July 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Minneapolis - Steven Reeves, a corporate partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, was selected as one of 20 Diversity in Business honorees for 2014 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (MSPBJ).
The Diversity in Business awards recognize notable members of the minority and LGBT communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Winners are selected for outstanding achievements in their professions and in the community.
Reeves specializes in strategic domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, which have included General Mills Inc.'s purchase of Food Should Taste Good, Graco Inc.'s purchase of a global liquid and powder finishing business, and several deals for UnitedHealth Group Inc. subsidiaries. Prior to his legal career, Reeves was the assistant manager of Le Cirque restaurant in Manhattan, New York.
"Zealous and fast-paced negotiations" are the best part of his job, Reeves told the MSPBJ, along with the satisfaction of negotiating the best possible deal for his client.
A board member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and actively involved with the Minnesota chapter, Reeves re-launched NAPABA's Central Region Conference in 2008, which had not been held since the 1990s, and raised more than $60,000 in funding. Last year NAPABA named him one of the nation's best lawyers under 40. In 2013 Reeves helped organize the inaugural Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, a joint initiative of diverse bar associations to strengthen their pipeline of leadership. Reeves also leads FaegreBD's diverse lawyers' resource group.
Reeves, whose mother fled North Korea during the Korean War, was born in Seoul but raised in several different countries. He told the MSPBJ he considers cities in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Switzerland, Illinois, California and New York all to be former hometowns—and now lives in St. Paul.
Reeves and the other recipients were honored at a reception on July 17.
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