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Fredrikson is saddened to announce the unexpected death of Robert J. Hamilton, its chief operating officer, on January 15, 2023.

Kevin P. Goodno, chair of the firm’s board of directors, said, “it is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our friend and colleague, Bob Hamilton. Bob joined our firm in 1992 and served in several leadership roles, first as chief financial officer, and then as chief operating officer. He helped guide the firm through a period of unprecedented growth. Today, Fredrikson is the largest law firm in the Twin Cities and recognized as one of the strongest regional law firms in the country. We owe Bob a debt of gratitude for his exceptional leadership. On behalf of the entire firm, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Bob’s wife, family and friends.”

“A hallmark of Bob’s servant leadership was his commitment to building talented and diverse teams that work together to support the firm and to provide the best possible advice and advocacy to our clients,” stated John M. Koneck, president of Fredrikson. “Bob brought that passion and approach to his many years of service to the non-profit Global Rights for Women, an organization advocating for freedom from violence for women around the world. Bob made an enduring impact on our firm and in our community.”

“More importantly, Bob made an indelible mark on many of us personally through his calm and steady presence, his loyalty, his integrity and his kindness. We will strive to keep his legacy of collaboration, service and stewardship vibrant within the firm and in within the community as we move forward. Bob truly will be missed.”

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 375+ 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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