Leigh-Erin Irons



Leigh-Erin Irons

Firm: Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Address:200 South Sixth Street
Suite 4000
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
United States of America
Fax:+1 612 492 7077
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Local Time:Sun. 19:50
Web site: Direct Page


Leigh-Erin is a shareholder in Fredrikson & Byron’s Corporate, Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups. She is also an active member in the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Group and is Co-Chair of Counsel for Women, our initiative focused on women in business. Leigh-Erin represents a diverse group of clients on all aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic transactions. Her practice focuses on transactions involving private equity funds and mezzanine lenders. Leigh-Erin also represents clients on public and private securities offerings, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and compliance, and a wide array of general corporate issues that arise in their day-to-day operations. Leigh-Erin is a member of Fredrikson’s Associate Hiring Committee.

Leigh-Erin has a deep commitment to pro bono work. She advises many micro-entrepreneurs on general business issues. Leigh-Erin served on Fredrikson’s Pro Bono Committee from 2005-2007, and led a panel on pro bono in corporate practice at the 2006 Pro Bono Institute’s national conference.


Areas of Practice


  • Corporate
  • Life Sciences
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Securities


Professional Career



  • “Government Attention on Private Equity Could Mean Changes for the Industry,” co-authored with Lisa Holter and Timothy Nelson, FredALERT: Private Equity, April 2, 2009
  • “Community Development,” panelist, William Mitchell College of Law, November 19, 2008
  • “Exit Strategies, Part I: Complete Exit through Sale or M&A,” outline and presentation, Women’s Business Development Center of Minnesota, September 19, 2008
  • “Simplified Reporting for Smaller Companies:  The SEC’s Proposed Amendments,” outline and presentation, Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, September 13, 2007
  • Business Law 103: “The Effect of Sarbanes-Oxley on Private Companies,” outline and presentation, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, December 7, 2006
  • “Transactional Pro Bono: Serving Microentrepreneurs and Small Businesses,” lead panelist, Pro Bono Institute Annual Seminar, March 3, 2006

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 2003



  • Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington, J.D., 2003, cum laude
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.A., Journalism and Behavioral Science & Law, 2000, with distinction