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106 Fredrikson & Byron attorneys were named by Best Lawyers® in its 2021 ranking reports. 88 Fredrikson attorneys were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America. © 12 of these 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.”

New this year, 18 Fredrikson & Byron additional attorneys were recognized in the inaugural The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch© 2021. This Best Lawyers honor is for attorneys who have been in practice for five to nine years and have displayed outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

Best Lawyers 2021 “Lawyer of the Year”


  • Clinton E. Cutler, Best Lawyers,® Litigation - Bankruptcy “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis
  • David R. Marshall, Best Lawyers,® Litigation - Banking and Finance “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis
  • Karen L. Grandstrand, Best Lawyers,® Financial Services Regulation Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis
  • Linda H. Fisher, Best Lawyers,® Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis
  • Loan T. Huynh, Best Lawyers,® Immigration Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis
  • Mark D. Savin, Best Lawyers,® Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis
  • Ryan T. Murphy, Best Lawyers,® Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis

Des Moines

  • J. Marc Ward, Best Lawyers,® Financial Services Regulation Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines


  • Kristy L. Albrecht, Best Lawyers,® Employment Law - Management “Lawyer of the Year” in Fargo
  • Todd E. Zimmerman, Best Lawyers,® Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Fargo
  • William L. Guy III, Best Lawyers,® Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Fargo


  • Lawrence Bender, Best Lawyers,® Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Bismarck

The Best Lawyers in America 2021

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, Litigation - Real Estate
  • Bret A. Dublinske – Communications Law, Energy Regulatory Law
  • R. Scott Johnson – Trademark 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
  • 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

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch© 2021

Des Moines, Iowa

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 108,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and Best Lawyers has received over 13 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2021 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. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Fredrikson & Byron is a 300-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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