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Partner Leadership Council

In an effort to convene MWL's 2020 Partners in an exchange of ideas and best practices, Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to convene its “MWL Partner Leadership Council.”


All 2020 MWL Partners have been invited to appoint an emerging leader from their organization to serve as an attorney representative to the 2020 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.



Members of the 2019 MWL Partner Leadership Council.


2020 MWL Partner Leadership Council


2020 PLC Representative 2020 MWL Partner
Shayne Hamann Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
Jessica DuBois Ballard Spahr LLP
Madeline Buxton Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Janine Loetscher Bassford Remele, P.A.
Leann Barrick Benchmark Reporting Agency Inc.
Helen Sullivan-Looney Best & Flanagan LLP
Olga Tymouch Bowman and Brooke LLP
Mayura Noordyke Cozen O’Connor
DeAnne Brooks Depo International
Leigh Abrams Waterman DLA Piper LLP
Kate Johnson Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
Kate Middleton Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Deanna Reichel Fish & Richardson P.C.
Kathryn Dehn Fox Rothschild LLP
Emily Unger Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Margaret Weil Greenberg Traurig LLP
Kate Swenson Greene Espel PLLP
Brittany Resch Gustafson Gluek PLLC 

Amy Boyle Halunen Law
Molly Wilkens Jones Day
Inga Schuchard Larkin Hoffman
Amy Erickson Lathrop GPM
Bridget Nason LeVander, Gillen & Miller, P.A.
Ronda Bayer Liberty Diversified International
Cassie Merrick MADEL PA
Stephanie Laws Maslon LLP
Navita Lakhram Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P.
To be announced Merchant & Gould P.C.
Jana Aune Deach Moss & Barnett
Laura Arneson Mueting Raasch Group
Barbara D’Aquila Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Leah Kippola-Friske Nilan Johnson Lewis
Jennifer Lenander Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Jan Ballman Paradigm / Veritext
Sarah Stensland Patterson Thuente IP
Daphne Van Buren Prime Therapeutics LLC
To be announced PS Companies
To be announced Quarles & Brady LLP
Jessie Sogge Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.
Kelsey McElveen Robins Kaplan LLP
Erin Westbrook Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Eleanor Wood Stinson LLP
Emily Atmore Stoel Rives LLP
Lauren Pockl Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Allira Bailey U.S. Bank National Association
To be announced UnitedHealth Group
Quin Seiler Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Jennifer Thulien Smith Xcel Energy Legal Department

Laura Bartlow Zelle LLP


For more information about the 2020 MWL Partner Leadership Council, please contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa (



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