People & Performance: Jan. 23, 2023

Laurie Huotari

Chair Rives names Laurie Huotari managing partner

Stoel Rives LLP points that out Laurie Huotari was named office managing partner of the Minneapolis office, effective January 1. As office managing partner, Huotari is responsible for the day-to-day management of the office, supporting its businesses and community activities and fundraising efforts. In his new role, Huotari is succeeding Andrew Moratzkawho has served as the Minneapolis office managing partner since 2020.

“Laurie is a very talented attorney and a natural leader,” it said Melissa Jones, managing partner of Stoel Rives. “He has a great passion for the local community and is highly respected by his customers and peers. We know that Laurie will continue to enhance the collaborative and collaborative environment that has already defined the culture of our Minneapolis office, while encouraging its growth and excellence.

Huotari joined Stoel Rives in 2012 and has more than 20 years of experience as a corporate lawyer representing clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, financing private sector, business administration, business transactions, joint ventures and international relations. An important part of Huotari’s work in recent years has included helping the people of the country and the country in the food and agriculture business, and he is especially experienced in giving advice on the financing of renewable energy.

Huotari’s previous responsibilities included advising assistant attorneys, serving on the Minneapolis office’s trial committee for the past three years, and serving as the Minnesota office’s special counsel. Huotari volunteers in many local non-governmental organizations, providing support and non-legal support. She previously worked as a volunteer attorney for the Minnetonka Baseball Association and the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, and as a skilled seamstress, Huotari worked as a beautician for the housing program. movies in St. Therese Catholic School.

Duluth’s Fryberger Johnson named new shareholder

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Attorney Eric Johnson has been named a shareholder in the Duluth law firm of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, PA

Johnson joined Fryberger’s Duluth office in 2008 after graduating from law school and focuses on corporate, banking, real estate, litigation and appellate matters for the firm.

A native Duluthian, Johnson serves on the board of directors of the North Shore Bank of Commerce and the board of the Spirit of Duluth Hockey Tournament. He also previously served on the boards of the Hartley Nature Center and Downtown Duluth, where he served as chair in 2015.

Prior to joining Fryberger, Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and degrees and his Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law.

Former state attorney, Judge Engisch joins Dorsey

Nicole Engisch

Nicole Engisch

Former Minnesota state court judge and state attorney Nicole Engisch has joined Dorsey & Whitney as a partner in the Government Enforcement and Corporate Investigations practice group in Minneapolis.

Engisch joins Dorsey from the 4th Judicial District of Hennepin County, where he has served as a judge since being appointed in 2014. Prior to his appointment, he served as a district attorney for more than ten years and a successful partner in Leonard, Street and Deinard (now. Stinson). He received his JD cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and his BA from Rutgers University.

His practice focuses on government enforcement matters and corporate investigations, working with a team of attorneys at Dorsey including other former assistant US attorneys and attorneys from the US Department of Justice, the SEC, and other government agencies. As a prosecutor, Engisch served as chief of the Criminal Division for the US Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota. In addition, he works in areas of intellectual property litigation and other complex civil litigation.

From left: Keiko Sugisaka, David Suchar, Brian Klein, Julian Zebot, Susan Link

From left: Keiko Sugisaka, David Suchar, Brian Klein, Julian Zebot, Susan Link

Maslon elects board members

The Maslon LLP partnership has elected new members to its board of directors.

Partner Keiko Sugisaka was re-elected as the firm’s chief executive officer effective January 2022. Partner and board member David Suchar was elected vice-chairman. Newly elected to serve two-year terms are partners Brian Klein and Julian Zebot. The remaining board member is Susan Link, who was elected with David Suchar in September 2022 when the company expanded its management team from three partners to five.

The Board of Directors consists of five partners and the chief operating officer, who is responsible for planning, policy, and supervision of the company through the board of directors. The board consists of two board members, Sugisaka and Suchar, and Chief Executive Officer Suzette Allaire. It is charged with making operational decisions and directives on a daily basis.

Maslon thanked partner and former vice chairman Michael McCarthy for his 8½ years of solid management, including as chairman, and partner of Shauro Bagchi for his dedicated service to the board of directors, as well as the past management committee.

Michael Fellerman joined Winthrop as a shareholder

Michael J. Fellerman

Michael J. Fellerman

Michael J. Fellerman has joined Winthrop & Weinstine, PA, as a partner in the Real Estate Finance practice. Fellerman represents clients in the tax aspects of a wide range of commercial matters, with an emphasis on the tax aspects of real estate and commercial transactions. He has extensive experience in real estate tax credits, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) and Historic and Rehabilitation Tax Credits (HTC). Its clients include for-profit and non-profit developers, as well as organizations, investors and funders. He advises clients on IRS and HUD guidelines, including liaising with public-private partnerships, as well as recommending the use of special funds and the best ways to combine them with other credits, grants and other tax saving programs.

In addition to his real estate practice, Fellerman advises on all aspects of corporate tax matters, including tax planning, partnership agreements, public finance (section 103 tax matters) and financial matters, 1031 trade, international taxation, IRS compliance and audits, etc. He has a special interest in advising non-profit organizations that work to benefit our communities.

Fellerman received his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University and his J.D., what a praise, from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He received his BS in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kukuljan joins Husch Blackwell in Minneapolis

Rob Kukuljan has joined Husch Blackwell as a partner in Minneapolis. He will practice out of The Link, the company’s technology office, and is a member of the company’s Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education business group.

In a career spanning more than thirty years, Kukuljan advises and represents people engaged in mergers, acquisitions, sales, joint ventures, joint ventures and other business transactions in a wide range of industries, including Health care providers, digital health, home health care, software. and AI, and technology and services in the healthcare industry, in addition to companies that develop medical devices and biopharma treatments and technologies. In addition to his commercial experience, Kukuljan regularly represents clients on a variety of capital market transactions, including public and private debt and equity offerings, as well as seals related to regulatory compliance and corporate governance concerns. Beyond health and specialty businesses, Kukuljan also represents clients in transactions and other financial matters in many business sectors, including manufacturing and manufacturing, real estate development, technology and e – trade, goods and services, and financial services.

“Husch Blackwell’s business focus—and its national reputation in health law in particular—is an excellent position to provide clients with a full range of legal services and strategic thinking, ” said Kukuljan. “As the healthcare industry continues to evolve rapidly, the ability to provide clients with 360-degree legal and business advice separates Husch Blackwell from most law firms.”

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