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WER Spring 2016 Members on the Move
Volume XLI, Issue I
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"After Obergefell v. Hodges"


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    Kate Bruce recently joined Faegre Baker Daniels’ Minneapolis office as an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment Group in the area of Employment Litigation. Ms. Bruce brings wide-ranging litigation experience to her practice focusing on complex employment cases, including wage and hour litigation, and also defending employers in a variety of employment-related litigation. Ms. Bruce maintains an active pro bono practice promoting women’s rights and is an officer of the Hennepin County Bar Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.     

    Jana Aune Deach
    was recently elected to a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the law firm of Moss & Barnett, A Professional Association.  Ms. Deach is a member of the firm’s family law team, and this will be her first term serving as a director.  She will continue practicing law on a full-time basis in addition to handling management responsibilities.  She is joined on the board by co-directors Kevin Busch, Brian Grogan, Tim Gustin, Rick Johnson and Thomas Shroyer. 

    Sarah Deer
    ’s new book, “The Beginning and End of Rape,” collects and expands the powerful writings in which Professor Deer, who played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, has advocated for cultural and legal reforms to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse.  “The Beginning and End of Rape” was released by University of Minnesota Press in October. Professor Deer was named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation. She is currently a Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law.

    Kelly Francis wrote the fictional mystery/legal thriller The Ghost of Fort Leavenworth which published and available for purchase in Fall, 2015. Ms. Francis is a labor law attorney in St. Paul and currently serves as a Judge Advocate for the Minnesota Army National Guard. She recently returned from a yearlong deployment to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, where she wrote The Ghost of Fort Leavenworth.

    Melissa Houghtaling
    recently launched her own solo family law firm, Houghtaling Family Law Office, P.A. She has a special interest in understanding the intricacies of LGBT family creation and dissolution, but provides family law services to all types and configurations of families. Previously, she started a small women-owned law firm with former law partner, Rebecca Heltzer, where she practiced for five years. In addition to private practice Ms. Houghtaling is a part-time Conciliation Court Referee in the Second and Fourth Judicial Districts, an adjunct professor at Hamline University teaching Legal Research and Writing and Family & Gender Issues in the Law, and she volunteers on the St. Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission.

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced that
    Connie Lahn has been named the new managing partner of the firm’s Minneapolis office. Ms. Lahn becomes the second woman office managing partner at the firm, joining Karen McGee, managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office. “With Connie taking the reins, we expect her entrepreneurial spirit and skill set will translate well to leading a creative and proactive client-focused environment, as well as recruiting the area’s best legal talent,” said Bob Grand, firm managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg. Ms. Lahn joined Barnes & Thornburg from Fafinski Mark & Johnson in 2014. She is a member of the Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring Department and serves as co-chair of the Asset Revitalization Practice Group. Ms. Lahn added: “Diversity in the legal profession has been a priority throughout my career, and this leadership role will help me further effectutate change in this area while fostering an inclusive and collaborative office atmosphere that brings out the best in each of our employees.” Ms. Lahn earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law and her B.A. in English from St. Cloud State University.

    Kathleen Harrell-Latham
    returned to private practice with the launch of Loop Legal PLLC. She launched this firm to serve small companies and law firms in need of affordable general counsel services. Ms. Harrell-Latham represents clients in a range of commercial areas including technology law, advertising, vendor management, and finance. Loop Legal serves clients exclusively on alternative fee agreements including flat rates, subscriptions, and leasing.

    Michelle J. Looby was awarded Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer by the American Antitrust Institute for her work in Precision Associates, Inc. et al. v. Panalpina World Transport (Holding) Ltd., et al., an antitrust class action which to date has recovered over $317 million for the class.  This annual, national award is bestowed upon an attorney under the age of 40 or in practice 10 years or less who has achieved an exceptional result in an antitrust-focused litigation.  Nominees are judged on (a) the individual’s contribution to the case, (b) the benefit realized by the client, consumers or class, and (c) the positive development of antitrust policy.  Ms. Looby is a partner at Gustafson Gluek PLLC representing plaintiffs and classes in antitrust, consumer protection, and product liability actions.   


    Moss & Barnett, A Professional Association, is pleased to announce that Kelly C. McGinty has joined the firm.  Kelly assists businesses and individuals with their litigation needs, including commercial and business disputes, contractor side construction industry disputes, professional liability claims, personal torts, and a variety of other areas.  Ms. McGinty received her J.D., summa cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law and her B.S. from Cornell University.

    MWL South Central Chapter Board Liaison Meghan Maes was recently named a recipient of the Yellow Rose Award, given to a woman who makes a difference in the lives of other women in the Mankato area.  The award will be presented at the 1
    6th Annual Women’s Night Out event on Monday, May 23, 2016.  Ms. Maes is a full time staff attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services since 2012 practicing in the area of Family Law and Civil Litigation. She recently co-trained at the 2016 Minnesota Family Law Institute on best practices for representing clients experiencing abuse. She is also the co-author of the Civil Remedies for Survivors which is a manual for working with survivors seeking protection from abuse, and is a member of the Early Neutral Evaluation Collaborative Resource Committee (ENE-CRC).

    Lauren Pockl
    recently joined Briggs and Morgan, P.A.’s Energy section as an associate.  Her practice includes electricity sale and purchase transactions, public utility rate proceedings, and regulatory compliance.  Ms. Pockl received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, summa cum laude, where she was a member of the William Mitchell Law Review, a judicial extern for the Honorable Tony N. Leung of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office, and the executive director of the William Mitchell Self-Help Clinic.  Before joining Briggs, Ms. Pockl was a judicial law clerk for Judge Margaret H. Chutich, Judge Matthew E. Johnson, and Judge John R. Rodenberg at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

    Maya Salah
    has joined Lindquist & Vennum’s Employment Law practice and was also named to a new position as the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Director. In this dual role, she’ll be a practicing employment law attorney and also lead the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Ms. Salah is experienced in employment law, compliance, data privacy and immigration. Her career has included investigating high-profile complaints, interviewing clients and witnesses, mediation and conflict resolution. Prior to joining Lindquist, Ms. Salah worked as an Assistant County Attorney with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. She has also worked for the Equal Opportunity Commission in Minneapolis as a Federal Investigator and the City of St. Paul Department of Human Rights.

    Amie Penny Sayler
    has joined the Twin Cities law firm Bassford Remele, P.A. Amie focuses her practice in civil litigation and appellate law. Ms. Sayler has district and appellate court experience and is highly skilled in debating, presenting, brief writing, and contract negotiations.  Ms. Sayler is the President of Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota. She is a board member for the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society and a Co-Chair of the Education Committee. Ms. Sayler is actively involved in the Minnesota State Bar Association as an Appellate Council Member and Rules Committee Member. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for Faces of Hope. Prior to joining Bassford Remele, Ms. Sayler worked for five years as a business litigation attorney. She also served for one year as a law clerk for the Honorable Christopher J. Dietzen at the Minnesota Supreme Court after graduating summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law.

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP recently announced that Kirsten Schubert has been named partner in the Firm. Ms. Schubert has a broad range of experience defending commercial clients in nationwide class actions, ERISA litigation, shareholder disputes, SEC and DOJ investigations, and other types of fiduciary and contract disputes. While Ms. Schubert enjoys representing a diverse client base ranging from telecommunications companies to individual small business owners, she is particularly well-versed on the unique needs of clients in the health care and financial services industries. Ms. Schubert has also devoted a significant portion of her practice to pursuing pro bono habeas claims on behalf of death row prisoners and immigrant detainees.

    Robins Kaplan LLP Partner Stacey Slaughter has been named to
    Law360’s inaugural list of “Women in Securities Law,” which recognizes 25 female attorneys who have achieved outstanding success in handling complex financial and securities cases. Only those who have achieved an impressive record of success in securities and litigation were named to the list.  Ms. Slaughter has litigated several of the largest, highest-profile, and most innovative cases affecting the financial markets in recent years, including residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), private equity, LIBOR, and credit card swipe fees, for which she achieved two recoveries of more than half a billion dollars. Ms. Slaughter’s work is industry-agnostic, and over the years she has served clients in the technology, insurance, and securities industries, among others. Present in all of her work is a deep knowledge of how markets operate, and a sincere passion for justice. 

    Tara Sutton, Partner and Chairwoman of the Mass Tort Group at Robins Kaplan LLP, has been named a 2015 Law360 MVP for Product Liability. She was recognized got negotiating a $1.4 billion global settlement on behalf of plaintiffs in the Stryker Rejuvenate/ABGII modular hip litigation, spearheading the development of the settlement program for both the multi-county litigation and the federal multi-district litigation. The settlement provides a gross base award of $300,000 per failed implant, which will be doubled for plaintiffs who had devices removed from both hips, and there will be additional payments for complications arising from the removal surgeries.

    Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce that 
    Kate Westad has joined the firm's litigation practice group, serving clients in the areas of product liability and commercial litigation. Ms. Westad has built a national practice litigating vaccine adverse reaction claims with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington D.C. In addition to her work in vaccine claims, she represents clients in catastrophic loss, wrongful death, personal injury, product liability, and medical malpractice matters as well as first-party insurance claims.



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