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Eight Associates Join Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.

MINNEAPOLIS (December 2014)

– Robins Kaplan LLP welcomes eight associates to the firm’s Minneapolis office: Kaitlyn Johnson, Cassandra Merrick, Lisa Beane, Brittany Boren, Tucker Chambers, Ryan Dornberger, Emily Niles and Kelsey Thorkelson.

Kaitlyn Johnson primarily focuses her practice on financial industries litigation, assisting clients and client teams with complex financial matters involving a wide variety of investment instruments and financial deals. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from University of Minnesota Law School, where she was managing editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law. She received her B.A. from College of William & Mary, Public Policy & Hispanic Studies.

Cassandra Merrick practices in the firm’s Business Litigation group. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, and her M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota, J.D., and her Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri.

Lisa Beane is a business litigation attorney who helps clients resolve complex business disputes. She joins the firm after clerking for the Honorable Wilhelmina M. Wright of the Minnesota Supreme Court. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from University of Minnesota Law School, where she was lead managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review. She received her M.P.A. from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in political science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Augustana College.

Brittany Boren focuses her practice on business litigation for individuals, small business owners and large corporations in a wide range of business disputes. She received her J.D., cum laude, from University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she was an editor of University of St. Thomas Law Journal. She also received a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.

Tucker Chambers focuses his practice in intellectual property, representing clients in complex litigation matters involving a diverse spectrum of products and technologies. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, with a concentration in Intellectual Property & Technology Law from University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a managing editor on the Minnesota Law Review. He received his B.A., cum laude, from Boston University.

Ryan Dornberger focuses his practice on complex patent and business litigation for a broad spectrum of clients, from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law, and a B.S. in International Economics, summa cum laude, from Texas Tech University. 

Emily Niles focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, representing clients of various sizes and intellectual property portfolios in matters involving diverse technologies. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she was the publications editor of University of St. Thomas Law Journal. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology, magna cum laude, from Regis University.

Kelsey Thorkelson focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, representing independent inventors and Fortune 500 companies with matters involving a wide range of technologies including pharmaceutical products and mobile communications. She is admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Thorkelson received her J.D., magna cum laude, from University of Minnesota Law School, where she was editor of the Minnesota Law Review. She received her B.A. in Biology and Political Science, magna cum laude, from College of St. Benedict.