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Firm Continues to Receive Top Rankings: 2010 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business


Lindquist & Vennum received top rankings in the 2010 Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm was recognized as one of the leading law firms in Minnesota in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Litigation, and Real Estate.

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. It is also widely used by firms in all states for referral purposes.  For the U.S. directory, more than 7,000 in-depth interviews were conducted with clients and private-practice attorneys. Law firms and individual attorneys are ranked on a scale of 1 - 6. Qualities on which the rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

Attorneys ranked in the 2010 Guide include:

  • David Allgeyer in Litigation: Intellectual Property - Minnesota
  • Kevin Costley in Corporate/M&A - Minnesota
  • Richard Ihrig in Litigation: General Commercial - Minnesota
  • Terrence Fleming in Litigation: General Commercial - Minnesota
  • LB Guthrie in Real Estate - Minnesota
  • Charles Moorse in Corporate/M&A - Minnesota
  • Frank B Bennett in Corporate/M&A - Minnesota
  • Robert Tunheim in Corporate/M&A - Minnesota

Chambers USA 2010 Rankings Excerpts


"A real force in midmarket M&A." Traditionally strong in private equity M&A, Lindquist has recently been taking on an increasing amount of strategic transactional work for Fortune 500 clients. Other areas of activity include distressed and bank industry M&A, as well as energy transactions. The team also advises a number of public companies on corporate governance. Charles Moorse undertakes strategic public company M&A. Sources say: "He has done a nice job of developing the M&A practice at the firm." Kevin Costley works with banks on mergers and combinations with FDIC-seized assets. Frank Bennett primarily works with private equity groups. "He works hard at finding solutions, not creating problems," sources report. Robert Tunheim works with private equity firms and mezzanine lenders. He, like Bennett, is described as "a creative problem solver."


This firm has some very good litigators.” This group has developed a strong profile for expertise in financial fraud litigation, particularly relating to Ponzi schemes. The team represents the receiver for the Petters Group entities, as well as victims of Bernie Madoff and Arthur Nadel in Florida. The group also has strength in general commercial, appellate and IP litigation. David Allgeyer is practice head and has almost 30 years of experience in IP and commercial litigation and arbitration. Clients call him "astute, focused and efficient." Terrence Fleming is admired for his commercial and financial fraud expertise and is deeply involved in the Petters matter. He also has experience in mediation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. Richard Ihrig is “an effective trial lawyer who inspires great confidence.” He is best known for his work in antitrust and securities litigation.

Real Estate

"A significant presence in the commercial development space." This group advises owners, managers, investors and developers on commercial real estate matters. Land use, construction and environmental matters are also areas of expertise.  LB Guthrie, "a detail-oriented practitioner," does extensive work for local developers and "takes a well-reasoned approach that serves clients well."

About Chambers 

Since 1990, London-based Chambers has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research. Chambers’ staff of full-time researchers annually prepares several renowned directories worldwide, which rank leading lawyers based upon their reputation amongst peers and clients. Chambers’ highly qualified researchers conduct thousands of interviews with lawyers and their clients worldwide. Working with their editors, they identify and rank the world’s best lawyers (i.e. those who perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients – such as technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery, value for money). Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business published its first edition in 2003. For more information, visit

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