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Cristine M. Almeida

Cristine M. Almeida


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612.770.8578

Cristine M. Almeida

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Attorney at Law

Cristine Almeida, Attorney at Law, has been active in politics and public policy for over 20 years. She was Chief of Staff of the Minnesota Senate from 2004-2005, and prior to that was an attorney in private practice. She has also worked on numerous statewide and local campaigns over the past two decades, both as paid staff and as a volunteer. In 2012, Almeida chaired the Board of Directors for the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign, the first campaign in the nation to defeat a same-sex marriage ban constitutional amendment. The campaign raised over $12 million and executed the largest grassroots and communications plan in Minnesota's history to defeat the measure. She was a Senior Advisor to the winning Clean Water, Land and Legacy constitutional amendment campaign in 2008, and that year was also a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She is a member and former officer of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association.

Ms. Almeida is a graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2015 she served as a member of the delegation joining Governor Mark Dayton on a trade mission to Mexico. She was selected by the University of Minnesota’s center for German and European Studies to attend a week-long policy exchange in Berlin, Germany in October of 2011. In 2007, she was a Marshall Memorial Fellowship winner, and traveled for one month in Europe as part of an international relations and public policy fellowship program. She is also a 2002-2003 Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow. Ms. Almeida is a frequent speaker and lecturer at CLEs, area colleges and law schools on the legislative process, negotiations, and various law and legislative topics.

Colin Marsh

Colin Marsh


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612.991.3772

Colin Marsh

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Public Affairs Associate

Colin Marsh joined the firm in December 2010. He has legislative experience with the House Republican Caucus as well as the House Republican Campaign Committee. Mr. Marsh focuses on client communications, building relationships with legislators and staff, and monitoring committee hearings. He is also responsible for all client bill tracking, monitoring of media and administrative assistance. He is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, and taught English to Spanish speakers in Panama City, Panama for a year. Colin was selected as a 2012-13 Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota.

John Kavanagh

John M. Kavanagh


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612.805.1470

John M. Kavanagh

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Attorney at Law

John Kavanagh, Attorney at Law, joined the firm in March 2012. He has government experience both at the state and federal levels, having served as an Executive Assistant to the Minnesota Senate Majority Leader, Communications Director for the Office of Secretary of State, and as State Director to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. In addition, he has experience and expertise in lobbying and regulatory affairs on various topics. Kavanagh has also done significant work organizing major events such as the 2012 Minnesota Presidential Electoral College Assembly and the 2012 Hubert H. Humphrey Memorial Dedication Ceremony. A native of northern Minnesota, he is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and the University of Minnesota. Prior to entering politics and public policy, he taught English, sat on the state board for the Minnesota Education Association, and was recognized as the Fergus Falls Teacher of the Year.

Melissa Wolf

Melissa Wolf


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651.214.5493

Melissa Wolf

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Public Affairs Associate

Melissa Wolf joined the firm in October of 2016. She brings with her a unique background of legislative experience and grassroots advocacy at both the state and federal level. She spent four sessions with the Senate Republican Caucus before joining a national grassroots organization as a Regional Director, where she spearheaded legislative efforts in eleven Midwestern states and tracked state legislation nationwide. Her expertise includes policy research, strategic planning and execution and relationship building. Ms. Wolf graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from St. Catherine University in St. Paul.