June 21, 2021 – Minnesota lawyer


Dulce foster

The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation funded and initiated the Small Business Rehabilitation Micro-Grants Program with administrative support from the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC). The program provides financial support to small businesses affected by the damage caused by the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.

“The rebuilding of our community began a year ago when lawyers at Fredrikson opened a free legal clinic to help business owners affected by social unrest, but there is still a long way to go,” said Dulce Foster , President of the Fredrikson & Byron Foundation. “By providing micro-grants to as many small business owners as possible, community members can find renewed hope as they re-launch their businesses. “

The program will run for 18 months or until funds are distributed. Interested small business owners can request a request from NDC by emailing Earlsworth Letang at [email protected]

The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation supports the philanthropic efforts and volunteer work of the lawyers and staff of Fredrikson & Byron in the community. The foundation provides grants to programs that improve the delivery of and equal access to legal services, to law schools and programs that support the professional development of lawyers, to programs to improve the causes and effects of crime, to organizations that seek to protect and develop the human rights of our capital community and artistic, cultural and environmental organizations that improve the quality of life. The foundation prioritizes grant applications from organizations with which the attorneys and staff of Fredrikson are personally involved and are consistent with the core mission of the foundation.

The Neighborhood Development Center is a non-profit organization that works in low-income neighborhoods of Twin Cities to help emerging entrepreneurs develop successful businesses that serve and revitalize their communities. They also supported members of the Build from Within Alliance who provide similar support in communities across the United States. This multi-year assessment documents NDC’s impact on the businesses supported by NDC, as well as the neighborhoods where owners reside and operate businesses.

Fredrikson & Byron is a leading Midwestern law firm that helps businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. The firm’s 300+ lawyers are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck; Monks; Fargo; Mankato; St. Paul; Saltillo, Mexico; and Shanghai, China.


Robert Q. Williams

Robert Q. Williams

Lawyer Robert Q. Williams joined the Best & Flanagan Real Estate practice group.

Williams advises companies and institutions in all kinds of commercial real estate transactions. Prior to joining Best & Flanagan, Williams was a lawyer at Messerli & Kramer. He is a graduate of Hamline University Law School and Gustavus Adolphus College.

Best & Flanagan is a full service law firm, providing advice and guidance to individuals and businesses in virtually all areas of law, including Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Tax, non-profit organizations, estate planning, construction, family law, real estate, labor and employment, and public finance.


The law firm of Maslon LLP announces that it has taken on the Pro Bono Institute 2020 Law Firm Challenge for the sixth consecutive year. The Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge is a commitment made by the country’s leading law firms in which firms must devote 3% of their billable hours or a set number of hours per lawyer to providing pro bono legal services to individuals. low income and disadvantaged. individuals, families and non-profit groups. The challenge is administered by the Pro Bono Project law firm of the Pro Bono Institute.

A majority of Maslon’s lawyers participated in qualifying volunteer work in 2020, helping the firm exceed the requirement of the Pro Bono Law Firm Challenge for the sixth consecutive year. In total, Maslon lawyers devoted 4,345 of their hours to pro bono service in 2020. Maslon’s pro bono service in 2020 included:

  • Advise homeowners affected by the Minneapolis unrest in 2020 on their insurance collection claims.
  • Represented a non-profit organization in an appeal establishing a standard to better protect the privacy rights of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Ongoing advocacy for a nonprofit organization’s fight to protect and preserve Minnesota‘s boundary waters against a proposed copper-nickel mine.
  • Key involvement of Maslon associate Steve Schleicher, through a special appointment of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to the prosecution team for the Derek Chauvin trial.

“We are very proud of our firm’s pro bono accomplishments over the past year,” said Julian Zebot, Partner and Chairman of Maslon’s Pro Bono Committee. “We believe that such work is our moral and ethical responsibility. It is fundamental to the integrity of the justice system and upholds our firm’s long-standing commitment to community service.

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