Category: Mediation

Scott Lepak to Present on Police Arbitration Reform to Minnesota State Bar

November 12, 2020  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

On Friday, November 20, Barna, Guzy & Steffen attorney, Scott Lepak, will co-present a one-hour program on the practical impacts of the new Minnesota Police Accountability Act in the arbitration process. The program, which is sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a part of continuing legal education, will be held online beginning at noon. Lepak, who is also the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Mediation Services, will discuss how the legislative changes are impacting the agency, how they select the panel of arbitrators, and the rulemaking needed for the process. Immediately following the main presentation, Scott, along with attorney/labor union arbitration specialist Gregg Corwin, will share strategies for advising clients in this area, as well as examine the questions that are left unanswered in the wake of these changes. Both presenters are experts in legal arbitration and will offer insights on what to expect from this new process. To reserve your spot, visit https://www.mnbar.org/members/cle-events/event?EventID=4256 The deadline to register is 2pm on Thursday, November 19. Barna, Guzy & Steffen has an outstanding team of labor law professionals available to talk to you about your specific needs. Contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution During a Pandemic

September 18, 2020  |  Joan M. Quade

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.  – Stephen Hawking My, how things have changed in less than a year. Our court systems and law firms were humming along mediating, litigating, arbitrating, and getting those business and personal disputes settled or resolved in what we refer to as “the normal course of business.” Most, if not all of us, never thought even a year ago, that the way we did business – the business of lawyers and law firms – would have to be completely reimagined to survive and keep dispute resolution moving forward. Read on as we discuss litigation and dispute resolution during a pandemic. Not Exactly Business as Usual Legal disputes did not stop with COVID-19. In fact, it created even more issues to be resolved among businesses, individuals, and insurance companies. It even created new banking, contract, insurance, and employment issues that needed immediate attention. But the more common disputes like breach of contract, warranty cases, real estate disputes, and construction defect cases did not slow down. As such, there was an uptick in these run-of-the-mill cases after we overcame the initial shell shock of the pandemic last spring. The New Normal Surprisingly, in March and April, our business did not slow down much. While the court systems were all but closed to civil matters, we…

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A Practical Look at Arbitration as a Growing Trend

September 27, 2019  |  Joan M. Quade

In the 30-some years that I have been a lawyer, there have been many changes in the way companies do business and in how disputes are resolved. In that same period, however, I have not seen the same depth and breadth of changes in the court system. I have been a litigator representing businesses and individuals in all kinds of cases. I have been an advocate for clients in jury trials both short and long, court trials, mediations and arbitrations. I am also now a mediator and an arbitrator. Companies are now doing business at the speed of email and have global and international goals and inspirations. They have 30, 60 and 90-day business plans. When a company has a dispute, their lawyer must tell them that it will take about a year to get to trial to resolve that dispute, and longer if you are in federal court. It is not surprising that clients find this timetable and its inherit price tag unacceptable. During that year they need representation through a legal process that has been in place in the court system for longer than I have been an attorney. The process involves exchanging discovery documents, responding to Interrogatories, taking and defending depositions, preparing and arguing motions and preparations for trial. It…

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