Category: BGS in the Community

BGS Grows with Addition of New Lawyer

May 21, 2013  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

Barna, Guzy & Steffen Ltd. announces the addition of a new associate to the firm. Jennifer C. Moreau has joined the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Employment Law practice area. The firm is excited to welcome Jennifer and hopes that adding this new associate attorney to the existing team will be beneficial to current clients and assist with the growth of new clientele. BGS’ Commercial Litigation attorneys are experienced trial lawyers able to represent clients in state, federal and the appellate courts on issues such as: business disputes construction issues and mold information technology security issues unfair competition contract actions non-competes employment defense and counseling unlawful detainers collection and insurance law other complex litigation cases Jennifer received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, 2007, magna cum laude. She was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar in 2007 and was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota bar in 2013. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and of the Anoka County Bar Association. Before joining BGS, Jennifer was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. Robert B. Varco and Hon. Mary A. Yunker, Minnesota District Court, 2007-2013. She lives in Coon Rapids with her husband and two children.

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Employee Spotlight: Sarah Thies, Legal Administrative Assistant

May 7, 2013  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

As our clients already know, one of the greatest assets of Barna, Guzy & Steffen is our staff. We are not just a collection of 27 lawyers – we are a team of 64 individuals who are also important members of our community. Periodically we highlight one of our staff and the community organizations that they support. Today, the spotlight is on Sarah Thies. Sarah is the legal administrative assistant in our municipal, labor and employment group. Sarah has been with BGS for over 20 years. She is a monthly platelet donor at Memorial Blood Center and a regular volunteer at the Brooklyn Park Eidem Homestead historical farm. Sarah also volunteers and is on the Board of Directors for Stable Pathways. Stable Pathways is located at Bunker Park Stables in Coon Rapids. It provides equine-assisted activities for people living with physical and cognitive challenges under the careful direction of either a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Certified Instructor or a Minnesota licensed Occupational Therapist. Sarah says that therapeutic horseback riding helps riders “organize” body and brain. Sarah explained that the horse’s gait is most similar to a human gait so riding provides a connection to a natural rhythmic movement from the horse that stimulated the rider’s body and brain. Sarah says…

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BGS Attorney, Scott Lepak, Reflects on the Boy Scouts Program

February 21, 2013  |  Scott M. Lepak

Chuck Seykora and I attended the annual Three Rivers District Boy Scout Breakfast February 21, 2013. I have been attending this breakfast event for years and am continually amazed at the energy and enthusiasm that our community has for scouting. It is no surprise that many of our community leaders have a background in scouting. This organization serves more than 72,000 boys and girls ages 6 through 20 over the course of a year and supports nearly 21,000 volunteers. The stars of this breakfast were, as always, the Boy Scouts themselves. Anyone that has ever worried about the future of our country should attend a Boy Scout event. We are in good hands for the future. My favorite part of the breakfast is when the current and former Scouts in attendance recite the Scout Promise. Listening to individuals in their seventies and eighties easily recite the Scout Promise is proof that Scouting stays with people all their lives. One thing I learned is that our local scouting organization now has a Lions Cub program for kindergartners. In attending these events, I fondly recalled my time in scouting. I was a Cub Scout and made it to the Webelos level. Webelos means We’ll Be Loyal Scouts. The township where I grew up did not…

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