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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 2019 edition, released today.

"Their main strength is that they work hard to understand their client’s business at a deep level, and they are able to provide sound legal advice that is also mindful of non-legal issues, such as costs, timing and even internal political issues, that are important to their clients," a source shared with Chambers USA researchers.

"As big as the firm is," notes one client, "I always feel like I am getting a small-firm service. There is always personal contact and they are very responsive to our business needs. They also do a great job with pricing and controlling cost."

Newly ranked this year are attorneys Ryan C. Brauer, ranked Up and Coming in Corporate/M&A, and Joseph T. Dixon, III, ranked in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. The firm’s Labor & Employment practice made its Chambers USA debut in Iowa in the Firm Band 2 position and moved up to the Firm Band 1 position in Minnesota.

Chambers ranked Fredrikson & Byron in the following practice areas:


Labor & Employment (Firm Band 2)


Corporate/M&A (Firm Band 2)
Intellectual Property (Firm Band 3)
Labor & Employment (Firm Band 1)
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)
Ryan C. Brauer (Up and Coming - Corporate/M&A)
Joseph T. Dixon, III (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
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)
Karen G. Schanfield (Labor & Employment)
Todd A. Wind (Antitrust; Litigation: General Commercial)

North Dakota

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

Individual lawyers are ranked in their practice area on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, ability, effectiveness and client service. Law firm departments are ranked on the qualities of their lawyers as well as the effectiveness and capability of the department as a whole. These factors and considerations are judged by interviews with those active in the market, mainly clients and other lawyers with whom they work, and by assessing recent work done. 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, 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.

Media Contact: Kelly Griffith, 612.492.7514,


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