Faegre Baker Daniels Announces Firmwide and Denver Leadership Positions for 2013

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(March 21, 2013) — Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has announced its firmwide leadership positions for 2013, including Natalie Hanlon-Leh as the new leader of the intellectual property group and Heather Carson Perkins as the new Denver office leader.

Hanlon-Leh transitions from her previous role as Denver office leader to leader of the national intellectual property practice group. As a partner and senior trial lawyer focusing on intellectual property protection and litigation, she serves as lead counsel in complex patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets cases. Most recently, Hanlon-Leh secured a $12 million jury verdict in a patent infringement and trade dress case for a division of L’Oreal and scored an appellate victory for Life is good Inc. in a copyright dispute.

Hanlon-Leh has been recognized as the Colorado IP Litigation Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers and has twice been named Colorado’s Best Trademark Lawyer by Law Week Colorado, among other accolades. Since 2004, she has been an adjunct professor of patent litigation at the University of Colorado School of Law.

Perkins is a partner in the firm’s litigation and advocacy group, focused on trade secret, antitrust, franchise and distribution, and complex commercial matters. She has successfully litigated cases from inception through appeal on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in federal, state and arbitration proceedings across the country and abroad. As office leader, Perkins will guide the firm’s community initiatives and serve as a representative of the firm in the Denver community.

“I’m very pleased to be stepping into this new leadership role,” said Perkins. “My goal is to further develop Faegre Baker Daniels’ strong relationship with the Denver community as we do our part to make Denver a great place to work and live.”

Faegre Baker Daniels also announced its full list of firmwide leadership positions for 2013. The firm is led by a management board of 15 members, responsible for strategic direction and policy of the firm.

Management board members are:

·         Andrew G. Humphrey, Chair – Minneapolis

·         Thomas C. Froehle Jr., Vice Chair – Indianapolis

·         David W. Barrett – Indianapolis

·         Terri L. Combs – Des Moines

·         Leslie A. Fields – Denver

·         David J.F. Gross – Minneapolis

·         George D. Martin – Minneapolis

·         Richard E. Michaels – Chicago

·         Michael J. Nader – Fort Wayne

·         Kathlyn E. Noecker – Minneapolis

·         Hudnall A. Pfeiffer – Indianapolis

·         Andrea Roberts Pierson – Indianapolis

·         Andrew Z. Soshnick – Indianapolis

·         Linda S. Svitak – Minneapolis

·         James L. Volling – Minneapolis


Four members of the management board service as an executive committee, working with the firm’s operational executives on administrative and operational matters. Managing Partner Andrew G. Humphrey, Chief Operating Partner Thomas C. Froehle Jr, and board members Kathlyn E. Noecker and Andrew Z. Soshnick serve on the executive committee.


Leaders of the firm’s 16 practice groups and four industry teams guide the priorities and operations of their groups as they seek to provide high-quality, effective service to clients.


Faegre Baker Daniels’ practice group leaders are:

·         Benefits and executive compensation – Maureen M. Maly, Minneapolis

·         Business litigation – David K. Herzog, Indianapolis

·         Client technology solutions – Deanna E. Blomquist, Denver

·         Construction and real estate litigation – Mark A. Voigtmann, Indianapolis

·         Corporate – Chris E. Hofstad, Minneapolis

·         Exempt organization – P. Lowell Haines, Indianapolis

·         Finance and restructuring – Jerome A. Miranowski, Minneapolis

·         Government advocacy and consulting – David R. Zook, Washington, D.C.

·         Health and life sciences – Patrick S. Cross, Indianapolis

·         Insurance – Charles T. Richardson, Washington, D.C.

·         Intellectual property – Natalie Hanlon-Leh, Denver

·         Labor and employment – Scott W. Wright, Minneapolis

·         Product liability and environmental – J. Joseph Tanner, Indianapolis

·         Real estate – Diane B. Davies, Denver

·         Tax advocacy – Francina A. Dlouhy, Indianapolis

·         Wealth management – David J. Shannon, Minneapolis

Industry team leaders are:

·         Energy, resources and clean technology – James R. Spaanstra, Denver

·         Financial services – Michael B. Fisco, Minneapolis

·         Food and agriculture – Kim J Walker, Des Moines

·         Health and life sciences – Daniel L. Boeglin, Indianapolis, and Jason R. Kraus, Minneapolis


Leaders of the firm’s 12 offices oversee office-specific operations work, guide the firm’s local community initiatives and serve as representatives of the firm in the community.

Faegre Baker Daniels’ office leaders are:

·         Beijing – Bing Wang

·         Boulder – John R. Marcil

·         Chicago – Richard E. Michaels

·         Denver – Heather Carson Perkins

·         Des Moines – Michael A. Giudicessi

·         Fort Wayne – Steven L. Jackson

·         Indianapolis – J. Murray Clark

·         London – Paul H. Finlan

·         Minneapolis – Steven C. Kennedy

·         Shanghai – John V. Grobowski

·         South Bend – Richard L. Hill

·         Washington, D.C. – David R. Zook


Administrative and operational department leaders are:

·         Chief client development officer — Melanie S. Green, Indianapolis

·         Chief financial officer — Laurie Ann Schrader, Indianapolis

·         Chief information and knowledge management officer — D. Brad Frederiksen, Minneapolis

·         Chief strategy officer — Steven R. Petrie, Minneapolis

·         Chief talent officer — Ann Rainhart, Minneapolis


Faegre Baker Daniels LLP—a combination of Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels on Jan. 1, 2012—offers a full complement of legal services to clients ranging from emerging enterprises to multinational companies. The firm's 750-plus legal and consulting professionals handle the most complex transactional, regulatory and litigation matters throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. With U.S. offices in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. and international offices in London, Beijing and Shanghai, Faegre Baker Daniels is one of the 75 largest law firms in the United States. FaegreBD Consulting, the firm’s advisory and advocacy division based in Washington, D.C., provides public policy, regulatory and technical services to key sectors of the economy. For more information, visit www.FaegreBD.com or www.FaegreBDC.com.

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