Two at Briggs Named Up & Coming

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May 9, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys were among this year’s “Up & Coming Attorneys,” as selected by Minnesota Lawyer. Shareholder Andrew M. Baese and associate Kevin M. Decker were honored at an awards luncheon May 8.

Up & Coming Attorneys are those within 10 years of bar admission with notable professional accomplishments, community involvement and leadership activities.

Baese is a member of the firm’s estate planning and administration section, where he focuses his practice on estate planning. He is a member of several state bar committees and subcommittees related to his practice, including the probate and trust section’s governing council, which is by appointment only. In the community, he is a member of the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) board and a former board member for The Storefront Group. In 2004, he participated in the launch of the Housing Alliance Law Office (HALO), a collaborative effort between 3M, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS), Briggs and Morgan, William Mitchell Law School and VISTA. He has since provided pro bono counsel to several tenant clients of HALO. Finally, he was an English tutor to a Russian family for 12 years, a story that is further detailed in Minnesota Lawyer. To read, click here.

Decker is a litigator who was nominated by colleagues at William Mitchell College of Law. He practices primarily in the areas of mass torts, toxic torts and unfair competition. As captured by Minnesota Lawyer, high-profile railroad litigation fell into Decker’s lap the first day on the job and has kept him busy ever since. He was a member of the trial team responsible for handling a major case involving alleged leakage of millions of gallons of diesel fuel at a railyard, which resulted in more than 100 personal injury/property damage claims and causes of action by the state and city. He has also been a part of the ongoing defense of a major railroad against thousands of toxic exposure complaints related to a high-profile train derailment. To read more about his experience inMinnesota Lawyerclick here.