Government Law

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MN Government LawBarna, Guzy & Steffen attorneys have represented governmental entities in Minnesota for more than 30 years. We are proud of our tradition in this area that started with Bernard Steffen serving as the first county administrator in the state of Minnesota. Bernie’s service in this capacity and our long representation of political subdivisions has given us special insight and understanding of the interests and workings of local government.

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We serve as city attorneys providing civil and prosecution services.

We also serve as special counsel to counties, cities and other political subdivisions on issues outside the usual scope of municipal practice.

We provide assistance and counsel to our government clients on matters such as:

  • real estate development and redevelopment
  • special assessments
  • condemnations
  • rezoning
  • special use permits
  • variance proceedings
  • data practices
  • open meeting law issues
  • waste water and water treatment plant upgrades
  • public improvements
  • employment
  • vehicle forfeiture
  • signage and environmental matters

At Barna, Guzy and Steffen, we are experienced litigators in municipal matters and have also represented clients before state and federal agencies. Our clients also draw upon our extensive experience in public personnel administration and labor relations.

Key reported court cases:

Genin v. 1996 Mercury Marquis , 622 N.W. 2d 114 (Minn. 2001)

Genin v. 1996 Mercury Marquis , 609 N.W.2d 266 (Minn. App. 2001)

Condemnation by Housing & Redevolopment Authority In and For City of Fridley v. Suh , 553 N.W.2d 115 (Minn. App. 1996)

Petition of Alchemedes/Brookwood Ltd. Partnership , 546 N.W.2d 41 (Minn. App. 1996)

Matter of Proposed Locke Lake Project, Fridley , 528 N.W.2d 875 (Minn. App. 1995)

BGS Government Law Staff


* Hoeft, James D.
* Lepak, Scott M.
* Schaps, David R.