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Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an annual legal guide identifying the top attorneys and law firms in the United States, ranked 10 practice areas and 26 individual attorneys from Fredrikson & Byron in its 2020 edition, released today.

During the Chambers USA interviews, sources described Fredrikson & Byron's attorneys as "customer-focused and accessible" as well as "very responsive, efficient and professional." One source shared, "Its lawyers have taken the time to learn our business. They come well prepared and are skilled at both litigation strategy and execution. They have a strong track record of success."

A client commented, "The team has a deep bench of talented attorneys who pride themselves on providing timely advice that helps advance the business objectives of their clients."

Newly ranked this year are attorneys Dulce J. Foster, ranked in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Minnesota), and Brian S. McCool, ranked in Real Estate (Minnesota). The firm’s Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations practice made its Chambers USA debut in the Firm Band 1 position (Minnesota), and the Corporate/M&A practice moved up to Band 1 (Minnesota).

While previously ranked in Chambers USA, this year Karen G. Schanfield ranked in the Senior Statesmen band for Labor & Employment (Minnesota).

Chambers ranked Fredrikson & Byron in the following practice areas:


Labor & Employment (Firm Band 2)


Corporate/M&A (Firm Band 1)
Intellectual Property (Firm Band 3)
Labor & Employment (Firm Band 2)
Litigation: General Commercial (Firm Band 2)
Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Firm Band 1)
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; Immigration)
Emily S. Pontius (Labor & Employment)
J. Marc Ward  (Corporate/M&A)


Frank B. Bennett (Corporate/M&A)
Robert C. Boisvert (Labor & Employment)
Ryan C. Brauer (Corporate/M&A)
Joseph T. Dixon, III (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
Terrence J. Fleming (Litigation: General Commercial)
Dulce J. Foster (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
Lora Friedemann (Intellectual Property)
Sean P. Kearney (Corporate/M&A)
John M. Koneck (Real Estate)
Brian S. McCool (Up and Coming – 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 (Senior Statesmen – 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 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.

Media Contact: Kelly Griffith, 612.492.7514,

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