Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney to our firm. Joseph J. Deuhs, Jr. brings to BGS extensive expertise in representing financial institutions and commercial real estate owners. He will work closely with attorneys practicing in the firm’s Real Estate/Banking Department as he works with existing and new clients. Deuhs joins BGS after practicing for more than 25 years at the law firm of Leonard, O’Brien Spencer Gale & Sayre, LTD in Minneapolis where he began as an Associate in 1990. His extensive legal expertise in providing representation to financial institutions includes decades of counsel in matters of commercial lending transactions, workouts, restructures, enforcement of creditors’ remedies and other banking matters. Deuhs also has experience in..
BGS in the Community
We love to help celebrate our clients’ successes! BGS attorney Jim Wills has been counsel for the Halvor Lines group of companies in Superior Wisconsin for decades, and BGS attorney Carole Clark Isakson has had the pleasure of assisting with various matters. On December 21, 2018, Halvor Lines celebrated its 50th anniversary with sincerity and style at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, Minnesota. What an amazing and well attended event! The speakers highlighted the core beliefs of the company – treating its drivers well and acknowledging the critical role they play, finding new and innovative ways to serve customers, and being a positive influence on all its employees lives. BGS is proud to be a partner with Halvor Lines and its growing..
BGS Shareholder Scott Lepak will be giving the closing address at the annual Minnesota Public Employers Labor Relations Association Winter Conference in Plymouth MN on February 14, 2019. Scott’s presentation will be ‘Public Safety Update – Could 2018 Have Gotten Any Weirder?’ Scott said that his presentation will cover the various public safety shenanigans from 2018. He said this will include the court decision overturning an arbitration ruling that reinstated a police officer, an arbitration award that overturned a termination for an officer who dragged an individual about 100 feet by the handcuffs and a court ruling that denied the City its ability to restructure a fire department. In his 30+ years of practice representing local government on law enforcement matters, Scott said that this..
BGS Shareholder and Champlin City Attorney Scott Lepak participated in the City of Champlin’s Heartsafe Community CPR training during the November 13, 2018 City Council Meeting. The City of Champlin began its HEARTSafe Initiative to educate the community about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and increase the survivability of a person who has an SCA. HEARTSafe Champlin is a partnership between the Champlin Police Department, Anoka-Champlin Fire and Allina Health Services to provide training in CPR, access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and instruction in how to use them, as well as an outlet for purchasing these lifesaving devices. This is the third time Scott has been through CPR training. “When I had my first CPR class in high school, we learned the method of alternating..
Government and Employment Law Attorney Scott Lepak was named Anoka County Bar Association 2018 Attorney of the Year at the ACBA’s annual Fall Dinner, November 7th. Scott was recognized for his outstanding legal services and support to the community in his 30 year career as an attorney practicing in labor relations and employment matters affecting local government. Throughout his extensive legal career in Anoka County, Scott has provided unparalleled community focused legal service that has affected every citizen in the county during that time. As the chief labor negotiator for Anoka County, Scott has been a trusted advisor to the County on all labor relations matters for over three decades. Scott has also served as the labor and employment counsel for the Anoka..