2011

Buckle Up!

I recently read two different articles about the rate of traffic accident deaths where seat belts were not being used. One was about the motor vehicle accident (MVA) death rate in MN, and the other involved the statistics nationally. Both articles stated that some 50% of the people who died in MVA’s were not wearing seat belts. We see this in many of the MVA cases where we represent the deceased’s family or where there have been serious injuries. That percentage to me is very disturbing! It tells us that many of our MVA deaths are preventable simply by fastening a seat belt before driving and/or when getting into a car. There are very few cars if any that don’t have seat belts. I am..

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Why I Do This

I recently resolved a couple of cases for very nice clients that reaffirmed why it is I’ve been representing injured people for the past 27 years. These included people injured in car crashes, from dangerous products, and injuries on construction sites primarily in Anoka County and the north metro but in other locations as well. Handling personal injury matters is tougher today than it was 15-20 years ago. Insurers are more stingy, confrontational and combative. My clients are frequently frustrated that cases end up in litigation more often, take longer and cost more to obtain a fair outcome. Yet, it’s the clients that I meet and their friends and family that provide satisfaction and make the effort worthwhile. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing several..

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New Associates Join BGS

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of two new associates to our firm. Joe M. Wearmouth and Sheldon M. Clark have joined the firm’s Business Litigation/Employment Law section. Joe has worked previously as an associate attorney at a large downtown Minneapolis-based law firm where he litigated complex civil cases and worked on sophisticated commercial and residential real estate transactions. He has also appeared in state and federal courts for trials and discovery and dispositive motion hearings. Joe is a 2009 graduate of Hamline University School of Law and graduated summa cum laude, ranking first in his graduating class. He was the recipient of the M. Arnold Lyons Award for Highest Academic Performance in the Graduating Class. Sheldon has most recently worked as a..

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Assisting Vets at MACV’s StandDown 2011

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, MACV, held its annual metro assistance days, “StandDown”, on 8/2 and 8/3 at the newly renovated “Boy Scout Base Camp” which is a remodeled facility at Fort Snelling. It’s an air conditioned large space with access to the Fort Snelling LRT station and bus lines. The service providers included many veteran services people, public benefit representatives from metro governmental agencies, housing and shelter agencies, employment assistance, medical services, legal services and miscellaneous providers, even free hair cuts. All of the various organizations had booths/work spaces and representatives to assist the Vets. I volunteered my legal services as a criminal defense attorney and a member of Mn Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys to help Vets solve miscellaneous legal problems.

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Karen Kurth Named Shareholder

The Shareholders of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. announce that Karen K. Kurth has been voted in as the 21st Shareholder of the firm. Karen practices in the firm’s Employment Law and Business Litigation section focusing her practice on commercial litigation, employment litigation and counseling, construction litigation, real estate litigation, landlord/tenant law, shareholder disputes, and appellate advocacy. Karen’s extensive background in accounting and commercial insurance enhances her ability to evaluate and successfully resolve a broad range of employment and commercial litigation issues. Karen received her J.D. at William Mitchell College of Law in 2002, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar in 2002 and to the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in 2004. Karen joined Barna, Guzy..

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