Category: BGS News & Events

Is Your Employment Lawyer Readily Accessible?

October 6, 2021  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

Employment law has never been more complicated than it is right now. Every termination, request for leave, on-the-job injury, interview, offer of employment, and complaint has its own set of landmines for employers. Regardless of company size and number of employees, being an employer and navigating the complex world of employment law has become a real challenge. Employers, and even their skilled human resources teams, sometimes need legal advice and opinions to avoid potential costly mistakes in handling employee issues. Continue reading to learn more about my experience with employment lawyer accessibility. I represent a wide variety of employers, ranging in size from thousands to only a handful, and everything in between. The one thing they have in common is that if they employ people, they will need sound, practical legal advice at some point. Many employers need advice regularly because of the complexity of the issues while making employment decisions.   Employment advice and consultations are all about controlling the risk while making the best decision for the company. For example, most employees in the State of Minnesota are “employees at will.” This means they can be fired for any reason or no reason at all. But that is not where the analysis ends, because even employees who are “at will” cannot be fired for a discriminatory…

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Jason C. Brown, Attorney at Law, Joins Barna, Guzy & Steffen’s Family Law Department Bringing 20 Years of Experience

September 2, 2021  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

Attorney Jason C. Brown has joined the firm as a shareholder with more than 20 years of experience. Over the span of his career, he has represented a wide variety of clients seeking to resolve important family matters. Many of his cases have involved complex custody disputes, alimony claims, and high net worth individuals, including several divorces in which the value of the marital estate exceeded ten million dollars. Every client, no matter their background, is important to Jason. Joining the law firm of Barna, Guzy and Steffen will give Jason the opportunity to streamline his practice while offering clients access to the broad scope of legal services offered by the firm. Jason has been recognized as a family law Super Lawyer (2015, 2016, 2020, 2021) and has served as a court-appointed early neutral evaluator for Anoka, Hennepin, Sherburne, and Wright County from 2015-present.  His Minnesota Family Law Blog was also honored as a “Top 25” by the Minnesota State Bar Association in 2011. Jason will continue to focus his practice on all facets of family law including divorce, custody, prenuptial agreements, adoption, grandparent rights, and mediation. Barna, Guzy and Steffen, Ltd. has a long-standing tradition of helping clients with their legal needs, serving generations of clients in the north metro. “BGS is a…

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Joy Collaborative

August 24, 2021  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

by Cathryn D. Reher, Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Attorney While strolling along the Mississippi River at the Stone Arch Festival, amazing miniature architectural pieces for cats and dogs caught my eye. The pieces were donated by architects to raise money for the non-profit, Joy Collaborative.  I went up to find out more about Joy Collaborative and ended up talking with Mark Ostrom, the Executive Director. A team of designers, architects, builders, and volunteers came together to form a local non-profit called Joy Collaborative. Together they build “joy rooms” for kids with life-limiting conditions. They were raising money at the festival to fund future projects. I have been an Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Attorney for close to 30 years and what Mark explained to me about their work was truly innovative and inspiring. Doctors deliver a diagnosis and a plan of care.  The diagnosis unfortunately has financial, social, and psychological implications that many times remain unaddressed, leaving families struggling to know what to do or where to turn for help. Joy Collaborative is exploring interactive solutions to meet the social and psychological aspects of disabling conditions that leave persons isolated and under-stimulated. It is remarkable work that I know would be of interest to many of my clients.   At Joy Collaborative, I prepare…

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