Law - Private Practice and Corporate Law

Gabe Schlabach (SJU '07,  Stanford Law '14)

Gabe graduated summa cum laude in 2007. He majored in political science and earned departmental distinction for his honors thesis evaluating the relationship between the Christian Right and the Republican Party. He spent two years after graduation working on Capitol Hill for Mennonite Central Committee, a non-profit relief and development organization. There he advocated to congressional offices regarding a host of issues, including criminal justice reform, civil rights, and immigration.  After spending a year living in Southeast Asia, Gabe applied to law schools and was accepted to Harvard, New York University, and the University of Chicago law schools, before accepting a place at Stanford Law School. He graduated with his juris doctorate in 2014, and then clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court and was an Associate at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in California. He currently works as an Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP.

Tim Manning (SJU '07, Univ. of Iowa Law, '10)
Tim graduated magna cum laude from  St John's in 2007. He majored in political  science and was actively involved in the Joint Events Council, College Democrats, and Model UN on campus.  Always active in politics, Tim has worked on campaigns for the U.S. House and Senate and founded a political action committee dedicated to increasing funding for public schools in his home state of South Dakota.  After graduation, Tim earned his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law. While at law school, he was chair of the Moot Court Board, a finalist in the Stephenson Trial Advocacy Competition, and a staff writer for the University of Iowa Center for International Finance. Tim was a business litigation attorney at Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Twin Cities, and then worked as a corporate counsel for Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. He is now working as a Senior Corporate Counsel at SunOpta.

Ashleigh Leitch (CSB '09, University of Minnesota '14)

I am a general litigation associate at Best & Flanagan in downtown Minneapolis. I handle civil disputes in all areas of the law: employment, business, construction, municipal & government affairs, real estate, appellate. I am also on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Justice Foundation and I serve as the Political and Candidate Outreach Coordinator for the LAUNCH Committee of WomenWinning.  As a student, I interned for Senator Klobuchar during as part of the D.C. Summer Program and at Western MN Legal Services as part of the Jackson Fellows program. I also interned for the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs.

Amy Walstien (CSB '00, William Mitchell '04) is currently working as a Government Relations Professional. She was previously President of ASW Law & Consulting, LLC. Before that, she served as Government Relations Director for the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee Administrator, as well as Director of Education and Workforce Development Policy and Elections for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.  

Brian Bowman.  Upon graduation, I worked on the staff of U.S. Senator Rod Grams in Washington, D.C., from 1996 to 1998 when I left to attend law school at Creighton University. I graduated from law school in 2001 and entered the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps after passing the bar exam. In the Air Force I was stationed for two years at Kadena Air Base, Japan, followed by four years at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. In 2005 to 2006 I was deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. I left active duty in 2008 and entered the Iowa Air National Guard, where I was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In my civilian capacity I am an Assistant General Counsel at First National Bank in Omaha, Nebraska. My wife Liz is an immigration attorney and we have two children, Christian and Charlotte. 

Max Holmquist.  After St. John's, I attended Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and graduated in 2008. After living in Colorado for one year, I moved back home to Anchorage, Alaska.  I started out as a law clerk in state district court in 2009 and was there for one year. Since then I've been at a small law firm called Gorton & Logue. Our practice area is criminal defense. We have the indigent defense contract with the Municipality of Anchorage, so we're the equivalent of a public defender. I have a busy, but interesting, caseload of misdemeanor offenses such as DUI, assault, shoplifting, trespassing, etc. I'm generally in court at least once a day. I do jury trials, motion practice, and criminal appeals for the cases I work. I've had the opportunity to build a private criminal defense practice here as well.