Women Who Lead
A compassionate and generous member of our family law team, Karolina works tirelessly to empower clients through difficult transitions.  Karolina partners with clients to achieve practical and effective solutions. In addition to her role as an advocate, Karolina serves as a family law mediator, helping parties to reach fair resolutions.  Karolina also spends time mentoring new attorneys and giving back to the community through a dedication to pro bono work.  We celebrate Karolina Brekken-Hoerl as a Woman Who Leads.
Karolina M. Brekken-Hoerl / Attorney
Lauren ClementsLauren Clements
Lauren E. Clements / Attorney
Cathy GorlinCathy Gorlin
Cathy E. Gorlin / Attorney
Barbara RossBarbara Ross
Barbara M. Ross / Attorney
Ashleigh LeitchAshleigh Leitch
Ashleigh M. Leitch / Attorney

We celebrate Lauren Clements as a Woman Who Leads.

One of our newest young leaders, Lauren brings a wealth of determination and talent to her work as a lawyer.  Lauren works on a wide variety of litigation matters, including commercial, employment and family law cases.  She serves her community as a mentor for individuals with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita and is actively involved in We Can Ride, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through equine-assisted activities.  Lauren’s fortitude and confidence inspire us and contribute to who we are as a firm.  

Cathy Gorlin

We celebrate Cathy Gorlin as a Woman Who Leads.

Our longest-serving woman partner, Cathy was an early role model for many young women lawyers at Best & Flanagan. Cathy is an aggressive and effective litigator and also a wise and caring advisor in all areas of family law. She has been a generous mentor to young lawyers and paralegals, has been repeatedly recognized as a top family law attorney in Minnesota, and has been named a woman of outstanding leadership by the International Women’s Leadership Association. Cathy has made countless contributions to our culture and to our success, and she has made us better.


We celebrate Barb Ross as a Woman Who Leads.

A longtime member of the firm’s real estate and litigation practices, Barb is tenacious, always prepared, and focused on the most practical and efficient path to success for our clients. Barb has served as a leader both within and outside the firm, as chair of both the Eminent Domain and Real Property Sections of the Hennepin County Bar Association, through contributions of time and talent in pro bono matters and the Reading to Win Program, and as a steady and thoughtful mentor to young lawyers and paralegals. In her decades as a role model for women lawyers, Barb has helped make Best & Flanagan a great place to practice.


We celebrate Ashleigh Leitch as a Woman Who Leads.

A rising leader on the employment and labor law team, Ashleigh advises our clients on challenging workplace issues and has proven her courtroom skills arguing cases before both the Minnesota Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  She is a talented trainer and investigator in employment law matters and a leader on the firm’s attorney well-being and other initiatives.  Beyond the firm, Ashleigh is actively involved in Minnesota politics and justice initiatives through the Minnesota Justice Foundation and Women Winning.  Ashleigh embodies the culture and values of Best & Flanagan in everything that she does, and she makes us better through her work both inside and outside the firm.    

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