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Mary S. Riverso

For me, practicing law is about making a positive difference in my community.

My Approach

I grew up playing team sports, and as a litigator, my practice incorporates all of the best parts of being an athlete: anticipating the strengths of the adversary and the effects of the applicable procedural rules, putting in the work to be the most prepared, and constant practice, communication, and strategizing. My familiarity with these processes in the sports arena lends me the advantage of being able to navigate them successfully and creatively in the legal realm. Just like in sports, I thrive by contributing my strengths to a talented team all working towards a common goal: achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.

Before going to law school, I wanted to be sure that it was the profession for me. I had just graduated with what had become known as the “pre-law” major from the University of Pennsylvania and decided to move to New York City for a job at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. I worked in the Public Corruption Unit of the Criminal Division for four years as a trial paralegal. Eleven trials later, I knew it was the right path for me.

Outside of work, I still enjoy both playing and watching sports, going up north to our family cabin, and exploring the food and music scenes in Minneapolis.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

MSBA North Star Lawyer

Pro Bono Service, 2020

Associations & Memberships

Federal Bar Association

Member, Newer Lawyers Committee; Co-Chair, Golf Tournament Committee

American Bar Association


Minnesota State Bar Association


Minnesota Women Lawyers


Turnaround Management Association