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The 50 Largest Law Firms

By (Compiled by) Courtney Mault

Once again, it's time for Minnesota's 50 largest firms to show off their numbers. For the fourth year in a row, Faegre & Benson tops the list. Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi posted the largest increase, adding 16 lawyers in the past year. But that wasn't enough to bump Dorsey & Whitney and Fredrikson & Byron out of their spots. New to the list is Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, PA, which jumped into 50th place with 22 lawyers. Following the list are the survey results from public employers of lawyers.

 

Rank

Name

Total MN Lawyers

Number of Partners/ Shareholders

Total 2008 Hires in MN

2008 Lateral Hires in MN

Starting Salary for a New Associate

1.

 

 

Faegre & Benson LLP

354

169

31

7

$120,000

2.

 

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

324

134

36

8

$120,000

3.

 

Fredrikson & Byron, PA

229

129

21

6

$120,000

4.

 

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP

190

64

24

7

$120,000

5.

 

Leonard, Street & Deinard

186

116

13

2

$120,000

6.

Briggs and Morgan, PA

184

113

22

14

$120,000

7.

 

Lindquist & Vennum

178

120

15

4

$120,000

8.

 

Gray Plant Mooty

155

106

8

2

$120,000

9.

 

Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP

104

57

10

2

$120,000

10.

 

Winthrop & Weinstine, PA

89

56

4

1

$120,000

11.

Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP

87

50

4

1

$117,500

 

12.

 

Meagher & Geer, PLLP

77

37

7

1

NA

13.

Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.

76

42

14

3

NA

 

14.

Moss & Barnett, PA

75

54

NA

2

NA

 

15.

Felhaber Larson Fenlon & Vogt

59

43

6

NA

$100,000

 

16.

Merchant & Gould PC

60

31

9

4

NA

 

17.

Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson

58

33

5

3

$105,000

 

18.

Best & Flanagan LLP

55

40

4

1

NA

 

19.

Fish & Richardson PC

54

16

9

2

NA

 

20.

Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner

51

12

3

0

NA

21.

Messerli & Kramer, PA

50

24

8

1

NA

 

22.

Bassford Remele, PA

48

31

5

3

NA

 

23.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP

42

18

2

2

NA

 

24.

Foley & Mansfield PLLP

41

12

7

5

NA

 

25.

Bowman and Brooke LLP

39

21

2

1

NA

 

26.

Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, PA

38

19

0

0

NA

 

27.

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thompson, PA

37

21

3

0

$110,000

 

27.

Kennedy & Graven, Chartered

37

26

1

0

NA

 

29.

Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

34

21

1

0

$72,000

 

29.

Cousineau McGuire, Chartered

34

15

3

NA

NA

 

29.

Larson King, LLP

34

17

4

1

$95,000

32.

Henson & Efron, PA

33

15

1

1

NA

 

32.

Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, PA

33

27

0

0

NA

 

34.

Johnson & Condon, PA

32

12

1

0

NA

 

34.

Murnane Brandt

32

15

1

1

NA

 

34.

Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, PA

32

10

5

0

NA

 

34.

Zelle, Hofmann, Voelbel, Mason & Gette LLP

32

18

2

0

$120,000

 

38.

Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC

31

13

13

11

NA

 

38.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

31

21

NA

2

NA

40.

Mackall, Crounse & Moore PLC

28

20

2

1

NA

 

40.

McGrann Shea Anderson Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered

28

18

0

0

NA

 

40.

Parsinen Kaplan Rosberg & Gotlieb

28

16

6

6

NA

 

40.

Rinke Noonan Law Firm

28

19

1

0

NA

 

44.

Quinlivan & Hughes, PA

27

18

0

0

NA

 

45.

Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, PA

26

13

3

1

NA

 

45.

Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, PA

26

13

5

2

NA

 

47.

Krass Monroe, PA

25

11

3

2

$102,000

 

48.

Jardine Logan & O'Brien, PLLP

24

15

1

0

NA

 

49.

Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, PA

23

14

0

0

NA

 

50.

Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, PA

22

14

3

0

NA

 

NA = no answer or information not available • *Ranked by Minnesota lawyers based on totals given by firm.

Information is current as of Dec. 1, 2008.

 

Public Employers of Lawyers

Law Firm

# of Lawyers

Supervising Lawyers

Female Lawyers

Minorities

Hired Lawyers

Starting Salary

Dakota County Attorney's Office

40

7

26

3

1

$52,600

Hennepin County Attorney's Office

163

11

93

31

16

$50,724

Hennepin County Public Defender

128

23

65

30

3

$52,450

Minneapolis City Attorney's Office

56

3

33

12

2

$60,285

Minnesota Board of Public Defense

582

54

240

66

0

$50,799

St. Paul Attorney's Office

42

6

20

5

4

$48,280

Information is current as of Dec. 1, 2008.

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