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The 50 Largest Law Firms in Minnesota


by Elizabeth Tannen

Larson • King, LLP

2800 Wells Fargo Place

30 East 7th St.

St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-312-6500

Fax: 651-312-6618

E-mail:  HYPERLINK mailto:info@larsonking.com info@larsonking.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.larsonking.com www.larsonking.com


Managing partner: Lawrence R. King

Firm administrator: Pamela J. Habeger, Executive Director


Year in Review:

Larson • King, LLP enjoyed another year of providing innovative solutions to businesses and individuals faced with diverse legal needs. New hires in 2005 included Louise Dovre Bjorkman, who served seven years as a Ramsey County District Court Judge. The firm achieved notable victories on behalf of corporate and class action clients. Larson • King was again recognized in 2005 as a “go to” firm in Corporate Counsel’s Listing of Firms Representing Fortune 250 companies, and several of its lawyers were honored for their high standing in the business community and among their legal peers, including recognition as L&P Super Lawyers and L&P Rising Stars.


Kennedy & Graven, Chartered

470 U.S. Bank Plaza

200 South Sixth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-337-9300

Fax: 612-337-9310

E-mail:  HYPERLINK mailto:attys@kennedy-graven.com attys@kennedy-graven.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.kennedy-graven.com www.kennedy-graven.com


Managing partner: Stephen J. Bubul

Firm administrator: Neil A. Simmons


Year in Review:

Kennedy & Graven, Chartered added a new school law practice group consisting of six attorneys in 2005 to further expand services to local units of government. The firm also added a new shareholder and two new associates practicing in municipal law and public finance. Five lawyers were named Super Lawyers. We increased the number of cities we represent as primary city attorney for civil matters.


Cousineau, McGuire & Anderson, Chartered

1550 Utica Avenue South, Suite 600

Minneapolis, MN 55416

Phone: 952-546-8400

Fax: 952-546-0628

E-mail:  HYPERLINK mailto:cma@cousineaulaw.com cma@cousineaulaw.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.cousineaulaw.com www.cousineaulaw.com


Branch locations:

Ironwood, Michigan, 1


Managing partner: Peter G. Van Bergen

Firm administrator: Patricia Stender


Fish & Richardson P.C., P.A.

3300 Dain Rauscher Plaza

60 South Sixth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-335-5070

Fax: 612-288-9696

E-mail:  HYPERLINK mailto:info@fr.com info@fr.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.fr.com www.fr.com


Branch locations:

Austin : 5

Boston: 91

San Diego: 57

Washington, D.C., 49

Redwood City, 34

Dallas: 44

New York: 26

Wilmington, DE: 12


Managing partner: Mark Ellinger

Firm administrator: Carol Varhalla


Year in Review:

Fish & Richardson is one of the largest law firms practicing intellectual property, litigation and corporate law and the only firm with a truly national intellectual property practice. Founded in 1878, the firm represented Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright Brothers. For 125 years we have served great innovators, helping to protect countless ideas, nurture discoveries and bring new concepts to market. In a survey published in July 2005, IP Law & Business found that Fish & Richardson handles more patent litigation than any other firm. The firm has ranked number one on the survey for four out of the five past years.


Henson & Efron, P.A.

220 South Sixth Street, Suite 1800

Minneapolis, MN 55402-4503

Phone: 612-339-2500

Fax: 612-339-6364

E-mail:  HYPERLINK mailto:dthompson@hensonefron.com dthompson@hensonefron.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.hensonefron.com www.hensonefron.com

Managing partner: Joseph T. Dixon

Firm administrator: Debra Thompson


Zelle, Hofmann, Voelbel, Mason & Gette LLP

500 Washington Ave. South, Suite 4000

Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-339-2020

Fax: 612-339-9100

E-mail:  HYPERLINK mailto:zelleweb@zelle.com zelleweb@zelle.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.zelle.com www.zelle.com


Brach locations:

Dallas: 18

San Francisco: 13

Boston: 9

Los Angeles: 7

Washington DC: 1


Managing partner: Mark Feinberg, Minneapolis Managing Partner

Firm administrator: Robert Pederson


Year in Review:

 2005 has been the busiest and most successful in our firm’s history. Many thanks to our clients, attorneys and staff!


Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.

4800 IDS Center

80 South 8th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-349-5740

Fax: 612-349-9266

E-mail: info@ptslaw.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.ptslaw.com www.ptslaw.com


Branch locations:

Atlanta, GA: 1


Managing partner: James H. Patterson

Firm administrator: Susan D. Sutton


Mackall, Crounse & Moore, PLC

1400 AT&T Tower

901 Marquette Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-305-1400

Fax: 612-305-1414

 HYPERLINK http://www.mcmlaw.com www.mcmlaw.com


Managing partner: Timothy D. Moratzka, Chief Manager


Johnson & Condon, P.A.

7401 Metro Blvd., Suite 600

Minneapolis, MN 55439

Phone: 952-831-6544

Fax: 952-831-1869

E-mail:  HYPERLINK mailto:doc@johnson-condon.com doc@johnson-condon.com



Managing partner: Christopher Celichowski

Firm administrator: Deborah O. Cramer


Flynn, Gaskins & Bennett, L.L.P.

333 South Seventh Street, Suite 2900

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-333-9500

Fax: 612-333-9579

 HYPERLINK http://www.flynngaskins.com www.flynngaskins.com


Managing partner: George Flynn

Firm administrator: Rick Opp


Parsinen Kaplan Rosberg & Gottlieb P.A.

100 South Fifth Street, Suite 1100

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-333-2111

Fax: 612-333-6798

Web site address: www.parlaw.com


Managing partner: Howard Rubin

Firm administrator: Marcey Potter


Year in review:

Parsinen Kaplan Rosberg & Gotlieb actively demonstrates the importance of connecting with clients. The firm is known locally and nationally as “not your average law firm” because of the unique culture that nurtures lawyers with personality, not attitude. The firm offers clients a deep expertise in Personal Legal Planning; Corporate and Business Planning; Commercial Real Estate; Employee Stock Ownership Plans and Employee Benefits; and Employment Law and Commercial Litigation


Murnane, Conlin, White & Brandt

444 Cedar Street, Suite 1800

St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-227-9411

Fax: 651-223-5199

 HYPERLINK http://www.murnane.com www.murnane.com


Managing partner: Daniel A. Haws

Firm administrator: Sue. Pearson


Year in Review:

Murnane Brandt has had a year of exciting changes. We moved to a new location in St. Paul — Wells Fargo Place — with accommodations better suited to meet the needs of our business, which has a strong local presence coupled with a national practice in areas of complex commercial and product liability litigation. We have broadened our technology services to include client extranets, e-billing, and an expert witness and exhibit library containing over two million records. Please visit our newly designed website to get more information about the new Murnane Brandt.


Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

400 Northtown Financial Plaza

200 Coon Rapids Boulevard

Minneapolis, MN 55433

Phone: 763-780-8500

Fax: 763-780-1777

E-mail: info@bgslaw.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.bgslaw.com 


Managing partner: Jeffrey S. Johnson

Firm administrator: G. Edward Martin


Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.

100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 2200

Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-339-6900

Fax: 612-339-0981

E-mail:  HYPERLINK mailto:email@locklaw.com email@locklaw.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.locklaw.com www.locklaw.com


Managing partner: Harry E. Gallaher

Film administrator: Harry E. Gallaher


Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.

400 South First Street, Suite 600

St. Cloud, MN 56301

Phone: 320-251-1414

Fax: 320-251-1415

 HYPERLINK http://www.quinlivan.com www.quinlivan.com

Branch locations:

Little Falls, MN: 2

Luverne, MN: 1


Managing partner: Michael C. LaFountaine

Firm administrator: Dale (Red) Grewing


Year in review:

Although our firm is known for it’s prominence in Insurance Defense, Quinlivan & Hughes represented a client who received what is believed to be a record setting Personal Injury award for Central Minnesota in the amount of $4.7 million.


Rinke Noonan

1015 W. St. Germain St., Suite 300

St. Cloud, MN 56301

Phone: 320-251-6700

Fax: 320-656-3500

E-mail:  HYPERLINK mailto:mail@rnoon.com mail@rnoon.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.rnoon.com www.rnoon.com


Managing partner: Jim Wiant

Firm administrator: Ann Entenmann


Year in Review:

Rinke Noonan continues to grow and prosper in Central Minnesota. In 2005 the firm promoted Pamela Steckman as a new partner and hired three new associates, James Mogen, Tim Sime and Nicholas Delaney. The firm continues to grow and expand its client base towards the Metro area and towards the Northwest part of the state.


McGrann Shea Anderson Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered

800 Nicollet Mall, #2600

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-338-2525

Fax: 612-339-2386


Managing partner: Management Committee

Firm administrator: Michele Sauder


Jardine, Logan & O’Brien, P.L.L.P.

8519 Eagle Point Boulevard, Suite 100

Lake Elmo, MN 55402

Phone: 651-290-6500

Fax: 651-223-5070

E-mail: jlolaw@jlolaw.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.jlolaw.com www.jlolaw.com

Managing partner: James G. Golembeck

Firm administrator: Shannon Banaszewski


Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, P.A.

1700 U.S. Bank Plaza South

220 South Sixth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-339-4295

Fax: 612-339-3161

Web site address: www.mansfieldtanick.com


Branch locations:

Bemidji: 1

Minneapolis: 25


Managing partner: Earl H. Cohen

Firm administrator: Tracy L. Johnson


Year in Review:

Mansfield & Cohen continued to grow in 2005 with the addition of several associates and of counsel attorneys. We expanded our office space to occupy the entire 17th floor of U.S. Bank Plaza. For more news, visit www.mansfieldtanick.com.


Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

222 South Ninth Street, Suite 3100

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-333-3434

Fax: 612-334-8888

Web site address: www.hinshaw.com

E-mail: info@hinshaw.com


Branch locations:

Appleton, WI: 7

Belleville, IL: 17

Boston, MA:10

Champaign, IL: 2

Chicago, IL: 153

Crystal Lake, IL: 6

Ft. Lauderdale, FL: 22

Jacksonville, FL: 11

Joliet, IL: 10

Lisle, IL: 10

Los Angeles, CA: 19

Miami, FL: 20

Milwaukee, WI: 12

Minneapolis, MN: 12

New York, NY: 9

Peoria, IL: 13

Phoenix, AZ: 4

Portland, OR: 3

Rockford, IL: 29

San Francisco, CA: 17

Schererville, IN: 6

Springfield, IL: 11

St. Louis, MO: 8

Tampa, FL: 14

Waukegan, IL: 6


Managing partner: Thomas Berg, Partner in Charge, Minneapolis office

Firm administrator: Pat Middleton, Office Manager, Minneapolis


Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC

10400 Viking Drive, Suite 500

Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: 952-941-4005

Fax: 952-941-2337

E-mail: info@hjlawfirm.com

Website: www.hjlawfirm.com


Managing Partner: Chad A. Johnson

Firm Administrator: Carol McNamara-Miller


Year in Review:

In 2005, Hellmuth & Johnson experienced tremendous growth, uniquely positioning the firm to provide a full suite of services to clients without sacrificing our commitment to providing responsive and affordable representation.

Throughout the year, we have bolstered the capabilities of our Litigation and Appellate practice, and enhanced our reputation as a driving force in Real Estate Law with an emphasis on both the growing community association market and the evolving area of construction defects.

With one of the largest construction defect practices in the area, we have developed cost-efficient assertive strategies to open new avenues of recovery for homeowners. We have also developed strategies for aggressively defending construction defect claims against builders and subcontractors. In addition, we are dedicated to serving as a broad resource on construction defect issues — filing a pro bono Amicus brief with the Minnesota Supreme Court seeking clarification on insurance liability issues, and hosting numerous complimentary continuing education seminars for real estate professionals and other interested parties.

Finally, in 2005 our partners have again been named Minnesota “Super Lawyers.” Our associated have been honored among the “Rising Stars,” and we are especially proud to garner a Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating.


 Lommen, Nelson, Cole & Stageberg, P.A.

2000 IDS Center

80 South Eighth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-339-8131

Fax: 612-339-8064

E-mail: brad@lommen.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.lommen.com www.lommen.com


Branch locations:

Hudson, 4


Managing partner: Phillip A. Cole, President

Firm administrator: Bradley G. Wicklund


Year in Review:

In 2005, Lommen Nelson’s litigation practice garnered victories in the manufactured home class action lawsuits and excellent outcomes in several medical malpractice, wrongful death and personal injury actions. The corporate department expanded its scope working on transactions with businesses across the globe in Germany, South Africa, England, Canada and South America. The fourth quarter culminated with the decision to merge the practices of Lommen Nelson with Abdo, Abdo, Broady & Satorius, P.A., to create the new firm of Lommen Abdo; the Abdo firm accentuates the business practice and brings the Midwest’s best known entertainment practice to the new firm.


Krass Monroe, P.A.

8000 Norman Center Drive, Suite 1000

Minneapolis, MN 55437

Phone: 952-885-5999

Fax: 952-885-5969

E-mail: elarsen@krassmonroe.com

 HYPERLINK http://www.krassmonroe.com www.krassmonroe.com


Managing partner: Phillip “Rod” Krass

Firm administrator: Sandra K. Myren


Year in Review:

Celebrating 20 years of serving clients.


Dunlap & Seeger, P.A.

206 S. Broadway, Suite 505

Rochester, MN 55904

Phone: 507-288-9111

Fax: 507-288-9542

E-mail: info@dunlaplaw.com

Website: dunlaplaw.com                      


Managing Partner: Douglas A. Boese

Firm Administrator: Sheri Brandvold


Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A.

700 Lonsdale Building

302 W. Superior Street

Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: 218-722-0861

Fax: 218-725-6800

 HYPERLINK http://www.fryberger.com www.fryberger.com


Branch locations:

St. Paul, 2

Superior, WI, 1


Managing partner: David R. OBerstar


Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, P.A.

730 Second Avenue S., Suite 300

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-339-0060

Fax: 612-339-0038

 HYPERLINK http://www.ratwiklaw.com www.ratwiklaw.com

E-Mail: postmaster@ratwiklaw.com

Managing partner: Patricia Maloney


Other Employers of Attorneys


City of St Paul, City Attorney's Office

400 City Hall

15 W. Kellogg Blvd

St Paul, MN 55102

Phone: 651-266-8710

Fax: 651-298-5619

Web site address: www.ci.stpaul.mn.us


Head of the office: Manuel J. Cervantes


Attorney General's Office

102 State Capitol

75 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

St Paul, MN 55155

Phone: 651-296-6196

Fax: 651-282-9898

Web site address: www.ag.state.mn.us

E-mail: attorney.general@state.mn.us


Head of the office: Mike Hatch


Hennepin County Attorney's Office

C-2000 Government Center

300 South Sixth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55487

Phone: n/a

Fax: 612-348-0712

Web site address: www.hennepinattorney.org

E-mail: citizeninfo@co.hennepin.mn.us


Head of the office: Amy Klobuchar


Year in review:

2005 Highlights:

-Secured over 40 homicide convictions, including the murder of a flower-shop clerk and a cold case involving the 1984 rape and murder of a 69-year-old woman in her home.

-Continued a major focus on prosecuting white-collar financial crimes, including the theft of $1.6 million by the information technology manager at a medical device company.

-Successfully advocated for stronger state laws dealing with identity theft, including mandatory minimum restitution to victims for the time and cost of recovering and repairing their stolen identities.

-Expanded the national award-winning community prosecution initiative, with community prosecutors now assigned to 15 suburbs and all five police precincts in Minneapolis.

-Opened new facilities for the Domestic Abuse Service Center, which provides a full range of services to victims and their families at one central and convenient location.


Dakota County Attorney’s Office

1560 Highway 55

Hastings, MN 55033

Phone: 651 438 4438

Fax: 651 438 4499

Web site address: www.co.dakota.mn.us/attorney

E-mail address: attorney@co.dakota.mn.us


Office of the Public Defender, Hennepin County – 4th Judicial District

317 2nd Avenue South, Suite 200

Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612 348 7530

Fax: 612 348 6179


Head of office: Leonardo Castro


Year in Review:

The mission of the Public Defender’s office is to provide the highest quality legal representation to indigent clients in the protection and exercise of their legal rights. In 2005, the office successfully challenged, on constitutional grounds, the statutory imposition of a mandatory fee on public defender-eligible clients. Our trial attorneys each had an average annual caseload of over 900 case units (comprised of homicides, felonies, gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors, juvenile delinquency, child protection cases, termination of parental rights, probation violations and other types of cases). 

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