April 2011

Texting While Driving Revisited

A couple of months ago I posted some information regarding the dangers of “texting while driving.” Since then this topic seems to have been in the news on a daily basis. Anyone watching the Minneapolis nightly news during the last couple of days was again reminded that texting while driving can lead to devastating consequences. In October 2010, a twenty year old mother with two kids in her car is alleged to have struck a motorcyclist in Eden Prairie, MN while texting/talking on her phone. Luckily the motorcyclist was not killed but sustained life changing injuries requiring multiple surgeries. This week she was charged with multiple counts including criminal vehicular operation with injury. This felony charge in and of itself warrants a prison sentence.

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Employee Benefits Law Attorney joins Barna, Guzy and Steffen “of counsel”

Attorney W. James Vogl, Jr. will join the law firm of BGS and practice “of counsel” in the specialty area of Employee Benefits Law with an emphasis on Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Jim has worked with medium sized closely-held companies in designing, implementing and maintaining ESOPs for its employee/owners. Jim also provides additional legal services related to retirement plans and general corporate legal work. Mr. Vogl has practiced in the area of employee benefits since 1993 and has worked on hundreds of ESOP transactions for clients in all manner of business. “Adding Mr. Vogl “of counsel” to our firm allows us to expand into an area of law previously not offered by our existing attorney base,” said Jeffrey Johnson, President of Barna, Guzy and..

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Driving Safely

I was driving to work the other morning, and almost collided with a car which apparently was in a “blind spot” for me as I was about to change lanes. I even have those add on blind spot review mirrors attached to my regular review mirrors, but apparently missed seeing the car. It made me once again consider the importance of safe driving. I recall an incident when I was learning how to drive back home. My Dad was with, and I sped up to go through a yield sign out in rural Roseau County. There was a grain truck approaching from my right. My Dad asked, “Why did you do that? Didn’t you see the truck coming?” I said I had gone ahead..

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Minnesota Mock Trial & BGS

This past year Attorney Joan M. Quade, division leader for the commercial litigation practice group at BGS, volunteered as a coach to the Spring Lake Park High School’s Mock Trial Team. Mock Trial is a competition where participating schools are given a real legal case which was developed by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Each school’s students then discuss the case and are subsequently assigned to either attorney or witness roles. In some cases, team members may play more than one part. The students prepare the case like an actual trial. They must be able to compete on either the defense or plaintiff/state’s side doing both direct and cross examination and objections just as in a real trial. They practice extensively and compete in..

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