Taft’s Growth Trajectory Continues Upward as Four Attorneys Join the Firm

Taft, the fastest growing law firm by revenue in the 2023 AmLaw 100, continues to expand with the addition of four new attorneys in its Minneapolis office:

  • Bradley Walz, intellectual property partner
  • Alyssa Hirschfeld, corporate partner
  • Alan Gilbert, corporate partner
  • Bradley Pederson, corporate partner

The attorneys focus on a broad array of legal services, including corporate, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, corporate finance, SEC compliance, corporate governance, intellectual property-related agreements, trademarks, global brand management, copyrights, and intellectual property litigation.

With the addition of these four attorneys, Taft bolsters its team and reinforces its prominence in Minneapolis as the Modern Law Firm. Taft has maintained its strategic approach to recruiting exceptional legal talent who embody key traits that are crucial to providing the very best legal services to clients. As an employer of choice, Taft has expanded its Minneapolis office, adding seven partners and three associates since the beginning of May.

“Taft continues to pave the way as the market leader, continually expanding our legal services with highly skilled lawyers. As a firm, our ongoing commitment is to attract top-tier legal talent, who bring exceptional expertise and a passion for their practice areas. We foster a collaborative and inclusive environment that values innovation and professional development, creating a platform where attorneys and their clients thrive,” said Taft Minneapolis partner-in-charge Justin Weinberg.

Walz assists companies of various scales in maximizing the value of their intellectual property, safeguarding their interests, and effectively enforcing their rights. He employs innovative approaches to resolve the challenges clients face and is an ally clients want on their side. Whether engaged in business negotiations or resolving intellectual property conflicts, Bradley always prioritizes decisions that align with sound business principles.

Hirschfeld focuses her practice on general corporate law transactions and mergers and acquisitions. She represents public and private companies and private equity firms in a variety of industries in mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, and other general corporate and commercial matters.  

Gilbert practices in securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate and commercial matters. He brings extensive experience representing both seasoned and emerging companies, as well as underwriters and placement agents, in private placements and public securities offerings. He also provides valuable guidance to clients involved in merger and acquisition transactions and offers comprehensive support to public companies regarding SEC regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and executive compensation.

Pederson focuses his legal practice on assisting private and publicly held manufacturers, contractors, technology, entertainment, and retail businesses in various aspects of their operations. This includes venture formations, capital raising, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions,  and SEC reporting and compliance. With a diverse clientele, Brad finds fulfillment in collaborating with businesses at different stages of their life cycles. He actively engages with entrepreneurs and dynamic startups, helping them create scalable business models and establish robust corporate structures to support growth and secure funding.

“Joining Taft was a strategic decision that aligned with my career goals. The firm’s strong reputation and commitment to excellence are key factors that attracted me to the team,” said partner Bradley Walz.

“I am excited to be part of this dynamic and forward-thinking organization, where I can continue to grow my practice,” said partner Alyssa Hirschfeld.

“The opportunity to collaborate with a talented team of attorneys, including attorneys across Taft’s footprint, allows me to collaborate and leverage my skills to provide exceptional client service,” said partner Alan Gilbert.

“The opportunity to work alongside such a diverse group of accomplished attorneys and industry leaders is both inspiring and exciting,” said partner Bradley Pederson.

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