Taft Minneapolis Chief Strategy Officer, Ann Rainhart, and Taft Minneapolis Partner-In-Charge, Justin Weinberg, were recently featured in a Minnesota Lawyer article on firm office reopenings with the state’s work-from-home mandate set to expire on April 15.
To Rainhart, collaboration is key. She and Julie Henson, Taft’s chief client officer, invited leaders from 20 local law firms to form the Strategic Coalition Law Firms. The Coalition partners with Minneapolis-based organizations and local officials to ensure downtown’s return to vibrancy at the appropriate time.
"We're pretty passionate about Minneapolis," said Rainhart. "You can make the choice as to whether you're going to let somebody else solve the challenges or you're going to start to try and be a proactive leader."
Taft Minneapolis was 60 percent through remodeling its office when the pandemic hit. "As luck would have it, we backed into having a rather pandemic-friendly space," said Weinberg.
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Ann Rainhart is an agent of change in the legal profession. As chief strategy officer, she guides the firm in determining and articulating its vision, identifying market opportunities, and executing innovative strategies to influence enterprise-wide cultural and operational shifts. Before Taft's combination with Briggs and Morgan, Rainhart was Briggs’ chief operating officer and a member of the firm's senior leadership team. During her tenure at Briggs, she led the firm through its merger decision, a major remodel process, and implementation of innovative processes including client development coaching, legal transactional operations, and eDiscovery.
Weinberg serves as partner-in-charge of Taft Minneapolis and as outside general counsel to a variety of clients and industries; however, the majority of his work arises from real estate development and construction. In addition, he serves many clients in the areas of liquor licensing, regulatory issues, and hospitality. During the last recession, Weinberg shifted his focus to representing banks and institutional lenders in workouts, lender liability, and foreclosures – a practice Justin continues to maintain.