LMC Staff News

New employee

Emmanuel Emukah joined the League as a research assistant in the Research & Information Department on Oct. 23. Emukah graduated from the University of East London, United Kingdom, with a law degree (LLB), and recently earned an LLM degree in business law from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the League as a full-time employee, he was an intern with the League’s general counsel. His previous work experience includes law clerk positions with LegalCorps; N,N Brown Emukah Associates; and David and Vine Solicitors, United Kingdom. He also worked as a research assistant for the University of Minnesota Law School, and he did a legal internship with Imo State Ministry of Justice in Nigeria.


Ryan Zipf has been promoted to defense litigation supervisor in LMCIT’s in-house litigation department, and will oversee both the Property Casualty and Workers' Compensation Litigation Departments. Zipf assumed these new duties on Oct. 9. He is filling the position vacated by Patricia Beety, who was named the League’s general counsel in July.

Zipf started at the League on March 29, 2005, as a litigation attorney and, while he has focused his practice primarily on police liability cases, he has defended member cities in a wide range of cases including data practices, property damage, and personal injury claims.

Zipf earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, Master of Strategic Studies degree from the United States Army War College, and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University. He also continues to serve as a colonel in the Army Reserves where he is the Staff Judge Advocate for the 63rd Readiness Division in Mountain View, California.


The League Board of Directors has appointed Patricia Beety as the League’s general counsel. Beety had served as interim general counsel for the League since March 22, 2017, after the unexpected passing of former General Counsel Tom Grundhoefer.

Beety has been employed by the League since 1990 and has served in various positions, including defense litigation supervisor. She has years of experience working with employment law, litigation, and counseling city councils and other appointed and elected officials. Beety has spent most of her career under the direct supervision of Tom Grundhoefer, and has great familiarity with the League and LMCIT, legal concerns of cities, and the League’s role in working with cities on legal issues.

“Pat is very familiar with our member needs and is an excellent attorney,” LMC Executive Director David Unmacht said. “I am very happy that the LMC Board appointed Pat to the position of general counsel.”

Aside from her duties with the League, Beety has been active in the Minnesota Association of City Attorneys, the Public Law Section of the state bar association, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and a variety of other legal committees and groups. She has also served as president of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association and was a Minnesota Lawyer 2011 Attorney of the Year. Beety currently serves as chair of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Board of Legal Certification, provides volunteer mediation and other services for Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, and works as an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School.

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