Berens & Miller selected by in house counsel for national MVP award from the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms

Berens & Miller, a Minneapolis-based, five-woman law firm, received the 2014 Law Firm MVP Award from the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms Council (NAMWOLF). Berens & Miller was selected from a group of 120 firms.

The MVP Award recognizes the firm that has best demonstrated a sustained commitment to equality, diversity, excellence and collaboration.

"I was honored for our little bitty firm," said Berens & Miller owner Barbara Berens.

NAMWOLF consists of in-house counsel from federal agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

"I've worked at big firms and when you hire a firm like ours, the clients are hiring the minorities and women who own the law firm," Berens said. "The people making the money are the ones being retained [and doing the work]."

Former Berens' principal Justi Rae Miller, who has worked with numerous federal agencies and companies on employment matters and internal investigations, was an All-Big Ten college golfer at the University of Illinois.