Christopher Madel and Craig Wildfang Named “Attorneys of the Year 2012”

Christopher Madel and Craig Wildfang, both partners in the Minneapolis office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., were named “Attorneys of the Year 2012” by Minnesota Lawyer.  According to Minnesota Lawyer, the award recognizes the best achievements in the Minnesota legal profession.

Nominations were submitted by judges, bar groups, clients and fellow attorneys, and honorees were selected based on their leadership, involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events, excellence in corporate or transactional services, and public service. The 2012 honorees included attorneys practicing criminal law, litigation, public service, intellectual property, and in-house legal departments.

Mr. Madel, who leads the firm’s Government and Internal Investigations Group, was honored for his representation of a bank executive who was acquitted of eight alleged federal crimes, including bank fraud, misapplication of bank funds, and making false statements after a three-week jury trial.  The bank executive’s two co-defendants were found guilty at the same trial.  Mr. Madel was also an “Attorneys of the Year 2011” honoree relating to his representation of the Special Committee of the Fiesta Bowl in an internal investigation regarding claims of inappropriate expenditures, potential tax-related violations,  and other alleged misconduct.

Mr. Wildfang is co-chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.  He was honored for his work in In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Litigation, a case which reached a settlement of $7.25 billion for a class of approximately 7 million U.S. merchants.  The settlement is believed to be the largest settlement of a private antitrust case in the 120-year history of the Sherman Act (15 U.S.C. §1 et seq.) and also includes important reforms of the payment card industry.

An awards program was held on February 21 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

Being named to the list or receiving the award is not intended and should not be viewed as comparative to other lawyers or to create an expectation about results that might be achieved in a future matter.