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Attorney Manda M. Sertich has joined Fredrikson as an officer in its Litigation, White Collar & Regulatory Defense and Internal Investigations groups.

Sertich is a seasoned and respected trial attorney who combines her decade-long tenure as a federal prosecutor with her years of experience in private practice to effectively represent corporations and individuals in sensitive government investigations and enforcement actions, white collar criminal defense matters, internal investigations and complex civil litigation.

Sertich thrives when tackling high-stakes, highly scrutinized cases with novel legal issues and far-reaching implications. She uses her keen creativity and practicality to develop the most advantageous arguments for her clients, resolve disputes and present evidence. Above all, she values people and a commitment to finding the right result for every unique situation while managing competing interests.

Sertich has appeared in federal court countless times and has tried nine federal cases to jury verdict and one case to verdict at a bench trial; she has also successfully briefed and argued numerous cases before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. While working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota, Sertich was considered among the best trial attorneys and most thoughtful advocates. Sertich led attorneys and agents in dozens of criminal investigations, including investigations relating to fraud, cybercrimes, civil rights violations, national security threats, human trafficking and child exploitation.

Sertich started her career serving clients in private practice and is looking forward to using her unique expertise working with government agencies to the immediate benefit of organizations and individuals faced with complex and challenging problems. Before her work as a federal prosecutor, Sertich worked at Am Law 100 law firms in New York and Washington, DC, for more than six years, representing corporations and executives in investigations and enforcement actions by the Department of Justice, United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and offices of the United States Attorneys regarding stock option backdating processes, alleged criminal antitrust violations, involvement with the subprime mortgage crisis, the financial crisis of 2008 and other corporate conduct.

Sertich is licensed to practice in New York. Her Minnesota license is pending.

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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