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81 Fredrikson & Byron attorneys were included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020.

Five of these Fredrikson attorneys were also named a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. Only one attorney in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”

  • J. Marc WardBest Lawyers® 2020 – Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines
  • Patrick D. Smith, Best Lawyers® 2020 Litigation – Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines
  • Philip S. Bubb, Best Lawyers® 2020 Litigation – Construction “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines
  • John M. KoneckBest Lawyers® 2020 Litigation – Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis
  • Terrence J. FlemingBest Lawyers® 2020 – Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis

The Best Lawyers in America 2020

Bismarck, North Dakota

  • Lawrence Bender – Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law
  • William P. Pearce – Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law

Des Moines, Iowa

  • Philip S. Bubb – Litigation – Construction
  • Bret A. Dublinske – Communications Law, Energy Regulatory Law
  • Bridget R. Penick – Employment Law – Management, Immigration Law, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Emily S. Pontius – Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Patrick D. Smith – Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • J. Marc Ward – Banking and Finance Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Fargo, North Dakota

  • Kristy L. Albrecht – Employment Law – Management
  • William L. Guy III – Trusts and Estates
  • Todd E. Zimmerman – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Securities, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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 94,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and they have received over 11 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 62,000 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. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Fredrikson & Byron is a 290-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Fredrikson & Byron has a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet.” Our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients, and operate as business advisors and strategic partners, as well as legal counselors. More information about the firm is available at Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @FredriksonLaw.

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