New Family Law Associate Joins The BGS Law Family!

September 30, 2016  |  BGS

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of a new associate to our firm. Lindsay K. Fischbach has joined the firm’s Family Law department. She will be working closely with attorneys practicing in the firm’s growing Family Law/Divorce area serving existing clients and enhancing the firm’s ability to serve our community. Prior to joining the BGS Family Law legal team, Lindsay worked at a Twin Cities law firm representing business and individual clients, primarily in the area of family law. She has also had the opportunity to serve as judicial law clerk for two Judges. She first served for the Honorable Robert R. Benson of Filmore County from 2012-2013, followed by clerking for the Honorable Robert A. Awsumb, Ramsey County, from 2013-2015. During that time she worked closely with the Judges, court staff, attorneys and litigants on legal issues and gained valuable experience in the court room. BGS is pleased to have Lindsay bringing her experience serving as a judicial clerk and as a practicing family law attorney to the firm’s growing Family Law department. Lindsay graduated magna cum laude from University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2012 ranked in the top 10{a0c01d20c42349884e67ff80c137866b0a9fe47aaae8f8a86a605a369ae487c3} of her class. She was on the Dean’s List several semesters and received the Dean’s Award in…

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New Associate Joins Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

July 1, 2016  |  BGS

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of a new associate to our firm. Nicole R. Wiebold has joined the firm’s Transportation Law and Computer & Software law departments. She will be working closely with attorneys practicing in the firm’s growing Transportation and Computer Software areas serving existing clients and enhancing the firm’s ability to serve new areas of the community. Before joining the BGS law firm, Nicole had experience as an associate attorney in litigation, estate planning and business transaction matters. She also served as a Judicial Extern for 10th Judicial District Judge Kathleen Mottl and a Hamline’s Dean Summer Fellow for 1st Judicial District Chief Judge Terrence E. Conkel. Nicole graduated summa cum laude from Hamline University School of Law in May 2015 and was ranked in the top 10{a0c01d20c42349884e67ff80c137866b0a9fe47aaae8f8a86a605a369ae487c3}. While at Hamline she was on the Dean’s list, was a Hamline Law Review Associate Editor, and received the CALI Excellence for the Future awards five times. Nicole also obtained a Paralegal certificate from Minnesota Paralegal Institute in 2009 where she graduated with a 4.0, and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008. Nicole is excited about this new opportunity in her legal career.

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Scott Lepak Presenting on Mental Health and Addiction Issues

June 15, 2016  |  BGS

Nationally recognized BGS employment law attorney Scott Lepak is presenting today in St. Cloud today on mental health and addiction issues in the workplace.  Speaking at the Advanced Employment Issues conference for the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust, Scott is providing his perspective and advice on this growing issue in the workplace.  “Advising on mental health and addiction issues in the workplace is a regular part of my practice”, Scott says, “Employers have become much more adept at dealing with mental health issues since the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990.”  He added, “With the nationally recognized opioid problem, employers are now becoming more adept at recognizing issues arising from the illegal use of drugs.”  Scott notes that, while the ADA provides protections for individuals who have successfully completed a supervised drug program or are participating in a supervised rehabilitation program, there is an important exception.   Individuals who currently engage in the illegal use of drugs are specifically excluded from the definition of an individual with a disability when an employer takes action on the basis of their current use.  Scott says that successfully navigating between protected status and unprotected conduct is an area where an employer should immediately contact their employment attorney when an issue arises.

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