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A.L. Brown is a trial lawyer who has successfully represented employees who have been mistreated by their employers, criminal defendants who are being prosecuted by the government, and those who have had their civil rights violated.
A.L. has worked as a law clerk to a federal judge, an associate in one of the nation’s best trial firms, legal counsel to a corporation, Chairman of the Saint Paul Human Rights Commission, Co-Chairman of the Innocence Project of Minnesota (IPMN), and member of the Executive Board of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He now brings all of that experience and knowledge to represent his clients, and to his work on the IPMN Board.
Jon Hopeman is a highly regarded trial and appellate attorney in state and federal courts with emphasis on white collar criminal defense. His practice also includes corporate compliance investigations.
From 1983 to 1994, Jon was an Assistant United States Attorney in Minneapolis, where he also served as Senior Litigation Counsel. Since leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office, he has defended persons charged with securities fraud, political corruption, environmental crimes, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, terrorism, murder and arson. He has conducted investigations for companies of fraud, bribery, Medicare fraud, theft of corporate assets and foreign corrupt practices.
Jon is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Jon has won more than 50 jury trials in federal court and has won more than 50 cases in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Andrew Redleaf, also known as Andy, is Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Whitebox Advisors, LLC. Mr. Redleaf founded Whitebox Advisors, LLC in 2000. He serves as Portfolio Manager of Whitebox Mutual Funds – Whitebox Tactical Advantage Fund. Mr. Redleaf serves as Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Trust for Professional Managers – Collins Alternative Solutions Fund.
Mr. Redleaf also founded Riverland Ag Corporation and was a Founding Partner of Deephaven Capital Management. While at Deephaven, Mr. Redleaf managed the Market Neutral Fund from 1994 to 1998. From 1980 to 1994, Mr. Redleaf was an options trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Prior to his experience at the CBOE, he spent two years as an options trader with Gruntal & Company. Mr. Redleaf has also served as a Director of Printware, Inc. since 2000, and previously as Director of Phosphate Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Redleaf graduated from Yale University in three years with a BA and MA in Mathematics and was recognized as the top mathematics student of his graduating year in 1978.
Lindsey C. Thomas, MD is a board certified forensic pathologist and assistant medical examiner at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minneapolis, serving Dakota, Hennepin and Scott counties. She got her BA from Oberlin College in Ohio, her MD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and did her anatomic and clinical residency at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Thomas completed her forensic pathology fellowship at Hennepin County. Lindsey is on the Boards of Directors of the Minnesota Coroners’ and Medical Examiners’ Association and of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and is the chair of NAME’s Government Affairs Committee. She is on the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Department of Justice, Organization of Scientific Area Committees, Subcommittee on Medicolegal Death Investigation and is on the board of the Innocence Project of Minnesota.
On a personal note, Dr. Thomas is married to her Kalamazoo Central high school sweetheart, David Lauth, an attorney at UnitedHealth Group. They have three children, who, like all Lake Wobegon children, are well above average. She is an avid reader, a recent convert to running (well jogging really) having completed a marathon and 2 half-marathons in the last 8 months, and an enthusiastic if not particularly talented downhill skier.
Xcel Energy Inc.
Jim Altman is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Xcel Energy Inc. Jim graduated from the University of Iowa School of Law in 1982 and started working at Dorsey & Whitney that same year in the litigation department. In 1987, Jim began working at NSPM, working primarily in the area of litigation. After NSP’s merger in August of 2000 with New Centuries Energy to form Xcel Energy, Jim became the litigation practice leader. In November of 2005 Jim became Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Xcel Energy. In this role Jim supervises Legal staff, provides legal advice to senior management and has overall responsibility for the Company’s litigation.
Mr. Cohen is a senior managing director for CarVal Investors, responsible for managing investments in global loan portfolios. Prior to joinging CarVal in 2009, Mr. Cohen was responsible for structured finance transaction origination, analysis and execution at Garrison Investment Group. He was previously with Silver Point Capital where he deployed both debt and equity through a range of investments in various structure product and illiquid asset classes.
Mr. Cohen also co-headed the financial services group within principal finance. Mr. Cohen was previously the CEO of Franklin Credit Management Corporation, a publicly traded specialty finance company, and spent four years as the chief operating officer of MagnaCare. Mr Cohen received his J.D. from NYU School of Law and his A.B. in political science from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors and distinction.
Lea has over 20 years’ experience within the legal information technology and services industry and holds a J.D. She is currently Vice President of Customer Support within Legal Sales & Customer Support. Prior to her current role, Lea has led teams in marketing, sales and account management and sales operations. Lea possesses unique experience in managing teams and programs across multiple customer segments and sales channels. Today she is responsible global contact centers for Reference Attorneys, Customer Service and Customer Technical Support where they handle over 1.4M customer contacts per year.
Steve is a senior of counsel attorney at Fredrikson & Byron who concentrates his practice in tax litigation, business and commercial litigation, and white collar criminal and regulatory agency defense. Prior to entering private practice in the Twin Cities, he was a Department of Justice Tax Division trial attorney responsible for representing the government in tax refund and general tax litigation matters in numerous federal district courts in the Midwest and Northeast.
Steve has been a writer and a lecturer at continuing legal education and other professional seminars on such topics as tax refund litigation, opening statement, closing argument, the art of trial advocacy, the law of privilege, the death penalty, ethical issues in white collar criminal defense, bank fraud and fidelity insurance.
John Kingrey retired after more than 14 years as the Executive Director of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. He previously was a senior vice-president with the Minnesota Hospital Association and served as a staff assistant to Governor Rudy Perpich.
Kingrey also served a combined 30 years in the Marine Corps and Army Reserves before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He currently volunteers for several veteran’s organizations. In addition to serving on the Board of the Innocence Project of Minnesota, he also serves on the Board of the Armed Forces Service Center.
A partner and Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation department, Chris Madel is regularly sought after to represent corporations, law firms, and individuals in their most sensitive and grave matters. He has represented corporations, law firms, and individuals in many delicate and high-profile investigations and lawsuits (civil and criminal), including trying numerous cases before juries and judges.
His substantive experience includes representing clients in substantial minority-shareholder disputes, billion-dollar claims in connection with major corporate acquisitions, alleged theft of trade secrets, computer hacking, corporate espionage, allegations of attorney malpractice and misconduct, as well as defending claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies relating to alleged regulatory violations and white-collar crimes.
Mr. Madel has received numerous awards for his work. He is the first lawyer that The Minnesota Lawyer selected as “Attorney of the Year” for three consecutive years (2011, 2012, and 2013). The National Trial Lawyers Association named him as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” in 2012, 2013, and 2014. His peers have selected him as a “Super Lawyer” in every year since 2003. And in late 2012, Mr. Madel appeared on the cover of the premier issue of Attorney at Law magazine in Minnesota.
Ed Magarian partners with clients to defend complex civil litigation brought both by private parties and the government; investigate and, where necessary, defend allegations of criminal and regulatory violations; and defend or prosecutor claims before FINRA, AAA and other venues.
Ed’s practice includes clients in various fields and industries such as banking, securities, health care, energy, education, and other nonprofits, hospitality, franchise, government contractors, food and agriculture, franchisors, among others. His commitment to client service is 24/7 because the issues his clients confront are not restricted by the clock.
Ed is a member of the firm’s Policy Committee (Board of Directors). He also serves as chair of the firm’s Professional Personnel Committee, the committee that reviews all non-partner professionals.
Eileen has 24 years of investigative experience as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the Los Angeles and Minneapolis offices. Eileen’s federal law enforcement experience includes work with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and other law enforcement agencies on major white-collar investigations. Eileen participated in planning and performing complex financial investigations, and has extensive experience in asset forfeiture, court receiverships and asset identification and recovery.
During her federal law enforcement career Eileen investigated hundreds of allegations of criminal fraud involving bank fraud, bank failures, public corruption, investment fraud, mortgage fraud and securities fraud. She assisted in obtaining criminal convictions against individuals, including the some of the larger Ponzi scheme cases in region: U.S. vs. Thomas J. Petters, et. al.; U.S. vs. Trevor Cook; and U.S. vs. Jason Bo-Alan Beckman, et. al. Eileen’s work on the Petters case led to her being awarded as a co-recipient of both the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award and the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Eileen has worked with experienced investigators from other agencies and mentored new investigators in the FBI and other agencies. Eileen has an MBA from Pepperdine University and an BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an active volunteer at the ICA Food Shelf in Hopkins, MN and a board member with the Innocence Project of Minnesota.
David Schultz is a trial lawyer and partner in Maslon’s Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on high stakes litigation in the areas of product liability, healthcare, commercial disputes, civil and criminal fraud, and intellectual property. David has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout the country. He is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the national Board of Trial Advocacy and as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association.
David has taught trial advocacy at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the Network of Trial Law Firms. He has also developed an active appellate practice as well, having argued more than 50 cases before several federal circuits as well as the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. David is particularly adept in the analysis and elucidation of complex technical issues, a skill which he leverages for clients across all areas of his practice.
Ms. Shmidov has been a strong advocate for her clients in Minnesota Courts for the last 20 years. She started her legal career defending clients for Mr. Richard Meshbesher’s law firm and continued representing thousands of individuals since in her own firm, Julia Shmidov Law Firm, P.A.
Ms. Shmidov provides her clients with a wide array of knowledge and experience, having worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Her ability to evaluate the case from different angles strengthens her clients’ case preparation and achieves solid results.
As part of her practice, Ms. Shmidov has handled civil cases, and criminal defense and prosecution. She has served on the Misdemeanor Defense Panel in Hennepin County for 15 years and chaired the Lawyer Referral and Information Services Committee. Ms. Shmidov has shared her experience by teaching other attorneys as the presenter in a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar on the necessity defense and conducted general legal seminars.
Jim Volling is one of the most respected commercial litigators in the Midwest. He is a member of the firm’s management board and the former head o fthe firm’s business litigation group.
Jim served as a judicial clerk under the Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and the Honorable Roger Robb, United States Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia Circuit. For more than two decades, he has represented business clients in a wide variety of complex commercial disputes, as well as representing individuals and institutions in white collar criminal matters and investigations.
Jim has appeared in state and federal trial courts in every region of the country and he has argued appeals in several federal and state appellate court. Jim has handled disputes valued up to several billion dollars.
Jim’s broad-based experience includes extensive work in antitrust, securities and shareholder litigation, FCPA investigations and voluntary disclosures to the SEC and DoJ; consumer class actions, False Claims Act; RICO; breach of contract; breach of warranty; and lender liability. In the area of white collar criminal defense, he has handled federal and state cases alleging misapplication of bank funds, securities fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, government program fraud and violations of laws involving antitrust, export, customs, commercial bribery, environmental issues and the Hobbs Act. He has also handled internal investigations of suspected criminal conduct for corporations and other institutions.
Mr. Werner most recently managed the CRM (Salesforce.com and related applications) ecosystem for Thomson Reuters Legal. He has a proven track record of improving sales enablement through: building a CRM Center or Excellence, developing global sales process, deploying pipeline analytics & forecasting tools; and integrating marketing automation into a complex CRM organization. Mr. Werner also focuses on CRM integration and consolidation within enterprise Thomson Reuters businesses. As part of these deployments, Mr. Werner developed and rolled out a new global Sales Process and Opportunity/Pipeline Management processes, End-User Support, Marketing Automation and Global Governance. He is a five-time speaker at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce and World Tour annual events.
Marie Wolf received a B.A. from Macalester College, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. She specialized in criminal appellate law, and was employed by the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender’s Office. She was also an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, teaching the Criminal Appeals Clinic and the Legal Practicum. She is now retired, and spends her time volunteering for the Innocence Project of Minnesota and playing with her grandchildren.