Lowell Stortz Returns to Private Practice, Steps Aside as Stinson Leonard Street Chair
MINNEAPOLIS (March 23, 2017)—Lowell Stortz, who has held leadership positions for several years at Stinson Leonard Street LLP, has decided to step aside as chair of the firm in order to return to where his law career began: estate planning.
“I truly enjoyed my firmwide leadership roles, but I have always looked forward to a return to practice, working closely with clients to achieve their estate planning goals,” said Stortz .
Stortz started at the firm in 1983, when it was known as Leonard, Street and Deinard. He held several management/leadership positions before being elected president of the firm, serving in that role from 2009 through 2013. After co-leading the merger of Leonard, Street and Deinard with Stinson Morrison Hecker in 2013, he served as co-managing partner of the combined firm, Stinson Leonard Street, in 2014 and 2015, and then as chair of the firm through early 2017.
“Lowell’s unique talents and his experience with client-focused leadership of a great Minneapolis-based firm proved invaluable to our merger and the success of the combined firm,” said Mark Hinderks, Stinson Leonard Street's managing partner. “He helped lead our new firm's vision, selflessly, with determination and the trust of all of our partners. He now builds upon these things as he returns with enthusiasm to serve clients directly in the Minneapolis market and beyond.”
At a firm event announcing the change, Stortz made it clear that he’s not retiring.
“I am a strong believer in healthy succession of leadership roles, and it is a great opportunity to work at a firm where I can step aside from those roles but still pursue the practice of law. I really value this opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our talented staff and other attorneys and paralegals in meeting the needs of our clients. I expect to be doing so for many years to come.”