Press Release

25 Ballard Spahr Attorneys Recognized as North Star Lawyers

June 1, 2021

Twenty-five Ballard Spahr attorneys have been named as North Star Lawyers for 2021, a designation that recognizes members of the Minnesota State Bar Association who contributed at least 50 hours of pro bono legal work in the previous year to people in need of legal services.

Across the state, 757 attorneys were named North Star Lawyers. Cumulatively, they provided over 86,000 hours of legal service with an estimated value of $21.5 million.
The Ballard Spahr attorneys recognized as 2021 North Star Lawyers are:

• Christian R. Barnes
• Sonja Beddow
• Joshua A. Bobich
• Jonathan M. Bye
• Sarah B. Dannecker
• Jodi A. DeSchane
• Jessica DuBois
• Jessica G. Federico
• Jody L. Ferris
• Daniel R. Fritz
• Taylor R. Gess
• Paige A. Haughton
• Kelly L. Herrmann
• Wallace G. Hilke
• Laura L. Krenz
• Katie LaGrange
• Thomas G. Lovett IV
• Rene McNulty
• Peter V. Michaud
• Joshua T. Natzel
• Maya Salah
• Amy L. Schwartz
• Conor H.M. Smith
• Robert E. Tunheim
• Kathryn E. Wendt

Firm-wide, the attorneys of Ballard Spahr contribute more than 50,000 hours annually to pro bono service. In our pro bono work, Ballard Spahr lawyers advocate for fundamental human rights in cases involving the death penalty, voting rights, asylum and immigration, and child advocacy. In addition, we help veterans and first-responders with estate planning through Wills for Heroes; staff legal clinics for unhoused people; assist artists in protecting their intellectual property; advise entrepreneurs on building successful businesses; and represent low-income individuals and families in a full spectrum of matters.


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