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Anna Tobin represents companies in internal investigations and complex business disputes. Anna makes strong connections with her clients, helping them navigate their most sensitive matters to achieve productive solutions.

Anna routinely leads and conducts internal and agency investigations. She has assisted clients in investigating business practices and workplace misconduct, as well as responding to government investigations at the state and federal level. Clients appreciate Anna’s straightforward approach and trust her to effectively interface with government agencies. No matter the situation, Anna approaches investigations with sensitivity and thoroughness.

As a litigator, Anna represents clients in complex business litigation across the country. She has extensive knowledge of the federal court system in Minnesota and uses her clerkship experience at both the magistrate and district court levels to assist clients in all stages of litigation. Clients trust Anna to develop effective and creative legal strategies while simultaneously considering a business’s unique needs.


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude 
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, Government 


  • United States District Court, Judge Ann D. Montgomery, Law Clerk
  • United States District Court, Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel, Law Clerk 


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • State Bar of Minnesota


  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Hennepin County Bar Association 
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
    • Federal Practice Committee, Member (2019-2022)

Anna's Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation

    Our business litigation practice embraces the wide variety of commercial disputes facing private and public companies today. Areas of particular expertise include intellectual property, antitrust, securities, employment, professional liability, and construction disputes.

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  • Employment Litigation

    Businesses, public institutions, and individuals seek out Greene Espel for representation in a wide range of employment-litigation matters. 

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  • Products Liability

    Defending products liability claims has been a cornerstone of Greene Espel’s practice since our founding in 1993. Manufacturers and other businesses turn to us when they face product defect allegations brought by individuals, by large groups of plaintiffs, or as putative class actions.

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  • Anti-corruption and FCPA

    Greene Espel rivals big firms with its experienced group of corruption and FCPA investigators and counselors. We help companies efficiently and effectively investigate allegations of corruption, assess their compliance programs, and present their best possible case to prosecutors and regulators. 

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  • Internal Investigations

    We leverage our experience to conduct sensitive and high-profile internal investigations for our clients. We also help clients navigate investigations to mitigate reputational, regulatory, and litigation risks. 

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  • False Claims Act and Health Care Litigation

    We have the experience to help clients—particularly those in the healthcare industry—navigate the ever-expanding breadth of False Claims Act (“FCA”) and health care litigation.  We have achieved success for our clients at every phase—conducting thorough investigations, persuading government agencies not to intervene in whistleblower suits, obtaining dismissals through motion practice, negotiating favorable settlements with government agencies and relators, and taking cases through litigation and trial. 

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  • White Collar Criminal and Regulatory Defense

    We provide an insider’s perspective and the experience to vindicate your interests and defend your name in complex criminal and regulatory matters. 

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  • Employment Investigations

    Employers rely on Greene Espel to conduct internal investigations about their most sensitive and high-stakes workplace issues. 

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  • Non-Compete Disputes and Litigation

    Employees come and go. When their departures implicate legal obligations, Greene Espel can help. Greene Espel mobilizes immediately when clients must seek, or defend against, expedited injunction motions that may arise when employees move from one job to another.  

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  • Trade Secret Litigation

    From burgeoning high-tech companies to established international manufacturers, healthcare giants, and established financial services and insurance institutions, clients regularly turn to Greene Espel to represent them in disputes involving trade secrets.

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Anna's Recognition & Awards

  • 2023 Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer
  • 2021 Attorney of the YearMinnesota Lawyer
  • Up and Coming AttorneyMinnesota Lawyer (2021)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021-2024)
  • Selected to Minnesota Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2020-2023)
  • Recognized as Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer for pro bono service (2017-2019)

Anna's Community Involvement

  • Park Square Theater Board of Directors (2022-present)
  • SteppingStone Theater Board of Directors (2017-2022)

Anna maintains a strong pro bono practice, representing clients in asylum proceedings and criminal matters. Anna recently helped a couple from an East African nation who had suffered unimaginable atrocities navigate the immigration system and achieve asylum. Anna has also partnered with the Neighborhood Justice Center to represent indigent individuals facing criminal charges, focusing on matters with complex constitutional issues. In one such case, Anna and the team achieved full dismissal of the case when the court ruled that law enforcement conducted an illegal search of the client’s home.


January 10, 2024
Cargill and Greene Espel Attorneys Recognized by Minnesota Lawyer as 2023 Attorneys of the Year
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August 17, 2023
Best Lawyers Recognizes 16 Greene Espel Attorneys on the 2024 Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Lists
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July 13, 2021
What to Do Before You Sue: Matters Preliminary to Suit and Pre-Filing Considerations, Minnesota CLE
February 4, 2021
Ethics in the Time of COVID-19, Minnesota CLE (May 15, 2020; December 4, 2020; February 4, 2021)
"Anna is a fierce advocate, and a savvy practitioner who takes the time to understand what her clients' goals are and crafts the right strategy to help them achieve those goals. She has excellent judgment and a nice approach with witnesses who are not accustomed to litigation."
— Fortune 500 Client Contact

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