Date: November 19, 2010
Contact: Kelly Griffith, Marketing Manager
Phone: (612) 492-7514
For Immediate Release
Fredrikson & Byron Announces Election of New Board Members;
Attorney Mary Ranum Elected Board Chair
Minneapolis, MN November 19, 2010 – – Fredrikson & Byron has elected these attorneys to its board of directors: Steven Dickinson, John Erhart, John Koneck, and Mary Ranum were re-elected to two-year terms on the firm’s board, and Steven Quam was elected to his first two-year board term. They join the board’s current directors: William Brody, Clinton Cutler, David Glaser, and Ann Ladd.
Attorney John Satorius retired from the board after serving as board chair for the past six years. Ranum was elected as board chair, and Koneck was re-elected firm president. Erhart was re-elected treasurer, and Quam was elected secretary. Koneck, along with Ladd and Cutler, serve on the firm’s executive committee.
“Mary is Fredrikson & Byron’s first female board chair, succeeding John Satorius, who has led our board well during the past many years,” said Koneck. “Her election comes during a year when we are ranked one of the top firms in the country in terms of our high percentage of female partners. We also have many women heads of practice groups and committees. Mary is well positioned to serve as chair, based on her board experience and leadership of our real estate practice group.”
“I am proud of Fredrikson’s reputation as a place where women can be successful and hold leadership positions,” added Ranum. “Because our clients continue to rely on us as their legal and business advisors, we’ve experienced revenue stability during a tremendously difficult business climate,” she said. “Our leadership team addressed the recession as soon as it began, reducing expenses, maintaining our emphasis on marketing, and retaining our valued client relationships. As a result, we have not laid off a single lawyer. I look forward to my new role and am confident with the great leadership team we have in place, we’ll be able to continue to support the strategic focus of Fredrikson & Byron.”
New Board Members of Fredrikson & Byron’s Foundation
Adonis Neblett and Susan Steinwall have been elected to Fredrikson & Byron’s Foundation Board. They join James Dorsey, Robert Ranum, and Todd Wind, who are continuing their terms on the foundation’s board. Wind is chair of the foundation board.
Fredrikson & Byron is a 240 attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Monterrey, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. We’ve built a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet” by bringing business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to our work with clients, and by operating as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. The firm’s primary areas of practice include banking, corporate, employment, energy, renewable energy, franchise, government relations, healthcare, intellectual property, international, litigation, real estate, securities, and tax. We serve a broad range of clients, including multinational corporations, public companies, privately-held businesses, entrepreneurs, government agencies, and family businesses. Fredrikson & Byron’s attorneys also work with individuals on estate planning, family law, and immigration matters. We are the exclusive Minnesota law firm member of the World Services Group, a worldwide network of professional service providers. More information about the firm is available at www.fredlaw.com.