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Fredrikson announces the hiring of chief operating officer, Ann Rainhart. 

As the firm’s COO, Rainhart has executive responsibility for the firm’s finance, IT, marketing, human resources, and practice management, and acts in an ex-officio capacity on Fredrikson’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. Through her leadership of the firm’s experienced senior management team, Rainhart will support strategic priorities by managing implementation, monitoring success metrics and aligning resources that translate plans and goals into effective action.

 “We are excited to have Ann join our senior management team,” said John Koneck, Fredrikson president and board member. “Her leadership experience and deep understanding of legal operations and client service will benefit our firm as we continue to strengthen our position as a leading firm in the region and beyond.” 

Rainhart is an industry leader with 25 years of management experience at several law firms. Prior to joining Fredrikson, she served as chief strategy officer at Taft, where she guided the firm in articulating its vision and executing innovative operational strategies.

Her experience includes serving as the chief operating officer of Briggs and Morgan, and as the chief talent officer at Faegre Baker Daniels. She was previously director of legal personnel at Faegre & Benson, and part of the human resources team at Stinson Leonard Street. Rainhart began her career in law firm administration at Chapman and Cutler in Chicago. She holds a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

“I am thrilled to be joining the leadership team at Fredrikson, and to be part of a firm with such a dynamic and collaborative culture, said Rainhart. “I look forward to what we will accomplish together.”

Rainhart serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and was the theater’s 2022 Gala Chair. She is a frequent author and presenter on the topics of legal operations and leadership.

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 350+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Ames, Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Madison, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.


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