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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 25 individual attorneys from Fredrikson & Byron in its 2021 edition, released today.

During the Chambers USA interviews, sources commended Fredrikson & Byron attorneys for their "dedication, service, responsiveness and excellence" as well as their "practical approach to problem solving."

A client shared, "I’m very impressed by the capabilities of the team at all levels. I feel like I’m getting great, appropriately dialed-in service." Another interviewee added, "They provide excellent legal advice but also have a business sense about them."

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)
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 their technical legal ability, client service, depth of team, commercial vision and business understanding, diligence and value for money. 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 leading Midwest law firm working collaboratively to help businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. With 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. The firm’s 300+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.

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