Attorney Thomas R. Wentzell joins Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

December 15, 2014  |  BGS

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of a new associate to our firm. Thomas R. Wentzell has joined the firm’s Real Estate and Banking Law departments. He will be working closely with attorneys practicing in the firm’s growing Real Estate and Banking areas serving existing clients and enhancing the firm’s ability to serve new areas of the community. Tom was a law clerk for Barna, Guzy & Steffen’s Business and Employment Law Litigation group from January 2012-April 2013 while he was completing his law degree at University of St. Thomas School of Law. He is returning to the firm from his recent position as a Compliance Analyst at Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis. Tom graduated cum laude from University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2013 ranked 18 of 156. He was a recipient of the Dean’s Award (highest grade in class) – Lawyering Skills I, made the Dean’s list and received a President’s Scholarship. Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from St. John’s University in 2007 where he graduated magna cum laude, received All-College Honors and played Varsity football. He is excited about this new opportunity in his legal career and says, “Coming back to BGS, I am looking forward to helping clients and growing professionally. I…

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Highland Friendship Club's Eighth Annual Lanes for Friendship

November 12, 2014  |  Angela Woessner

Saturday, November 8, 2014, marked the Eighth Annual Lanes for Friendship, a fundraising event for the Highland Friendship Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in St. Paul (“HFC”). Lanes for Friendship was held at Brunswick Zone XL in Lakeville and featured the Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer and other special guests. The event includes a silent auction, bowling, door prizes, a lane where you can win prizes from Chipotle, a VIP area and luncheon for certain sponsorship levels, food and fun! Bowling teams consist of 4 team members (selected by the team sponsor), one HFC member, and a special guest. Besides Joe Mauer, special guests included Minnesota Twins’ Manager Paul Molitor, Golden Gopher Baseball Head Coach John Anderson, members of the Golden Gopher Baseball Team, retired MLB umpire Tim Tschida, Minnesota Twins’ minor league manager Jake Mauer, Cincinnati Reds’ player Jack Hannahan, KARE 11 personality Eric Perkins, and many others. HFC was founded in 2002 by two parents who wanted to offer young adults with disabilities the opportunity to spend time with their friends, lean social skills, try new things, and more importantly, have fun! Today, more than 200 young adults with disabilities are active members and participate in art, swimming, cooking, fitness and music classes in addition to other weekly fun activities designed especially…

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New Attorney Joins BGS

October 30, 2014  |  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 Public Administration from Hamline University Graduate School of Management in 2006 after graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2004. He is excited about this new opportunity in his legal career and says, “I am very honored to be joining Barna, Guzy and Steffen’s long standing tradition of service in the community. I look forward to the opportunity of utilizing my background and experience in the public sector to assist our clients in achieving positive outcomes and results.”

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