Briggs and Morgan Elects Five Attorneys as Shareholders

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August 16, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Five attorneys have been named shareholders in the firm Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association. The new shareholders are: Andrew M. BaeseElizabeth M. Brama, Max C. Heerman, Alison J. Midden and Alec C. Sherod.

Drew Baese is a member of the firm’s estate planning and administration section, where he assists with drafting wills and trusts, administering trusts and estates, and preparing related federal income and estate tax returns.

He is a member of the Minnesota State and American Bar associations, as well as the MSBA probate and trust section, recently elected to its counsel, and the section’s legislative committee (which drafted provisions of the Uniform Principal and Income Act adopted by the Minnesota legislature in 2001). Baese is also a member of Briggs and Morgan’s Pro Bono Committee.

Baese has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics. He received his law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and his B.A. magna cum laude in economics and Russian from St. Olaf College.He joined Briggs in 2001.

Elizabeth Brama is a member of the firm’s business litigation section, practicing primarily in complex commercial litigation. She has been involved in finance and accounting disputes, labor and employment matters, appellate and administrative practice, and environmental disputes.

Brama has been named an “Up and Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer. She is a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers; the American, Minnesota State and Hennepin County Bar associations; and the MSBA Professionalism Committee. In the community, she has been a Hennepin County guardian ad litem since 2001 and serves as board president for the Sexual Violence Center.

Brama received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated from the University of St. Thomas summa cum laude with a B.A. in accounting. She has taken and passed the Minnesota CPA exam. Prior to joining Briggs in 2002, she clerked for Chief Justice Kathleen A. Blatz and served as legal counsel for the 2001-2002 Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel.

Max Heerman is a member of the firm’s business litigation section. He has a diverse range of legal experience. Since joining Briggs, he has defended companies in complex tort litigation and employment cases. He has also represented clients in shareholder disputes and finance-related litigation involving allegations of fraudulent transfer, breach of fiduciary duty and violations of creditors' rights.

While previously practicing with a Washington, D.C. firm, Heerman represented mass tort victim constituencies in substantial corporate reorganizations. He also worked for creditors committees in the bankruptcy proceedings of other companies burdened by asbestos liability and mass personal injury claims.

Heerman received his law degree cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago and his B.A. with honors from Northwestern University. He joined Briggs in 2005.

Alison Midden is a member of the firm’s estate planning and administration section, practicing primarily in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and nonprofit law. She is a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Ramsey County and American Bar associations. She has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics.

Midden received her law degree magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law and her B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior to joining Briggs and Morgan in 2001, she clerked for Judge Harriet Lansing at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Alec Sherod is a member of the firm’s business law section, practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and governance, corporate finance, securities regulation, and general corporate counseling. His concentration is mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, and business and commercial transactions. He also counsels clients on such matters as shareholder agreements, entity selection and formation, and general contract law.

Sherod is a member of the American Bar Association. He received his J.D. from the University of Iowa School of Law and his B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining Briggs in 2005, Alec practiced with a law firm in New York City and was general counsel of a private equity company in Colorado.