Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars listees celebrate selections

One-hundred and twenty-five selectees from the 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists gathered in Minneapolis last week to rekindle friendships and celebrate together another year of successful practice.

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The reception, held at 514 Studios and co-hosted with Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, showcased the variety of selectees attending to network with peers, build their referral networks and celebrate the hard work it takes become a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars listee.

Long-time and first-time selections mingled together, highlighting the peer-learning and interaction available among dedicated attorneys.

"I have been trying to get here for 13 years and I'm so excited to be a Super Lawyers selectee," said Kristin Kingsbury, of Henningson & Snoxell Ltd. "Since before I was a lawyer, I worked in a law firm and when the Super Lawyers lists were announced, I was so excited for those people and I found every Super Lawyers listee in my firm and congratulated them on being selected.

"Then, I went to law school and I've been hot on the trail to be a Super Lawyers selectee ever since. This was my first year getting the designation and I was floored when I found out."

Kingsbury was welcomed into the reception by Ken Abdo, renowned entertainment lawyer and Super Lawyers listee since 2003. Abdo was eager to congratulate Kingsbury and introduce her to fellow attorneys who share their affinity for helping clients.

"I have, for whatever reason, secured the reputation with my peers that they'd select me for this and I'm very appreciative for that," said Abdo.

Abdo also spent time getting to know Lymari Santana, a family law attorney at Mack & Santana Law Offices in Minneapolis and 15-year selection to the Rising Stars and Super Lawyers lists. It was more than a simple discussion of legal issues and referrals. They talked about upbringing and interests (Abdo is a talented musician and Santana grew up in Puerto Rico), highlighting how networking events provide a space to bounce ideas off other lawyers and experience camaraderie.

"You want to see all these people," Santana said. "It shows we have the same values in our practice. It's great to meet people from other practices. I have a lot of different issues in my area of practice and it's always good to have someone to call."

As a result of current immigration issues in the United States, Steven Thal, a top-rated immigration lawyer and 12-time selectee, uses networking opportunities like the Super Lawyers reception to develop business and ask questions of fellow esteemed attorneys. His staff of nine is currently working on staying informed on legal issues and continuing legal advocacy, gearing up for the ramifications of any new national legislation.

At the event, he enjoyed seeing old colleagues and law school classmates. He took time to talk with a friend and former legal opponent in a case when he started out.

"It's a chance to reconnect and make connections with others," Thal said. "It's a resourcing opportunity and I've gotten referrals out of it."

With attorneys spanning practice areas, tenure and firm size, attendees got a taste for the professionalism, work ethic and peer appreciation it takes to be named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

"It's great to be here with all these lawyers, who I've known forever," said Charles Lundberg, a selectee in professional liability practice since 2003. "It's good to see these younger people coming up now. I'm really proud that I'm on the list."