Partner, Stinson, LLP
My parents, who emigrated from Sierra Leone in the 1970s, taught me the importance of having a strong work ethic, striving in education, remaining humble and giving back. I honor these values every day and am fortunate that I am able to put them to greater use through Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation.
A dedicated, trailblazing trial attorney, Adine is an equity partner in the Minneapolis Office of Stinson LLP in the complex business and commercial litigation department and co-chair of the firm’s Estates and Trusts Litigation Practice Group. Adine defends complex business and commercial litigation matters for securities, banking, estates and trusts clients, and resolves creditors’ rights and bankruptcy cases in state and federal courts nationwide. She also handles complex business and regulatory disputes and investigations for businesses (ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging entrepreneurs) and individuals in diverse industries, such as financial services and wealth management, health care, natural gas, medical gas, nonprofits and foundations, telecommunications and government contracts.
Widely recognized for her community involvement, public service and professional achievements, Adine’s notable accomplishments include being named among the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers in 2021, being named to the “40 & Under Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation in 2020 and 2019, being named an Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer in 2019, and being named a 40 Under 40 Honoree by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2018. Also, in 2016, Adine was selected by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges as a Blackshear Presidential Fellow, which recognizes attorneys of color for their legal excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law, commitment to principles of civility, ethics and professionalism, and commitment to the continued educational development of bankruptcy professionals. And in 2013, Adine was named a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Most recently, Adine was selected to the 2020/2021 Twin Cities cohort for the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School.
In addition to her practice, Adine is deeply committed to pro bono work and community service. Adine chairs the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation’s Community Impact Committee, after serving as Vice Chair of its Audit and Finance Committee and Governance Committee. She also serves as co-chair of the Minnesota Women Lawyers’ Equity Committee and serves on the Federal Bar Association’s National Board of Directors. Additionally, Adine serves as Vice Chair of the Bankruptcy Appeals Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Business Bankruptcy Committee. Adine is active in the state and local bars, including serving as the 100th President of the Hennepin County Bar Association during its centennial and was the first black woman and youngest attorney to serve as president.
She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, psychology and pre-law from the University of St. Thomas, where she graduated summa cum laude, and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. Adine clerked for the Honorable Jeanne J. Graham of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She is a native of Saint Paul.