MINNEAPOLIS, MN – August 19, 2021.  Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., is pleased to announce that 34 of its attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022, with four attorneys recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in their practices: Thomas H. Boyd, Tammera R. Diehm, Elizabeth H. Schmiesing and Eric F. Swanson. In addition, 11 attorneys have been included in the list of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. The recognized attorneys are:

Name Area Recognized
David M. Aafedt Administrative/Regulatory Law
Insurance Law
Jeffrey R. Ansel Arbitration
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Banking and Finance
Litigation – Real Estate
Jonathan W.J. Armour Real Estate Law
Timothy M. Barnett Corporate Law
Franchise Law
Daniel C. Beck Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Thomas H. Boyd Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Insurance*
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Philip T. Colton Securities / Capital Markets Law
Aimée D. Dayhoff Litigation – Labor and Employment
Tammera R. Diehm Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law*
Land Use and Zoning Law
Municipal Law
Real Estate Law
James W. Dierking Banking and Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Edward J. Drenttel Banking and Finance Law
Christianna Finnern Health Care Law
Jon J. Hoganson Banking and Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Mark T. Johnson Corporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Norman L. Jones III Real Estate Law
Thomas J. Kettleson Banking and Finance Law
Paul W. Markwardt Real Estate Law
Erin Mathern Real Estate Law
Anton J Moch Banking and Finance Law
David E. Moran Mergers & Acquisitions Law
John D. Nolde Real Estate Law
David P. Pearson Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Litigation – Insurance
Jon L. Peterson Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Laura A. Pfeiffer Employment Law – Individuals
Employment Law – Management
Mark A. Pihart Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Brooks F. Poley Commercial Litigation
Michael A. Rosow Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Elizabeth Schmiesing Energy Law
Environmental Law*
Catherine L. Sjoberg Real Estate Law
Eric F. Swanson Administrative/Regulatory Law
Energy Law
Energy Regulatory Law*
Todd B. Urness Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Michele D. Vaillancourt Corporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Thomas A. Walker Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Douglas S. Wolgamot Trusts & Estates


* denotes “Lawyer of the Year” in this practice area.

The following attorneys were listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. “Ones to Watch” recipients typically have been in practice for 5-9 years.

Name Area Recognized
Shawn Alexander Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Jacob R. Bean Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Catherine M. Cumming Real Estate Law

Tax Law

Devon C. Holstad Commercial Litigation
Christopher Hussey Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Katherine A. Johnson Real Estate Law
Jessica Timmington Lindstrom Elder Law
Justin D. Markell Real Estate Law
Joseph J.W. Phelps Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Matthew Robinson Commercial Litigation
Robert P. Singleton Real Estate Law
Tax Law


Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 108,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received over 13 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 9.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 67,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.