Professional Experience: Partner in the Dakota Law, P.L.L.C. law firm; Practicing attorney in Minnesota since 1983; Admitted as a registered Patent Attorney in 1998 to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Areas of practice include Intellectual Property Law, consisting of the areas of Patent and Trademark prosecution and protection, Copyrights, and Intellectual Property Licensing, and all areas of corporate transactional law, including corporate formation, purchase and sale of businesses, contract issues and general business advice.
Education and Education Leadership Positions: B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth; J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law); Former ISD 196 School Board Member, 2011-2017, served as Vice Chairperson 2016-2017 and on the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee, the Legislative Committee, and the Policy Review Committee, and served on the District’s Budget Advisory Council, Community Education Advisory Council, and Legislative Advisory Council.
Community Leadership Positions: Board Member of The District 196 Foundation, Inc.; Active in the Eagan Rotary Club 2004-present, served as President 2016-2017, and as its Director of International Service and Fast for Hope Chair in the past. Past member of the Apple Valley Rotary Club 1997-2004, serving as its President in 2002-2003 and as Centennial Project Committee Chair. Served as an Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 5950, Area 2, Past Board Member of the Capital Facilities and Finance Commission Board for the Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Minnesota United Methodist Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, the Advisory Board for the Dakota County Technical College Institute for Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the District 196 Foundation Incorporated Board of Directors, the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Served on the Advisory Planning Commission for the City of Eagan, the Eagan Citizens’ Crime Prevention Association Board, and the Northern Dakota County Chamber Foundation Board.