Date: April 11, 2012
Contact: Kelly Griffith, Marketing Manager
Phone: (612) 492-7514
For Immediate Release
Fredrikson & Byron Expands Fargo Office
Minneapolis, MN April 11, 2012 – – Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. has continued its growth in the upper Midwest by expanding its Fargo, North Dakota office with four attorneys, effective March 30, 2012. The notable group of Fargo/Moorhead attorneys, includes two who have joined the firm as officers: William L. Guy III, and F. John Williams III; and two attorneys who have joined the firm as associates: Jessica L. Foss and Amy L. Jenson. The team brings a highly regarded regional reputation and a sophisticated trust, estate and business planning practice for individuals, entrepreneurs and closely-held businesses in North Dakota and Minnesota. The attorneys are joined by five paralegals: MaKell Baumgartner, Andrea Jenson-Packer, Deborah Moeller, Kim Thompson, and Joan Wrolstad, along with the team’s four administrative assistants.
The new team of Fredrikson & Byron attorneys will complement the expertise of its attorneys in Bismarck, Fargo, Minneapolis and Des Moines to support clients in the region with trust and estate planning needs and business planning needs.
The Fargo office provides Fredrikson’s Upper Midwest clients with immediate access to important business connections and legal services. “North Dakota’s economy continues to be one of the fastest growing in our country, in large part because of the energy development in the Bakken region, and the state’s agricultural focus. We have been aware of the need for additional sophisticated trust and estate planning representation to support the explosion of development and the creation of wealth in the region. Fredrikson & Byron’s continued expansion in the area is another step forward in establishing our position as the leading law firm serving the Upper Midwest,” said John Koneck, President of Fredrikson & Byron. “We are pleased to have this team of exceptional lawyers with strong local, regional and national connections join us. Our clients will benefit from their specialized focus, along with our broader offering of services in North Dakota, the Midwest, and internationally.” Fredrikson & Byron serves clients from offices in Minneapolis, Des Moines, Bismarck, and Fargo, as well as from international offices in Monterrey, Mexico, and Shanghai, China.
“We are pleased to join a leading Midwest firm that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the region,” said Bill Guy III of Fredrikson & Byron’s Fargo office. “Our expertise and our relationships in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota complement those of Fredrikson, and the firm provides the best platform for us to continue to serve our clients and to grow our practices in North Dakota and beyond.”
William L. Guy III is an officer in Fredrikson & Byron’s Trusts & Estates Group, serving clients throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. He practices primarily in estate and tax planning for individuals, oil and gas estate planning, business succession planning, and estate and trust administration. Bill is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) since 1987, and is certified as an estate law specialist and as an accredited estate planner by the National Association of Estate Planning Councils. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
F. John Williams III is an officer in the Trusts & Estates Group at Fredrikson & Byron. His focus is primarily on estate planning and commercial transactions. Prior to entering law school, John completed his C.P.A. and worked at Deloitte & Touche as a senior tax associate.
Jessica L. Foss is an associate in the Trusts & Estates Group at Fredrikson & Byron. She focuses her practice on estate planning, including business entity formation and probate. Prior to practicing law, she completed her C.P.A. and worked as a Tax Consultant at Deloitte in Minneapolis.
Amy L. Jenson is an associate in the Trusts and Estates Group, where her practice focuses on estate planning, probate, and estate administration.
MaKell Baumgartner is a paralegal in Fredrikson & Byron’s Trusts & Estates Group. She has focused in the area of probate law for the past six years. She has a background in litigation, corporate, intellectual property, real estate, and probate law.
Andrea Jenson-Packer is a paralegal with experience in the area of estate planning.
Deborah Moeller is a paralegal with experience in probate law and life insurance compliance. Her primary area of practice is probate law.
Kim Thompson is a paralegal working in estate planning, which includes work with various family owned business entities.
Joan Wrolstad is a paralegal with nine years of experience in trust and estate administration. She works primarily in the area of probate law.
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. is a 260 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 advertising, banking, corporate, corporate governance, employment and labor, energy and renewable energy, government relations, healthcare, intellectual property, international, life sciences, litigation, mergers & acquisitions, 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.