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Lindquist & Vennum Receives Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2014


Lindquist & Vennum has received top rankings in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm was recognized as one of the leading law firms in Minnesota in the legal practice areas of Corporate/M&A and Litigation, and in South Dakota in the legal practice area of Corporate/Commercial*. Nine attorneys received individual recognition, with three earning a first-time listing.

Chambers USA has been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990 and covers 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Law firms and individual attorneys are ranked by a team of more than 140 researchers based on legal knowledge and experience, ability, effectiveness, and client-service.

Lindquist & Vennum attorneys ranked as leaders in their field in the 2014 guide include:

  • Frank Bennett, Corporate/M&A – Minnesota
  • Terrence Fleming, Litigation: General Commercial – Minnesota
  • Dan Fritz*, Litigation: General Commercial – South Dakota
  • LB Guthrie, Real Estate – Minnesota
  • Howard Kenison*, Natural Resources & Environment – Colorado
  • Lee Magnuson, Litigation: General Commercial and Corporate/M&A – South Dakota
  • Charles Moorse, Corporate/M&A – Minnesota
  • Eric Nystrom*, Litigation: General Commercial – Minnesota
  • Robert Tunheim, Corporate/M&A – Minnesota

*Indicates a first-time ranking

Chambers USA 2014 Ranking Practice Group Excerpts

Minnesota Corporate/M&A
The team is known for a robust mid-market M&A practice, with a particular emphasis on private equity. Solid links with both the healthcare and financial institutions sectors, on both a regional and national basis.

Minnesota Litigation
The team focuses on disputes within the financial sector and also has experience in family law, product liability and shareholder disputes. "The firm's setup is very conducive to our needs. It has a wide range of attorneys that practice so it has good, deep strength." "Lindquist & Vennum is highly regarded by us in terms of the quality of its work. For difficult cases in particular, or cases where we think litigation may result, we trust Lindquist & Vennum for our legal needs."

South Dakota Corporate/Commercial
The team maintains a strong regional profile for business and commercial transactions. Clients include a number of major local banks and trust companies.

Chambers USA 2014 Ranking Individual Excerpts

Frank Bennett acts for clients on a broad spectrum of matters, but is best known for his work on the financing and closing of transactions in distressed situations. Clients praise his personal approach, and note that he is "excellent at negotiations."

Terrence Fleming has a broad business litigation practice encompassing shareholder litigation, fraud litigation and issues around M&A.

Dan Fritz is very popular in the marketplace, and has been described by peers as an "excellent, excellent litigator." Clients consider him "a pretty special attorney," and note that he has "a very good legal mind" and "gives sound, confident advice." Interviewees also comment that he is "very personable" and "very good at negotiating deals."

LB Guthrie assists clients with a variety of real estate matters stretching across both litigation and transactions. Clients appreciate his "calm demeanor, solution-oriented approach and commitment to our success." 

Howard Kenison is a respected environmental litigator who is particularly lauded for his air quality work.

Lee Magnuson is noted for his specialist expertise in matters relating to public utilities companies.

Charles Moorse is a "sensational corporate lawyer" who assists clients with a wide range of issues, encompassing M&A, corporate governance and securities regulation.

Eric Nystrom is a "phenomenal" specialist within the financial institutions group, assisting clients with securities issues as well as litigation around fraud. Clients say he is "very knowledgeable and responsive," and that "he works incredibly hard for us and always looks after our interests."

Robert Tunheim has extensive experience helping private equity clients with their corporate and M&A needs. Sources say that he is "a sharp guy who always keeps the ball moving."

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