For a firm of fifteen attorneys, Ciresi Conlin LLP has earned an impressively high share of some key accolades. Recognition of the firm’s depth and excellence continues with Benchmark Litigation recent naming of partners Barry Landy, Mathew Korte, and Heather McElroy to its annual 40 & Under Hotlist.
“Our shared commitment to justice and leveling the playing field inspired the launch of our firm. Fulfilling that mission includes ensuring that we help foster the next generation of great trial lawyers,” said Founding Partner Jan Conlin. “Given the stringent selection criteria, Benchmark Litigation’s inclusion of Barry, Mat, and Heather in its 40 & Under Hotlist serves as good evidence that we are on mission. And, on a personal note, I couldn’t be prouder of each these lawyers and the underlying accomplishments that got them here.”
In fact, getting on the 40 & Under Hotlist is no easy task. The exclusive list focuses on the most noteworthy up-and-coming litigation attorneys in the United States. Potential designees must have achieved partner status, participated in significant firm efforts, and garnered praise from clients and professional peers alike. Then, to make the list, Benchmark Litigation subjects selected individuals to rigorous research that includes analysis of individual casework, peer recognition, and client review.
Barry, Mat, and Heather consistently demonstrate the excellence that defines the list’s standards.
As a litigator, Barry represents both businesses and individuals in complex civil cases, including breach of contract, fraud, financial services litigation, class actions, partnership disputes, and employment matters. He also has significant appellate experience and has conducted several internal investigations of corporations related to allegations of fraud and embezzlement. Barry’s experience includes a federal court judicial clerkship and providing pro bono service as a volunteer attorney for causes like the Minnesota Advocates for the Human Rights, Twin Cities Pride, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. His recent results include co-leading the team that negotiated a $27 million settlement in a royalty contract dispute and, as co-lead class counsel, obtaining a $12.5 million settlement on behalf of injured ERISA plans in a complex class action against one of the largest banking and financial services companies in the world.
Mat also serves a diverse array of clients throughout all phases of litigation – including Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses, as well as individuals in complex business disputes and personal injury matters. Mat’s clients appreciate his courtroom talent as well as the comprehensive insight, analysis, and advice he brings to furthering his clients’ interests and trial objectives. His experience includes high-stakes trial and federal arbitrations addressing key industry issues like commercial distribution, brand protection, fraud, financial and securities matters, intellectual property rights, as well as insurance disputes, wrongful death, negligence, real property, and general contract disputes. His recent results include a $25 million settlement on behalf of a husband and father for catastrophic injuries and permanent impairment as a result of the failure to chart medication exposure in the patient’s record.
Heather represents both businesses and individuals in complex litigation matters. She has significant trial experience in high-stakes antitrust, trade secret, employment, breach-of-contract, class action, and financial litigation. While she loves trying cases, Heather has also earned client praise for her success in developing creative legal strategies for obtaining early resolutions when that is what best serves her clients’ interests. Heather also has significant appellate experience, including cases before the United States Supreme Court. She has provided hours of service to the community through her pro bono work with the Advocates for Human Rights and the Immigrant Law Center. She also served as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and a mentor in the award-winning UST Law Mentor Program. Her recent results include co-leading the team that negotiated a $27 million settlement in a royalty contract dispute and, as co-lead class counsel, obtaining a $12.5 million settlement on behalf of injured ERISA plans in a complex class action against one of the largest banking and financial services companies in the world.