MINNEAPOLIS—August 20, 2020.  Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., is pleased to announce that thirty-three of its attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021, with two attorneys recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in their practices: John A. Knapp and Eric F. Swanson. In addition, five attorneys have been included in the inaugural edition of Ones to Watch. The recognized attorneys are:

NameArea Recognized
David M. AafedtAdministrative/Regulatory Law
Insurance Law
Jeffrey R. AnselArbitration
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Banking and Finance
Litigation – Real Estate
Jonathan W.J. ArmourReal Estate Law
Timothy M. BarnettCorporate Law
Franchise Law
Daniel C. BeckBankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Thomas H. BoydAppellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Philip T. ColtonSecurities / Capital Markets Law
David A. DavenportCommercial Litigation
Tammera R. DiehmEminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Municipal Law
Real Estate Law
James W. DierkingReal Estate Law
Edward J. DrenttelBanking and Finance Law
Christianna FinnernHealth Care Law
Jon J. HogansonBanking and Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Justin JenkinsLitigation – Trusts & Estates
Mark T. JohnsonCorporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Norman L. Jones IIIReal Estate Law
Thomas J. KettlesonBanking & Finance Law
John A. KnappAdministrative/Regulatory Law
Government Relations Practice
Insurance Law*
Anton J MochBanking and Finance Law
David E. MoranMergers & Acquisitions Law
John D. NoldeReal Estate Law
David P. PearsonCommercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Jon L. PetersonReal Estate Law
Tax Law
Laura A. PfeifferEmployment Law – Individuals
Employment Law – Management
Mark A. PihartEmployment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Brooks F. PoleyCommercial Litigation
Michael A. RosowBankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Elizabeth SchmiesingEnergy Law
Environmental Law
Eric F. SwansonAdministrative/Regulatory Law
Energy Law*
Energy Regulatory Law
Todd B. UrnessReal Estate Law
Tax Law
Michele D. VaillancourtCorporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Thomas A. WalkerEmployee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Douglas S. WolgamotTrusts & Estates

* denotes “Lawyer of the Year” in this practice area.

The following attorneys were listed in the inaugural edition of Ones to Watch, recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. “Ones to Watch” recipients typically have been in practice for 5-9 years.

NameArea Recognized
Catherine M. CummingTax Law
Christopher HusseyCorporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Katherine A. JohnsonReal Estate Law
Jessica Timmington LindstromElder Law
Matthew RobinsonCommercial Litigation


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