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WER Winter 2019 Members on the Move
Volume LXIX, Issue III

In This Issue:
"Hot Topics"

MWL News

Upcoming MWL Events

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2018-2019 Board of Directors

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2018-2020 Strategic Plan


MWL Welcomes Your Comments

MWL Members on the Move

hover textMWL Partner Leadership Council member DeAnne Brooks has started a new business venture, DI Recruiting. DI Recruiting is a women-owned company that specializes in direct hire legal recruiting for all types of positions including legal secretaries/legal administrative assistants, paralegals, receptionists, file clerks, office managers, bookkeepers/accountants, eDiscovery consultants, and litigation support professionals. We work with law firms and corporate legal departments around the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area connecting skilled candidates with employers. We are affiliated with Depo International, a world-wide provider of court reporting and legal videography services, with the goal of having all your legal support needs located in one place. 

hover textHalunen Law is pleased to announce attorney Amanda R. Crain has joined its Employment Practice Group.  After several years as a partner in a family law firm, Crain comes to Halunen Law with an astute understanding of client emotional trauma, conflict, and complex legal matters. Recognized by her peers for her outstanding legal work, professional work ethic, and advocacy on behalf of her clients, Crain has been selected to the Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list from 2014-2018. This elite group represents just 2.5% of Minnesota attorneys who are under the age of 40, or have practiced law for less than ten years.

hover textMWL Master Lawyers Co-Chair Heidi Fessler has started her own firm, Innova Law Group, PLLC. Heidi Fessler is a business partner and attorney who brings extensive experience gained by working with clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. Her technology knowledge enables her to uniquely advise clients on risk management and minimization while also partnering with internal client teams to implement the plans critical to legal and regulatory compliance. She established her own firm in 2019 to serve companies seeking premier data security and privacy guidance with an action-oriented approach to managing risks within the evolving global legal and technology landscape.

hover textMWL Member Kristine Kubes, principal of Kubes Law Office, PLLC, Minneapolis, has been elected as Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, the largest construction law association in the world. She will serve as Forum Chair beginning September 2019. In this post, she will lead more than 6,000 Forum members who represent construction company owners, design professionals, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers, insurers and sureties. In the Forum’s 43-year history, Kubes is the first Forum Chair from a solo/small law firm and only the sixth female lawyer to serve as Chair. Kubes, a long-time member of the Forum and leader in several other organizations in the fields of design, construction, and law, will serve a three-year term. She has currently formed teams of lawyers across the nation to help carry out the Forum’s mission: Building the best construction lawyers. Together, they will produce legal education and professional development for construction lawyers to improve construction law and practice. 

hover textCongratulations to MWL member Kathleen Marron, on the publication of her new book, Fearless Feedback, (Amazon #1 New Release on Leadership in January)! If you are a leader, or coach of leaders, this book provides a much-needed guide for navigating the oft-emotional practice of giving and receiving feedback.  Kathleen is an executive coach, gender diversity expert, and leadership consultant at The Marron Alliance. She brings a wealth of legal and leadership experience to the coaching field from her years as trial attorney, equity partner, and board member at Robins Kaplan.   A long-time advocate for intersectional diversity and inclusion, Kathleen has been a frequent speaker on topics including gender intelligence, conflict management, and emotionally intelligent leadership.  She achieved her BA and JD from U of MN, Master Coach credential from the Hudson Institute, and mediator certification through DRI. Her book is now available at Amazon or on

hover textCongratulations to MWL Member Judge Laura A. Pietan, who was appointed to the Tenth Judicial District Bench. Judge Pietan was previously the Deputy City Attorney for the City of St. Paul, where she lead the Criminal Division, supervising the prosecution units and the office’s criminal justice innovations. Previously, she was a Senior Assistant St. Paul City Attorney in the Civil Division. Prior to becoming an attorney, Judge Pietan worked in social services as the Program Manager for Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women (ANEW). She earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.

hover textMaslon LLP is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Stephanie Willing to the firm's Labor & Employment and Litigation groups. Stephanie concentrates her practice on a variety of employment law issues, including hiring, disciplining and terminating employees as well as wage and hour questions. She is well versed in compliance with local drug testing laws and in complying with medical marijuana laws. Prior to joining Maslon, Stephanie practiced at a national labor and employment firm as well as a local boutique litigation firm. 

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In March, for the first time, Minnesota Lawyer will recognize our colleagues who work in house in both the public and private sectors. MWL would like to recognize all recipients of this year's award, and offer a special recognition to MWL members:

Connie Armstrong, McGough Construction (past MWL President)
Michelle Miller, Medtronic
Amy Taber, Prime Therapeutics
(incoming MWL President)





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