Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

225 South Sixth Street Suite 3500 Minneapolis, MN 55402 Phone: (612) 604-6400 Fax: (612) 604-6800 LOCATION Minneapolis, MN MAJOR DEPARTMENTS & PRACTICES Antitrust & Trade Regulation Appellate Practice Banking and Finance Business & Commercial Litigation Construction Law Corporate Finance & Securities Law Creditors Remedies & Bankruptcy Law Emerging Companies & Entrepreneurial Services Eminent Domain Employment Law Energy Law Environmental & Land Use Estate Planning & Business Succession Planning General Corporate Indian Law Insurance & Financial Services Intellectual Property Legislative & Regulatory Mergers & Acquisitions Public Finance Real Estate Tax Telecommunications THE STATS No. of attorneys: 89 No. of offices: 1 Summer associate offers firmwide: 4 out of 4 (2007) Managing Partner: Scott J. Dongoske Hiring Partner: Matthew R. McBride

BASE SALARY Minneapolis, MN (2007) 1st year: $120,000 2nd year: $______ 3rd year: $______ 4th year: $______ 5th year: $______ 6th year: $______ 7th year: $______ Summer associate: $2,300/week Notable Perks • • • • “Profit sharing” “Annual bonus” “Up to six months’ maternity leave” “One free out-of-state CLE weekend trip per year”

EMPLOYMENT CONTACT Ms. Patricia M. Sachs Recruiting Coordinator Phone: (612) 604-6400 Fax: (612) 604-6902 E-mail: THE SCOOP Minneapolis’s Winthrop & Weinstine is a growing regional firm, with a diverse practice and diverse clientele. The firm’s specialties stretch from Indian law to telecommunications, and its typical clients range from Artspace and the American Church Mortgage Company to Merrill Lynch and Wal-mart. The firm’s notable victories in 2006 include an appellate court’s affirmation of a $4.7 million summary judgment award on behalf of Winthrop’s clients, six workers’ compensation insurers. At issue in the case—Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company, et al., Respondents, v. Minnesota Special Compensation Fund, et al.—was whether the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's Special Compensation Fund could assess insurers, such as Winthrop’s clients, who no longer issued workers’ compensation policies in Minnesota. The Court of Appeals ruled against the state, finding that the district court was within its discretion to refund the $4.7 million the firm’s six clients had been afforded.

The firm also won a reversal on behalf of three Minneapolis-area chambers of commerce, whose case challenging a state law that prevented them from supporting candidates for federal elective office had been dismissed by a district court judge on standing and ripeness grounds. After securing the reversal from the Eighth Circuit, the firm then successfully moved for summary judgment. GETTING HIRED The way the firm’s associates describe it, Winthrop & Weinstine is far more concerned with personality and fit than grades and achievement. A sixth-year says that the partners look for “self-starters” who are “confident” and “ready to learn and work hard.” A litigator suggests that the firm wants “someone who is smart and hardworking, but is fairly easy to get along with. Don’t have an attitude; don’t think you’re better than anyone; don’t be overly uptight.” Another litigator adds, “A good sense of humor goes a long way in interviewing, along with natural curiosity, high energy and a genuine personality (i.e. being able to talk about non-law subjects like a normal human being).” OUR SURVEY SAYS Are there any associates anywhere happier than those at Winthrop & Weinstine? Listen to these glowing reviews. “This firm provides a very fulfilling mix of responsibility and mentorship. I have had the opportunity to do some very interesting work with a high degree of independence while never feeling like I’m in over my head,” says a second-year. A sixth-year says, “I can’t imagine doing litigation at any other firm in the Twin Cities. This is a great place to work, grow professionally and even make friends.” A first-year reports, “Winthrop is an amazing place to work. The people are like family. It’s a great place to grow in the law.” And a third-year adds, “W&W is about the best firm to be at in the Twin Cities; the office culture is satisfactory, the people reasonable, the cases generally interesting.” Um, wow. Associates describe W&W’s office as “healthy,” “friendly,” “relaxed” and “wonderful.” As one attorney puts it, “We laugh a lot.” A junior litigator reports, “The firm goes out of its way to bring the attorneys together for social events. If you want to get to know the people you work with on a social level, it certainly is not difficult to do so.” Another litigator adds, “There is a real friendliness amongst everyone. There is not a hierarchical structure that prohibits socializing amongst associates and shareholders.” A third litigator says, “We have a lot of fun together both professionally and socially.” One thing that could improve is formal training, associates say, though most tend to prefer individual mentoring anyhow. As a sixth-year reports, “We barely have a formal training program. Most training is one-on-one, which can be very effective; I prefer it to a formal training program. However, the more passive associates could get left behind if they don’t take the initiative to get engaged in the one-on-one training.” A fifth-year adds, “The firm is getting better at formally training its associates. We now have quarterly training sessions.” The firm’s compensation is “very competitive” and “for top performers, at the top of the market.” A midlevel associate advises, “Bonuses are given both for performance and for hours

billed in excess of 1,800. These are not small bonuses.” Another insider adds, “Our system rewards hard work; if you are doing good work and are busy, you are well compensated with the mandatory and discretionary bonus system. If I work the minimum, I get paid less than others at comparable firms. If I end up billing big hours (2,000-2,150), I can earn more than associates at even the largest firms in town.”