Briggs and Morgan Announces New Leaders

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September 10, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Briggs and Morgan, P.A. is pleased to announce Steve Ryan has been elected chair of the firm and Ann Rainhart has been hired as executive director.

Ryan, a commercial finance attorney and 20-year veteran of the firm, also was elected member as a member of the board of directors. He was formerly chair of the firm’s commercial department and was a member of the firm’s management committee for three years. Ryan succeeds Brian Wenger, who joined Optum Health as Chief Legal Officer.

Rainhart fills a new role at Briggs and Morgan as executive director. She oversees the firm’s administrative departments and serves as a member of the firm’s management committee.

Prior to joining Briggs, Rainhart was a key member of the Faegre Baker Daniels operations team. She played a significant role in the combination of Faegre & Benson LLP and Baker & Daniels LLP – a merger that created the largest law firm in Minnesota and one of the largest law firms in the nation.

Other members of the firm’s management committee are Sam Hanson, managing partner/president; Greg Stenmoe, president-elect; Mike McEllistrem, chair of the commercial department; and Lauren Lonergan, chair of the litigation department.

“Briggs and Morgan is evolving,” said Sam Hanson, managing partner. “We have always been a future-looking law firm and embracing a new generation of leadership is essential to continuing the firm’s vibrancy and longevity.”

About Briggs and Morgan, P.A.

Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, is a trusted name in business law and litigation services. With offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, the firm’s attorneys are committed to providing superior client service and sound legal counsel to clients nationwide. Briggs and Morgan ranks among The NLJ 350 as one of the nation’s largest firms and has received numerous accolades, including recognition by Corporate Counsel and top clients as a “Go-To Law Firm®” in the areas of litigation, corporate transactions, corporate governance, and labor and employment. The firm and its attorneys have also been selected for publication in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. For more information, visit