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Best & Flanagan Welcomes Gregory Perleberg, Norman Taple, and John Sullivan

Best & Flanagan is pleased to announce that Gregory Perleberg and Norman Taple have joined the firm as partners, and John Sullivan has joined as an associate attorney. Greg Perleberg practices in business law and has over 25 years of […]

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Joel Schroeder to Speak at National Employment Law Conference

Joel Schroeder, a partner in the Employment Law Practice Group and Litigation Section, will be co-presenting on the Defend Trade Secrets Act at the Federal Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Conference on March 9, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.  […]

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Federal Court Blocks New Overtime Regulations

November 23, 2016 Late yesterday afternoon, a federal district court in Texas issued a nationwide injunction order preventing the United States Department of Labor from enforcing new wage and hour regulations that were set to go into effect on December […]

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John Richter Joins Best & Flanagan

Best & Flanagan is pleased to announce the addition of John A. Richter as an associate in the firm’s Business Law practice group.  John is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and prior to law […]

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Crippen Quoted Star Tribune Business Article

Managing Partner, Sarah E. Crippen, was quoted in the October 31, 2016, Star Tribune Business Section article “Law Firms Rethink Corner Offices.”

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Heffelfinger Named Co-Chair of the Judicial Selection Committee

Thomas B. Heffelfinger was named co-chair of the judicial selection committee assisting U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken in making recommendations to the President for vacancies on Minnesota’s federal district court.

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Best & Flanagan Hosts Mentor Morning Event

Best & Flanagan will host MN Innovates’ Mentor Morning program during Twin Cities Start-Up Week with a networking meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at the firm’s office. Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mentor-morning-at-best-flanagan-with-minnesota-innovates-registration-9152696963?aff=erelexpmlt. For […]

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Best & Flanagan Congratulates Mary E. Shearen

Selected by her peers, Mary E. Shearen has been included in the 23rd edition of Best Lawyers in America© for her work in Tax Law and Trusts and Estates.  

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Five Best & Flanagan Attorneys Named to 2016 Rising Stars List

Minneapolis, MN. August 1, 2016 –  Best & Flanagan is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been selected for inclusion as Rising Stars by Super Lawyers® and will be included in the Super Lawyers magazine’s annual list.  Each year, […]

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Ten Best & Flanagan Attorneys Named 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers

Minneapolis, MN. August 1, 2016 – Best & Flanagan is pleased to announce that ten attorneys from the firm have been named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list.  Super Lawyers® recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice.  […]

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Cathy Gorlin Published In Current Issue of MinnPost

July 19, 2016 Best & Flanagan’s Cathy Gorlin, has been published in the current issue of MinnPost. Cathy authored an article that discusses the unintended results of Minnesota’s new living-together law.  To read the full article, please visit www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2016/07/minnesotas-new-living-together-law-will-cause-unintended-results.  

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Best & Flanagan Featured In The Mpls/St. Paul Journal

Best & Flanagan’s new office space was featured June 14, 2016  in The Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal Cool Offices column. Best & Flanagan moved to new space in July 2015 and designed an efficient work space that reflects the culture […]

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Minneapolis Enacts City-Wide Paid Sick Leave; Joins State-Wide and National Trends

On May 27, 2016, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved an ordinance granting paid sick leave to most workers in the city. Employers with six or more employees who work at least 80 hours in a year must provide paid […]

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Tom Heffelfinger Discusses Federal Officials Decision

Tom Heffelfinger will appear on the 6:00 KARE-11 news discussing today’s announcement by the Minnesota U.S. Attorney that federal officials have declined to prosecute police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark. Tom’s background as a twice presidentially […]

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Breaking News: Major Changes Announced To Minimum Wage And Overtime Laws

May 18, 2016 Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced its changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to expand eligibility for overtime pay to approximately 4 million workers. The new rules will significantly affect employers with exempt, salaried […]

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The Newly Enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act Increases Federal Protection For Trade Secret Misappropriation

On May 11, 2016 President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), a bill that expands a federal law designed to protect intellectual property. The DTSA creates a federal private right of action for trade secret claims that will […]

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Ashleigh Leitch Featured In Minnesota Lawyer

In the April 14 issue of Minnesota Lawyer, employment & labor attorney Ashleigh Leitch discusses the recent lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claiming employers have violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by […]

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Important Update for Employers Regarding EEOC and Sexual Discrimination

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed two federal lawsuits against Pallet Companies and Scott Medical Health Center for violating Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The lawsuits allege that the companies discriminated […]

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Sarah Crippen Elected Managing Partner

Best & Flanagan is pleased to announce that the partnership has elected Sarah E. Crippen as its Managing Partner.  Crippen has previously served on the firm’s Executive Committee, chaired the litigation section and labor and employment law practice, headed the […]

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Remembering Bob Maher

  With heavy hearts, Best & Flanagan grieves the loss of our friend and partner, Bob Maher.  A fierce competitor and loyal friend, Bob lived a life of integrity, grace, and unwavering commitment to fairness and decency – always laced […]

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Best & Flanagan Adds Two New Attorneys

Best & Flanagan is pleased to announce the addition of two new associates to the firm’s Minneapolis office. The firm welcomes Allison Brandenburg, Business and Real Estate Law and Jennifer Olson, Litigation and Employment & Labor Law. Allison Brandenburg is a […]

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Best & Flanagan Announces New Partner

Best & Flanagan is pleased to announce William (Bill) Asp has been elected to the firm’s Partnership, effective January 1, 2016. The election recognizes Bill’s contributions to the firm, his commitment to client service and the professionalism he brings to […]

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Cathy Gorlin to Participate in Panel Discussion

In partnership with the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, Cathy Gorlin, Best & Flanagan family law attorney, will be participating in the Doorways Panel discussion, Sex and the Law on Sunday, August 30. The panel will be moderated by Marshall Tanick […]

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D.C. Circuit Again Defends Attorney-Client Privilege Protections in Internal Investigations

On August 11, 2015—for the second time in just over a year—the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a strong defense of the attorney-client privilege that exists in internal investigations overseen by in-house counsel. The […]

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Cathy Gorlin and William Asp to present, “What You Need to Know About Estate Planning and Family Law.”

In partnership with Marc Cohn from Merrill Lynch, Family law attorney, Cathy Gorlin, and Private Wealth Planning attorney, William Asp, will hold a discussion on estate planning and family law. They will explore a variety of topics in each area. […]

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Confidentiality Agreements Should Not Discourage Whistleblowers

Companies conducting internal investigations should not require—or request—that employees enter into confidentiality agreements that might discourage whistleblowers. So says the Securities and Exchange Commission, which on April 1, 2015, announced an enforcement action against KBR, Inc. as a result of […]

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Family Law Attorney Cathy Gorlin Recognized by National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Family law attorney, Cathy Gorlin has been selected a Member of the “Nation’s Top One Percent” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC).  NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence.  Its mission is […]

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Timothy Sullivan Presenting at the AGC of Minnesota Spring Membership Meeting

Best & Flanagan construction attorney, Timothy Sullivan, will be presenting at the AGC of Minnesota’s spring member meeting on Thursday, April 30. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Minneapolis Airport. Tim will discuss Wisconsin’s new Right-to-Work […]

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Cathy Gorlin to Participate in Panel Discussion

Cathy Gorlin, an attorney in the Family Law practice group at Best & Flanagan, will participate in the panel discussion, Successful Business Development for Women, sponsored by The University of Minnesota Law School. The event is being held at the […]

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Tom Heffelfinger to appear on MPR’s Daily Circuit November 11

Best & Flanagan attorney and former U.S. attorney, Tom Heffelfinger will be the guest of Kerri Miller Tuesday, November 11. He will discuss the appointment of Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States. Tom […]

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Bill Asp Participates in Panel Discussion at the 2014 Probate & Trust Law Section Conference

Bill Asp, an attorney in the Private Wealth Planning practice group at Best & Flanagan, participated in a panel discussion at the annual Probate & Trust Law Section Conference on June 2 & 3, 2014 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. […]

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Employment & Labor Law Alert: Employers Should Act Now to Ensure Compliance with Women’s Economic Security Act by July 1, 2014

June 4, 2014 Minnesota employers should take immediate steps to review and revise sick time, family leave, and other workplace policies to ensure that they comply with the newly enacted Women’s Economic Security Act (“WESA”). Beginning July 1, 2014, Minnesota […]

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Employment & Labor Law Alert: Women’s Economic Security Act Sets New Workplace Requirements for Employers

May 22, 2014 (Updated June 4, 2014, to reflect July 1, 2014, effective date of some provisions.) Minnesota employers should review and update workplace policies to ensure compliance with a range of new mandates and protections set out in the […]

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Best & Flanagan Attorneys to Co-Chair and Present at the Tribal Lending and Financial Institutions Convention

Tom Heffelfinger, attorney at Best & Flanagan and member of the White Collar Criminal and Regulatory Defense and Native American Law practice groups, will co-chair the upcoming Conference on Tribal Lending and Financial Institutions on June 19 & 20, 2014 […]

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Tim Sullivan Elected to the Penumbra Theatre Board of Directors

Tim Sullivan has been elected to the Penumbra Theatre Board of Directors. The Penumbra Theatre was founded in 1976 by Artistic Director Lou Bellamy to create a forum for African-American voices in the Twin Cities’ well-respected theater community. Over the years […]

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Insurance Coverage for “Advertising Injury” Liability

Designers, advertisers, and other creatives, as well as their clients need to think about potential trademark infringement liability each time a new tagline or logo is created and used to market goods or services.  Potential liability is generally addressed by […]

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Best & Flanagan Sponsor of the Happily Ever After Event Hosted by Divorcing Divas

Best & Flanagan was once again pleased to sponsor the Happily Ever After event hosted by Divorcing Divas Saturday, October 26, 2013. The educational conference served as a day of encouragement, inspiration and empowerment for individuals who are considering divorce, […]

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Former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger Announces Indictment of Cook County Attorney

Best & Flanagan partner and twice Presidentially-appointed U.S. Attorney, Tom Heffelfinger, announced the charges against Cook County Attorney Tim Scanell at a news conference in Grand Marais, Minnesota on Thursday, October 31, 2013. Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell has been […]

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Cathy Gorlin Participates in Panel Discussion at Elimination of Bias Theatrical Event

Cathy Gorlin, partner in Best & Flanagan’s Family Law practice group, participated in a panel discussion as a part of a performance of A Strange and Separate People on October 27th at the Hillcrest Center Theatre. The program looked at […]

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Best & Flanagan Attorney, David Schelzel, Participates in Panel Discussion at 2013 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute on 9/27

  David Schelzel will be participating in a panel discussion during the upcoming 2013 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute on September 27, 2013 at the Minnesota CLE Center. The panel discussion, “Inside Minnesota IP: Meet the Inventors, Artists and Entrepreneurs,” will […]

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Employment & Labor Law Alert: Important Update for Minnesota Employers on Changes to Background Checks

August 26, 2013 Minnesota employers will soon need to review hiring practices to ensure that they comply with a new state law that limits when job applicants may be asked about criminal records. The new Minnesota law takes effect as […]

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Best & Flanagan Attorneys Tom Radio and Justin Short Present at Structural Forensic Engineering Seminar on 8/15

Tom Radio and Justin Short presented at the Structural Forensic Engineering seminar put on by HalfMoon Education on Thursday, August 15th in Eagen, Minnesota. Tom’s presentation, entitled “Examining the Role of Forensic Engineering in Construction Disputes,” covered the causes and […]

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Eight Best & Flanagan Attorneys Recognized Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (August 15, 2013) – Best & Flanagan is pleased to announce that eight of its lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 rankings. The attorneys selected this year and their […]

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Best & Flanagan Attorney and Former U.S. Attorney, Tom Heffelfinger, Assists with Rededication of Gettysburg Minnesota Memorials

An official state delegation to Gettysburg rededicated the three Minnesota monuments on the battlefield during the battle’s 150th anniversary July 1-3. Among the delegates was Best & Flanagan attorney and former U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, Tom Heffelfinger. Tom’s great-great-grandfather, Christopher […]

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Eight Best & Flanagan Attorneys Named 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers

Minneapolis, MN. July 8, 2013 – Best & Flanagan is pleased to announce that nine attorneys from the firm have been named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list. These attorneys will be recognized in the August issues of Minnesota Super […]

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Four Best & Flanagan Attorneys Named to 2013 Rising Stars List

Minneapolis, MN. July 8, 2013 – Best & Flanagan is pleased to announce that four attorneys have been selected for inclusion as Rising Stars by Super Lawyers® and will be included in the Super Lawyers magazine’s annual list. Each year, […]

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Best & Flanagan Attorney, Mary Shearen, Participates in Panel Discussion at Annual Probate & Trust Law Section Conference

Mary Shearen participated in panel of experienced probate practitioners at the 39th Annual Probate & Trust Law Section Conference on June 10, 2013. The panelists discussed questions that arise for attorneys and paralegals during the administration of a decedent’s estate. […]

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Best & Flanagan’s Scott Eller Co-Authors Article in The New England Journal of Political Science

Best & Flanagan Partner, Scott Eller, has been published in the current issue of The New England Journal of Political Science. Scott co-authored the article which discusses the complex topic of partisan gerrymandering and partisan effects of redistricting, ( S. Krislov, […]

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Best & Flanagan Attorney and Former U.S. Attorney, Thomas Heffelfinger, Appointed by Senators Klobuchar and Franken to Join Advisory Committee for U.S. Attorney

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken announced on May 17, 2013 the formation of an advisory committee to assist them in recommending Minnesota’s next U.S. Attorney to the President. The current U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones has been nominated […]

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David Zubke to Present at the GPIGA Annual Conference

David Zubke will present at the Great Plains Indian Gaming Association (GPIGA) Annual Conference on May 21, 2013 at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel on the topic of intellectual asset protection. The presentation entitled, “Intellectual Property and Marketing Law for […]

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