Fredrikson & Byron 2020 Pro Bono Report

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A Collection of Pro Bono Stories Fredrikson & Byron 2020

Produced by Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. Copyright Š 2020 by Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. All rights reserved.

2020 PRO BONO REPORT IMAGINE Few people could have predicted the impact that two historic events would have on our communities and how those events would shape our lives and world. First the worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, and then the killing of George Floyd and the worldwide reaction that followed. Before COVID-19 struck, Fredrikson & Byron lawyers were continuing their tradition of helping those in need by providing pro bono legal services to the disadvantaged and underserved. Our clients included those individuals seeking asylum, children needing representation, individuals facing the loss of their homes through eviction or foreclosure, community-based minority owned businesses and nonprofit entities that are the bedrock of our communities. When COVID-19 struck, and almost overnight, those in need of pro bono legal assistance lost their ability to access it. Self-help service desks and courts shut down, leaving many without a way to address wrongs. Many small businesses that are the backbone of our communities, and that oftentimes provide the only income for the owners, their families and employees, closed for months. Unemployment soared to historic highs when people lost their jobs and had to scramble to pay bills and make ends meet. Individuals, businesses, nonprofits and governments soon learned that much of what we took for granted, including access to the courts, was no longer available and new approaches needed to be developed. After COVID-19 shut down the judicial system, the legal profession needed to reimagine how to ensure access to justice and the legal system for all. Lawyers and law firms stood up to help. Pro bono programs went virtual by using telephone and video conference technologies to advise those in need on civil, real estate, housing and other matters. Slowly, the courts began to reopen. Businesses that depended on foot traffic increased their online presence; restaurants turned out food to feed the hungry and turned to take-out and curbside pickup to stay open.

But just as courts and businesses were beginning to open once again, George Floyd’s killing and the chain of events that followed made Minneapolis and the communities in which we live and practice the epicenter of a worldwide focus on racial and social justice. As Dr. Martin Luther King stated: “[t]he ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” The events of this past year, COVID-19, the killing of George Floyd and the economic downturn that followed, have presented our profession with overwhelming challenges and controversy. Fredrikson lawyers and staff have stood at the forefront of addressing the needs of the community and instituting discussions on change. We have held supply drives and distributed goods to neighborhoods impacted by the riots, set up legal clinics to assist small businesses damaged or closed, and assisted nonprofits that support the communities. We have continued to work to uphold the rule of law and to address the underlying systemic issues that have led to racial and social injustice around us. Marion Lane is an African American author who worked to ensure that her 98-year-old father was recognized for his valor during World War II. The lawyers and staff of Fredrikson & Byron live by her inspiring words: “We live in a country where, yes, there are injustices that can happen. We are blessed to be in a country where injustice can also be rectified.” We hope you enjoy the following selection of stories that are examples of how, by taking action and working together to provide pro bono legal and other services to our communities, we can not only imagine a better world, we can actually make it better for many.


Helping Communities Heal



Providing Legal Security for Youth



Personal Representation to Ensure Justice


Recognitions 33


Volunteers Enrich Communities


Epilogue 47



All names and stories used herein are shared with permission. Some names are changed or abbreviated to protect the privacy of clients. Some photos of artwork included have been or are still on public display in Minneapolis and are used with permission.






In the aftermath of the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, civil unrest and protests erupted in many cities across the country, including Minneapolis, Fargo and Des Moines. Almost overnight, buildings and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and the owners and employees lost the ability to earn money to pay bills. In many cases, residents lost the only grocery store or pharmacy where they could purchase food, medications and other staples. Within days, Chris Pham, who grew up in north Minneapolis, one of the areas that saw much destruction, and who remains committed to the community, helped organize an event to encourage people to clean up the streets and to raise money for families who had been impacted by the riots. The event, which included a food and supply drive, was a huge success, providing food and supplies to people in the community who had been impacted by the riots. The event brought an outpouring of support, energy and community spirit to the area. Many Fredrikson volunteers, along with their family members, attended, including Lindsey Erdmann, Noah Huisman, Laura Loge, former Fredrikson attorney Eddie Ocampo, Sjur Midness, Dan Mott, Jenny Pusch, Michelle Rockhill and Alyssa Troje. “During times like this, people are often looking for ways to contribute, and trying to figure out what their respective roles are in helping the community. I’ve organized many events over the years, so that was a strength that I believed could be utilized in giving back to the community and helping out. Our fearless leader John Koneck said “Now is our time to help,” so I reached out to a few of my clients and asked if they wanted to help our Fredrikson team, and they all graciously agreed. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of an event with firm colleagues and clients.”  – Chris Pham 2

Some of Chris’ clients that helped and provided food or services included David Grady and Perry & Horton Construction and Digital City; Isaiah Goodman and MoneyVerbs and Becoming Financial; Gerard and Brittney Klass and Soul Bowl; Yoom Nguyen and Lotus Restaurant; Dante Coleman (p/k/a DJ Enferno) and Mark Andrews (p/k/a Sisqo). In addition, Chris’ friend and firm client Clarence Betha and Upsie contributed to the cause.

Chris Pham distributes food at the community event. 3



To assist the many small businesses and nonprofits that were damaged or destroyed by the riots, Levi Smith and Kiel McElveen helped organize a pro bono rapid response legal program that included a walk-in clinic located in the heart of one community especially hard-hit; set up an online intake email and a free call-in line, both in multiple languages. Through this work, Fredrikson lawyers, paralegals and support staff have helped dozens of small business owners with legal matters relating to leases, contracts and insurance issues. Fredrikson lawyers also worked directly with many of the nonprofits that historically worked in the areas impacted by riots. Many of the nonprofits had raised funds from the pubic to support the small businesses’ ability to continue operating or to rebuild. Fredrikson lawyers have assisted by reviewing grant applications to ensure compliance with bylaws and applicable rules.

John Houston assisted Trevon Ellis, owner of The Fade Factory, after his barber shop was destroyed in the riots. 4

Many lawyers and paralegals staffed the walk-in clinic and provided telephone advice or further representation, including: Margy Ahmann, Olivia Cares, Aleida Conners, Clint Cutler, Leah Flygare, Thomas Henke, John Houston, Kiel McElveen, Jennifer Bouta Mojica, Amanda Mills, Dan Mott, former Fredrikson attorney Eddie Ocampo, Jenny Pusch, Levi Smith, Andrea Snook, Rick Snyder, Ben Tozer, Sarah Tucher, Amanda Welters, and paralegals Marilyn Donahue, Lisa Lindenfelser and Jeanne Tracy. As the protests continued, many peaceful demonstrators and journalists were sprayed with chemical irritants or arrested for exercising their constitutional rights to assemble as guaranteed by the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Lawyers in Minneapolis worked with the local ACLU chapter to file a lawsuit alleging overuse of force by the police in responding to the protestors. Once the immediate needs of the community were met, Fredrikson understood that the needs of the community were bigger than any one organization could address alone. The firm turned its attention to rebuilding the communities impacted by teaming with organizations to collaborate in the recruitment of volunteers; to recruit project managers to record and track in-kind donations from corporations and the public; and by drafting Memorandums of Understanding between the nearly two dozen organizations working together, collaboratively, to rebuild the communities impacted by the riots.

Fighting injustice takes many forms. Some people take action through the law; others by protesting for the rights of the disenfranchised. Some, like Rose McGee, provide comfort by baking sweet potato pies. Several years ago, after watching the unrest and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, Rose wondered what she could do to help. She decided to do what became a calling–bake sweet potato pies and drive them from Minneapolis to Ferguson to help feed people. That action not only helped feed the people there; it created a 5

lasting opportunity for Rose to provide comfort to others. In 2015, McGee organized Sweet Potato Comfort Pies as an event on the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in which volunteers gathered in a church kitchen to bake sweet potato pies. They made 86 pies, representing the age Dr. King would have been that year. The next day, community members gathered to share the pies and tell personal stories, an event meant to foster dialogue about race. They have repeated the event each year since 2015, building in small changes as they learned what worked well. Rose continues to bake her signature sweet potato pies and deliver them to those in need, including to those impacted by other shootings and acts of violence.


This past year, Jessica Manivasager assisted Rose in incorporating and obtaining 501(c)(3) nonprofit status for Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, which will allow Rose to expand her work and continue her mission of bringing comfort to others. Jessica also assisted Sweet Potato Comfort Pie in partnering with Rush City Bakery to make sweet potato pies available for purchase and to make the pies available to a wider audience. Jessica introduced Rose to an insurance broker who is helping Sweet Potato Comfort Pie identify and properly insure its activities and manage risk. Courtney Thompson and paralegal Annette Peterson-Igbinovia also assisted with trademark and corporate matters.


“We all have something that we can do, and we want to find what that is and tap into it in a positive way… Sweet Potato Comfort Pies are meant to be this catalyst for caring and building community.”  – Rose McGee





There are many reasons why youth entering the United States need legal assistance. Some come from abusive backgrounds while others come from dangerous situations. Whatever their reason, once they are here, many need help to navigate the legal system.


In the summer of 2013, G.H. was just 16 years old when she made the momentous decision to escape the horrific abuse by her stepfather. Living a life of servitude at his hands, and unable to finish her education, G.H. traveled alone from her small village in Guatemala and entered the United States as an unaccompanied minor. She then joined her older brother, M.H. in Minnesota. Her brother had himself entered the United States in 2001 as an unaccompanied minor at the age of 15. He had been working at various Twin Cities restaurants since and began financially supporting his sister upon her arrival. In 2014, Volunteer Lawyer’s Network (VLN) referred M.H. to Fredrikson for pro bono assistance in securing custody of his sister. This would be the first step in obtaining permanent legal status for her. Aleida Conners undertook the representation. She and legal administrative assistant Marvic Salminen-Morillo guided M.H. through the custody process. The Petition for Custody was filed in December 2014. With the help of VLN and some ingenuity, Aleida and Marvic served G.H.’s mother and estranged father in a remote part of Guatemala not reached by the country’s postal system. In April 2015, the team received an Order for Custody granting M.H. sole legal custody of his sister, including findings necessary to allow her to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). With the Order for Custody in hand, VLN applied for and received SIJS for G.H. She became a legal permanent resident in August 2015 and is currently applying for US citizenship. G.H. completed her high school education in Minnesota and is currently working. 10

During the custody process, however, M.H. was the victim of a robbery. His cooperation with law enforcement authorities made him eligible to apply for a U nonimmigrant status (U-Visa). U-Visas are provided to victims of crimes who work with the police to apprehend and convict the criminals. Aleida filed M.H.’s Petition for a U-Visa in June 2015. There was no response from the United States Custom and Immigration Service until a request for evidence was made in July 2019. Aleida and Marvic worked with M.H. to respond to the request and gather additional evidence showing his eligibility for a U-Visa. In December 2019, they received notice that M.H. had demonstrated the eligibility requirements for the U-Visa and would be placed on the waitlist for a visa. In March 2020 and after a five-year process, M.H.’s U-Visa was approved retroactively, and he now has valid authorization to work in the United States. M.H. will be eligible to apply for permanent legal status in 2024. He continues to work and support his sister and has recently started his own remodeling business. June Cheng and Matthew Webster assisted.


Jenny Pusch and legal administrative assistant Marvic Salminen-Morillo, assisted Maria in her quest for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) after she fled her home in a very poor, rural part of Guatemala for safety reasons. Maria’s parents abandoned her as a child, and she was forced to live with an abusive family member in a region of Guatemala overwhelmed with gang violence and corruption. Scared for her future, she escaped and traveled to the United States alone when she was only 16 years old. Imagine traveling through Mexico completely alone at that age. After crossing the U.S. border, she was picked up by Border Patrol in Arizona. She spent four long months in an immigration center for women and children and was eventually released to her cousin’s custody in Minnesota. After Border Patrol detained Maria, the 11

government immediately started removal proceedings in Immigration Court. However, because Maria was an unaccompanied minor, she could apply for both asylum and SIJS. Over the last year, with her team’s assistance, Maria has appeared in Immigration Court, Hennepin County Family Court, prepared and filed an asylum application, and prepared and filed a petition for SIJS. She did all of this while attending high school and learning English. Maria’s SIJS was granted, which allows her to apply for residency in the United States. Though she is on a waiting list and needs to wait until her priority date comes up, she now has a legal basis to remain in this country permanently. She currently lives with a loving family and is learning English at a very rapid rate. Most importantly, she is safe and well-cared for. “This work is important to me because in addition to providing needed legal representation, representing Maria made me feel like I was doing something, albeit small, to help the huddled masses at the border.”  – Jenny Pusch




Olivia Cares and Tash Bottum represented the family of a young child who was born to an American mother in Syria and who was later found by United States officials in a refugee camp in Iran. The U.S. Department of State officials believed that her parents were missing in Syria and had likely died during the war in that country. Officials identified other family members of the young child, including a maternal aunt and uncle and their three small children, who were living in the United States. After reuniting the child with her family members, the Department reached out to Fredrikson to help the family. Olivia and Tash worked with the child’s aunt and uncle on the family’s behalf to obtain legal custody, which was required to schedule overdue 12

doctor’s visits, enroll her in preschool and provide other care afforded their other children. Today, she is a healthy, happy child who loves her adoptive family. Joe Cassioppi provided support. “It was gratifying to assist in providing some security to a family that was already invested in making something positive out of an otherwise tragic situation. Though the young child was safely adjusting to her life here in Minneapolis, obtaining legal status as custodians was necessary to give our clients certainty that their bond with the child would be respected and recognized outside of their home. The relief and gratitude they felt for that service was truly rewarding.”  – Olivia Cares




Like life, pro bono projects can be complex and require additional services, even years after the initial work. Beginning in 2011, Loan Huynh and paralegal Paula Blenker began representing Moses, who had been abandoned as a baby in a public bathroom in Kafanchan, Nigeria, and left to die. He was found by nuns and brought to a motherless children’s home, where it was determined that he suffered from cerebral palsy. Because of the extreme poverty and lack of resources at the home, Moses was left to sleep in a dirty steel crib, was malnourished and had very limited contact with people due to fear and lack of information about his condition. Karen, a social worker from Minnesota, happened to see Moses when she was visiting an orphanage in Nigeria in 2004. Karen was told that Moses was dying, and she learned that he had been kept isolated in horrible conditions. From that point forward, Karen, with much help from others, devoted her 13

life to bringing Moses to America, finding health care for him and providing Moses with the life he deserves. Loan and Paula represented Karen and Moses with respect to immigration and adoption proceedings. The initial immigration journey for Moses was not easy. Karen could not immediately bring him back with her–he had to apply for a special visa and wait until it was approved. In 2011, with Fredrikson’s assistance, Karen petitioned for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for him, which was granted. With continued assistance from the Fredrikson team, Moses then applied for permanent residence, which was granted in 2012. There were other hurdles as well–one of which was meeting the birth record requirement despite the lack of a birth record or other documentation that would help determine his actual age. Ultimately, these efforts succeeded, and Karen adopted Moses. In 2018, Moses became eligible for naturalization, and the team—this time including Kurt Rempe and legal administrative assistant Mary Esjornson, with Loan providing advice— stepped back up to the plate. The process culminated when Moses appeared at his naturalization hearing. Kurt described the hearing as follows: “We asked for a waiver of the English and civics test, but the immigration agent was a stickler on Moses reading and understanding the oath and confirming that he will not take up arms to fight for America. Moses was really struggling at first and very nervous. Karen gave him a pat on the back, he paused, and then stepped up and got through it. It was something to see.”

Kurt Remke congratulating Moses after the naturalization hearing. 14



Judy Engel first assisted a client on a paternity/child support matter. The hearing, held on September 11, 2001, was to determine child support based on paternity testing. The father initially tried to fight the paternity finding, despite the paternity test showing a 99.7+ percent likelihood that he was the father. The Court agreed and ordered the father to pay child support. Judy continued to represent her client in connection with various child support matters over the years because the father continuously tried to get out of paying support for his child. This past year Judy received the following note from her very grateful client: “Well I know this is long overdue! But I want to thank you for the last 18 years from the bottom of my heart! Without you tonight might have never happened! At 7pm we will be celebrating G’s graduation! She has earned many honors (5) to be exact! Lol without you, there wouldn’t have been AAU basketball, volleyball or track we have traveled thousands of miles for sports and it all cost. So with that said I want you to know all your efforts paid off so if you ever take another single parent pro bono remember you can change their life. G will be going to Jamestown University ND she has received a $40,000 scholarship for track. She will be taking their amazing nursing program. Thank you Judy Engel!! Forever grateful.”







Sometimes timing is everything when you are a small business owner looking for a spot to open your business. Such was the case for Kat, owner of Duck Duck, a small coffee shop located in south Minneapolis. Working with the Neighborhood Development Center, a community development organization, Kat was thrilled to be able to find and purchase an existing coffee shop and take over the existing lease. Ashley Wilson assisted in the purchase of the business from the previous owner, and Gracie Hyland negotiated the new lease assignment. Kat built out a fun, quirky and welcoming space that had its opening in November 2019. It quickly became a hub in the neighborhood, offering coffee, food and a book club that discussed a wide range of issues and topics. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, it had to close, offering only drive-up service when allowed. However, shortly after opening and being only a few blocks from where the riots in Minneapolis occurred, Kat had to close once again. Because she was determined to keep her commitment to the community, Kat staged donation drives, using the space as a distribution center for the area in order to serve the displaced population. We are happy to report Duck Duck is open for business once again and has been voted Best Café in the Twin Cities by a local community newspaper. Erik Splett and paralegal Jacki Bernu assisted. “Working with Kat, it was clear from the beginning that she had an intimate sense of the impact her small business could have, not only on the local community financially, but also on the overall health of the community and its people. I was happy to have the opportunity to help her realize her dream.” – Gracie Hyland “It has been a pleasure to work with Kat and get to know her as she’s growing both personally and professionally. Her passion for her coffee shop and her community are unmatched and I’ve truly enjoyed working with her!” – Ashley Wilson 18

Ashley Wilson’s dog, Kiwi, enjoying the space pre-COVID-19.




Phil Bubb represented the minority owner of a restaurant group who served as its head chef. When it became clear it was time for him to leave the group, Phil and his team helped him negotiate a settlement agreement to pay him $30,000 for his ownership interest in the group and allow him to move on. Once he voluntarily left his position as head chef, however, the majority 19

owners of the restaurant group denied the existence of a binding settlement agreement and refused to pay him any money. One of the majority owners was an attorney, and the restaurant group suggested they would fare better in a lawsuit than would our client because the restaurant group was not going to incur legal fees. After multiple attempts to try to settle the case, Kristy Rogers and Phil sued the majority group and tried the case to a jury in Polk County. They needed to prove that an enforceable settlement agreement existed; the terms of that agreement; and that their client had fully performed his obligations. After a four-day trial, the team achieved a total victory for their client when he was awarded the $30,000 with interest from the date of the original settlement agreement, which has now been paid in full. Former Fredrikson lawyer Rhiannon Baker assisted.



Owning and running your own business is often thought to be a part of the American dream for many. This past year, Levi Smith and Jacob Baer assisted a group of employees purchase a unique and successful cleaning company from the long-time owners who had decided to retire out of state. The owners felt very strongly that they wanted to give the employees a chance to continue to work at the business after it was sold. They were afraid that if they sold it to an outsider, the new owners might change the company and the employees could either be let go or would choose to leave. The owners and employees reached out to Neighborhood Development Center and agreed that the best option was for a core group of the employees to purchase the business themselves and run it as a cooperative. Levi and Jacob agreed to work with the group to set up the new business entity and to help the employees purchase the business. As owners, the employees now get a stronger voice to determine how the business is run and to also receive a portion of the profits. Gracie Hyland, Dan Mott, Jordan Rife and paralegal Jacki Bernu assisted. 20

Fighting tax issues is never easy, and it can be especially difficult to navigate without an advocate. The following are stories of how having an advocate on your side can help determine a positive outcome.



Fredrikson’s real estate team met with a woman in need of pro bono housing assistance and realized that her housing problems included a time-sensitive tax issue. Emily Chad stepped in to file an appeal with the U.S. Tax Court with only a few days before the deadline passed. The case highlighted the hidden impacts of domestic abuse. In 2012, the client and her minor daughter were forced out of their home in a mobile home park after incurring severe harassment and threats from an abusive former partner. Fearing for her life, the client, who was disabled due to an auto accident, notified the park manager and the mortgage company that she was vacating the premises and that they could take possession of the home. The client then faced years of collection threats from the mortgage company. To make matters worse, in March 2019, the client received a notice of a $3,000 tax deficiency from the IRS. The deficiency notice was based on the mortgage company’s form 1099 filed with the IRS, which reported debt forgiveness income for tax year 2017. The additional income resulted in the loss of numerous credits and deductions the client had claimed for 2017. The client had not received the form 1099, which had been sent to the wrong address. After reviewing the information, Emily determined that the client qualified for an exception to the tax because the canceled debt was associated with the client’s primary residence. Emily attended an administrative law hearing where she presented the facts of the situation and persuaded the IRS 21

appeals officer to dismiss the case. The client was extremely appreciative of Emily’s efforts advocating on her behalf. “Tax issues are often the last remnants of a person’s worst day. Taxes might look like just numbers, but those numbers often represent unspoken fears and traumas. I am so happy this client can now move on.”  – Emily Chad




Just as it is difficult to make your case to the IRS, it is also difficult to be caught in a dispute with the state’s Department of Revenue without an advocate. Lynn Linné worked with Masha Yevzelman and Ben Tozer on behalf of two organizations to ensure that both a for-profit business and a nonprofit organization were not unjustly penalized by mistakes by the Department. In the first case, Lynn and Masha assisted a minority-owned catering company that prepares meals for a senior association. After an audit of the company’s records, the Minnesota Department of Revenue assessed the catering company $34,000 in sales and use tax on prepared foods it sold to residents of the senior living facility. However, the association is tax exempt and does not charge a sales tax on the meals sold to the senior residents. This also means the catering company should not charge any sales tax on the meals that it prepared and served to the association. Lynn and Masha assisted the company in appealing the Department’s Order. As a result of the appeal, the Minnesota Department of Revenue agreed to reduce the company’s tax liability by over 70 percent. The client was very happy and relieved with the reduction, without which they may have had to cease operations. Lynn and Ben represented a minority-owned Ethiopian restaurant after the Minnesota Department of Revenue issued an Order assessing it approximately 22

$240,000 in tax, fraud penalty and interest, alleging that the owner was underreporting the businesses sales tax on purchases made at the restaurant. Proving that the Department’s assessment was incorrect was extremely difficult due to language barriers as the owner of the restaurant spoke little English and did not have complete documentation. However, after an extensive review of the Department’s audit file, Lynn and Ben discovered inconsistencies in the Department’s analysis that evidenced that what the Department classified as “deleted” transactions were actually “voided” transactions and not subject to sales tax. The team was able to leverage these inconsistencies during negotiations to achieve a settlement that reduced the total liability to $110,000, a reduction of approximately 55 percent. The owner of the business was extremely grateful for reducing the assessment to a manageable result.


Jenny Pusch represented a 21-year-old single mother who made less than $10,000 a year. She depended on working family and childcare credits that she could claim on her state taxes in order to make ends meet. However, she received notice from the Minnesota Department of Revenue that the Department had denied her childcare credit. The Department asserted that actual receipts from the childcare providers were “inadequate” documentation of her childcare expenses. The Department’s examiner refused the credit because the client had paid for the expenses using cash instead of a credit card or check. After Jenny was unsuccessful in working with the examiner to explain the validity of cash payments and paper receipts, she contacted the Minnesota Taxpayer Advocate. The Taxpayer Advocate was equally frustrated by the examiner’s unwillingness to accept the evidence. After Jenny explained the situation and laid out the case, the Advocate was able to help reverse the denial and provide the client with her much needed and rightful credit. 23



An eviction record can prevent individuals and their families from finding safe and affordable housing for many years. This past year, Fredrikson lawyers worked with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid to help several people clear old evictions from their records so that they could qualify for better housing. These individuals had evictions on their record that were often over a decade old. The evictions resulted from varied circumstances including an unexpected death in the family, stolen rent checks, lost jobs, medical problems and more. Lukas Boehning, Jim Dorsey, Rachel Dougherty, Leah Flygare and Christian Hokans wrote and argued expungement motions on behalf of a number of these individuals. Once a judge granted the expungement motions for their clients, the lawyers contacted the various credit reporting and tenant screening agencies to request that they remove the old records from their databases. With the evictions off their records, the clients were able to seek housing in new neighborhoods and housing developments that would have previously denied their applications. After receiving a successful expungement order, one client who had previously been unable to find housing for herself and her grandson because of an old eviction record wrote the following note to her Fredrikson lawyer:


“Oh my goodness! Thank you so so very much. I am speechless and so very happy right now and that is all due to you and your hard work.” Another client, a single mother of three children, wrote: “Thank you so much for all you and your team have done. This is a fresh start for me and my family.”



Nick Monson and paralegal Lisa Lindenfelser helped a client who was referred through Volunteer Lawyers Network’s (VLN) real estate clinic. The client needed help with a landlord dispute. She had been a longtime tenant in a home in Minneapolis. The client and her landlord previously negotiated a purchase agreement for the woman to purchase the property outright, but the sale fell apart. Although she continued to live in the home and pay rent, to her dismay, she then received a communication from a lawyer working on behalf of the landlord threatening to evict her from the property. The client contacted VLN and was referred to the real estate clinic where Nick became involved. Because the eviction threat was sent during the Governor’s executive order prohibiting these exact types of communications, Nick knew he could assert rights on behalf of the client. After a brief call with the landlord’s lawyer, Nick convinced the landlord to immediately rescind the eviction threat. On top of that, Nick was able to salvage the negotiations of the home purchase and secure the landlord’s agreement to pay the client’s closing costs. The client successfully obtained financing and was delighted to close on her new home. “This was a wonderful opportunity to not only stop an eviction, but to work with a deserving client and help her actually purchase a home.” – Nick Monson 25




Leah Huyser and Joe Dixon represented members of Minnesota’s HmongAmerican community in a Voting Rights Act case. Their clients sought to have Minnesota’s voter assistance law declared unconstitutional because it was preempted by the federal Voting Rights Act. Working with the ACLU, Leah and Joe filed suit against the Minnesota Secretary of State. The federal Voting Rights Act secures the right to vote and guarantees that states cannot enact or enforce laws inconsistent with that right. Among other things, the Act expressly secures ballot access for eligible voters who need assistance to cast their ballot to ensure that eligible voters are not disenfranchised simply because of language limitations or disability. With only a few narrow exceptions, voters are entitled to obtain assistance from a person of their choice. These protections are important not only for ensuring voters are able to obtain assistance from someone they trust, but also because many polling locations do not have assistants available to translate to the full range of languages spoken by Minnesota citizens. Minnesota law contained a provision that was inconsistent with the Voting Rights Act, because it limited who a voter could use as their assistant and made it a criminal offense to assist a voter in circumstances the Voting Rights Act expressly allowed. In 2017, one of Fredrikson’s clients assisted several older voters in translating their ballots and was criminally prosecuted. Joe Dixon obtained an acquittal of the criminal charge in that case. This spring, the Court entered a consent order declaring that Minnesota’s Voter Assistance law is preempted by the Voting Rights Act. As part of the order, the Minnesota Attorney General agreed to issue an opinion stating that 26

the law was unenforceable. The Secretary of State’s office amended its training of poll workers and polling signs to ensure that polling locations were notified before the 2020 election to allow voters their choice of assistance as provided by the Voting Rights Act.





Fredrikson has teamed up with Abolish Private Prisons, a nonprofit corporation, to file a class-action lawsuit in the federal District Court of Arizona. The purpose of the lawsuit is to end the practice of incarcerating human beings for profit. The private prison industry treats inmates like commodities, entering contracts with states like Arizona under which the corporations are often paid daily rates per prisoner incarcerated in their facilities. The industry promises to provide the things state-run facilities provide, such as effective rehabilitation and education programs, decent food service and healthcare for a lower cost. In reality, deficiencies exist in training, staffing, food quality, the availability of medical services and the other necessities to provide incarcerated persons with adequate care. The model also reduces the ability for the facility to provide needed rehabilitation to allow inmates to pursue lives outside of prison when their sentences conclude. The Arizona suit alleges that incarcerating people for private profit violates the constitutional guarantees against slavery, cruel and unusual punishment, due process and equal protection. The suit maintains that there cannot be a profit motive to incarcerating people and holding them behind bars as it creates bias and unfairness in favor of incarceration. Fredrikson’s clients, the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit, are five men incarcerated in private facilities in Arizona. The Arizona Chapter of the NAACP is also a plaintiff. Fredrikson’s partner, Abolish Private Prisons, is a group of lawyers, professors and community advocates who learned 27

about the abuses and inequities inherent in the prison-for-profit industry and made a commitment to act. Inspired by cases like Brown v. Board of Education, the organization plans to file other cases in federal courts across the country, hoping that at least one of the cases reaches the United States Supreme Court for a ruling that profiting off the dignity of those incarcerated after committing crimes violates the constitution. Fredrikson’s legal team includes Lousene Hoppe, Jacob Baer, Jacob Levine and Charles Urena with assistance from Aron Frakes and summer associate Emani Marshall-Loving. “To treat human beings like chattel and to reduce them to “inventory,” no matter what wrongs they have committed in their past, is an affront to the principle of basic human dignity that underlies the bill of rights and the United States Constitution.”  – Lousene Hoppe



Several years ago, the United States Patent & Trademark Office began a pro bono project to assist low-income inventors with filing patent applications. The local project is administered by LegalCORPs, a nonprofit that matches volunteer lawyers to those in need. This past year, Malissa Eng assisted a client seeking help with a U.S. patent application for his invention for a vehicular rearview mirror. He had designed a way to ensure that the mirror does not become an obstacle to a person’s vision while driving. After agreeing to handle prosecution for that application, Malissa learned that the client had not only one patent application, but five others, all currently pending. Three of those pending applications related to his mirror invention; the other three related to a posture-improving garment. Malissa recruited others in the firm’s Patents Group, including paralegal Sarah Munson and patent agent 28

Greg Zinniel, who readily agreed to help by taking on all six cases. So far, the team has secured one patent for their client and hopes to secure the others for this remarkable and appreciative client. “My experience working on pro bono projects has been very rewarding. By collaborating with these creative inventors, we ensure that they’re able to share their contributions with the world, while protecting their intellectual property rights.”  – Malissa Eng



It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, if you are an artist and entrepreneur, imitation can lead to dilution of your brand. That is what one young woman of color has tried to protect over the years. Daphne Valerius produced the 2007 documentary film “The Souls of Black Girls,” and, in 2010, launched I AM HER® Apparel, which she identifies as “an unapologetic online apparel brand that offers women and girls with uniquely designed statement pieces that celebrate her, inspires her and encourages her to be everything that she was called to be in the world.” Since the launch, Daphne had spent considerable time and effort removing knockoff products from the market, writing hundreds of takedown requests to online vendors and social media platforms. In 2019, Daphne became aware that a well-known celebrity had partnered with a large, online retail store to sell t-shirts bearing the phrase “I Am Her” in celebration of Women’s History Month with proceeds going to a nonprofit benefiting women. Not only did this incident go viral, it also resulted in a flood of counterfeit products as the celebrity’s fame brought copycats out of the woodwork. After months of dealing directly with the online platforms, but getting nowhere herself, she learned of Fredrikson’s trademark and 29

anti-counterfeiting practice through the World Trademark Review 1000 and reached out to Grant Fairbairn, chair of Fredrikson’s Anti-Counterfeiting Group for assistance. Now a doctoral student at the University of Missouri School of Communication and living on a stipend and the small profits of her clothing line, Daphne qualified for pro bono assistance. Grant worked with Barbara Marchevsky to contact the retail store and others on the client’s behalf. Barbara successfully convinced the celebrity and the companies to remove the infringing products and stop using the phrase I AM HER® without the client’s approval. Barbara and Grant have continued working with Daphne and are helping her clear the market of unauthorized products utilizing the trademark.



A team of Fredrikson lawyers, including Bridget Penick, Brandon Underwood, Kristy Rogers, Olivia Norwood and Cara Donels co-counseled with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and represented four Iowa citizens as plaintiffs in a lawsuit to shut down the Cricket Hollow Zoo in Iowa that exposed its animals to unimaginable conditions. The zoo had a long history of housing wild and domesticated animals in unsanitary and dangerous enclosures. In 2016, a federal court ordered the removal of four tigers and three lemurs from the zoo, concluding the 30

owners had violated the Endangered Species Act through their confinement of lemurs, tigers and other endangered animals. But it was clear that the owners, who originally began taking in the animals as rescues, were in over their heads with respect to the hundreds of other animals confined at the zoo as well. ALDF contacted Fredrikson to assist and bring a new lawsuit. The complaint alleged that the zoo constituted a statutory and common law public nuisance as evidenced by the fact that conditions present at the zoo documented in years of USDA inspection reports failed to abide by the state’s minimal animal neglect standards. Inspection reports spanning years detailed animals suffering in filthy, unsafe enclosures without adequate food, water or veterinary care. The lawsuit sought to rehome the animals to sanctuaries and permanently enjoin the owners from confining animals in inhumane and unsafe conditions. Through case discovery and a five-day bench trial, it was obvious to the judge that the deplorable conditions and suffering animals at the zoo were unreasonably offensive and injurious to both the health of the animals and the visiting public. The presiding judge noted in her ruling that many of the animals at the zoo ate and defecated in the same location and did not have access to clean water. Several animals were also housed next to their natural predators, creating a stressful and fearful situation for the prey. After the judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, ALDF and the Fredrikson team worked with various rescue organizations and animal sanctuaries to relocate most of the animals to clean, safe and secure locations. The Fredrikson team continues to assist ALDF with remaining issues, including tracking down animals that were missing when rescuers arrived and defending the judgment in favor of the plaintiffs on appeal. The team also received assistance from research librarian Janelle Beitz and summer associate Paul Esker. “Working on this case has been extremely rewarding, and the Fredrikson team members are grateful to the plaintiffs and ALDF for the opportunity to assist.” – Kristy Rogers







Gracie Hyland joined the firm just a little over two years ago after working as a summer associate. From the moment she started as a summer associate and continuing when she began as an associate in Fredrikson’s Real Estate Group, Gracie incorporated pro bono into her practice. As a member of the housing and real estate clinic teams, Gracie provides brief advice to individuals. However, this past year alone, she took 10 full representation cases through that work, or through referrals from other members. She has not only worked on residential real estate issues, assisting the elderly and low-income, but she has worked on pro bono commercial real estate issues also, partnering with others to do so.

TEAM RECOGNITION THE CRICKET HOLLOW TEAM As described previously, Fredrikson partnered with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to help close a private zoo in Iowa. This was a tremendous effort by this team of lawyers, and Fredrikson is proud to recognize their work.





The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) acknowledged Fredrikson’s strong commitment to animal rights by presenting the firm the 2019 Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award. Fredrikson has been proud to co-counsel with the ALDF twice to shut down facilities that have broken animal cruelty laws. In 2017, Lora Friedemann, former Fredrikson lawyer Nick Datzov and Asmah Tareen helped ALDF with research relating to the Endangered Species Act after learning of an educational farm that was raising wolf pups in violation of the act. As described previously in this report, a team of Fredrikson lawyers co-counseled with ALDF and represented plaintiffs who sued to shut down a private zoo with unimaginable conditions for the animals.





Fredrikson has a long history of encouraging community service by its employees. Both lawyers and staff embrace this commitment and provide services too numerous to acknowledge. Their volunteer activities include such things as working with teens, serving on local community boards, fundraising for charitable events and working to keep low-income families in their homes. Fredrikson supports this commitment by giving each employee paid time off to volunteer for firm-sponsored community service programs. With support from employees and the Friends of Fredrikson program, the Fargo office volunteered and packed 100 hygiene bags at the Fargo Emergency Food Pantry that were distributed to local nonprofits. Each hygiene bag contained deodorant, a toothbrush with cover, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, brush and comb, washcloth, a box of band aids, antibiotic ointment, razor and feminine hygiene products.

Back row: Gavin Muscha, Angela Hett, Andrea Nowak, Rachel Dewald, Lacey Lesmeister, Jordan Raymond Front row: Roz Buck, Kathy Sandford, Andrea Jenson-Packer, Melissa Peterson, Kim Thompson, Kelly Barr-Muscha, Brianne Freeberg Not Shown: Christy Carrier, Michelle Hans


In Minneapolis, after hearing about the programs at House of Charity, a local shelter, employees purchased, packaged and delivered 150 personal hygiene kits to distribute at the shelter. Alyssa Troje serves on the board of the organization and expressed her gratitude to the group and firm for their support.



Natasha Kurtzon and Hollie Gaines help at the hygiene bag kit assembly for House of Charity.

FRIENDS OF FREDRIKSON PROGRAM Friends of Fredrikson is a stand-alone nonprofit that began more than 25 years ago and is run by employees of Fredrikson & Byron. Its mission is to aid low-income families with children in a variety of ways, including working with local nonprofit organizations to bring a bit of cheer to low-income families and children. In Minneapolis, the program purchased and donated nearly 200 gifts to five formerly homeless or very low-income veteran families in need through the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV). We also purchased and donated approximately 150 gifts to Jewish Family & Children’s Services, who distributed the gifts to low-income families and senior citizens in the community and sent critical supply items to the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.



Left to right: Gretchen Luessenheide, Shelley Carter, Elizabeth Young, Jennifer Bjorklund, Michelle Rockhill, Marilyn Donahue, Kristi Nickels, Marvic Salminen-Morillo, Todd Dybvik, Linda Steinger

Elizabeth Young, Lindsey Erdmann and Roxanne Gangl next to the wrapped and sorted Minneapolis gifts.


BISMARCK FAMILY ADOPTION The Bismarck office adopted a military family through the North Dakota Air National Guard’s Family Assistance Program. A grateful program manager sent the following note: “I just wanted to once again thank you and your amazing staff with the Fredrikson & Byron Law Firm of Bismarck for making the difference in the lives of our military families. I had the Service Member whose family was the recipient of your Christmas gifts stop by the Military Service Center today with his son. The Father said he was so thankful for the generosity given to his family. His son (who is almost three) gave me a card and with the biggest smile and asked me if I could get the card to Santa. It melted my heart; I wish I could of taken a picture of him for you! I thanked him for the card and promised him I would get the card delivered to Santa today.”  – Suzanne R.

DES MOINES WRAPPING PARTY The Des Moines office worked with the Des Moines Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to adopt a family and to provide holiday gifts.

THE MINNESOTA KEYSTONE PROGRAM The Minnesota Keystone Program identifies, encourages and recognizes Minnesota companies that help enhance quality of life in the state by donating at least two percent of pre-tax earnings in the form of time, money or in-kind services. A proud participant since 1989, Fredrikson & Byron has been a contributor at the five percent level. Our firm was honored to receive the Keystone Award for mid-sized companies in 2010.


FREDRIKSON & BYRON FOUNDATION Funded by contributions from the law firm’s officers, the Fredrikson & Byron Foundation exists to support law-related institutions and events, organizations that complement the rule of law and access to justice, and a number of cultural and social service groups that are of special interest to the law firm’s lawyers and employees. Below is a comprehensive list of organizations that received support in the 2020 fiscal year from the Fredrikson & Byron Foundation: Alzheimer’s Association of MN & ND American Brain Foundation Anishinabe Legal Services Ann Bancroft Foundation Arc Minnesota Art Buddies Ballet Des Moines Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative Belwin Conservancy Bismarck Library Foundation, Inc. Bismarck-Mandan Orchestral Association (BMSO) Books for Africa Bricker Lavik Com Law Firm, dba Collaborative Comm Law Cancer Legal Care Cantus Charities Review Council Children of Incarcerated Caregivers Children’s Cancer Research Fund Children’s Law Center of Minnesota Children’s Minnesota – Health Legal Partnership (HLP) Coffee House Press Connections to Independence (C2i) Cookie Cart Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Des Moines Metro Opera Dress for Success FamilyWise Foundation for Public Affairs Friends of Fredrikson

Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia Girls Rock! Des Moines Global Minnesota Global Rights for Women Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp (GFMEDC) Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Guthrie Theater Hennepin Theatre Trust HIAS House of Charity Institute for Lawful, Safe, & Effective Policing International Institute of Minnesota Iowa Legal Aid Jewish Community Relations Council of MN/Dakotas Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund Judicare of Anoka Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota Legal Rights Center Legal Services of North Dakota Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota LegalCORPS Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Madeline Island Music Camp Mahtomedi Area Educational Foundation Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA)


Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans Minnesota Land Trust Minnesota Literacy Council Minnesota Orchestral Association Minnesota Public Radio Minnesota State Fair Foundation Minnesota Urban Debate League Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation Mitchell Hamline Gateway to Legal Education Mitchell Hamline School of Law MN Film & TV Board MN Justice Foundation – PASS MN Justice Foundation Summer Clerk Program MSBA Mock Trial Program Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) Neighborhood Development Center Capital Campaign Neighborhood Justice Center Northern Plains Dance Northern Star Council Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) NorthStar Science Film Festival OMEED Page Education Foundation PeaceMaker Minnesota Phyllis Wheatley Community Center Pillsbury United Communities Plains Art Museum Polk County Bar Assoc Volunteer Lawyer Project Prepare + Prosper


PRISM Project for Pride in Living Project SUCCESS Ragamala Dance Reader/Writer Rebuilding Together Twin Cities Ronald McDonald House Charities/ Red River Valley Salvation Army Sandbox Theatre Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Spina Bifida Association of Iowa St. Pascal’s School (Afterschool Care Program) St. Paul Chamber Orchestra St. Thomas Law School State Bar Association of North Dakota The Advocates for Human Rights The Bakken The Bridge for Youth The Fund for Legal Aid The Immigrant Law Center of MN The Link The Sanneh Foundation Touchstone Mental Health Tubman Twin Cities In Motion University of Iowa College of Law University of Minnesota Law School University of North Dakota Foundation Volunteer Lawyers Network Volunteers of America Voyageurs National Park Association Wallin Education Partners Washburn Center for Children Yaya Foundation for 4H Leukodystrophy YWCA Cass Clay – Fargo





No report can adequately name all lawyers, paralegals, librarians, summer associates, interns, secretaries and administrative staff who have helped provide free legal and other volunteer services to economically disadvantaged people, nonprofits and to our community. The management of the firm and the Pro Bono Committee thank everyone who has contributed their time and talents to our programs. We will continue our commitment to increase these services in the years to come. The Pro Bono Committee welcomes questions or comments about this report, the firm’s pro bono policy, the Pro Bono Law Firm Challenge or opportunities to get involved with pro bono work. Please direct your calls or comments to our Pro Bono Director, Pam Wandzel, or to any member of the Pro Bono Committee: Rick Snyder (Chair), Tyler Gludt, Katie Perleberg, Steve Quam, Kevin Riach, Brett Roberts, Erik Splett, Ben Tozer and Haley Waller Pitts.

INDIVIDUAL SERVICE TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Fredrikson & Byron lawyers, paralegals and staff serve our nonprofit communities in many ways including providing legal services for charitable organizations, handling numerous matters for individuals and serving on boards of directors for organizations focused on the arts, community development, education and legal services. In the past year, Fredrikson lawyers and staff provided board and committee leadership assistance to the following organizations: Pam Abbate-Dattilo

U.S. Attorney’s Forum on Criminal Justice

Bev Adams

Pardon Advisory Board, Advisory Committee Member Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Foundation Board Member

Jacob Abdo

American Bar Association, Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries, The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, Associate Editor Minnesota Motion Picture & Television Board, Board Member The California Society of Entertainment Lawyers, Member


Lisa Agrimonti

Public Utilities Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Board Member

Kristy Albrecht

ELCA Foundation, Executive Committee and Development Committee of the Board of Trustees Federal Advisory Committee for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Briar Andresen

Ragamala Dance, Board Member, Past President

Bob Aronson

HIAS f/k/a Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Chair of the Board Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, HIAS Representative American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Advisory Committee

Jim Baillie

American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Pro Bono Committee, Member; Business Bankruptcy Committee Member; Pro Bono Services Committee, Member American College of Bankruptcy, Vice President; Pro Bono Committee Member LegalCORPS, Emeritus Board Member Minnesota State Bar Association, Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee, Member Turnaround Management, Upper Midwest Chapter Member, Volunteer Services Committee Volunteer Lawyers Network, Benefactor Board, Member

Kyle Barlow

Essentia Health Regional Foundation, West Region, Board Member, Planned Giving Committee Chair

Charlie Bennett

LegalCORPS, Board Member

Frank Bennett

Washburn Center for Children, Capital Campaign Co-Chair

Jeff Benson

Neighborhood Commercial Spaces, LLC, Board Member

Larry Berg

Minnesota Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Board Member Race for the Cure, Co-Race Director Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Member of Securian half marathon, 10k and 5k race crew

Bob Boisvert

Twin Cities In Motion, Board Member, Executive Committee Member, Secretary, Governance Committee Member, Human Resources Committee Member

Matt Boos

American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, SEC Enforcement Matters Subcommittee American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, State Regulation of Securities Committee Member and Task Force on Model Solicitation Rule Children’s Law Center, Volunteer

Megan Bowman

Central Lutheran Church, Council Member

Gail Brandt

Minnesota Hospital Association, Volunteer YWCA of Minneapolis, It’s Time to Talk Race Steering Committee, Member

Bill Brody

Boy Scouts of America, Northern Star Council, Board of Directors, President and Member

Phil Bubb

Iowa State Bar Association, Construction Law Section Council, Member The Historic East Village, Inc., Board Member

Jessi Buchert

South Central College Foundation, Board Member Mankato Area Foundation, Board Member

Jason Cassady

Fifth Congressional District DFL, Central Committee Member Minneapolis DFL, Central Committee Member Minnesota DFL, State Central Committee Member Senate District 62 DFL, Central Committee Member State DFL Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules Committee, Delegate and Secretary

Joe Cassioppi

Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Officer and Board Member

June Cheng

International Institute of Minnesota, Board Member Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, Committee Member Yaya Foundation for 4H Leukodystrophy, Co-Founder, Officer and Board Member

Katie Cole

MinnPost, Board Member

Aleida Conners

American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee Fellow Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, Professional Development Committee Member Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Past President and Advisory Council Member

Bronwen Cound

College of Saint Benedict, Campaign Leadership and Steering Committee, Member

Ingrid Culp

Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Board Member Books for Africa, Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative Advisory Board Member St. Louis Park Public Schools Foundation, Board Member

Laura Danielson

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Board Member and Executive Committee Member Camp Katherine Parsons, Co-Chair Global Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, President


Joe Dixon

American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Member Federal Practice Committee, Member Hiawatha Academies, Board Member Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (White Collar), Member The Fund for Legal Aid Society, Board Member

Chris Dolan

Convent of The Visitation High School, Committee Member University of St. Thomas Law School, Board Member

Jim Dorsey

St. Croix River Association, Board Member United States Global Leadership Coalition, MN Advisory Committee Fairvote Minnesota, Board Member

Judy Engel

Hennepin County Conciliation Court, Volunteer National Association of Property Tax Attorneys, Board Member

Brent Eichten

Dakota Ringnecks Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Board Secretary

John Erhart

Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Board Member St. John’s University School of Theology & Seminary, Board of Trustees Member, Executive Committee Member, Finance Committee Chair

Linda Fisher

Growth & Justice, Board Member NAIOP, Land Use Committee Member, Public Policy Committee Member

Terry Fleming

Legal Rights Center, Board President

Jessica Foss

State Bar Association of North Dakota, Young Lawyers Committee, Member YMCA Cass Clay, Board Member

Dulce Foster

Children of Incarcerated Caregivers, Board Member Eighth Circuit History Committee for the District of Minnesota, Treasurer Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Diversity Committee Member Women’s White Collar Defense Association/ Community Presence, Chapter Co-Leader

David Glaser

Talmud Torah of St. Paul, Past President


David Gollin

Minneapolis Golf Club, President Temple Israel Foundation of Minneapolis, Board Member

Kevin Goodno

American Brain Foundation (f/k/a American Academy of Neurology Foundation) Board Member and Past Chair Bush Foundation, Board Member Campaign for Legal Aid, Southern Minnesota Legal Services, Committee Member Minnesota Business Partnership, Deputy Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Member Minnesota Government Relations Council, Member Public Affairs Council, Board Member St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Member

Karen Grandstrand

American Bar Association, Banking Law Committee, Member Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, Board of Regents Member, and Chair of Resources Committee Independent Community Bankers of America, General Counsels Advisory Group, Member Minnesota State Bar Association, Banking Law Committee, Co-chair, Business Law Section, Executive Council Member and Past-Chair Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable, Member and Past Chair of Board of Directors TCF Financial Corporation, Board of Directors Member, Chair of Risk Committee and Risk Subcommittee, Member of Compensation Committee and Pension Committee, Member of Strategic Initiatives Committee Women Corporate Directors Foundation, MN Chapter, Member

William Guy III

Floyd Shores Homeowner’s Association, Board of Directors Hope Lutheran Church and Hope Lutheran Foundation In Fargo, Advisor State Bar Association of North Dakota, Business Entity Drafting Task Force, Chair and Uniform Trust Code Drafting Task Force, Chair University of North Dakota Foundation, Emeritus Board Member University of North Dakota Alumni Association, Emeritus Board Member, Past President University of North Dakota Alumni Association Caucus, Member

Bob Hamilton

Global Rights for Women, Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee, Board Member

Kristen Hansen

Mercedes Jackson

Jake Harris

Michael Jacobs

Northern Plains Dance, Member State Bar Association of North Dakota, Energy Law Committee Minnesota Justice Foundation, Board Member

Shep Harris

City of Golden Valley, Mayor International Education Center, Pro Bono Government Relations Minnesota Government Relations Council, Member Public Affairs Council, Member

Thomas Henke

Minnesota State Bar Association, Employee Benefits Council

EMERGE, Vice Chair (Finance & Operations) Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, Finance Committee Member Mankato Area Foundation, Investment Committee Member Greater Mankato Growth, Public Policy Committee Member

Leah Janus

Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Officer Minnesota Bar Association, Consumer Litigation, Council Member Seward Coop, Director

Ryan Johnson

American Health Lawyers Association, Life Sciences Practice Group, Vice Chair Minnesota American Indian Bar Association,, Advisory Board Member MedCity INVEST Twin Cities Advisory Board Minnesota Cup, Life Science and Health IT Sten Hoidal Division, Judge Volunteer Lawyers Network, Board Member, Secretary Minnesota State Bar Association, Health Law Section Minnesota Law Review Alumni Committee, Northstar Science Film Festival, Founder and Board Board Member of Directors Minnesota State Bar Association, Computer and Planetary Society, Advisory Council Technology Section, Governing Council Science Debate, Board of Directors Andrew Holm Silicon Valley AI, Founding Director, Advisor United States Tennis Association (USTA) University of Saint Thomas, Future of Health Care Northern Section, Board Member Conference Planning Committee Member

Tom Hipkins

Lousene Hoppe

American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, LGBT Committee Co-Chair ACS Minneapolis/St. Paul Lawyer Chapter, Advisory Board Member National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, President-Elect of the Board of Directors Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Board Member

Noah Huisman

McKnight Foundation, Board Member

Chris Hunt

Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate & Trust Law Section, Member Salvation Army, Nominations Committee Chair, Executive Committee Member, Board Member

Loan Huynh

Advocates for Human Rights, Board of Directors Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Women’s Committee, Co-Chair

Katie Ilten

FamilyWise Services, Board of Directors

Leigh-Erin Irons

Neighborhood Development Center, Board Member Children’s Minnesota Foundation, Board Member

Paul Jones

Sandbox Theatre, Board Member University of Minnesota, Professor

Greg Karpenko

Minnehaha Academy Board of Trustees

Sean Kearney

Hennepin Theatre Trust, Finance Committee Member

Pat Kelly

Global Minnesota, Board Member Minnesota Bar Association International Section, Secretary Minnesota Bar Association International Institute, Planning Committee Member

John Koneck

Minnesota Board of Law Examiners, Board Member Minnesota State Bar Association Real Property Law Section, Pro Bono Program, Chair

Debbie Walker Kool

American Bar Association, Implementation of the Model Policies on Labor Trafficking Subcommittee, Co-Chair American Bar Association, Model Principles Implementation Task Force, Vice Chair; Corporate Governance Committee Member


Minnesota State Bar Association, Committee Member Super Bowl Anti-Trafficking Committee, Member Committee, Member

Minnesota Orchestra, Board Member North Memorial Medical Center, Board Member

Mary Krakow

Hennepin County Bar Association, Eminent Domain Section, Vice President Wright County Planning Commission

Minnesota Healthcare Behavior at Work Collaborative, Board Member City Church, Board Member

Ann Ladd

Medical Alley, Board Member The Bakken Museum, Board Member University of Iowa Law School Foundation, Board Member The Collider Foundation, Board Member

Paul LaVanway

American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, Landslide® magazine, Editorial Board Member American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, Continuing Legal Education, Board Member

Stefanie Lee

Minnesota Paralegal Association, Co-Chair MPA Litigation Sectional Women in eDiscovery, Membership Director, Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter

Ken Levinson

Pat Mahlberg

Erik Malinowski

The Bell Museum, Planetarium Program Committee Member

Jessica Manivasager

Minneapolis Ibaraki Sister City Association, Board Member MRA – The Management Association Inc., Board Member, Executive Committee Member Belwin Conservancy, Board Member

Dave Marshall

Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, Board Member

Brian McCool

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Public Policy Committee, Member St. Odilia Catholic School, School Advisory Council Member St. Odilia Catholic Church, Member, Property & Facilities Committee University of St. Thomas School of Law, Student Mentor

Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence/MCFE Board – Board Member, Executive Committee Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Section, Board of the Tax Council

Sarah McCray

Keith Libbey

Special Olympics Minnesota, Board Member

Carleton College, Board of Trustees

Debra Linder

Minneapolis Downtown Next Generation Lions Club, Treasurer Minnesota State Bar Association, Employee Benefits Council, Past Chair PACER Center, Advisory Board

Lynn Linné

Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Section, Past Chair, Council Member

Amanda Lorentz

Iowa Paralegal Association, Board Secretary and Nominations & Elections Committee Chair

Kiel McElveen Chris Melsha

Totino-Grace High School, Advancement Committee of the Board of Directors

Ryan Miest

Baby’s Space, A Place to Grow, Board Member and Governance Committee Member Baby’s Space Environments, Board Member Pathways Minneapolis, Inc., Board Member and Finance Committee Member

Amanda Mills

University of St. Thomas School of Law, Alumni Advisory Board Member

Find Your Power, Secretary of the Board of Directors Federal Bar Association (MN Chapter), Co-Chair, White Collar Crime Practice Group

Jessie Lu

Nicole Moen

US-China Peoples’ Friendship Association, Minnesota Chapter

Warren Mack

Dahlberg Family Foundation, Board Member Jorja Fleezanus and Michael Steinberg Fund For Music, Board Member Madeline Island Music Camp, Board Member


American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, Board Member, Chair Harvard Club of Minnesota, Board Member, Chair

Dan Mott

Innovative Quality Schools, Board Member, Chair National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Legal, Tax and Accounting Committee Member, Past-Chair

United Hospital Foundation, Executive Committee, Board Member, Past Chair

Ryan Murphy

Turnaround Management Association, National Board of Trustees

Deer Lake Conservancy (Environmental), Board Member Ramsey County Bar Association Foundation, Former Board Member and President

Bill Pearce

Emmy Nelson

International Enneagram Association, MN Chapter, Board Secretary

Bismarck-Mandan Orchestral Association, Inc., Board Member North Dakota State Bar Association, Mineral Title Standards Committee Member Bismarck Library Foundation, Inc., Board Member and Treasurer

John Nelson

Bridget Penick

David Naples

Mankato Clinic Foundation, Board Member

Grassroots Culture, Board Member Peacemaker Minnesota Yellow Tree Theatre, Board Member

Sue Ann Nelson

Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Section, Member and Past Chair National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Legal, Tax and Accounting Committee, Member and Past Chair

Carl Numrich

Voyageurs National Park Association, Board Member

Bob Oberlies

Committee on Foreign Relations, Member Minnesota China Business Council, Board Co-Chair The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Governance Committee Vice-Chair

Zach Olson

American Diabetes Association, Board of Directors

Sam Orbovich

ARRM, Board Member Care Providers of Minnesota, Committee Member Leading Age of Minnesota, Committee Member Lyngblomsten, Governance Advisory Committee

Tim O’Shea

Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Committee Member Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group, Board Member

Jeri Parkin

Mahtomedi Area Education Foundation, Member Mahtomedi Area Education Foundation, Board of Trustees

John Parzych

Boy Scouts of America, Woodbury Troop 9072 Committee Member, Friends of Scouting Fundraising Chair Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Volunteer Woodbury Athletic Association, Volunteer

John Patterson

Boy Scouts of America, Northern Star Council, Board Member, Camping and Properties, Vice President

American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Ballet Des Moines, Board of Directors Girls Rock! Des Moines, Board of Directors Iowa Legal Aid Central Iowa Advisory, Council Member Iowa State Bar Association, Board of Governors, Annual Meeting Committee Member, Employment and Labor Section Council Member Polk County Board Association, Board of Directors Woodlands Creek Reserve Home Owners Association, Board of Directors and Secretary

Annette Peterson-Igbinovia

North Hennepin Community College, Paralegal Advisory Board Member

John Pickerill

Advertising Federation of Minnesota, Board Member Art Buddies, Board Member

Chris Pham

Federal Bar Association, Diversity Committee, Board Member Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Board of Trustees MSBA Access to Justice, Subcommittee Member

Andy Pomroy

Citizen League, Member Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Board Member Minnesota Government Relations Council, Member Public Affairs Council, Member St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Committee Member

Emily Pontius

Des Moines Metro Opera Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Secretary Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, Alumni Committee Iowa State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Council Plymouth Church Personnel Committee, Chair


Anne Radolinski

Minnesota State Bar Association, Lawyer Certification Board for Labor and Employment Lawyers, Board Member

Melissa Rahn

Minnesota Government Relations Council, Committee Member Public Affairs Council, Committee Member Women Winning, Board Member Women Winning State PAC, Member Women Winning Federal PAC, Vice Chair Bell Museum, Member, Advisory Committee Minnesota Business Partnership, Deputy

Mary Ranum

Gauri Samant

MN Asian Pacific Bar Association, Membership Committee Member

Mark Savin

Beth Jacob Congregation, Board Member

Karen Schanfield

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of St. Paul, Board Member National Academy of Arbitrators, Committee Member St. Paul Jewish Community Center, Committee Member

Debra Schneider

Concordia College, Board of Regents, Board Member Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, Board Member August 2020 – Board of Regents of Concordia, Chair

Loan Repayment Assistance Program, Board of Directors

Mike Raum

Ashland Productions, Board Member St. John’s University, Planned Giving Committee Member

Plains Art Museum, Board of Directors United Soccer Club of the Red River Valley, Board Member, President and Volunteer

Dale Schoonover

Chuck Segelbaum

Lindsey Remakel

Hennepin County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section Co-Chair Minnesota State Bar Association, Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section Council, Member

PRISM Minneapolis Food Shelf, Board of Directors Golden Valley Board of Zoning Appeals, Alternate Member Golden Valley Planning Commission, Member Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Intellectual Property Institute Advisory Board, Member

Kevin Riach

Cameron Seybolt

Coalition for Impartial Justice, Board Member Minnesota State Bar Association, Judiciary Committee Member Second Chance Coalition Steering Committee, Member University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute Policy Fellows Alumni Board, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Section, Section Council, Secretary, and Legislation Committee Co-Chair American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Minnesota Nominating Committee Member, Minnesota Chair-Elect

Brett Roberts

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, Board of Directors Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, Governance Chair-Elect Young Professionals Connection, Ambassador

Iowa Prayer Breakfast Committee, Finance Subcommittee Member Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, President-Elect Judicial Nominating Commission (Iowa District 5C), Commissioner

Kristy Rogers

Polk County Women Attorneys (PCWA), Board Member

Melodie Rose

National Association of Corporate Directors – Local Chapter, Board Member

Carrie Rosenberry

St. Thomas Lutheran Church Omaha, Stewardship Committee Women’s Fund of Omaha, Circles Member

Howard Roston

Hennepin County Mediation Project, Mediator


Kendra Simmons

Anni Simons

Citizen League, Member Minnesota Government Relations Council, Member Public Affairs Council, Member The Arc Minnesota, Committee Member

Sandy Smalley-Fleming

Opportunity to Lead, Event Director The Women’s Club of Minneapolis, former Executive Committee Member, Building Committee Member University of St. Thomas Law School, Board of Governors, Executive Committee Vice Chair YWCA: It’s Time to Talk Event, ITT Steering Committee Member

Levi Smith

Twin Cities-Metro Certified Development Company, Board Member

National Association of Corporate Directors, Co-founder, Minnesota Chapter, Emeritus Director Minneapolis Club, Member

Jamie Snelson

Noah Tabor

Cristo Rey High School, Board of Directors University of Minnesota Law School, Board of Advisors

Eden Theological Seminary, Board of Trustees Ankeny United Church of Christ, Board of Directors Ankeny Area Democrats, Executive Committee

Eric Snustad

Asmah Tareen

University of Minnesota-College of Science & Engineering, Alumni Advisory Board

Rick Snyder

Minnesota Land Trust, Board Member Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, Committee Member

Joe Sokolowski

Legal Access Point Clinic, Volunteer Attorney Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Member Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Member Hennepin County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Member

Kevin Spreng

OMEED, Co-Founder, Board Member Children’s Law Center, Volunteer Attorney South Metro Islamic Center, Security Committee Rahma Heart Care, Volunteer British-America Project, Board Member

Courtney Thompson

Advertising Federation of Minnesota, Board Member Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Annual Fund Board Member Saint Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee, Board Member

Teresa Thompson

Anne Bancroft Foundation, Board Member, Governance Committee Member Edina Swim Club, Board President

Ashley Thronson

James J. Hill Reference Library, Board Chair Minne*, Board Member Real Phonic Radio Hour, Board Member

Women’s Business Development Center, Ambassador & Advisory Committee Member

Karen Sandler Steinert

Cretin-Derham Hall Alumni Board, Member

Marcus Tibesar

American Bar Association, Real Property, Trusts and Estates Law Section, Member; CLE Committee, Co-Chair; Business Planning Group, Committee on Estate Planning and Administration for Business Owners, Farmers and Ranchers

Ben Tozer

Jeff Steinle

Off-Broadway Musical Theatre, Board President

Gustavus Adolphus College Alumni Association, Class President Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Board Member Pillsbury United Communities, Board Member and Executive Committee Member South Dakota Biotech

Matt Stortz

MinneapolisNext, Board of Directors, Member

John Stout

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Corporate Governance Committee, Emeritus Chair and Vice Chair, Artificial Intelligence Task Force; Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Vice Chair; Member, Governing Council Carleton College, Past Member, Board of Trustees Metropolitan Economic Development Association, Co-founder, Secretary, Director Milestone Growth Fund, Co-founder, Chair/CEO Minnesota Film Board, Co-founder, Emeritus Director

International Right-of-Way Association, North Star Chapter 20, Secretary, Treasurer and President-Elect

Jeanne Tracy

Sarah Tucher

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Volunteer Innovative Quality Schools, Board Member, Treasurer

Alyssa Troje

House of Charity, Board Member University of St. Thomas Law School, Alumni Advisory Board Member St. Joseph’s Catholic School, School Advisory Council Member

Kyle Ubl

New Century Home Owners Association, Board President Transfiguration Catholic Church, Capital Campaign Committee Member

Brandon Underwood

Iowa State Bar Association, Construction Law Section Council, Member Spina Bifida Association of Iowa, Board Member


Mark Vyvyan

Volunteer Lawyers Network, Board Member

Pam Wandzel

Association of Pro Bono Counsel, Board Member, Treasurer

Marc Ward

John Williams

National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, Board Member Red River Valley Estate Planning Council, Board Member Oak Grove Lutheran School Foundation, Board Member

Broadlawns Hospital Board, Board Member Marie Williams Iowa State Bar Association, Business Law The Minnesota Sinfonia, Board Member Section Council Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa, Board Member Ashley Wilson American Constitution Society – Minneapolis/St. Paul Tammy Warren Lawyer Chapter, Board Member Association of Legal Administrators of Minnesota’s Caponi Art Park, Board Member Salary Survey Committee, Co-Chair

Matthew Webster

American Immigration Lawyers Association, MN/DAK Chapter, Treasurer, Executive Committee

Margaret Weil

Coffee House Press, Board Member and Finance Committee Member

Rich Weiner

Brazil-Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Board Member Canada-Minnesota Business Council, Board Member

Amanda Welters

Project Success/Community Presence, Committee Member

Georgann Wenisch

NALS Twin Cities – Board Member

Ann Wessberg

International Trademark Association, Law Firm Committee

David West

Central Lutheran Church Congregation, Nominating Committee The Origins Program, Board President

Robert Whitlock

Mill City Commons, Board of Directors


Todd Wind

ALS Association of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, Board Member Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, Panel Member Page Education Foundation – Board Member

Masha Yevzelman

Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Section, Past Chair Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) Twin Cities, Chair

Randy Zellmer

Welcome Manor Family Services, Chairman of the Board Summit Heritage Foundation, Board of Directors Mankato State University Foundation Development Committee Member City Center Partnership, Past Chairman of the Board Blue Earth County Historical Society, Finance Committee Member Minnesota State University Mankato, Athletic Advisory Board CityArt, LLC, Committee Member

Aubrey Zuger

North Dakota State Bar Association, Board of Governors, Past-President Hope Lutheran Church, Church Council Member North Dakota Bar Foundation, Inc., Member

FREDRIKSON & BYRON Where Law and Business Meet® At Fredrikson & Byron, we’ve built a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet” by bringing business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to our work with clients. We operate as business advisors and strategic partners, as well as legal counselors. A proactive, problem-solving mindset runs throughout our service areas, which enables us to understand and keep client objectives firmly in mind, as well as anticipate and address problems before they arise. Our lawyers blend a common-sense approach with in-the-field experience, and we utilize our firm’s strong reputation and our lawyers’ broad networks to get things done.


FIRM PRO BONO HOURS Special recognition goes to those individuals who met or exceeded their goal of providing 50 hours or more of pro bono work for fiscal year 2020: Kristy Rogers Leslie Anderson Steve Kaplan Olivia Norwood Bev Adams Clint Cutler Ashley Wilson Penny Oleson Eddie Ocampo Erin Edgerton Gracie Hyland Bryan Morben Kevin Riach Jake Harris Lousene Hoppe Dulce Foster Dave Bunde Sandy Smalley-Fleming Kristy Albrecht Barbara Marchevsky Chelsey Jonason Rhiannon Baker Jim Dorsey Katie Perleberg Rachel Dougherty Phil Bubb Jacob Baer Cara Donels Lukas Boehning Kurt Rempe Darnell Cage Ashley Thronson Gauri Samant Ben Tozer


521.4 353.4 272.9 259.6 240.6 222.3 213.6 212.6 205.0 204.4 204.1 200.0 182.0 181.5 170.6 165.8 157.3 155.4 154.3 148.3 147.6 144.8 142.3 139.5 137.0 135.9 135.8 123.3 122.3 121.4 121.3 120.9 113.0 110.0

Mark Savin Karen Schanfield Kaleb Rumicho Olivia Cares Jenny Pusch Erik Splett Jake Levine Matt Boos Warren Mack Anu Sreekanth Mike Cummings Barbara MacInnis Ryan Young Emily Chad Marielos Cabrera John Koneck Malissa Eng Danny Deveny Greg Zinniel Jamie Snelson Jane Ball Dave Marshall Brandon Underwood Gail Brandt Matt Stortz Barbara Fritz Matthew Webster Haley Waller Pitts Sam Orbovich Lynn LinnĂŠ Rick Snyder Loan Huynh Jessi Sharpe Ashley Roth

108.5 107.4 103.6 101.6 100.3 100.0 99.3 99.2 98.9 98.6 96.1 93.9 93.3 92.8 92.4 91.3 90.2 90.0 87.7 87.1 85.1 83.5 83.5 83.2 81.3 81.2 80.5 80.2 80.0 76.6 74.6 73.8 73.6 72.8

Kayla Hoel Noah Huisman Leigh-Erin Irons Austin Goodnight Sam Andre Luke de Leon Bridget Penick Rachel Crane Jacob Abdo Jim Baillie Leah Janus Christy Carrier Kyle Barlow

71.6 71.6 69.6 68.4 68.2 67.4 64.3 64.2 63.5 60.9 60.5 60.4 58.9

Levi Smith Leah Huyser Nicole Swisher Mirna Serrano Barahona John Erhart Lauren Breckenridge Lisa Lindenfelser Aaron Stenz Jade Jorgenson Nicole Moen Will Howieson Ted Peilen Ann Ladd

57.2 56.9 56.7 56.2 56.0 55.9 54.2 53.8 52.8 52.4 50.3 50.3 50.0

Other lawyers, paralegals and summer associates who provided pro bono work in fiscal year 2020 include: Pam Abbate-Dattilo Lisa Agrimonti Mimi Alworth Eric Anderson Briar Andresen Nancy Anton Tom Archbold Bob Aronson Nadja Baer Jesse Beier Janelle Beitz Sara Bell Charlie Bennett Frank Bennett Jeff Benson Larry Berg Jackie Bernu Tom Bird Paula Blenker Bob Boisvert Lisa Bond Jean Boos Diana Bospachieva

Tash Bottum Jenny Bouta Mojica Megan Bowman James Brand Ryan Brauer Kyle Brehm Christy Brusven Jessi Buchert Tyler Bush Eric Buss Jason Cassady Ed Cassidy Joe Cassioppi Kate Charipar June Cheng Sandra Chu Katie Cole Aleida Conners Dalton Crum Ingrid Culp Mike Cummings Laura Danielson Nick Datzov

Tracy Deutmeyer Rachel Dewald Sylvia Deyo Joe Dixon Marilyn Donahue Katie Douglas Jeremy Duehr Judy Engel Paul Esker Grant Fairbairn Terry Fleming Leah Flygare Jessica Foss Aron Frakes Brianne Freeberg Lora Friedemann Victoria Gelardi Rebecca Gin David Glaser Tyler Gludt David Gollin Kevin Goodno Dominick Grande


Abigale Griffin Bill Guy Brenda Haberman Laurie Hartman Steve Helland Thomas Henke Michelle Hill Tom Hipkins Jennifer Hodge Burkett Sten Hoidal Christian Hokans Andrew Holm Angela Horel Caitlin Houlton Kuntz Christina Huckfeldt Justin Hughes Aaron Hurd Thuy Huynh Ashley Ignaszewski Mercedes Jackson Michael Jacobs Andrea Jenson-Packer Laurie Johnson Ryan Johnson Alicia Jones Breann Jurek Natalie Kadievitch Greg Karpenko Pat Kelly Youn-Jin Kim Steve Kinsella Todd Klukow Mary Krakow Natasha Kurtzon Patty Larson Kristin LeBre Marissa Lee Lacey Lesmeister Ken Levinson


Tanessa Lewis Debra Linder Wendy Lisman Jessie Lu Tara Mack Deb Mayday Pat Mahlberg Erik Malinowski Jessica Manivasager Emani Marshall-Loving Cari Martell Brian McCool Kiel McElveen Zac McFarland Pari McGarraugh Chris Melsha Amanda Mills Alissa Mitchell Erik Money Nick Monson Dan Mott Cindy Moyer Sarah Munson Ryan Murphy John Nelson Sue Ann Nelson Joann Nessler Andrew Nick Kristi Nickles Kurt Niederluecke Deb Norvold Carl Numrich Bonnie O’Malley Sage O’Neil Jeri Parkin John Pavelko Annette PetersonIgbinovia Chris Pham

John Pickerill Andy Pomroy Emily Pontius Jeff Post Zach Pratt Spencer Ptacek Steve Quam Aaron Quinby Anne Radolinski Kara Rahlin Melissa Rahn Mary Ranum Mike Raum Lindsey Remakel Jordan Rife Brett Roberts Anne Rondoni Tavernier Howard Roston Marvic Salminen-Morillo Joe Schauer Debra Schneider Wynter Scott Jeff Serum Cameron Seybolt Kendra Simmons Anni Simons Evan Skaar Erika Smith Pat Smith Andrea Snook Joe Sokolowski Marilyn Soltis Ryan Spanheimer Shataia Stallings Adam Steinert Jeff Steinle Jeff Story John Stout David Streier

Rachna Sullivan Charissa Syvinski Noah Tabor Asmah Tareen Dana Taylor Julie Taylor Courtney Thompson Kim Thompson David Tibbals Alyssa Troje Kyle Ubl

Emily Unger Mark Vyvyan Laura Wanger Marc Ward David Waytz Ann Wessberg David West Carrie Whittaker Robert Wild Laura Willenbring John Williams

Marie Williams Chantal Wilson Todd Wind David Winkler John Wurm Dan Yarano Masha Yevzelman Maureen Young Randy Zellmer Aubrey Zuger


ARTIST RECOGNITION Thank you to the following artists for their contributions to the Pro Bono Report:

Lili (Payne) Lennox @gildedlili

Justicia y Paz @rebeccawyniaart


One Love Jackson Batson


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Articles inside

Volunteers Enrich Communities article cover image

Volunteers Enrich Communities

pages 42-48
Fredrikson & Byron Group Recognition: Lora Friedemann and Asmah Tareen article cover image

Fredrikson & Byron Group Recognition: Lora Friedemann and Asmah Tareen

pages 38-39, 41
Fredrikson & Byron Associate Volunteer of the Year: Gracie Hyland article cover image

Fredrikson & Byron Associate Volunteer of the Year: Gracie Hyland

pages 38-40
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice:  Bridget Penick, Brandon Underwood, Kristy Rogers, Olivia Norwood and Cara Donels article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Bridget Penick, Brandon Underwood, Kristy Rogers, Olivia Norwood and Cara Donels

pages 36-37
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Grant Fairbairn and Barbara Marchevsky article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Grant Fairbairn and Barbara Marchevsky

pages 35-36
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Malissa Eng article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Malissa Eng

pages 34-35
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Lousene Hoppe, Jacob Baer, Jake Levine and Charles Urena article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Lousene Hoppe, Jacob Baer, Jake Levine and Charles Urena

pages 33-34
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Leah Huyser and Joe Dixon article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Leah Huyser and Joe Dixon

pages 32-33
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Lukas Boehning, Jim Dorsey, Rachel Dougherty, Leah Flygare and Christian Hokans article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Lukas Boehning, Jim Dorsey, Rachel Dougherty, Leah Flygare and Christian Hokans

pages 30-31
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Nick Monson and Lisa Lindenfelser article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Nick Monson and Lisa Lindenfelser

pages 30-31
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Jenny Pusch article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Jenny Pusch

page 29
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Lynn Linne, Masha Yevzelman and Ben Tozer article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Lynn Linne, Masha Yevzelman and Ben Tozer

pages 28-29
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Emily Chad article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Emily Chad

pages 27-28
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Levi Smith and Jacob Baer article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Levi Smith and Jacob Baer

page 26
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Phil Bubb and Kristy Rogers article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Phil Bubb and Kristy Rogers

pages 25-26
Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Gracie Hyland article cover image

Personal Representation to Ensure Justice: Gracie Hyland

pages 24-25
Providing Legal Security for Youth: Judy Engel article cover image

Providing Legal Security for Youth: Judy Engel

page 21
Providing Legal Security for Youth: Loan Huynh and Paula Blenker article cover image

Providing Legal Security for Youth: Loan Huynh and Paula Blenker

pages 19-20
Providing Legal Security for Youth: Olivia Cares and Tash Bottum article cover image

Providing Legal Security for Youth: Olivia Cares and Tash Bottum

pages 18-19
Providing Legal Security for Youth: Jenny Pusch article cover image

Providing Legal Security for Youth: Jenny Pusch

pages 17-18
Providing Legal Security for Youth: Aleida Conners article cover image

Providing Legal Security for Youth: Aleida Conners

pages 16-17
Helping Communities Heal: Jessica Manivasager article cover image

Helping Communities Heal: Jessica Manivasager

pages 12-13
Helping Communities Heal: Levi Smith and Kiel McElveen article cover image

Helping Communities Heal: Levi Smith and Kiel McElveen

pages 10-12
Helping Communities Heal: Chris Pham article cover image

Helping Communities Heal: Chris Pham

pages 8-9
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