40 Gray Plant Mooty Lawyers Named 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars


MINNEAPOLIS (July 5, 2016) — The law firm of Gray Plant Mooty is pleased to announce that 30 of its lawyers have been named 2016 “Minnesota Super Lawyers” and 10 have been named 2016 “Minnesota Rising Stars.”

The Super Lawyers designation identifies Minnesota lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5 percent of Minnesota lawyers receive the distinction.

The following GPM attorneys were named 2016 “Minnesota Super Lawyers”:

  • J.C. Anderson (Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • David C. Bahls (Tax: Business)
  • Jennifer Reedstrom Bishop (Health Care)
  • John E. Brower (Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Ann B. Burns (Estate Planning & Probate)
  • Michael R. Cunningham (Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation)
  • Jennifer C. Debrow (Intellectual Property)
  • Brian A. Dillon (Business Litigation)
  • Dean C. Eyler (Intellectual Property Litigation)
  • John W. Fitzgerald (Franchise/Dealership)
  • Susan Gaertner (Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar)
  • Michael R. Gray (Franchise/Dealership)
  • William Klein (Tax: Business, Business & Corporate)
  • Gaylen L. Knack (Franchise/Dealership)
  • John L. Krenn (Business Litigation)
  • Phillip L. Kunkel (Banking)
  • James D. Lamm (Estate Planning & Probate)
  • Dean A. LeDoux (General Litigation, Employment & Labor)
  • Carl Crosby Lehmann (Labor & Employment)
  • Charlie Maier (Business Litigation)
  • Craig P. Miller (Franchise/Dealership)
  • Bruce W. Mooty (Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Kirk W. Reilly (Franchise/Dealership)
  • Matthew J. Shea (Estate Planning & Probate)
  • Daniel R. Shulman (Antitrust Litigation)
  • Samuel J.H. Sigelman (Creditor Debtor Rights: Business)
  • James S. Simonson (Business Litigation)
  • Michael P. Sullivan, Jr. (Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Mark D. Williamson (Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Quentin R. Wittrock (Franchise/Dealership)

Rising Stars are chosen by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers. To be considered, lawyers must be 40 years old or younger, or must have practiced law for fewer than 10 years. Only 2.5 percent of lawyers in Minnesota receive this honor.

The following GPM lawyers were named a 2016 “Minnesota Rising Star”:

  • Joy Reopelle Anderson (Business Litigation)
  • Elizabeth Street Dillon (Franchise/Dealership)
  • Ashley Bennett Ewald (Intellectual Property)
  • Loren L. Hansen (Intellectual Property Litigation)
  • Jessica Johnson (Estate Planning & Probate)
  • Meghann Kantke (Employment & Labor)
  • Anne Paape (Estate Planning & Probate)
  • Ryan R. Palmer (Franchise/Dealership)
  • Andrew J. Steil (Business Litigation)
  • Erin E. Westbrook (Business Litigation)

About Gray Plant Mooty

Gray Plant Mooty is recognized as one of the leading corporate law firms in Minnesota and one of the top franchise firms in the world. Our roots go back to 1866. Today, we are a 180-attorney, full-service firm with offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minn., Fargo, N.D., and Washington, D.C. Our attorneys and staff provide exceptional client service and value to our clients, and directly or with our global affiliations, we provide comprehensive legal services on a regional, national and global basis. Learn more at and