Six Attorneys Join Briggs and Morgan, P.A.

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November 18, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (Nov. 18, 2010) – Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association is pleased to announce the addition of six associates who have joined the firm’s Business Litigation, Financial Markets Group, and Financial Institutions and Real Estate sections: Lyndsay Capeder, Kodi Jean Church, Danielle Fitzsimmons, W. Knapp Fitzsimmons,  Benjamin E. Gurstelle, Kathryn McDonald and Amie Penny. They are all based in the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Lyndsay Capeder is a member of the Financial Institutions and Real Estate Section. She received her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of St. Thomas and her law degree cum laude from Hamline University School of Law, where she was an editorial assistant for the Journal of Law and Religion and the Symposium Editor of the Hamline Law Review. Lyndsay served as a law clerk for a Fortune 500 foodservice company and as a case assistant for a Minneapolis litigation firm, where she managed quality control on mass tort litigation files. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota state and federal courts.

Kodi Jean Verhalen is a member of the Business Litigation Section and a member of the Energy Law Group. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.S. and received her law degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law where she served as an editor for CybarisTM an Intellectual Property Law Review. Kodi is a licensed Professional Engineer in Minnesota and currently serves as the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers’ State President for 2010-2011 and as its House of Delegates Representative to the National Society of Professional Engineers. She is admitted to practice in all Minnesota state and federal courts.

W. Knapp Fitzsimmons is a member of the Business Litigation Section. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Wake Forest University and his law degree summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. While attending law school, Knapp served as a staff member for the Journal of the National Security Forum and externed for the Honorable Gregg E. Johnson. Knapp is admitted to practice before Minnesota state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Danielle Fitzsimmons is a member of the Employment, Benefits and Labor Section. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Miami University of Ohio and her law degree summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, where she served as both an executive editor of the Journal of the National Security Forum and an assistant editor of the William Mitchell Law Review.  During law school, Danielle externed for the Honorable John R. Tunheim and the United States Attorney’s Office. She is admitted to practice before Minnesota state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Benjamin E. Gurstelle is a member of the Business Litigation Section. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as an editor for Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice.  While attending law school, Ben served as an extern for Assistant Chief Judge Kathleen R. Gearin of the Minnesota Second Judicial District Court. After law school, Ben clerked for the Honorable Natalie E. Hudson of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota state and federal courts.

Kathryn McDonald is a member of the Trade Regulation Section. She completed an academic program at Harvard University before earning her B.A. cum laude from the College of Saint Catherine. She received her law degree cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was the Note and Comment Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. Kathryn served as an intern for the Honorable Judge Juan B. Colás at the Dane County Circuit Court in Madison, WI. She is admitted to practice before Wisconsin state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Minnesota state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.