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Ann Rainhart
Chief Operating Officer
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Ann Rainhart is the Chief Operating Officer at Briggs and Morgan and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She works closely with firm leadership on strategy and operations and oversees the firm’s administrative departments. 

Prior to joining Briggs, Ann was a key member of the Faegre Baker Daniels operations team. She played a significant role in the combination of Faegre & Benson LLP and Baker & Daniels LLP – a merger that created the largest law firm in Minnesota and one of the largest law firms in the nation. In her role as Chief Talent Officer, Ann worked with the firm’s management  board and executive committee around strategies for retention, development and feedback for the firm’s 750+ lawyers, consultants and professionals, and collaborated with other administrative department leaders in key areas of business operations.

Ann’s experience also includes previous positions as Director of Legal Personnel at Faegre & Benson, LLP and as part of the human resources team at Stinson Leonard Street. Ann began her career in law firm administration at Chapman and Cutler in Chicago.

Ann enjoys collaborating within the firm, learning about new trends in the legal profession and spending time with the team of directors and other professionals at Briggs. She is a frequent presenter at local law schools, law firm roundtables, NALP programming, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and other organizations.  


  • The Evolving Practice of Law: Competency Development in Law Firm Combinations, University of St. Thomas Law School Journal, 2013.
  • Motivating Lawyers to Move from Activity to Impact, ABA LPM Webzine, May, 2013. (Co-authored with Kristine McKinney, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at FaegreBD).
  • Professional Development for the Senior Associate, Law Firm Partnership and Benefits, Volume 15, Number 4, June 2009
  • Associate Personnel Issues: Is Departure the Only Option? NALP Bulletin, 12 (May 1999), 6-7

Presentations and Coaching

  • Law Firm Leadership Series, Hennepin County Bar Association, May 2015
  • Many Stars Make a Constellation: Best Practices in Staff Management, NALP Annual Conference 2015
  • Law Firm Operations: The Change Agent Behind the Scenes in Today’s Law Firm, NALP and LMA Annual Conferences 2015
  • Leadership Coach, NALP, Annual Conferences 2014-2015
  • Leading Law Firms Through Change, NALP, Annual Conference 
  • Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes: Navigating Leadership Changes, NALP, Professional Development Institute, December 2012
  • Getting to Yes—Motivating Lawyers to Actually Change Their Behavior, Lex Mundi Annual Marketing Conference, November 2012
  • Retaining Your Legal Staff…In Times of Great Change, General Counsel Forum, September 2012
  • Business Skills, Lawyering Skills, Soft Skills: Call Them What You Want, But Lawyers Need Them, NALP, Professional Development Institute, December 2011
  • Future of Lawyering Roundtable, NALP, June 2011
  • Ethics are Everywhere, NALP National Conference, April 2011
  • Tools for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion on Legal Teams, Center for Legal Inclusiveness, March 2011
  • SheSaidSeminars, Minnesota Women Lawyers, March 2010
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Professional Affiliations

Association of Legal Administrators