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Congratulations to Maslon Attorney Mary Vasaly--Appointed to the Fourth Judicial District Trial Court Bench in Hennepin County

December 22, 2010

Mary Vasaly, member of Maslon's Litigation Group, has been appointed to the Fourth Judicial District Trial Court Bench in Hennepin County. Upon receiving notice of her appointment Vasaly stated, "I am grateful and honored to have been selected to serve on the bench. Our judicial system is excellent and I will be proud to serve the citizens of Hennepin County as part of it. Of course I will miss my clients, and my wonderful friends and colleagues at Maslon, but I am looking forward to all of the new experiences and challenges of being a district court judge."

For more than 25 years, Mary has practiced in the areas of appeals, probate/trust litigation and commercial litigation. She has appeared in the U.S. Supreme Court, and has tried cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts in Minnesota and other states. She has also been an attorney in the Minnesota State Public Defender's office and a law clerk with the Office of General Counsel at Honeywell, Inc. Before law school she was a staff nurse at the Hennepin County Medical Center. Mary graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983.

"We're very proud to see our partner and friend, Mary Vasaly, selected to serve on the Fourth Judicial District Trial Court Bench," stated Cooper Ashley, chair of Maslon's Governance Committee. "We believe all the qualities that have made Mary a great attorney--extremely bright, thoughtful, experienced, honest and a highly refined sense of humor--will make her an exceptional judge. We're sad to see her leave Maslon, but support her strong commitment to serving justice."

Mary is recognized in "Best Lawyers in America." Vasaly has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a "Top 100 Super Lawyer," and "Top 25 Appellate Super Lawyer" by Minnesota Law & Politics and, in 2003, was named a Lawyer of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer. She co-edited the Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, now in its third edition, among other books and articles and has taught appellate practice at the University of St. Thomas Law School and the University of Minnesota Law School. Mary is active in a number of bar organizations, having served as the President of the Hennepin County Bar Association, President of Minnesota Women Lawyers, and the Council of Appellate Lawyers. She received the Myra Bradwell Award from Minnesota Women Lawyers in 2010 and the 2006 President's Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor limited to no more than the top one-third of one percent of attorneys in each state.

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