Adine Momoh and Aleava Sayre Recognized as Up & Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer 

Press ReleaseBoth Stinson Leonard Street attorneys have distinguished themselves through their work, leadership and community service roles

Adine Momoh and Aleava Sayre, attorneys from the Minneapolis office of Stinson Leonard Street LLP, were recognized as 2014 Up & Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer, based on their professional accomplishments, leadership and service. Minnesota Lawyer honored Momoh and Sayre, along with other outstanding legal professionals in private and public organizations, on Sept. 9 at Minnesota Lawyer's annual awards reception. The attorneys were also featured in a special edition of Minnesota Lawyer published on Sept. 16.

Each year Minnesota Lawyer recognizes a select group of attorneys who have distinguished themselves through their work, leadership and community service roles in the first 10 years of entering the legal profession. To make the selections, Minnesota Lawyer seeks input from judges, bar groups and attorneys.

Momoh is a trial attorney in her fifth year of practice. Even at an early stage in her career she has led or participated significantly in a broad range of disputes, including complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, estates and trusts litigation, and creditors’ rights and bankruptcy.

“Adine is an outstanding associate,” said Barbara Portwood, a partner in Stinson Leonard Street's Minneapolis office. “She’s got great judgment. She's very detail-oriented and careful. But she's also good at thinking on her feet. She has opinions and she is not afraid to express herself. She’s set up to be a leader in this firm and succeed at whatever she chooses to do.”

Momoh is active in the business community. Her involvement includes involvement in numerous organizations, particularly the Federal Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Momoh earned a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, graduating magna cum laude, in 2009. She earned a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas, graduating summa cum laude, in 2006.

Since joining the firm in 2006, Aleava Sayre has continued to expand her experience in the area of mining and natural resources law. She is an advocate of sustainable mining in the United States and assists clients in all stages of mineral exploration, development, and operations. She also provides counsel related to environmental compliance, environmental permitting and environmental review.

“From her first days with the firm, Aleava stood out as a precocious, talented writer and advocate with a gift for understanding and translating complex environmental and regulatory concepts to clients, regulatory agencies and courts,” said Byron Starns, a partner in Stinson Leonard Street's Minneapolis office. “She's now known by clients and members of the hard rock mining industry as a highly skilled resource in mining and natural resources law, and she's familiar with federal and state regulatory processes associated with developing mining projects.”

In addition to an active practice, Sayre also contributes to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Mineral Law Newsletter. She serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Debate Institute. She is president of the Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and is a Vice-Chair of Membership for the Mining and Mineral Extraction Committee for the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. She is also a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers.

Sayre was elected a partner of Stinson Leonard Street in 2012. She earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating magna cum laude, in 2004. She earned a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College in 2000.


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