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Board of Directors

As per MWL's bylaws, the Board of Directors "shall conduct the business and affairs of the corporation." With some exceptions, the Board meets typically the 4th Thursday of the month, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Contact Executive Director Debra Pexa for further information on upcoming meetings or past MWL Board of Director meeting minutes.

 

Executive Committee


hover textPresident
Kendra Brodin

Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
612/340-0720

Kendra Brodin assumed the office of MWL President beginning July 1, 2017. Kendra Brodin serves as Director of Lawyer Talent at Briggs and Morgan, P.A. In her role, Kendra is responsible for associate recruiting efforts, professional development programming, and diversity initiatives. 

Kendra earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree with honors from the University of Minnesota.



hover textPresident-Elect
Shannon Harmon
Internal Revenue Service, Office of the General Counsel
651/757-1249

Shannon Harmon has been elected to the office of MWL President-Elect.  Shannon is an attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel's Small Business/Self-Employed Division. Prior to joining Chief Counsel, Shannon served for more than nine years as an Assistant Attorney General with the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, including five years in the Charities Division and four years in the Tax Litigation Division. Shannon most recently served in the role of Treasurer of the MWL Board of Directors.



hover textTreasurer

Breia Schleuss
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
612/766-8392

Breia Schleuss has been elected to the office of MWL Treasurer. Breia Schleuss is a partner in the finance and restructuring practice group at Faegre Baker Daniels and represents commercial and investment banks, as well as other financial institutions and companies. She is also a leader of Faegre Baker Daniels' agribusiness finance practice. Breia most recently served in the role of Secretary of the MWL Board of Directors.




hover textSecretary
Amy Taber
Prime Therapeutics
612/777-5682

Amy Taber has been elected to the office of Secretary. Amy Taber is Prime Therapeutics's Employment and Litigation Senior Legal Counsel where she provides legal advice and support to Prime's human resources team and assists with oversight of Prime's employment and general business litigation activities. Amy began practicing law in 2004 and was a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP before joining Prime. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a human resources professional for 10 years. 

 

hover textPast President
Connie Armstrong
McGough Construction
651/634-7795

Connie Armstrong assumed the office of the MWL Past-President.  Connie is associate general counsel for McGough Construction Co., LLC in St. Paul. Prior to joining McGough Construction, Connie was a shareholder at a Minneapolis law firm who counseled businesses, contractors and employers in contract, construction and employment matters. Connie serves as a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard, currently assigned as the Deputy Mission Support Group Commander at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth.


Directors

hover textSusan Gallagher
Gallagher Law Office, L.L.C.
651/209-8364

Susan M. Gallagher, J.D., R.N. practices exclusively in the area of family law in the 14 county Metro Area and in greater Minnesota for over two decades.  Susan is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of General Practice as a mediator, arbitrator, consensual special magistrate, social and financial early neutral evaluator, Court appointed Guardian ad Litem and as a parenting consultant and parenting time expeditor.  Susan brings years of experience as a Registered Nurse to her practice.  In addition to serving on the MWL Board of Directors, Susan also co-chairs MWL’s Development Committee.




hover textEmerald Gratz
Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings
651/361-7865

Emerald Gratz is a Staff Attorney and Mediator with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings. Emerald has practiced law for 12 years, including five years at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office as a prosecutor.  Since 2011 Emerald has been a volunteer attorney for the Children’s Law Center as well as an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School.  Emerald is also a co-chair of the MWL CLE Committee.



 

 

hover textKristin Haugen

KC Haugen Law

Kristin Haugen is a Solo Attorney at KC Haugen Law and an Attorney Business Development Coach for Rock Solid Consultants. As a coach and trainer, Kristin uses her personal experiences to coach other attorneys on managing their practices, building critical relationships and achieving their goals. Kristin serves on MWL’s Board of Directors. She is also a Co-Chair of MWL’s Networking Committee and actively participates in MWL’s Development Committee.  






hover textPoonam Kumar
DLA Piper LLP
612/524-3022

Poonam Kumar is an attorney with DLA Piper LLP. Poonam has extensive experience working on a wide variety of cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and corporate restructurings, as well as general corporate, securities and commercial law matters. Poonam is a representative for DLA Piper’s Leadership Alliance for Women, and serves on the MWL Board of Directors as well as the MWL Foundation Board of Directors. Poonam is also actively involved with the MWL Development Committee.





hover textMichelle Looby

Gustafson Gluek

612/333-8844

Michelle Looby is a partner at Gustafson Gluek PLLC where she represents plaintiffs in complex litigation, with a focus on antitrust and consumer protection class actions. In addition to serving on the MWL Board of Directors, Michelle is a co-chair of the MWL Community Action and Advocacy Committee and regularly serves as a mentor to local law students through MWL’s mentorship program.  






hover textBrooke Nelson

Bernick Lifson, P.A.

763/746-7975

Brooke Nelson is an attorney with Bernick Lifson, P.A. Brooke’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, creditors’ remedies, and real estate and land use. Prior to joining Bernick Lifson, Brooke practiced complex litigation at a large Twin Cities law firm and for a boutique firm working exclusively on complex litigation involving multiple claimants and insurance issues.  In addition to serving on the MWL Board of Directors, Brooke also serves as a co-chair of the MWL Chapter Coordination Committee.




hover textAlona Rindal
U.S. Bank

612/303-7910

Alona Rindal is a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at U.S. Bank. Alona leads a team of attorneys who provide comprehensive legal support to U.S. Bank's Consumer Default Management divisions. In addition, she advised various business lines on Credit Bureau Management issues.  Alona serves on the MWL Board of Directors, is a co-chair of the MWL Professional Parents Affinity Group, and is actively involved in the MWL Networking Committee.  In addition, Alona serves on the MSBA Assembly representing the Corporate Counsel Section and is a long standing volunteers with VLN Service Line and Children's Law Center.




hover textJennifer Robbins
MADEL PA

612/605-0630

Jennifer Robbins (“Jenny”) is the Managing Partner at MADEL PA, where she represents Fortune 500 companies and individuals in plaintiff- and defense-side business litigation (e.g., antitrust, trade secret, complex class actions, regulatory matters) and white-collar criminal defense, government investigations, and matters alleging misconduct against professionals. Jenny serves on the MWL Governance Committee in addition to the MWL Board of Directors.







hover textSarah Rohne
University of Minnesota Law School
651/343-2803

Sarah manages employer relations for the University of Minnesota Law School, including development of local, regional, and national employment opportunities for law students and alumni; and management of national and on-campus recruiting, diversity hiring, and other hiring programs. Sarah’s background also includes practicing law as an attorney in Minneapolis, and employment with national legal staffing agencies as a senior recruiter. She serves as a co-chair on the MWL Equity Committee, and the MWL Board of Directors.




Mary Szondy
Attorney at Law
651/699-4988

Mary Szondy owns her own solo practice, focusing on guardianships and conservatorships, wills and trusts. As a former social worker at the Courage Center and on an Alzheimer unit at the Minnesota Masonic Home, Mary Szondy has over 20 years' experience working with people with disabilities or impairments due to aging. She is the co-chair of the MWL Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Affinity Group, is actively involved on the MWL Publications Committee, and serves on the MWL Board of Directors. She also serves on the Hennepin County and Ramsey County Court Appointed Attorney panels for Guardianship/Conservatorship cases.



Chapter Representatives

 

The Central Minnesota, Northeastern Minnesota, South Central Minnesota, and St. Croix Valley Chapters will elect a representative to serve on the Board as a Director.

hover textCentral Chapter 

Anna Finstrom
Rinke Noonan

Anna Finstrom is an attorney with Rinke Noonan in St. Cloud Minnesota. She focuses her practice in the areas of litigation, appellate litigation, and immigration. She is fluent in spoken and written Spanish. Prior to joining Rinke Noonan, Anna’s experience included a clerkship at the Minnesota Court of Appeals and work at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. In addition to being Chapter Liaison for the MWL Central Chapter, she also serves on the board of directors for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. 





hover textNortheastern Chapter

Brenda Denton
Denton Law Office, LLC


Brenda S. Denton is a solo practitioner with Denton Law Office, LLC, and works in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota (St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Carlton, and Pine Counties), primarily in the area of family law, basic wills, and landlord/tenant law.  Brenda established her own practice in 2007; prior to that she worked with Legal Aid Offices in Duluth, MN and Bemidji, MN.  Brenda is one of original founding board members of the Northeast Chapter of MWL and is excited to be back as their board liaison.  Brenda is also a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral; Family Law Mediator; Parenting Time Expeditor; Early Neutral Evaluator; and Custody Evaluator.




South Central Chapter
To be announced

hover textSt. Croix Chapter
Amy Schmidt
City of Bloomington

Amy Schmidt is the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Bloomington, and has worked for municipal government since 2000. She is a co-chair of the MWL Annual Conference Committee, and serves on the MWL Board of Directors. 





Law Student Liaisons


The women's law student organizations at all three Minnesota law schools will elect a member to serve as non-voting liaison to the MWL Board of Directors.

 

hover textMitchell Hamline School of Law
Caroline Moos

Caroline Moos is a part-time 3L at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Caroline is the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Journal of Public Policy and Practice and is on the executive boards for the Women Law Student Association, Student Bar Association, and If/When/How at Mitchell Hamline. Last year, she started a new committee to address the needs of Mitchell Hamline's growing number of non-traditional students like herself. Caroline is currently a Law Clerk in the Child Protection division of the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.




hover textUniversity of Minnesota Law School
Ellen Hunt

Ellen Hunt is a 2L at the University of Minnesota Law School. She is currently a Law Clerk for the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office, and research assistant at the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to her experience as a Law Clerk, Ellen has also been a Women’s Rights Intern with The Advocates for Human Rights.








hover textUniversity of St. Thomas School of Law
Megan Arriola

Megan Arriola is a 3L at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She is currently working as an immigration law clerk for Anderson & Anderson, LLC. She spent the summer of 2017 working as an organizing fellow for Congressman Keith Ellison's campaign. She has also worked as a student attorney for St. Thomas Law's Community Justice Program Clinic, and as a legal research intern for the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.


 

more Calendar

12/1/2017
Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Group

 

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