Established in 1994, Hellmuth & Johnson is among Minnesota’s 15 largest law firms, with more than 60 Twin Cities lawyers delivering prudent counsel and formidable advocacy to clients in 30-plus legal practice areas spanning construction, finance, patent, trademark and copyright litigation, business, real estate and estate planning. The firm’s reputation for multidisciplinary excellence is manifest in transactional law, litigation and appeals representation delivered across multiple jurisdictions by attorneys whose top priority is to protect and advance their clients’ interests. Built on the belief that people are its greatest asset, the firm has become an increasingly diverse community, so that 40% of its attorneys are now female. The creative thinking derived from differing points of view makes Hellmuth & Johnson attorneys the strongest possible advocates.
Carol R. M. Moss is a partner in Hellmuth & Johnson’s litigation practice group. She is a fierce advocate and ethical problem solver for individuals, businesses and organizations facing a wide variety of legal issues. In recent years, Moss has expanded her practice to the cannabis sector, an emerging area of law she describes as a “fascinating jungle gym for the mind.”
Moss is both passionate about helping her clients succeed in business and eager to right wrongs for the disadvantaged. She furthers her commitment to each by serving as a board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and as chair of the City of Robbinsdale Human Rights Commission, an organization dedicated to equal human rights and providing pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence.
Moss’s journey in the law demonstrates the rise in opportunities for women in recent decades. She grew up in the small Minnesota town of Litchfield knowing that she wanted to become a lawyer. But when she was graduating from high school and told her guidance counselor that she wanted to pursue prelaw in college, he redirected her to a paralegal program. “I don’t know if it was a lack of confidence in me or if he thought it was just more realistic to work as a paralegal and not go to law school,” she says.
I always feel that we as women just get things done. I didn’t have a choice. I wasn’t going to drop out of school.