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Partner Leadership Council

In an effort to convene MWL's 2019 Partners in an exchange of ideas and best practices, Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to convene its “MWL Partner Leadership Council.”


All 2019 MWL Partners have been invited to appoint an emerging leader from their organization to serve as an attorney representative to the 2019 MWL Partner Leadership Council. Through their participation, representatives will not only collaborate to advance the success of women attorneys across the legal community, but they will also have the opportunity to network among a diverse group of legal community leaders.


The overarching goals of the MWL Partner Leadership Council are threefold:


»  To promote MWL's mission and strategic values by building collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships with its legal employer Partners;

»  To bring together legal community leaders in an exchange of ideas and best practices related to advancing women attorneys; and

»  To make specific recommendations to the MWL Board of Directors on current and potential programs and initiatives, particularly in light of the organization’s mission and values, strategic plan, available resources and current trends in the legal profession.


2019 MWL Partner Leadership Council


2019 PLC Representative 2019 MWL Partner
Shayne Hamann Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak &Pikala, P.A.
Jessica DuBois Ballard Spahr LLP
Molly Sigler Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Cecilie Loidolt Bassford Remele, P.A.
Leann Barrick Benchmark Reporting Agency Inc.
Katherine (Katie) Barrett Wiik Best & Flanagan LLP
Jennifer Wichelman Bowman and Brooke LLP
Lauren Pockl Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
DeAnne Brooks Depo International
Leigh Abrams Waterman DLA Piper LLP
JoLynn Markison Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
Elizabeth Scheibel Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Deanna Reichel Fish & Richardson P.C.
Kathryn Dehn Fox Rothschild LLP
Emily Unger Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Amy Erickson Gray Plant Mooty
Kate Swenson Greene Espel PLLP
Brittany Resch Gustafson Gluek PLLC 
To be announced Jackson Lewis
Kristin Zinsmaster Jones Day
Cassie Wolfgram LeVander, Gillen & Miller, P.A.
Cassie Merrick MADEL PA
Stephanie Laws Maslon LLP
Kate Johnson Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P.
Jana Aune Deach Moss & Barnett
Leah Kippola-Friske Nilan Johnson Lewis
Jennifer Lenander Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Jan Ballman Paradigm / Veritext
Kristina Cruz Prime Therapeutics LLC
Jessie Sogge Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.
Liz Burnett Robins Kaplan LLP
Libretta Stennes Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Eleanor Wood Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Maggie Dalton Stoel Rives LLP
Allira Bailey U.S. Bank National Association
Quin Seiler Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Jennifer Thulien Smith Xcel Energy
Laura Bartlow Zelle LLP


For more information about the 2019 MWL Partner Leadership Council, please contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa (



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