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Government Relations Specialist Bennett Smith has joined Fredrikson in its Government Relations Group. Smith uses sophisticated knowledge of Minnesota politics and government through his experience as legislative staff at the state and federal level to support clients.

Smith has deep experience with Minnesota agriculture policy and practices and is still involved with his family’s farm operation. He also brings experience working in the policy areas of broadband internet infrastructure and higher education. He understands how to navigate interpersonal dynamics among a diverse group of stakeholders. He helps clients achieve short- and long-term goals ranging from legislative initiatives to public service offices. Smith is not licensed to practice law. His practice is limited to government relations consulting, which includes state and local lobbying.

Fredrikson & Byron is a leading Midwest law firm working collaboratively to help businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. With 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. The firm’s 350+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Ames, Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Madison, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.


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