn Center for Children. With over 125 years as a non-profit agency serving children and families in Minnesota, Washburn Center for Children is the leader in helping children with social, emotional and behavioral mental health problems and their families. All of our services are designed to develop skills, resolve problems and connect with resources to help the child be more successful at home, in school and in the community. Washburn Center for Children strives to integrate innovative research into program practice, implement meaningful evaluation methods and provide effective training and consultation for agency staff and community collaborators.

Greater Lake Country Food Bank 
Two Great Programs – One Great Cause! The Winthrop & Weinstine Women Client Networking Event and the Winthrop & Weinstine Community Service Committee are joining forces to help eliminate hunger in our community via the Greater Lake Country Food Bank.  The Greater Lake Country Food Bank ("GLCFB") serves as the Twin Cities first and largest community food bank.  The GLCFB is dedicated to serving as a local affordable food inventory for the community and is also the state of Minnesota's number one provider of food to low-income and disabled individuals in the greater Hennepin County area.  The Food Bank also partners with CommonBond Communities to serve their residents.  More information on this great organization can be found at www.theglcfb.org
 
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a Minnesota-based global hunger relief organization. Winthrop & Weinstine volunteers package a specially  formulated, highly nutritious meal pack for starving children for delivery all over the world.
    Family Fun Factory – Homework ‘n' Hoops Carnival
    The event is the kick-off to a year-long mentoring/homework program for students ages 8-12. The intent of the Homework ‘n' Hoops carnival is to make education fun. Volunteers work in pairs to help facilitate the activities to maximize the fun and the impact. Activities include word games, math games, science activities and recreational games.
      Bus Shelter
      The firm partners with Metro Transit to adopt a bus shelter. Volunteers ensure the bus shelter remains clean and clear of graffiti throughout the year.

      Pajama Drive
      The firm holds a drive for new pajamas for children currently living in a Minnesota crisis shelter, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. The Minnesota Chapter of the Pajama Program partners with approximately 42 shelters in the state of Minnesota.
       
      United Way/Community Shares
      Each firm employee has the option of pledging a portion of their earnings to a charity or charities of their choice.
       
      STEP-UP Program
      Winthrop & Weinstine employs a high school student for the summer from the STEP-UP program, sponsored by the city of Minneapolis. The student gains real-world work experience, and the organization gains a motivated Minneapolis youth. The STEP-UP program provides students with comprehensive workforce-readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce that enables them to make positive and meaningful contributions to organizations.

      Ronald McDonald House
      Winthrop & Weinstine volunteers plan and serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House four times a year. The Cooks for Kids meal program is invaluable to the 48 families that stay there, and volunteers are what make it a success. The meals provided offer families financial relief, the opportunity to share a meal and build a sense of community, or the chance to simply reconnect with their own family members.
        Suit Drive
        Robert Half International (RHI) hosts a suit drive benefiting Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to women transitioning from unemployment to self-sufficiency. This organization addresses the “catch-22” for people who are out of work: without a job, they lack the means to purchase professional attire, yet they need appropriate clothing to obtain employment. The organization accepts new or nearly new women's suits (pants and skirts), blouses, shoes and accessories, including handbags and jewelry.
         
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