Category: Transportation Law

BGS Transportation Department Attends Regional Conference

January 31, 2017  |  Carole Clark Isakson

Jim Wills , Carole Clark Isakson and Nicole Wiebold recently attended the 2017 TLA (Transportation Lawyers Association) Chicago Regional Seminar. This seminar attracts lawyers from 35 states and several Canadian provinces, and included a presentation by the regional director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The TLA is an active group of transportation attorneys, uniquely qualified to provide both education and networking. Transportation issues are generally not state specific, and having a good understanding of the federal regulatory scheme is critical. It also helps to know who to call in Texas in the case of an emergency! The TLA provides both. The seminar featured presentations from attorneys in the US, Canada and Mexico on cross boarder issues (primarily liability and choice of law concerns).  A representative of the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) reported on implemented and upcoming changes to the rules applying to many motor carriers.  As with every business, trucking companies can expect ever evolving technologies to present new advantages and burdens. Electronic logging devices on many trucks will be required effective December 18, 2017. These devices capture data on the driver’s driving, engine run times, vehicle movement, miles driven, and engine hours. Seminar attendees also learned about new rule-making on safety fitness determinations for motor carriers, changes in…

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BGS Participates in MTA's Trucks and Toys 2016 Event

December 13, 2016  |  Carole Clark Isakson

The BGS Transportation Law Department is carrying on the tradition of involvement with a great cause – the Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) Trucks and Toys event. This event provides toys for disadvantaged children and teens all over the state of Minnesota, through the efforts of MTA members like BGS. This year BGS attorneys and staff enthusiastically jumped in to the shopping challenge, and even helped load a truck! The MTA has been running this event for more than 20 years, and this year twenty three MTA members around the state collected toys and cash (used to buy more toys). The MTA coordinates with many charities throughout the state, and this year partnered with even more groups to donate even more toys. Here in the metro area, the MTA donated toys to Kinship in Fridley, People Serving People in Minneapolis and Harriet Tubman Foundation in Minneapolis. BGS personnel took part in the event on a more direct level. On Friday night December 2, BGS staff Jackie Campbell and Marly Gullekson (and Marly’s daughters and grandkids!) had a great time helping shop at the Blaine Target, where they helped the MTA purchase more than $13,000 of toys. Bright and early the next morning, and fueled by coffee and hot chocolate, assistant Jackie Campbell and attorneys…

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New Associate Joins Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

July 1, 2016  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

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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