Cargill's law department expands pro bono efforts

The team partners with an outside law firm to help Minneapolis residents with housing needs.

Krisann Kleibacker Lee (R), of counsel at Faegre & Benson, working with a client.

Cargill Inc., a business devoted to providing sustenance and energy products and services to people worldwide, places significant emphasis on giving back to the communities it serves. But finding the right pro bono project for the company’s legal department was a challenge.

In its search for a pro bono program last year, Cargill faced numerous impediments. Not only are the company’s offices miles from the downtown Minneapolis courthouses, but its lawyers all tend to have specialized practice areas related to food and energy commodities, which don’t immediately translate to pro bono work. However, thanks to Mike Skoglund, a senior lawyer at Cargill, the legal department found its solution after approaching one of Cargill’s preferred law firms, Faegre & Benson.

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