The Fredrikson Law Firm Lecture - In Honor of John P. Byron

John P. Byron was a founding member of the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, where he practiced until his retirement in 1996. John attended the College of St. Thomas, and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1953. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Princeton during the Korean War. He passed away in December of 2010.

John's principal areas of practice were in the areas of trusts and estates, closely held corporations, health law, and business planning, but his influence and reputation reached all corners of the practice of law in Minnesota. John was one of the principal architects of mandatory Continuing Legal Education for lawyers, which is one of the cornerstones for maintaining high levels of competence and professionalism for all practicing lawyers and judges in the state. John was also a pioneer in the development and implementation of curricula for the professional education of paralegals in Minnesota.

John was instrumental in the growth of Fredrikson & Byron, which had only a handful of attorneys when he arrived in 1955. During his career, John served the firm in many different leadership and management capacities, and the Fredrikson & Byron of today strongly reflects his influence.

Past Fredrikson Law Firm Lectures

2015: How Much Ethical Behavior Can We Expect From Government and Business Leaders?

Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director of the Marrkkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and John courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics
Joan Humes, Vice President and Chief Deputy General Counsel, Medtronic
Neil Hamilton, Professor of Law and Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, St. Thomas School of Law

2014: the Future for In-House Counsel

Richard Susskind OBE
Laura Witte, General Counsel, Secretary, and Vice President, Cargill
Jon Oviatt, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Mayo Clinic
Norm Linnell, Holloran Center Felloe an dretired General Counsel, Secretary, and vice President, Donaldson Company

2013: Building Trust to Transform Healthcare: 
A Dialogue Across the Professions of Law, Medicine, and Business

Dr. Michael Brennan, Director of the Mayo Clinic Professionalism Program and Professor at the Medical School
Bill George, Harvard Business School Profesor and Former CEO of Medtronic
Dannette Smith, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary, United Health Group
Barbara Tretheway, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, HealthPartners

2012: The Honorable Michael Mukasey

Former Attorney General of the U.S. and former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Southern New York

2011: James B. Stewart

Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism
Columbia University

2010: David Wilkins

Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession
Director, Program on the Legal Profession

Lester Kissel Professor of Law
Harvard University School of Law

2009: David Maister

Former Professor, Harvard Business School

2008: James O'Tool

Professor and Clough Millennium Chair in History
Boston University

2007: Daniel Yankelovich

Author of: “Profit with Honor: The New Stage of Market Capitalism,” and noted public opinion analyst and social scientist