One of the first cases I had the opportunity to be lead attorney was a pro bono case through the federal court’s Pro Se Project. I represented a civilly-committed person whose access to the public library through the U.S. mail had been unjustly cut off. This was a great opportunity to formulate case strategy, lead a case team, directly advise the client, make executive decisions, and defend the Constitution. After successfully opposing the defendant’s motion to dismiss, my team and I aggressively pursued discovery, both formal and informal. We worked with witnesses and compiled documents to creatively build our case, and we even found a pro bono expert witness. By the time of the mediation that was facilitated by the Court, we had a major advantage, and the case settled with my client achieving almost all of his goals without having to go to trial.
There’s nothing I enjoy more than being an advocate for others. It is my privilege to represent business clients in complex commercial litigation, particularly in matters involving class actions, fraud and fiduciary duties, antitrust, false advertising, intellectual property, and utilities. I have experience representing clients in the banking, manufacturing, insurance, technology, and energy sectors. I am currently involved in several high-profile cases involving Minnesotan and Canadian companies.
My business education helps me quickly grasp clients’ challenges and interests, as well as informs my case strategy and advice. I have worked on both large and small cases, ranging in size from $150,000 to over $200 million. In every case, I apply my business education, collaborative leadership, legal knowledge, hard work, proactivity, and inventiveness to place my client in the best position to succeed.
Prior to joining Winthrop & Weinstine, I clerked for The Honorable Joan N. Ericksen in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. I learned how to scrutinize legal arguments, write with precision and brevity, present arguments persuasively, and navigate the complicated federal court system. I also developed an insider’s perspective to judicial decision-making that informs my advocacy today. I regularly utilize these skills to my clients’ benefit.
I am active in the legal community. My involvements outside the firm enable me to give back, keep me abreast of new legal developments, and introduce me to judges and elected officials. I am also an adjunct professor and teach legal research and writing to rising attorneys at the University of Minnesota Law School.
A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career
Honors & Awards
HCBA Centennial Pro Bono Challenge Honoree
Pro Bono Service, 2020
Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year
Minnesota State Bar Association, 2020
Committee Leader of the Year
MSBA New Lawyers Section, 2020
MSBA North Star Lawyers
Pro Bono Service, 2019
Top Author - Trademarks
JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards, 2019
President’s Student Leadership and Service Award
Two-time winner, University of Minnesota
Associations & Memberships
Minnesota State Bar Association
Social chair, Newer Lawyers Section, 2019-2020
Member, Appellate Section
Member, Public Utilities Law Section
Member, Civil Litigation Section
Federal Bar Association
Assistant Treasurer, 2020-present
Co-chair, Newer Lawyers Committee, 2018-2020
Member, Intellectual Property Committee
American Bar Association
Membership Board, Young Lawyers Division, 2020-present
Section of Litigation
Hennepin County Bar Association
Co-chair, Wine Club, 2018-present
Eighth Circuit Bar Association
University of Minnesota Student Legal Service Board of Directors
Hennepin County Representative, 2017-present
University of Minnesota Law School
Adjunct Professor, Legal Research and Writing, 2018-present
The Minneapolis Club
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Member, Technology Committee
City of Minneapolis
Vice Chair, Ethical Practices Board, 2020-present
American Mock Trial Association
Volunteer Judge, 2013-present