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Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Businessa leading annual legal guide identifying the top attorneys and law firms in the U.S., ranked eight Fredrikson & Byron practice areas and 22 individual attorneys in its 2015 edition, released today.

“The thing that sets them apart is their mix of common sense and business acumen with very sharp legal skills,” a firm client told Chambers USA researchers.

Making their debut in the 2015 individual rankings are attorneys Wayne W. Carlson (North Dakota Corporate/Commercial), Mary M. Krakow (Minnesota Labor & Employment) and Michael S. Raum (North Dakota Corporate/Commercial).

The firm’s North Dakota Corporate/Commercial practice area moved up into the Firm Band 1 position from its previous Band 2 position.

While previously ranked in Chambers USA, this year Bridget R. Penick was also ranked in the Iowa Labor & Employment: Immigration practice area; and Todd A. Wind was also ranked in the Minnesota Antitrust practice area.

Chambers ranked Fredrikson & Byron in the following practice areas:

Minnesota office:
Construction (Firm Band 2)
Corporate/M&A (Firm Band 2)
Labor & Employment (Firm Band 2)
Litigation: General Commercial (Firm Band 3)
Real Estate (Firm Band 2)

North Dakota office:
Corporate/Commercial (Firm Band 1)
Labor & Employment (Firm Band 2)
Litigation: General Commercial (Firm Band 2)

Chambers ranked the following Fredrikson & Byron attorneys in Minnesota:
Robert C. Boisvert (Labor & Employment)
Lora Friedemann (Intellectual Property)
Thomas W. Garton (Corporate/M&A)
Gregory E. Karpenko (Litigation: General Commercial)
Sean P. Kearney (Corporate/M&A)
John M. Koneck (Real Estate)
Mary M. Krakow (Labor & Employment)
Anne M. Radolinski (Labor & Employment)
Mary S. Ranum (Real Estate)
Melodie R. Rose (Corporate/M&A)
Richard A. Ross (Labor & Employment)
Karen G. Schanfield (Labor & Employment)
Joseph G. Springer (Construction)
Todd A. Wind (Antitrust; Litigation: General Commercial)

Chambers also ranked the following Fredrikson & Byron attorneys in Iowa:
Bridget R. Penick (Labor & Employment; Labor & Employment: Immigration)
J. Marc Ward (Corporate/M&A)

Chambers also ranked the following Fredrikson & Byron attorneys in North Dakota:
Kristy L. Albrecht (Labor & Employment)
Lawrence Bender (Litigation: Energy & Natural Resource)
Wayne W. Carlson (Corporate/Commercial)
Benjamin J. Hasbrouck (Up and Coming - Litigation: General Commercial)
Michael S. Raum (Corporate/Commercial)
Todd E. Zimmerman (Litigation: General Commercial)

Rankings are based on recommendations resulting from in-depth Chambers interviews with local clients and attorneys. The criteria is based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities valued most by clients. The rankings for law firms and individual attorneys are in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best.

Fredrikson & Byron is a 275-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Monterrey, 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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