Briggs and Morgan Hires Record Number of Fall Associates

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November 7, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, announces a hiring record of 12 new associates—10 new graduates, along with an 8th Circuit clerk and a lateral associate from Washington, D.C.

“Each year’s class continues to include a candidate pool boasting more impressive credentials than prior years,” says Briggs and Morgan President Alan H. Maclin. “So while the competition is increasing, we are pleased to hire top-notch associates to help fulfill our firm’s practice needs.”

Nathan L. Buller is a member of the business law section. Prior to joining Briggs, he clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and South Dakota. Nathan received a B.S. in business economics from South Dakota State University and a M.B.A. from the University of South Dakota. He obtained his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law, where he was a Sterling Honor graduate and served as an editor for the South Dakota Law Review.

Amanda B. Parker is a member of the firm’s business law section and practices principally in the areas of franchising; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; financing; general commercial and corporate law; and corporate restructuring. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and Minnesota Women Lawyers. Prior to joining Briggs, she worked as a financial analyst for Thomson West. Amanda received her B.A. summa cum laude from American University, where she majored in criminal justice and Spanish, and was the recipient of the Scholar’s Chair Award for academic excellence. She received her M.B.A. summa cum laude with a concentration in finance from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Jennifer Randolph Reise is a member of the business law section. She practices general commercial and corporate law, specifically in the areas of securities regulation, corporate governance and corporate finance. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Jen earned a B.A. from St. Olaf College with an interdisciplinary paracollege major. Prior to attending law school, she worked in the nonprofit sector and as a senior writer and editor for a financial information company. She graduated summa cum laude from Hamline University School of Law, where she was valedictorian of her class. During law school, she served as a notes and comments editor for the Hamline Law Review and as an extern clerk to Judge Ann Montgomery, U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota. Jen first joined Briggs as a clerk in 2005.

Gabriela M. Reyes-Noyola is a member of the business litigation section and financial markets practice group. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. She is a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers, the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Born and raised in Honduras, she is also a member of the firm’s diversity committee. Gabriela is fluent in Spanish. She received her B.A. in government and studio art from Franklin & Marshall College. She is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was a member of the school's Bar and Gavel Society. She also served as managing editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property and as executive submissions editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law. While attending law school, Gabriela was active with the ABA's Law Student Division, serving as former 7th Circuit executive lieutenant governor.

Lindsey D. Saunders is a member of Briggs’ trade regulation section and practices principally in the areas of trade regulation and intellectual property law. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and is a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers. Lindsey received her B.B.A. with distinction in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was elected to Order of the Coif. During law school, she served as research/managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review and also as a legal research and writing student instructor for two years.

Kent T. Schoen is a member of the firm’s business litigation section. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Kent received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire with a major in political science. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a note and comment editor of the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.

Zeviel T. Simpser is a member of Briggs’ business litigation section and energy law practice group. He practices principally in the areas of energy law and litigation, and business litigation. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Prior to law school, Zev served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Bob Graham, where he advised the senator on issues related to energy, agriculture, the environment and Native Americans. Zev’s efforts were focused on furthering priorities relating to Senator Graham’s seats on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. While in Washington, D.C., Zev worked on an omnibus energy bill, the Water Resources Development Act and the Water Infrastructure Investment Act, among several other legislative items. Zev received his B.A. in history from Middlebury College and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a staff member of the Minnesota Journal of Law and Inequality.

Sarah Edstrom Smith is a member of the firm’s financial institutions and real estate section. She practices primarily in the areas of banking and finance, business and commercial law, and real estate law. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Sarah is a member of the Minnesota State and American Bar associations, and Minnesota Women Lawyers. Sarah received her B.A. summa cum laude from Hamline University, where she majored in political science and legal studies. She received her J.D. summa cum laude from Hamline University School of Law. During law school, she served as an articles editor of the Hamline Law Reviewand also as a legal research and writing instructor. She first joined Briggs as a clerk in 2006.

Brooke C. Swenson is a member of the business litigation section. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and its Women in the Legal Profession Committee; Minnesota Women Lawyers, where she serves as co-chair of the organization’s Program Committee and a former co-chair of MWL’s Student to Attorney Mentor Committee; and the Volunteer Lawyers Network and the organization’s Fund-Raising Committee. Brooke received her B.A. magna cum laude from Concordia College, majoring in English literature (with honors) and political science/history. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she was a senior editor of the law review, Fides et Iustitia ("faith and justice"). While attending law school, Brooke was honored with the "Excellence in Professional Preparation Award."

Kara A. Tyler is a member of the estate planning and administration section, and practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and nonprofit law. In addition to Minnesota, Kara is also admitted to practice in Florida and the District of Columbia. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in psychology and nursing from Gustavus Adolphus College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and served as a member of several national honor societies. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Kara joins Briggs after practicing five years with a large law firm in Washington, D.C.

Michael C. Wilhelm is a member of the labor and employment section, and practices principally in the areas of employment litigation, employment counseling and advice, and civil rights and civil liberties law. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Michael received his B.A. summa cum laude from Augsburg College, where he majored in philosophy. He received his J.D. and graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law.