Anne Cotter and Steve Schemenauer Recognized as Up & Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer
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. The selections are based on professional accomplishments, leadership in the profession and service. Cotter, Schemenauer and the rest of honorees were recognized Sept. 10, 2015, at an awards reception hosted by the paper.
Cotter is a partner in the firm's Minneapolis office and co-chair of the firm's venture capital and emerging companies practice group. She advises venture capital investors and emerging growth companies on obtaining capital. She represents entrepreneurial start-ups as well as large national companies in all stages of their business. She regularly works with public and private companies in areas including choice of entity and related formation and organizational matters, mergers, asset and stock sales, private placements, licensing and contract negotiations, and other general corporate matters. Cotter earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Cotter is a past board member and board chair of the Cancer Legal Line. Through her service she assisted the organization in its mission of providing pro bono legal services to cancer patients and their families. Cancer Legal Line is the only nonprofit in Minnesota that provides such services to those families affected by cancer.
Schemenauer is a business and commercial litigation attorney in the firm's Minneapolis office. He handles complex litigation in shareholder, construction, real estate, employment, intellectual property and product liability disputes, as well as other commercial matters. He is also qualified under Minnesota Rule 114 as a mediator and arbitrator, and he has represented parties and served as a neutral in a variety of areas, including construction, employment, personal injury, foreclosure, banking and securities, and general business disputes. He earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law.
Schemenauer also serves in the Minnesota Army National Guard. With nearly 24 years of military service, including two combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, he was recently handpicked to attend a prestigious fellowship at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy through the U.S. Army War College.
In addition, Schemenauer devotes significant time to pro bono activities through the Deinard Legal Clinic, the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network, the Hennepin County ADR program and the State Public Defender’s Office.