Donald Chance Mark, Jr. Named One of Minnesota Lawyer’s ‘Attorneys of the Year 2014’

December 2014

Minnesota Lawyer, a leading legal newspaper, recently announced the recipients of its Attorneys of the Year 2014 award. We are pleased to announce that one of our founding shareholders Donald Chance Mark, Jr. has been honored for a second time. Don also received the award in 2010; he is now a part of Minnesota Lawyer’s “Circle of Excellence.”

This year, Don received the award for achieving a favorable verdict for his client in the highly-publicized case of Kathryn Brenny v. Regents of the University of Minnesota.

Katie Brenny was hired by the University of Minnesota to serve as the associate head coach of its women’s golf program. Katie was a former Minnesota state high school golf champion and a scholarship golfer at Wake Forest University.

After only a week on the job, Katie was prohibited by the Director of Golf from instructing the women golfers, traveling with the team to tournaments or even talking about golf technique. Instead, she was assigned a variety of menial tasks.

Following the trial, the court concluded that Katie had been discriminated against based on her sexual orientation. She was awarded in excess of $360,000.00 in damages, pre-and-post judgment interest, and attorneys’ fees.

Everyone at FMJ was thrilled that the outcome vindicated Katie and proud to be part of such an important case.

Congratulations to Don for this tremendous case-win and being named one of Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year 2014!