Minneapolis, MN – January 26, 2018.  Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., is pleased to formally announce that Martha Engel, Scott Jahnke, Nadeem Schwen and Evan Sheets have been promoted to shareholders, and Jacob Bean has been promoted to managing associate.

Martha Engel is an intellectual property attorney who advises companies ranging from medical device manufacturers to breweries on protecting their intellectual property assets. She helps clients guard their competitive advantage and add value to their business by obtaining, maintaining, and enforcing intellectual property rights. Martha counsels clients on all matters related to intellectual property, including clearing trademarks, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, obtaining trademark registrations, conducting due diligence reviews regarding intellectual property in corporate transactions, enforcing trademark rights, and assisting with patent litigation.

Scott Jahnke is a member of Winthrop & Weinstine’s tax credit and real estate groups. Scott’s practice focuses on complex real estate transactions, primarily those involving federal low-income housing tax credits, federal historic tax credits, state historic tax credits, new markets tax credits, tax-exempt bond financing, tax-increment financing, and various other federal, state, and local subsidy programs.

Nadeem Schwen uses his expertise in both intellectual property law and technology to help companies of all sizes effectively protect and manage their creative assets. An experienced litigator and registered patent attorney, Nadeem provides a wide range of services, including intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution, portfolio management, licensing, and corporate due diligence. He also advises clients in a variety of technical fields, including computer hardware and software, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, emerging technologies, and other areas.  Nadeem works closely with his clients to develop cost-effective strategies designed to achieve the best results, while minimizing legal expenses.

Evan Sheets advises public and private businesses in a variety of industries regarding general corporate and securities matters, including corporate governance, debt and equity financing, and securities law compliance. He also represents clients in a wide range of corporate transactions, with an emphasis on venture capital and growth equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and the general representation of both established and emerging growth companies. Evan routinely advises on the formation, structuring and operation of investment funds and real estate investment trusts (REITs), and his experience also includes corporate, limited partnership and limited liability company formation, structuring and counseling.

Jacob Bean represents for-profit, nonprofit, and public owners and developers of affordable housing and mixed-use projects from application through disposition. He focuses on finding creative and efficient solutions to the various tax and regulatory issues presented by the federal and state tax credit and financing programs used in affordable housing, historic rehabilitation, and energy production projects.

The year of 2017 was one of continued growth for the firm, which welcomed 16 new attorneys over the course of the year: Chelsea Ahmann (Litigation), Sarah Burt (Corporate), Robert Chidester (Corporate), Amanda Govze (Real Estate), Samantha Heaton (Trusts & Estates), Emily Hoffman (Litigation), Joel Johnson (Corporate), Steven Kool (Real Estate), Kyle Kroll (Litigation), Justin Markell (Real Estate), Karne Newburn (Litigation), Ian Rubenstrunk (Creditors’ Remedies), Samuel Thompson (Real Estate), Roxanne Thorelli (Securities & Corporate Finance), Draeke Weseman (Intellectual Property), and Cody Zustiak (Regulatory).