I took a year off between my undergraduate education and going to law school, to take bona fide accounting courses, and I’m grateful every day that I did. When working with my clients, I have the ability to knowledgeably talk with them about financial statements, forecasts and projections – the language of their businesses. Instead of just hoping we get it right, I think it’s important to get to where my clients are operating, and then translate their businesses into the legal side.
In the 1990s, I tracked bears in the woods near Ely, Minnesota for research purposes. Sometimes I think of my work in securities representing publicly-held companies as being like bear tracking – I work hard, quickly, to gather as much information as I can – find out where they’ve been, where they’re going, and what sustains them. I ask the pertinent questions, and put together all I learn to form a picture of the larger ecology of the company and the matter at hand. There are very specific regulations and processes to go through when working with any aspect of a public company, and a misstep or ignorance of a rule can lead to calamity – sometimes it’s important to know what not to do.
I work for my clients to find creative solutions to problems that help achieve their goals. One of the things I love about practicing law is that it combines creativity with practicality. You have to get it right, but there are new and interesting ways to get it right for each company. I work with my clients to strategize about how best to get a deal done, meet clients’ goals, and positioning ourselves so that we get to the other side.
Outside of work, I love doing anything outdoors, whether it’s fishing, boating or hiking. I also enjoy fitness kickboxing or doing yoga and then going out for a beer.
A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career
Honors & Awards
The Best Lawyers in America©
Corporate Law, 2016-2023
Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2018-2023
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2023
MSBA North Star Lawyer
Pro Bono Service, 2018-2019
“Top Women in Finance,” Circle of Excellence
Finance & Commerce, 2008 and 2012
Alumni of Notable Achievement
University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, 2008
Minnesota Super Lawyers®
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, Peer review ratings
Associations & Memberships
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Chair of Women in the Legal Profession Committee, 1994-1996
Hennepin County Bar Association
Chair of the Securities Committee, 1995-1997
Ramsey County Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Board of Directors, 1993-1995
Women Lawyers Alliance
University of Minnesota
English Advisory Board
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.