– January 12, 2015. Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., is pleased to
formally announce the promotion to shareholder of six lawyers: Michelle Dawson, Brett Klein, Kristopher (Tip)
Lee, Erin Mathern, Paul Robbennolt and Michelle Witzany. In addition, Noreen Johnson Sedgeman and Doug Wolgamot have been promoted to
“These attorneys represent the future of our firm, and we
are proud to recognize their dedication to their clients, colleagues and the
practice of law,” said Scott J. Dongoske, firm president.
practices in the
Intellectual Property group, helping clients achieve their intellectual
property management goals by providing a wide range of patent expertise and
services, including patent prosecution, patent litigation, patent licensing,
and patent-related corporate deal work. She has also developed extensive
experience in a number of patent office proceedings, including reexaminations,
reissues, and accelerated examinations.
in the Intellectual Property group, and focuses on preparing and prosecuting
patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He
also offers strategic advice to client regarding growth and management of their
patent portfolios. In addition, Brett
has experience in contractual negotiations of intellectual property rights for
joint ventures and patent due diligence investigations for corporate
Kristopher (Tip) Lee
practices in the Commercial Lending and Creditors’ Remedies & Bankruptcy groups.
Tip works with banks and other financial lending institutions to develop
work-out strategies and navigate the complexities of collection, as well as in
structuring and documenting loans.
in the Real Estate group, focusing on real estate development and finance. She represents for-profit and non-profit
developers in a variety of complex matters, including land acquisition and
assembly, development planning, entitlements, governmental subsidies, and the
use of various financing mechanisms, including loan and grant programs
administered by federal, state, and local governments, tax-exempt bonds and tax
practices in the Intellectual Property group. He is an experienced patent
litigator and trial attorney whose practice focuses on patent infringement,
trade secret, trademark, and antitrust litigation matters. Paul is also a
registered patent attorney and has prosecuted patents in a wide variety of
in the Real Estate group. She focuses her practice on commercial real estate
transactions, and has extensive experience in handling all aspects of the
closing process as well as a unique background in property management. She is
also heavily involved in the firm’s wind energy development group.
practices in the Corporate group, and handles matters related to
mergers & acquisitions, contract negotiation, entity formation, securities,
and banking. She is skilled in drafting
and negotiating a variety of commercial contracts, corporate governance
documents, employment agreements, and purchase and sale agreements.
practices in the Tax, Trusts & Estates practice group. Doug advises high net worth individuals and
families on estate, tax and charitable planning, trust and estate
administration, probate administration, and estate and trust controversies.
Prior to practicing law, Doug worked as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.
The year of 2014 was
one of continued growth for the firm, which welcomed 18 new attorneys over the
course of the year: Shawn Alexander (Real Estate), Jessica Gutierrez Alm (Intellectual
Property), Rachel Brygger (Banking & Finance), Alexander Chiquoine
(Litigation), Erin Dungan (Intellectual Property), Lisa Ellingson (Intellectual
Property), Dominick Grande (Corporate & Transactions), Christopher Hussey
(Corporate & Transactions), Benjamin Klassen (Corporate & Transactions),
Britta Loftus (Intellectual Property), Heidi Nau (Real Estate), Kristin Proctor
(Real Estate), Zachary Robins (Corporate & Transactions), Nadeem Schwen
(Intellectual Property), Quin Seiler (Litigation), Robert Singleton (Real
Estate), Lukas Toft (Intellectual Property) and Christopher Young (Intellectual
About Winthrop &
Winthrop & Weinstine is a dynamic and growing law firm focused on
building strong client relationships through responsiveness, innovation and
creativity. 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 the Twin Cities and nationally.