Commercial Litigation

Joan M. Quade Appointed Chair of 21st District Ethics Committee

The Minnesota State Supreme Court has appointed BGS Shareholder Joan M. Quade as Chair of the 21st District Ethics Committee for a term of 6 years. As Chair, Joan will oversee the 21st District Ethics Committee’s purpose to investigate and make recommendations to the Office of Lawyers’ Professional Responsibility in cases that involve the lawyers’ code of ethics and attorney’s pledge to adhere. Joan is a BGS Board Member and the Practice Group leader for the Business Litigation and Employment law groups. Her areas of practice focus on Commercial Litigation and include everything from Business Disputes to Constructions Defects and Toxic Mold cases.

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New Attorney Joins BGS

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of a new associate to our firm. David R. Schaps has joined the firm’s Labor/Employment & Government law department. He will be working closely with Attorney/Shareholder Scott Lepak. Scott’s labor practice is focused on assisting employers in both the private and public sector. He says, “The addition of David to our team will benefit current clients and help expand the firm’s business opportunities.” David comes to the firm from his position serving the city of Oakdale. He worked for Oakdale for nine years, starting as an intern and being promoted to his final position as assistant city administrator. David is a 2011 graduate of Hamline University School of Law. He also received his M.A.P.A. in..

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BGS Attorney Named to Educational Foundation Board

Congratulations to Litigation attorney Jennifer C. Moreau on her election to the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation’s (AHEF) Board of Directors. The AHEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation separate from the school district whose mission is to “seek resources to support and enrich educational opportunities for students in partnership with the community.” For more information visit their website Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation .

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Scott Lepak to Present at Upcoming Minnesota CLE Conference

Government and Employment Law Attorney Scott M. Lepak. BGS Government & Employment Law Attorney Scott Lepak will be presenting at an upcoming Minnesota CLE Conference. The conference, titled Public Sector Labor & Employment Law will take place on Friday, February 28th at Minnesota CLE Conference Center, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370, Third Floor City Center, Minneapolis. The event is scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. (with a continental breakfast) to 4:30 p.m. There will be lunch break from Noon-1p.m. (lunch is not included with the seminar). Scott will speak to attendees at 9:45 a.m. regarding The Minnesota Whistleblower Act Amendments. He is co-presenting with attorney Cristina Parra of Nichols Kaster, PLLP; Minneapolis. For more information or to register for this event, please visit

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Retaliation for Mobile Home Park Tenants Demanding Their Rights

Mobile homes, or manufactured homes, are abundant across the United States. As of 2008, 3.7% of the total housing in Minnesota was made up of manufactured homes. U.S. Census Bureau, 2008 American Community Survey; Tab. B25024. In 2009, the Metropolitan Council, a Minnesota regional governmental and metropolitan planning agency, published its first report since 1988 with regard to Manufactured Home Parks in the Twin Cities. Metropolitan Council, MANUFACTURED HOME PARKS IN THE TWIN CITIES, January 2009. According to the report, manufactured homes make up 1.4% of all homes in the seven-county metro area. Anoka County alone has twenty-four (24) parks, which is more than one in four of the metro area’s total manufactured home parks. Mobile Home Owner Concerns Many choose to live in a..

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