Anne Paape, J.D.

Managing Director, Senior Fiduciary Counsel, Cresset Trust Company

Anne Paape

Anne Paape serves as a Managing Director and Senior Fiduciary Counsel, Cresset Trust Company. She works alongside the Wealth Advisory team to provide internal guidance in the areas of estate, gift, trust, and wealth transfer. She also serves as a Senior Fiduciary Counsel of Cresset Trust Company advising on various aspects of trust and fiduciary matters. Anne brings over 10 years of experience as a trust and estate attorney to Cresset.

Anne previously served as Partner at Gray, Plant, Mooty where her experience involved high net-worth estate planning, estate and gift tax planning, closely-held business advising and trust and estate litigation.

She earned a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in sociology from St. Catherine University.

Anne has received many professional recognitions, including being named “Up and Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer, “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association, “40 Under 40” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, “Real Power 50” by Minnesota Business, and “Minnesota Rising Star” for five consecutive years by Thompson Reuters.

She is actively engaged with a variety of civic and charitable organizations and serves as a pro bono attorney for the Minnesota State Bar Association chapter of Wills for Heroes and the Minnesota AIDS project.

Work Experience

General Counsel, Meristem 2017 – Present
General Counsel, Meristem Trust Company 2017 – Present

Gray, Plant, Mooty
Attorney and Shareholder, 2013 – 2017

Gray, Plant, Mooty, Bennett
Attorney, 2007 – 2013

Rider Bennett, LLP
Attorney, 2006 – 2007

Lehmann & Luther
Attorney, 2005 – 2006


U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2006
Minnesota, 2005


University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., Cum Laude, 2005
St. Catherine University, B.A., Sociology, Magna Cum Laude, 2002 (Phi Beta Kappa)


“Real Power 50,” Minnesota Business, 2015
“40 Under 40,” Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2015
“Minnesota Rising Star,” Thompson Reuters, 2012 – 2016
“North Star Lawyers,” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012
“Up and Coming Attorney,” Minnesota Lawyer, 2008


Guthrie Theater, Board Member, 2014-present

Mission Animal Hospital, Board Member, 2015-present

Minneapolis Foundation, Professional Advisory Committee Member, 2017-present

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Minnesota, 2015-2016

The selection processes for legal honors and distinctions are unique, according to the granting organization, and are made available on their websites. Candidates may be evaluated through some level of peer review or peer nomination by practice area with a good-standing and disciplinary check. North Star Lawyers are recognized by the Minnesota Bar Association specifically to members that provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services per year.