Briggs Promotes Three as Shareholders

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August 28, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association announces the election of three new shareholders: Kevin M. Decker, Julie A. Drewes, Margaret Goetze. The three were formerly associates with the firm.

Kevin M. Decker  is a member of the business litigation section. He has a wide range of experience in highly complex litigation matters, including in the areas of mass torts, toxic torts, unfair competition, and merger and acquisition disputes. Kevin has worked extensively on matters before the federal and state appellate courts. He has been named a "Minnesota Rising Star" by Minnesota Law and Politics for the years 2006-2008, and was most recently named an “Up and Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer. Kevin received his B.S.B. in accounting with distinction from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and his law degree magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. He also clerked for the Honorable Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Kevin joined Briggs in 2002.

Julie A. Drewes is a member of the firm’s financial institutions and real estate section. She focuses her practice on commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financing, commercial finance, and commercial leasing.Julie’s work experience includes representing national real estate development companies, banks and other financial institutions in a variety of commercial real estate and finance transactions. She has been named a “Minnesota Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics. Julie received her B.S. summa cum laude in chemistry from Bradley University and her law degree magna cum laude from University of Minnesota Law School. She joined Briggs in 2001.

Margaret Goetze  is a member of the business litigation section and financial markets practice group. She practices principally in business litigation, securities litigation, defense of financial institutions, employment litigation, and shareholder and partnership litigation (including D & O disputes). Another significant focus of Maggie’s practice is arbitration. She has been named a “Minnesota Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics. Maggie received her B.A. in journalism magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota and her law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota School of Law. Prior to joining Briggs in 2002, Maggie clerked for the Honorable Terri Stoneburner of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.