July 26, 2010

MN Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson Rejoins Briggs

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (July 22, 2010) – After two years as Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Eric J. Magnuson has returned to his former law firm, Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association. Magnuson rejoins Briggs’ business litigation section and appellate law groups.

“We are very pleased that Eric has chosen to return to Briggs,” says Alan H. Maclin, Briggs and Morgan president. “He has long had one of the most respected minds in appellate law, and with his experience as Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court he will provide unique counsel to our clients. Eric is a valued addition to our team.”

Magnuson practiced with Briggs and Morgan before his judicial appointment by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2008, when he was named the 21st Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Prior to serving as Chief Justice, Magnuson had developed a  widely known practice in appellate law in the state and federal appellate courts for more than 25 years.  He has handled hundreds of appeals involving a wide range of issues ranging from constitutional law to general civil litigation in all areas. Magnuson will focus his practice on collaborating with lawyers and clients both inside Briggs and outside, in order to provide the best appellate representation possible.

“Although I learned a lot about effectively representing clients in my thirty years of practice, I learned even more in the two years I was on the court,” says Magnuson. “The difference in perspective was a wonderful teaching experience.  I look forward to sharing those insights with my partners and colleagues in the bar.”

Magnuson is the founding president of the 8th Circuit Bar Association, a fellow and past president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and a longtime member of the American Bar Association, serving as co-chair of the Appellate Practice Committee of the Section on Litigation and in the same capacity for the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

Graduating cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, Magnuson has been selected continuously by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, and has been recognized in the Annual Guide to Appellate Law in America. He has been listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers and was recognized as one of the designation’s top 10 in 2007, before joining the Minnesota Supreme Court. He has also been listed as one of the state’s top 25 appellate lawyers and, in 2000, Magnuson was honored as an "Attorney of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer.

In addition to Magnuson, several other Briggs and Morgan alumni have served on the judiciary, including Sam Hanson, former Minnesota Supreme Court associate justice and Minnesota Court of Appeals judge, Peter S. Popovich, former Minnesota Supreme Court chief justice; Edward C. Stringer, former Minnesota Supreme Court justice; Richard Kyle, U.S. district court judge; and John Van de North and Elena Ostby, Ramsey County district court judges.

Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, is a trusted name in business law and litigation services. With offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, the firm has more than 180 attorneys committed to providing superior client service and sound legal counsel to clients nationwide. Briggs and Morgan ranks among The NLJ 250 as one of the nation's largest firms and has received numerous accolades, including recognition by Corporate Counsel and top clients as a "Go-To Law Firm®" in the areas of litigation, corporate transactions, corporate governance, and labor and employment. The firm and its attorneys also have been selected for publication in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. Briggs is a founding member of Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms, and serves as the exclusive member firm for Minnesota. For more information, visit www.briggs.com.

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