SOL Lawyer Magazine_Summer 2022

John Kantke (pictured below) joined the Adult Representation Services team at Hennepin County. This seems like a good fit. Since I’ve known John, he has been a pretty solid representation of an adult. Now I guess he’ll also be a full-time, court-appointed attorney.

Christopher Paul (pictured below) now practices at Trautmann Martin PLLC. The firm provides legal services for business transactions, nonprofit organizations, real estate, litigation, and estate planning throughout Minnesota.

Counsel & VP at Caribou Coffee. Don’t even ask her if she heard of that McDonald’s case where that lady spilled coffee on herself and sued. Dumb. Chuck Berendes hasn’t quite finished building his garage and has been chasing pigeons out of it with a broom. Once in the office, he spends time trying to get Green Card applications approved in less time than it takes the Olympics to come back around. 2008 Send your 2008 class notes and photos to Andrea Hoversten ( Renee Carlson , True North Legal General Counsel, co-authored a SCOTUS amicus brief with Professor Teresa Collett in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which was argued in December. The brief was for former Vice President Pence’s nonprofit and other family policy groups. Kirsten (Zewers) Donaldson is now Vice President of Legal at the Digital Media Association, which is the leading organization advocating for digital music services. Shauna Kieffer is a part-time ski instructor in Montana due, in part, to her use of extreme skiing to overcome trauma. Shauna is a public defender in Minneapolis. She and partner Tony raise two kids. She’s excited her mentee Ashley Fischer ‘22 is joining her office this summer. Congratulations to Kathleen McDaniel (pictured below), who has been appointed as City Attorney for the City of Sun Prairie, WI. She serves as the city’s chief legal officer and provides legal counsel on a variety of items.

mid-2021. Larry stays engaged with pro bono and political work, family time, and an incredible trip through the Pacific Northwest. Congrats on your retirement! Alexis Fink (pictured below) is now a consulting manager at Point B doing healthcare strategy work. Point B brings expertise in customer engagement, growth investments, workforce experience and operations excellence to customers and communities nationwide.

Ryann Peyton (pictured below) was named to the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list for 2022. Ryann is the executive director at the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program.

Jenese Larmouth moved from the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office to serve as a Ramsey County District Court Referee (judicial officer). If you’re picturing the uniform of a sales associate at Foot Locker, forget it. See Jenese’s photo with her husband Daniel Larmouth ’05 on page 11. Lara Marion (pictured below) is a Public Policy Manager at Amazon. As part of the Connectivity Public Policy Team, Lara works with think tanks, nonprofits, and other stakeholders on Amazon’s broadband and connectivity initiatives. I’m guessing these connectivity/broadband issues can’t just be unplugged and plugged back in.

Mike Giefer is now Partner and Private Wealth Manager in the Minneapolis office of Creative Planning, one of the largest independent wealth management firms in the U.S. He loves the work. Mike lives in St. Paul with his wife and three children. Dominic Mitchell and husband Travis (pictured below) welcomed their second son in November! After Travis had an extended bout with leukemia in 2019, they are so happy to focus on better things and are grateful for their growing family.

2009 Send your 2009 class notes and photos to Lisa Thimjon (

Greetings class of 2009 – hope you are all doing well. If you can believe it, 15 years ago this spring we were preparing for our 1L finals; hope you can take a moment to pause and reflect on how far you’ve come in 15 years of loving the law. Rachel Brygger re-joined Winthrop & Weinstine’s Employment Counseling Practice. Rachel advises clients on employment law matters. Chris Cagle began a new job with Examination Resources as a Supervisor in the Health Consulting Services Division. There, Chris leads a team working with regulators enforcing the federal No Surprises Act (NSA), which protects people from receiving surprise medical bills. Larry Frost aimed to practice law for a decade, but he overshot by a few years, finishing his last hearing in

Colin Peterson (pictured below) is now Project Manager at Abbott Laboratories in their structural heart business. Colin and David Otero got married in a small ceremony on 2.22.22 and will celebrate with friends and family this June.

Joy Mickels started at Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota practicing Elder Law. It’s cool that Legal Services is finally taking the complex issues of the elderberry plant seriously. Although used as medicine since ancient Egyptian times, the bark and leaves can be poisonous. Twin Cities Business named Jessica Monson a 2022 Notable Woman in Law for her work as General

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