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Eric H. Zumbach

Before becoming a lawyer, I was a librarian—specifically, a subject cataloger, responsible for receiving new books, determining their subjects, and deciding where to place them in our iteration of the Library of Congress cataloging system.

Being a librarian taught me skills that I use every day in legal practice: I receive a case, unknown to me as a new book. I look things over, determine the issues, and decide how to move forward. And, most importantly, if ever in doubt, then I sit down and read.


Eric attended the University of Minnesota Law School where he was a Dean’s Distinguished and Dean’s Elite Scholar, member of the Dean’s A list, winner of a best brief award, and research assistant for four classes.

Eric received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Literature from North Carolina State University; a graduate degree in Religious Studies from Harvard University; a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons University; and his law degree from the University of Minnesota.

Before joining Rinke Noonan, Eric was a clerk on the 4th District in Hennepin County and a Bridge Fellow at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota




Eric is a member of the Stearns Benton Bar Association, a volunteer for Wills for Heroes and Central Minnesota Legal Services, and he provides naturalization and asylum counsel with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and the Advocates for Human Rights.


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