A year after Minneapolis law firm Lindquist & Vennum merged with Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr, the Minneapolis office has made some major changes including a new managing partner, an array of additional hires and the launch of a diversity fellowship.

The changes look even more impressive considering they all came in the first two months of the year.

"Our Minneapolis office is an important part of our firm overall," said Karla Vehrs, litigation partner and the new managing partner of Ballard Spahr's Minneapolis office, during an interview.

While there is still a ways to go in terms of including more diversity in a legal field that has traditionally been male-dominated and monolithic, Vehrs said, "I think we're excited with the progress we have made."

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