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Fredrikson & Byron announces the addition of seven associates to the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Lukas S. Boehning is an associate in the Employment & Labor Group. Boehning represents clients in employment, labor and business litigation. He gained experience working with Fredrikson & Byron as a summer associate. Boehning earned his J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where he was a legal extern for the Minnesota ACLU. He was also an editor of the Mitchell Hamline Law Review, during which he organized an event for the legal community on the challenges facing at-risk children of Minnesota. While attending law school, Boehning worked full-time in education advocacy and policy to improve education laws around the country.

Tash S. Bottum is an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Bottum’s practice focuses on assisting clients with mergers, acquisitions and general corporate needs. She helps businesses with a variety of matters, including business combination, business and general counsel services, and corporate governance. Bottum attended the University of Minnesota Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude. During law school, she served as a law clerk at an agricultural Fortune 500 cooperative and externed with the honorable Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer.

Olivia E. Cares is an associate in the Energy Group. Cares works with clients in the renewable energy industry on their regulatory and commercial law matters. Her practice focuses on commercial transactions related to the energy industry, project finance and mergers and acquisitions. Cares received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a student researcher for the Environmental Crimes Project and co-chaired the Environmental Law Society. She has also served as a legal intern in the Office of the Solicitor for the Intermountain Region for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rachel Leitschuck Dougherty is an associate in the Litigation Group. Dougherty is a problem solver who uses her experience working for Minnesota judges to help her clients win cases. Dougherty represents clients involved in a wide range of business disputes. She is committed to using her written and oral advocacy skills to meet her clients’ goals in every stage of their cases. Before joining Fredrikson, Dougherty worked as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Kate M. Menendez in the United States District Court of Minnesota. She also represented clients in the University of Minnesota’s Insurance Law Clinic as a certified student attorney and served as a law clerk in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Erin M. Edgerton is an associate in the Employment & Labor Group. Edgerton provides clients with legal guidance for navigating employment and labor laws. Her employment and labor practice focuses on advising employers on a variety of day-to-day employment and business matters. She represents clients during everyday disputes both in and out of the court room. Edgerton also prepares and reviews a variety of employment agreement policies, including separation agreements, employee handbooks and non-competition and confidentiality agreements.

Jacob D. Levine is an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Jake is a corporate attorney who represents private and public companies in all types of business transactions. Prior to joining Fredrikson & Byron, Jake served as a judicial intern to Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He also worked as a student attorney for the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin. In that role, he provided transactional services for a variety of early-stage entrepreneurs and startup companies as well as drafted contracts for operating agreements, service agreements, terms of use and privacy policies.

Charles J. Urena is an associate in the Energy Group. Urena assists utilities, transmission and independent power producers with energy law matters. Urena assists clients in the energy industry on regulatory and energy law matters. He is part of a team advising utilities, independent power producers and transmission companies on siting, routing, permitting and other regulatory matters before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and other federal, state and local agencies. Prior to joining Fredrikson, Urena clerked in the Appellate Practice Group of a Madison, Wisconsin, law firm, interned for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and provided research assistance to a professor focusing on administrative and constitutional law.

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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