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Lindquist & Vennum Receives Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2015


Lindquist & Vennum has received top rankings in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm was recognized as one of the leading Minnesota law firms in the legal practice areas of Antitrust, Corporate/M&A, Litigation: General Commercial, and Real Estate, as well as one of the leading South Dakota law firms in the legal practice area of Corporate/Commercial. Lindquist & Vennum was also designated as one of Colorado's notable firms in the area of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Additionally, 12 attorneys received individual recognition.

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 150 researchers based on legal knowledge and experience, ability, effectiveness, and client-service.

Lindquist & Vennum attorneys ranked as leaders in their field in the 2015 guide include:

  • David Allgeyer, Intellectual Property – Minnesota
  • Frank Bennett, Corporate/M&A – Minnesota
  • John Chanin, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations - Colorado
  • Terrence Fleming, Litigation: General Commercial – Minnesota
  • Dan Fritz, Litigation: General Commercial – South Dakota
  • LB Guthrie, Real Estate – Minnesota
  • Mark Jacobson, Antitrust – Minnesota
  • Howard Kenison, Natural Resources & Environment – Colorado
  • Lee Magnuson, Corporate/Commercial – South Dakota
  • Marcus Mollison, Real Estate – Minnesota
  • Charles Moorse, Corporate/M&A – Minnesota
  • Robert Tunheim, Corporate/M&A – Minnesota

Lindquist & Vennum practice groups ranked in the 2015 guide include:

  • Minnesota, Antitrust
  • Minnesota, Corporate/M&A
  • Minnesota, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Minnesota, Real Estate
  • South Dakota, Corporate/Commercial
  • Colorado*, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Colorado*, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

*Designates Other Noted Firm. These firms have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.

Chambers USA 2015 Ranking Practice Group Excerpts

Minnesota Antitrust
Represents businesses in a variety of industries, handling antitrust litigation and compliance. Also particularly noted for its expertise concerning problems arising from mergers and other transactions.

Minnesota Corporate/M&A
Respected firm which principally concentrates on handling M&A for middle-market companies. Has experience across a wide range of sectors, with a particularly notable presence in the healthcare arena.

Minnesota Litigation: General Commercial
Strong outfit handling a variety of commercial litigation matters, demonstrating particular expertise in family business disputes. "They have been thorough. They stay the course and direct the strategy through. That's been a really important part of their service to me." - Client

Minnesota Real Estate
Well versed in complex transactions, particularly those relating to commercial, industrial and mixed-use properties, and has substantial experience in working with lending institutions.

South Dakota Corporate/Commercial
An impressive firm advising financial institutions on regulatory compliance and contract matters. Possesses a deep bench, with a balanced team capable of undertaking transactions related to a multitude of areas, such as banking, energy, trusts and agriculture.

Chambers USA 2015 Ranking Individual Excerpts

David Allgeyer is described as a "wonderful litigator" and "excellent strategist." He is exceptionally experienced in arbitration and mediation, in addition to his longstanding strengths in litigation.

Frank Bennett is experienced in M&A, venture financing and private equity transactions.

John Chanin is described as "smart, responsive, experienced and very practical." He is recognized for "his astute ability in developing critical arguments and for his excellence in analyzing the key aspects of a case."

Terrence Fleming is an "excellent trial lawyer" who has particular expertise in cases of commercial fraud, especially with regard to the legal fallout of Ponzi schemes.

Dan Fritz, described as "very intelligent and very capable," is highly praised by clients and peers alike. Sources say that he is "one of the easiest guys to work with. He does what's best for the client regardless of the situation."

LB Guthrie is an "industrious and hard-working" attorney who "is able to anticipate the lenders' needs in transactions."

Mark Jacobson is a commanding presence in both antitrust litigation and counseling, and is described as an "excellent writer" who "brings the kind of high-level sophisticated thinking and clear communication you look for in an area like antitrust."

Howard Kenison is "very knowledgeable, thorough and deliberative in casting options as well as the pluses and minuses of these options." He focuses his practice on environmental litigation.

Lee Magnuson is deeply experienced and has a long history of representing highly prominent clients in the state. One interviewee attests, "I can say from experience that he's well thought of and deservedly so. He's a very dependable lawyer who has a good work ethic. He has good personal skills and is very competent."

Marcus Mollison's real estate and construction practice focuses on transactions work, including acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing. Clients characterize him as "incredibly bright - he always puts out very high quality work and is really easy to work with."

Charles Moorse has a strong reputation in M&A and gives advice on licensing, joint ventures and risk management. He is admired by clients for his "steady hand" in navigating complex corporate cases.

Robert Tunheim provides general business advice in addition to his work in M&A and corporate finance and is described as a "very effective" lawyer.

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