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Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a leading annual legal guide identifying the top attorneys and law firms in the U.S., ranked nine Fredrikson & Byron practice areas and 24 individual attorneys in its 2018 edition, released today.

"Their ability to understand our business and apply practical legal solutions that fit within our industry is second to none," a source told Chambers USA researchers.

Making her debut in the 2018 individual rankings is attorney Emily S. Pontius who ranked as Up and Coming in the Iowa category for Labor & Employment.

This year, the firm's Litigation: General Commercial practice area moved up to Firm Bank 1 position in North Dakota and Firm Band 2 position in Minnesota.

Chambers ranked Fredrikson & Byron in the following practice areas:


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

North Dakota

Corporate/Commercial (Firm Band 1)
Labor & Employment (Firm Band 1)
Litigation: General Commercial (Firm Band 1)

Chambers ranked the following Fredrikson & Byron attorneys:

USA - Nationwide

Robert D. Aronson (Immigration)


Bridget R. Penick (Labor & Employment; Labor & Employment: Immigration)
Emily S. Pontius (Up and Coming - Labor & Employment)
J. Marc Ward  (Corporate/M&A)


Frank B. Bennett (Corporate/M&A)
Robert C. Boisvert (Labor & Employment)
Terrence J. Fleming (Litigation: General Commercial)
Lora Friedemann (Intellectual Property)
Sean P. Kearney (Corporate/M&A)
John M. Koneck (Real Estate)
John G. Patterson (Construction)
Anne M. Radolinski (Labor & Employment)
Mary S. Ranum (Real Estate)
Melodie R. Rose (Corporate/M&A)
Richard A. Ross (Senior Statesmen - Labor & Employment)
Karen G. Schanfield (Labor & Employment)
Todd A. Wind (Antitrust; Litigation: General Commercial)

Chambers USA identified Joseph T. Dixon as a Recognized Practitioner in the Minnesota category for Litigation: General Commercial. A Recognized Practitioner handles notable matters and received some recommendations during the course of Chambers’ research.

North Dakota

Kristy L. Albrecht (Labor & Employment)
Lawrence Bender (Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources)
Wayne W. Carlson (Corporate/Commercial)
Benjamin J. Hasbrouck (Litigation: General Commercial)
Michael S. Raum (Corporate/Commercial)
Todd E. Zimmerman (Litigation: General Commercial)
Aubrey J. Zuger (Up and Coming - Labor & Employment; Up and Coming - 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 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, 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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