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Firm History

1858
Minnesota, L'Etoil du Nord / Star of the North gains statehood
1867
Minneapolis, the City of Lakes, incorporated. Name derived from Minnehaha, Dakota word for waterfall
1892
Charles Rollin Fowler opens law office, forerunner of Moss & Barnett, at 236 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis
1912
Better Business Bureau founded in Minneapolis
1919
Hennepin County Bar Association incorporated, charter members include Moss & Barnett's Paul J. Thompson and Abbott Fletcher
1947
Elsie Wolf joins Moss & Barnett, second female attorney admitted to a major MN law firm
1952
First successful open heart surgery performed, at University of Minnesota
1955
Now iconic Blue Cross symbol first registered by Moss & Barnett's Abbott Fletcher
1963
Guthrie Theatre, nation's largest regional playhouse, opens in Minneapolis with Hamlet, directed by founder Sir Tyrone Guthrie
1967
Moss & Barnett's Bud Barnett defends seminal products liability case in MN, "Farr v. Armstrong Rubber Co."
1981
MN shareholder rights law adopted, spurred by Moss & Barnett litigator Scott Herzog's case, "In re Villa Maria"
1982
Moss & Barnett's Michael Flanagan represents MN State Bar Ass'n in key role securing approval for the constitutional amendment establishing the Minnesota Court of Appeals
1983
Moss & Barnett formed in a merger of the law firms of Moss, Flaherty, Clarkson & Fletcher and Barnett, Ratelle, Hennessy, Vander Vort, Stasel & Herzog
1990
Moss & Barnett's Howard Cox incorporates what will become one of the largest cell telephone providers in the U.S., Rural Cellular Corporation
1992
Mall of America opens in Bloomington, MN, with a staggering estimated 40 million annual visitors
1997
Tort reform legislation and professional liability defenses drafted and pushed through Minnesota Legislature by Moss & Barnett's Tom Shroyer
1999
Ann Newhall elected Moss & Barnett president, one of the first female law firm leaders in the Upper Midwest
2007
First major municipal Wi-Fi network in U.S. is constructed in Minneapolis, legal structure for city project drafted by Moss & Barnett's Brian Grogan
2010
Target Field, home of Minnesota Twins baseball team, opens in downtown Minneapolis
2014
Moved from long-time home in the Wells Fargo Center to the 150 Tower of the Fifth Street Towers
2016
U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings football team, opens in downtown Minneapolis
2017
Moss & Barnett celebrates 125 years of service