MINNEAPOLIS, MN – December 20, 2011
. Minnesota Lawyer
has just announced that Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., shareholder Stephen R. Baird
has been named as a 2011 “Attorney of the Year.” This award is reserved for a select group of attorneys from throughout the state who have distinguished themselves through exemplary work. The honorees were chosen based on the following criteria: leadership in the profession, involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events, excellence in corporate or transactional services and public service. Steve demonstrated excellence in all categories.
This year’s Attorneys of the Year will be featured in a special section in Minnesota Lawyer
and during an awards dinner
on February 23, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis.
Steve heads the Intellectual Property department and the Trademark & Brand Management
practice group at the firm, and his practice emphasizes trademark law, related unfair competition law and copyright law. He is the creator and lead author on www.DuetsBlog.com
, the wildly successful IP blog published by the firm. In addition, Steve provides strategic intellectual property advice and manages both large and small U.S. and international trademark portfolios for a wide variety of companies.
He spends countless hours sharing his expertise and educating lawyers and non-lawyers through webinars, lectures and articles. In the community, he serves on the Board of Providence Academy’s Parent Association, he regularly guest lectures at the Carlson School of Management, and he represents the Human Spirit Initiative as a pro-bono non-profit client, among others.
He received his J.D. with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law and his B.S. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.
Scott Dongoske, firm president, said, “We are proud of Steve’s accomplishments this year and excited to see him recognized with such a prestigious award.” Steve joins a notable group, including past honorees and Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys Thomas H. Boyd, Craig S. Krummen, Norman L. Jones and Robert R. Weinstine.
About Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Winthrop & Weinstine is an exciting, dynamic corporate business and commercial litigation law firm focused on building strong client relationships through shared values and commitment to excellence. A "Top 10 Law Firm" in Minnesota, with over 90 attorneys in over 25 practice areas, the firm's clients experience responsive, service-driven attorneys who passionately champion client issues, using innovation rather than outmoded tradition and creativity rather than standard formulas. The firm enjoys steady growth by meeting the diverse needs of its clients from individuals and emerging-growth businesses to Fortune
500 companies in an impressive array of industries throughout Minnesota, nationally and internationally.