Newsroom & Publications - Hanft Fride Law The law firm of Hanft Fride, located in Duluth, Minnesota, has an experienced team of attorneys providing a full range of legal services. http://www.hanftlaw.com <![CDATA[October 2016 - The Employer E-Letter: Labor and Employment Law News from the Duluth, Minnesota law firm of Hanft Fride, A Professional Association]]> THIS MONTH'S TOPICS:

  • CAT'S PAW THEORY APPLIES TO RETALIATORY ACTION
  • DOL TARGETS GENDER BIAS
  • CHIPOTLE, THE NLRA, AND CONCERTED ACTIVITY
  • U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES ON CONSTRUCTIVE DISCHARGE CLAIM FILING PERIOD

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[MN Supreme Court Appoints Baker Chairman of Ethics Committee]]> Jacob Baker was appointed chairman of the 11th District Bar Association's Ethics Committee by the MN Supreme Court.  The 11th District includes portions of St. Louis County and all of Lake, Cook, and Carlton counties. 

District Ethics Committee members are volunteer attorneys and public members. They work to investigate complaints of unethical conduct against Minnesota lawyers for the state Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[August 2016 - The Employer E-Letter: Labor and Employment Law News from the Duluth, Minnesota law firm of Hanft Fride, A Professional Association]]> THIS MONTH'S TOPICS:

  • EIGHTH CIRCUIT RULES MINNESOTA’S DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING IN THE WORKPLACE ACT (“DATWA”) CROSSES STATE LINES
  • LGBT PROTECTION AND TITLE VII
  • WISCONSIN JUDGE RULES RIGHT TO WORK LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL
  • WELLNESS PROGRAM NOTICE

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[July 2016 - The Employer E-Letter: Labor and Employment Law News from the Duluth, Minnesota law firm of Hanft Fride, A Professional Association]]> THIS MONTH'S TOPICS:

  • SAVE THE DATE
  • TEXAS COURT BLOCKS DOL’S REVISED “PERSUADER RULE”
  • U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES ON ATTORNEY FEES FOR PREVAILING PARTY
  • EMPLOYER PROVIDED LEAVE AS A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION
  • OSHA FINAL RULE

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Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[June 2016 - The Employer E-Letter: Labor and Employment Law News from the Duluth, Minnesota law firm of Hanft Fride, A Professional Association]]> THIS MONTH'S TOPICS:

  • THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FINAL RULES ON "OVERTIME EXEMPT" SALARY LIMITS ISSUED
  • FEDERAL PROTECTION OF TRADE SECRETS
  • FMLA AND PERSONAL LIABILITY  
  • AVOID ADA CLAIMS BY RESPONDING CONSISTENTLY TO BAD CONDUCT
  • TIP OF THE MONTH
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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[May 2016 - The Employer E-Letter: Labor and Employment Law News from the Duluth, Minnesota law firm of Hanft Fride, A Professional Association]]> THIS MONTH'S TOPICS:

  • 8TH CIRCUIT SAYS OBESITY NOT PROTECTED CLASS
  • STANDING AND DEFINITION OF EMPLOYEE UNDER MHRA
  • NLRB’S BARGAINING UNIT TEST UPHELD BY 8TH CIRCUIT
  • NLRB STANDARD TO PROVE DISCRIMINATORY DISCHARGE 

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Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[April 2016 - The Employer E-Letter: Labor and Employment Law News from the Duluth, Minnesota law firm of Hanft Fride, A Professional Association]]> THIS MONTH'S TOPICS:

  • EEOC PROPOSES CHANGES IN GUIDANCE ON RETALIATION
  • DOL’S “PERSUADER RULE” RECEIVES OPPOSITION
  • BURDEN OF PROOF FOR AGE DISCRIMINATION
  • NEED TO DISCLOSE ALL CLAIMS IN BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS

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Sun, 10 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[March 2016 - The Employer E-Letter: Labor and Employment Law News from the Duluth, Minnesota law firm of Hanft Fride, A Professional Association]]> THIS MONTH'S TOPICS:

  • 7TH CIRCUIT RULES EEOC MUST CONCILIATE BEFORE SUIT
  • MINNESOTA COURT APPLIES NEW UNEMPLOYMENT RULES
  • STANDARD IN REGARD TO EMPLOYER'S DUTY TO ACCOMMODATE EVOLVING. 
  • NLRB BANS CAPTIVE AUDIENCE MEETINGS FOR MAILED BALLOTS

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Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Obituary of David Lee Tilden]]> September 9, 1979 ~ February 16, 2016

David Lee Tilden, 36, of Duluth, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday February 16, 2016 in his residence.  He was born in Ann Arbor, MI on September 9, 1979 to Robert and Kathleen Tilden.  David graduated from UMD and obtained his J.D. Degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 2007.  He was employed with the Hanft Fride Law Firm.  David was a Scout Leader and a board member at the YMCA.  He enjoyed reading, movies, playing legos with his son Sawyer, traveling, hiking, and scuba diving. 

David was prededed in deathby his father Robert in 2013.

David is survived by his wife Kirsten, sons Sawyer Alexander and Sven Winter, mother Kathleen, step-mother Carmen, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Visitation will be held on Saturday February 20, 2016 from 9:30AM until the 11:00AM Memorial Service in Dougherty Funeral Home.

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[February 2016 - The Employer E-Letter: Labor and Employment Law News from the Duluth, Minnesota law firm of Hanft Fride, A Professional Association]]> THIS MONTH'S TOPICS:

  • EEOC SEEKS TO DEMAND MORE WAGE INFORMATION FROM EMPLOYERS
  • 8th CIRCUIT FINDS ADVERSE EMPLOYMENT ACTION WITHOUT A CHANGE IN PAY OR RANK
  • RESTRICTIONS ON RECORDING CONVERSATIONS IN WORKPLACE UNLAWFUL ACCORDING TO NLRB
  • DRIVING AS AN ESSENTIAL FUNCTION

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Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[January 2016 - The Employer E-Letter: Labor and Employment Law News from the Duluth, Minnesota law firm of Hanft Fride, A Professional Association]]> THIS MONTH'S TOPICS:

  • WINTER WEATHER RULES
  • EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION BASED ON PREGNANCY
  • COURT AWARDS ATTORNEY FEES IN ABSENCE OF EMPLOYEE RECOVERY
  • WAGE CLAIMS REACH ALL-TIME HIGH IN 2015

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Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Attorneys Named Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars]]> Duluth, Minn. – Hanft Fride attorneys, Huck Andresen, William Burns, Jennifer Carey, John Kelly, Cheryl Prince and Tom Torgerson have been named 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers. Scott Witty, also of Hanft Fride, was named a 2015 Rising Star.

For the thirteenth consecutive year, Huck Andresen was selected for his practice in residential and commercial real estate law; mining and mineral law; boundary and title correction matters; access and easement issues; and administrative law.

For the thirteenth consecutive year, William Burns was selected for his practice in business law; private and public financing of business enterprises; zoning and real estate development; healthcare business issues; and mergers/acquisitions.

This is the twelfth year for Jennifer Carey’s inclusion for her practice in real estate development and condominium law. She also practices in estate planning, probate and business law.

John Kelly was selected for the thirteenth year. He represents insurers, individuals and corporate clients in tort actions, commercial disputes, professional liability, contract, employment and personal injury matters. He also serves as a mediator for personal injury and business litigation matters.

Cheryl Prince was selected for the tenth year for her practice in family law, in which she handles cases involving both simple and complex property division, maintenance, and custody issues. She also serves as mediator in a wide range of disputes. 

Tom Torgerson was selected for the second year for his practice in labor and employment law. He also represents insured and uninsured parties in commercial, construction, insurance, employment, personal injury and professional malpractice disputes.

The Super Lawyers selection process aims to create a credible and comprehensive listing of attorneys to be used as a resource for assisting attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel. Based on peer recognition and professional achievement, the multi-step process selects only 5 percent of lawyers in the state to appear in Minnesota Super Lawyers.

Scott Witty was selected to the Minnesota Rising Stars list. Witty, who has been named to the list for four consecutive years, practices in the areas of civil litigation and employment law.

The Rising Stars list is developed using the same patented multiphase selection process used for the Super Lawyers list except: To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars

Each of these attorneys was listed in the September 2015 issues of Minnesota Super Lawyers, Mpls.St.Paul and Twin Cities Business magazines. 

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride lawyer named Minnesota Lawyer 2015 Up & Coming Attorney]]> Kimberly Brzezinski to be recognized for outstanding work in first 10 years of legal practice

Duluth, Minn. – Kimberly Brzezinski of Hanft Fride, PA, has been named a 2015 Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer. Brzezinski will be recognized among 25 other recipients for outstanding accomplishments at an awards luncheon on September 10, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. Honorees were chosen based on professional accomplishment, leadership service to the community and the profession, or achievement as in-house counsel. 

“Ms. Brzezinski is unquestionably deserving of this award, and we are proud to have her on the team at Hanft Fride,” said Hanft Fride President Jennifer Carey. “She is a highly skilled attorney with a passion for the law and service to her clients.”

In her short time as an attorney, Brzezinski obtained her MSBA Real Property Certification and currently serves on the board of directors and Program Committee for the 11th District Bar Association.  She also chairs the Real Property Section for the 11th District Bar Association, sits on the Legislative Committee for the Minnesota State Bar Association, and is past treasurer and current member of the Northeast Chapter of Minnesota Women Lawyers.

In her hometown of Proctor, Minnesota, Brzezinski chairs the board of directors for REA3D (Rails Endowment for Academic, Art and Athletic Development). Additionally, she taught real property law at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in the fall of 2014, wanting to share her practical, real-world experiences with students to encourage them to become passionate about the practice of real estate. She is also a 2015 graduate of the Leadership Duluth program, which is administered by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce to connect local business leaders and teach them about their community. 


“Ms. Brzezinski may have only been in practicing since 2008, but she has become an excellent attorney, colleague and community member in that short time,” said Ms. Carey. “I look forward to seeing what she accomplishes in the future.”

A full list of honorees for the 2015 Up & Coming Attorney Award can be found at minnlawyer.com and Brzezinski’s bio information can be found at hanftlaw.com.

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth. 

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride opens new office in Cloquet, David C. Lingren joins firm Of Counsel]]> Duluth, Minn. – Hanft Fride, A Professional Association, announced today that it has opened a new office in Cloquet, Minn., and attorney David C. Lingren, formerly of Newby & Lingren, Ltd., has joined Hanft Fride in an Of Counsel position effective immediately. 

With more than 40 years of experience serving clients in Carlton, Pine and southern St. Louis counties, Lingren practices in the areas of estate planning and probate, real estate, and business law. He will continue to be based out of the Cloquet office, located at 1219 14th St., and will be joined there by other attorneys from Hanft Fride who will divide their time between the Duluth and Cloquet offices.

“David Lingren is a well-respected and thoughtful attorney,” said Jennifer Carey, president of Hanft Fride. “We are very excited about having him join us and opening a new office in Cloquet.”

“We are delighted that this opportunity came along,” Carey said. “Hanft Fride has a long and distinguished history of providing quality legal services throughout Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. Now, we look forward to expanding our services in Cloquet and its surrounding communities—including estate planning and probate, divorce and family law, real estate, business, banking, litigation, and employment and labor law.”

Additional information about Hanft Fride and its attorneys can be found at www.hanftlaw.com.

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth and in Cloquet. 

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Fri, 01 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[ Hanft Fride Welcomes Leah Fisher]]> Duluth, Minn. – Leah Fisher has been hired as an associate at Hanft Fride, a professional association of attorneys. She will primarily practice in the area of family law, representing individuals in a broad range of matters, including divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, adoption, and other general family matters.

Fisher graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and earned her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law in Seattle, Wash.

Prior to joining Hanft Fride, Fisher worked for the Volunteer Attorney Program in Duluth providing pro bono legal services to low income individuals in our community.  She will continue to volunteer with the Volunteer Attorney Program as a pro bono attorney.

Fisher is admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota and is a member of the 11th District Bar Association Board of Directors.

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth. 

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Recognized Second Year in a Row for Outstanding Pro Bono Work Minnesota associations award firm and individuals ]]> Duluth, Minn. – For the second consecutive year, Hanft Fride has been awarded the Volunteer Attorney Law Firm of the Year by the Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP). The award was presented on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the LawLawPalooza event at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, Minn. In addition, several of Hanft Fride’s attorneys have been individually recognized by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) for providing exceptional pro bono legal services.

The Volunteer Attorney Program’s Volunteer Attorney Law Firm of the Year award recognizes the firm in Northeastern Minnesota that contributes the most pro bono hours to individuals in need of services. As the 2014 Volunteer Attorney Law Firm of the Year, Hanft Fride provided more than 400 hours of pro bono services. 

“There is a strong commitment to the community at Hanft Fride.  In addition to attorneys at our firm serving as board members for local and state non-profits, businesses or other organizations, many of us feel the call to provide legal services to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to these services on a daily basis," said Hanft Fride Transactional Attorney Kenneth Kimber. "It's wonderful to have such a highly-regarded organization like VAP recognize the value of our pro bono work for the second year in a row," he added.

VAP also recognizes an individual with the highest number of completed pro bono hours as the Volunteer Attorney of the Year. Jacob Baker, a Hanft Fride attorney repeatedly recognized as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics, was named a finalist for the 2014 award.

Additionally, the MSBA recognizes North Star Lawyers as those attorneys who provide more than 50 hours of pro bono legal services in the prior calendar year. 2014 North Star Lawyers with Hanft Fride include Frederick Dudderar, Jennifer Carey, and Holly LaBoone-Haller.

Additional information can be found at volunteerattorney.org and msba.mnbar.org.

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth. 

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Jennifer Carey Named Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers]]> Duluth, Minn. – Hanft Fride attorney, Jennifer L. Carey, has been selected as one of the Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers® for 2013.

 

Recently named president of Hanft Fride, Carey has been with the firm since 1991 and practices primarily in the areas of real estate and estate planning. She also provides advice to clients in probate and business law.

 

Carey has been recognized by Super Lawyers every year since 2004. To receive this recognition, attorneys must go through a multiphase process consisting of peer nomination and evaluation and third-party research.

 

As one of the 2013 Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers, Carey will be listed in the August 2013 issues of Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine, Twin Cities Business and Mpls.St. Paul Magazine. Read more about Super Lawyers at www.superlawyers.com.

 

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth. 

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Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Attorneys Named Among Best Lawyers in America]]> Duluth, Minn. – William Burns, Jennifer Carey, John Kelly and Cheryl Prince were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014*.

 

For the 26th consecutive year, William Burns was selected for inclusion in real estate law. Additionally, he handles private and public financing of business enterprises, zoning and real estate development, healthcare business issues, and mergers/acquisitions.

 

Jennifer Carey was selected for inclusion for the second consecutive year for her practice in real estate law. She concentrates her practice in the area of real estate and estate planning and represents property owners, developers, lenders and associations in a broad range of real estate transactions.

 

John Kelly was selected for the 18th consecutive year for his work in defending legal malpractice claims. He represents insurers, individuals and corporate clients in tort actions and commercial disputes, professional liability, contract, employment and personal injury matters.

 

Cheryl Prince was selected for the second consecutive year for her practice in family law. She practices exclusively in family law, handling cases involving both simple and complex property division, maintenance, child support and custody issues.

 

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

 

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

 

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Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Welcomes Real Estate Attorneys ]]> Duluth, Minn. – Attorneys Charles H. “Huck” Andresen and Kimberly (Dunbar) Brzezinski joined the real estate team of Hanft Fride.  

 

A State Bar Certified Real Property Law Specialist, Andresen brings nearly 50 years of experience in real estate law, including residential and commercial law, mining and mineral law, boundary and title correction matters, access and easement issues, and administrative law.

 

Andresen currently serves on the Minnesota State Board of Legal Certification and is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He speaks frequently at legal seminars on real estate and mining matters. A University of Minnesota Duluth graduate, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association Real Property Section in 2012.

 

Brzezinski specializes in civil litigation, construction law, land use issues, boundary and title correction matters, access issues, general real estate matters, and estate planning. A State Bar Certified Real Property Law Specialist, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn.

 

Prior to joining Hanft Fride, Andresen and Brzezinski were with Andresen & Butterworth, P.A, a Duluth, Minn., firm.

 

 

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth. 

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Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Receives Prestigious Best Law Firms Ranking]]> Duluth, Minn. – Hanft Fride has garnered recognition as a top Duluth law firm in the 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” earning Tier 1 metropolitan rankings in Family Law and Real Estate Law.

 

The annual “Best Law Firms” rankings are compiled by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, the leading peer-review survey of lawyers worldwide. Eligible law firms must have at least one lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014*.

 

Based on surveys of lawyers and clients throughout the U.S., the “Best Law Firms” rankings cover 80 national and 118 metropolitan practice areas. Clients and peers are asked to evaluate firms based on specific criteria, such as expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, and integrity.

 

Hanft Fride will be featured in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” stand-alone publication, as well as online at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

 

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth. 

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Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Welcomes Holly LaBoone-Haller]]> Duluth, Minn. – Holly LaBoone-Haller has been hired as an associate at Hanft Fride, a professional association of attorneys.

 

A graduate of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., LaBoone-Haller will advise clients in the areas of litigation and transactional matters. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn.

 

Prior to joining Hanft Fride, LaBoone-Haller served as an extern for Chief Judge Michael J. Davis at United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She was also a judicial intern at the Minnesota Sixth Judicial District Court for St. Louis County and a law clerk at the Minnesota Sixth Judicial District for Carlton County.

 

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth. 

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Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Names New President]]> Duluth, Minn. – Jennifer Carey has been elected president of Hanft Fride, a professional association of attorneys.

Carey replaces John Kelly, who served as the firm’s president for the past 20 years. Kelly will continue to assist clients on a full-time basis in the firm’s litigation department.

Carey has been with Hanft Fride since 1991 and practices primarily in the areas of real estate and estate planning. She also provides advice to clients in probate and business law. Carey has represented property owners, developers and lenders in a range of real estate transactions, as well as individuals and families in estate planning matters.

Carey earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves as chair of the board of trustees of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation, is a member and former chair of the Arrowhead Estate Planning Council, and is a frequent presenter at estate planning and real estate seminars.  

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Names New Shareholder]]> Duluth, Minn. – Scott Witty has been elected as a shareholder of Hanft Fride, a professional association of attorneys.  

Witty has been with Hanft Fride since 2007 and practices in civil litigation and employment and labor law. He was featured in the latest issue of Minnesota Law & Politics after being named a Minnesota Rising Star by the publication, a designation given to less than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state.

Witty earned his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College and his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Hamline University School of Law. He is a 2010 Leadership Duluth graduate and serves on the board of directors for Men as Peacemakers.

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Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Attorneys Named Minnesota Super Lawyers]]> Duluth, Minn. – Hanft Fride attorneys, William Burns, Jennifer Carey, John Kelly and Cheryl Prince have been named Minnesota Super Lawyers 2012.

For the ninth consecutive year, William Burns was selected and practices in business law; private and public financing of business enterprises; zoning and real estate development; healthcare business issues; and mergers/acquisitions.

This is the eighth year for Jennifer Carey’s inclusion for her practice in real estate development and condominium law. She also practices in estate planning, probate and business law.

John Kelly was selected for the ninth year and practices in personal injury defense, business litigation and environmental law. He has represented insurers, individuals and corporate clients in tort actions and commercial disputes, professional liability, contract, employment, and personal injury matters.  

Cheryl Prince was selected for the sixth year for her practice in family law. In her family law practice, she handles cases involving both simple and complex property division, maintenance, and custody issues. She serves as mediator in a wide range of disputes. 

The Super Lawyers selection process aims to create a credible and comprehensive listing of attorneys to be used as a resource for assisting attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel. Based on peer recognition and professional achievement, the multi-step process selects only 5 percent of lawyers in the state to appear in Minnesota Super Lawyers.

Each of these attorneys was listed in the September 2012 issues of Minnesota Super Lawyers, Mpls.St.Paul and Twin Cities Business magazines.

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Mon, 26 Nov 2012 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Attorneys Named Among Best Lawyers in America]]> Duluth, Minn. –Richard Burns, William Burns, Jennifer Carey, John Kelly and Cheryl Prince were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013*.

For the 25th consecutive year, Richard Burns was selected for inclusion for his practice in trusts/estates. Now Of counsel, he is accessible to Hanft Fride attorneys to consult on business and estate planning matters and acts as general counsel for media companies.

William Burns was also selected, for the 25th consecutive year, in the field of real estate law. He also handles private and public financing of business enterprises, zoning and real estate development, healthcare business issues, and mergers/acquisitions.

Jennifer Carey was selected for her practice in real estate development and condominium law. She also provides advice to clients in estate planning, probate and business law. 

This is the 17th consecutive year for litigation specialist John Kelly’s inclusion for his work defending malpractice claims. He represents insurers, individuals and corporate clients in tort actions and commercial disputes, professional liability, contract, employment and personal injury matters.

Cheryl Prince was selected in the field of family law. She handles family law cases involving both simple and complex property division, maintenance, and custody issues. She also serves as mediator in a wide range of disputes. 

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Attorneys Named Minnesota Rising Stars ]]> Duluth, Minn. – Hanft Fride attorneys, Jacob Baker, Kenneth Kimber and Scott Witty have been selected as Minnesota Rising Stars by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine, a designation given to only 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state.  

Jacob Baker has been selected for the eighth consecutive year and practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and family law. A graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, he is also a trained Early Neutral Evaluator in family law cases.

Also for the eighth consecutive year, Kenneth Kimber has been selected and practices in general litigation and civil litigation. He earned his law degree from Washington University School of Law.

A first-year recipient, Scott Witty was selected for his practice in employment and labor law and civil and general litigation. He earned his law degree from Hamline University School of Law and is a 2010 Leadership Duluth graduate.

The Rising Stars selection process identifies only 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state who are under 40 years old or have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Candidates are nominated by the state’s top lawyers and evaluated by an independent review board.

All attorneys will be profiled in the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. 

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[ Hanft Fride Attorneys Share Expertise at One of Largest Conferences for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers ]]> Duluth, Minn. – Alongside national and international speakers, Hanft Fride Attorneys Jacob Baker, Richard Burns and Cheryl Prince shared their legal expertise at the 2012 Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms conference in early August.  

Created by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, the annual conference is a participant-driven educational meeting that provides participants with strategies and ideas to further develop their law practices.

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education chooses speakers based on their expertise and presentation skills. Baker and Burns led a session covering when to use and how to draft maritalized revocable trusts. Prince spoke about marital termination agreements.

The annual event offered more than 40 educational sessions and drew nearly 500 attendees from across Minnesota.   

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Attorney to Speak at Real Estate Institute ]]> Duluth, Minn. – Hanft Fride Attorney Jennifer L. Carey will present at the 30th annual Real Estate Institute in St. Paul this November 9 and 10.

Hosted by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, the two-day seminar is designed to provide the most up-to-date information on new cases, legislation and title standards. It is open to all Minnesota lawyers and judges and more than 1,200 participants are expected to attend.   

Carey will bring her expertise in real estate to lead a one-hour session highlighting the basics of creating easements, restrictive covenants and licenses. She will also present on legislation impacting current real estate practices. 

In addition to her practice with Hanft Fride and as a Minnesota Continuing Legal Education faculty, Carey is also secretary of the Real Property Council and co-chair of the Real Property Law Section Legislative Committee and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Attorney Appointed to Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board]]> Duluth, MN – Hanft Fride Attorney Cheryl Prince has been appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.

The Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility Board is responsible for oversight and administration of the Minnesota lawyer discipline system. The board consists of 23 members and holds four annual meetings to discuss issues involving the Minnesota lawyer discipline system, including rule changes and policy implementation.

The principle selection criterion for board appointment is a deep-rooted interest in Minnesota’s lawyer disciplinary system and previous experience within the system.

In addition to her practice with Hanft Fride, Prince has served as chair of the 11th District Ethics Committee for six years and as a board member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Section

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride commits to pro bono work in 2012]]> Hanft Fride is one of 20 Minnesota law firms (and the only firm in Duluth) to sign the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Pro Bono Standard for 2012.

Created in 2008 by the MSBA, the Pro Bono Standard challenges law firms to increase their public service by adding to the number of bro bono clients they take on each year. In order to meet the standard, participating firms must offer a percentage of their legal services to persons of limited means or to organizations that address the needs of people of limited means.

Hanft Fride has strong community roots and is deeply integrated into the Duluth area. Giving back is a fundamental part of the culture at Hanft Fride, and committing to support people unable to afford legal services is one way the firm demonstrates this.

This is the third year Hanft Fride has signed the Standard, which means it will donate 2 percent of its hours to pro bono work in 2012.

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The firm is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Attorney Appointed to Multi-State Ecological Fund]]> Duluth, MN – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed Hanft Fride attorney Frederick Dudderar Jr. to the board of the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

The Great Lakes Protection Fund’s board of directors is comprised of two governor-appointed representatives from each of the seven member states. The board of directors meets quarterly and oversees the investment of the endowment and governs the Fund’s operations.The Fund was developed to address the ecological problems surrounding the Great Lakes and to help protect and restore the resources.

Dudderar is a member and past chairman of the Board of Legal Aid of Northeastern Minnesota, and also serves as a member of the U.S. Bank National Association Advisory Board of Directors.

About Hanft Fride

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Five Hanft Fride Attorneys Earn Top Accolades]]> Duluth, Minn. – Five attorneys from Duluth-based Hanft Fride law firm have been named to Minnesota Super Lawyers 2011.  

Richard Burns, now Of Counsel, previously represented small- to medium-sized family-owned businesses and professionals in business and estate planning matters. Previously a Minnesota Law & Politics Top 40 estate planning attorney, he is available to Hanft Fride attorneys to consult on business and estate planning issues and is listed under Closely Held Business. Burns continues to function as general counsel for media companies, primarily in the areas of contract, employment and benefit issues, and libel and privacy matters.

William Burns was selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers 2011 Top 100 list. He handles private and public financing of business enterprises, multifamily and commercial real estate development, health care business issues, commercial real estate development, and mergers and acquisitions. He also provides general business advice, management of litigation and other dispute resolution services.

Cheryl Prince practices primarily in family law, including divorce, adoption, paternity and prenuptial agreements. She has handled cases involving both simple and complex property division, spousal maintenance and custody issues. She has also served as mediator in a wide range of disputes including family, personal injury, contract and employment discrimination.

Jennifer Carey was selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers 2011 Top 50 Women list. Carey's practice is in the areas of trusts and estates and real estate, including real estate development and condominium law. Carey is a real property law specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. She is also a member of the MSBA Real Property Council and co-chairs the MSBA Real Property Legislative Committee.

John D. Kelly was named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers 2011 Top 100 List. Kelly’s primary practice area is personal injury defense. Kelly has more than 30 years’ experience as a trial lawyer, representing insurers, individuals and corporate clients in tort actions and commercial disputes, professional liability, contract, employment, and personal injury matters.

The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible and comprehensive listing of attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel. This multistep process objectively searches for candidates based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to appear in Minnesota Super Lawyers.

Each of these attorneys will be listed in the August 2011 issues of Minnesota Super Lawyers magazine, Mpls.St.Paul magazine and Twin Cities Business magazine.

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers the best possible legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Two Hanft Fride Attorneys Named Rising Stars]]> Duluth, Minn. – For the seventh consecutive year, Jacob Baker and Kenneth Kimber of Hanft Fride have been selected as Minnesota Rising Stars by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

This designation is bestowed on only 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state who are under age 40 or have been practicing law for 10 years or less. They are nominated by the state’s top lawyers and then evaluated by an independent review board.

Baker practices in all areas of estate planning, long-term care planning, probate, trust administration and family law. He earned his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 2000 and joined Hanft Fride later that year.

Kimber practices in the areas of general litigation including insurance defense, commercial litigation, workers’ compensation, construction and appellate practice. He received his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 2002 and joined Hanft Fride in 2004, after practicing in the Twin Cities. Kimber is a frequent speaker and contributor to legal trade publications and gives his time to several organizations in an effort to advance the legal profession. 

Baker and Kimber will be profiled in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers the best possible legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Attorneys Listed Among Best Lawyers in America]]> Duluth, MN – Richard Burns, William Burns and John Kelly were once again selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012* in the fields of trusts/estates, real estate law and legal malpractice law, respectively.

This is Richard Burns’ 24th consecutive year of being included in Best Lawyers. Now Of Counsel, he is available to Hanft Fride attorneys to consult on business and estate planning issues. Additionally Burns continues to function as general counsel for media companies, primarily in the areas of contract, employment and benefit issues, and libel and privacy matters.

This year also marks William Burns’ 24th consecutive year of inclusion in Best Lawyers. He handles private and public financing of business enterprises, multifamily and commercial real estate development, health care business issues, commercial real estate development, and mergers and acquisitions. He also provides general business advice, management of litigation and other dispute resolution services.

John Kelly has been included in Best Lawyers each year since 1995. He has more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer representing insurers, individuals and corporate clients in tort actions and commercial disputes, including antitrust, professional liability, contract, employment and personal injury matters.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers the best possible legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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*Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC.

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Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Listed Among Best Law Firms in America]]> Duluth, MN – Hanft Fride was recognized as one of the best law firms in America by U.S. News and World Report.

These inaugural rankings showcase the best of the best in 81 practice areas. The mission is to help guide referring lawyers and clients to law firms that meet their needs. The rankings provide a comprehensive review of the U.S. legal profession unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings.

“U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in-depth rankings of a wide range of institutions,” says Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News and World Report. “This experience, coupled with our growing reputation as a leading career information resource, makes these law firm rankings the logical next step.”

More than 9,000 clients—including every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies—provided 194,370 firm practice-area evaluations. In addition, more than 8,000 lawyers also provided input through evaluations. These surveys were combined with existing evaluations and hard numbers to determine rankings.

The national first-tier rankings will be featured in the October print issue of U.S. News and World Report, which will go on sale September 27.

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Wed, 22 Sep 2010 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Minnesota Super Lawyers 2010]]> Duluth, Minn.– Five attorneys from Duluth-based Hanft Fride law firm have been named to Minnesota Super Lawyers 2010.  

Richard Burns is now Of Counsel, previously representing small- to medium-sized family-owned businesses and professionals in business and estate planning matters. A Minnesota Law & Politics Top 40 estate planning attorney, he is available to Hanft Fride attorneys to consult on business and estate planning issues. Burns continues to function as general counsel for media companies, primarily in the areas of contract, employment and benefit issues, and libel and privacy matters.

William Burns handles private and public financing of business enterprises, multi-family and commercial real estate development, health care business issues, commercial real estate development, and mergers and acquisitions. He also provides general business advice, management of litigation and other dispute resolution services.

Cheryl Prince practices primarily in family law, including divorce, adoption, paternity and prenuptial agreements. She has handled cases involving both simple and complex property division, spousal maintenance and custody issues. She has also served as mediator in a wide range of disputes including family, personal injury, contract and employment discrimination.

Jennifer Carey was selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers 2010 Top 50 Women list. Carey's practice is in the areas of trusts and estates and real estate, including real estate development and condominium law. Carey is a real property law specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. She is also a member of the MSBA Real Property Council and co-chairs the MSBA Real Property Legislative Committee.

John D. Kelly was named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers 2010 Top 100 List. Mr. Kelly’s primary practice area is personal injury defense. Kelly has over 30 years experience as a trial lawyer, representing insurers, individuals and corporate clients in tort actions and commercial disputes, professional liability, contract, employment, and personal injury matters.

The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible and comprehensive listing of attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel. This multi-step process objectively searches for candidates based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to appear in Minnesota Super Lawyers.

Each of these attorneys will be listed in the August 2010 issues of Minnesota Super Lawyers magazine, Mpls.St.Paul magazine and Twin Cities Business magazine.

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride prides itself on providing the highest quality legal representation for both businesses and individuals. The professional association is located inU.S. Bank Placein downtownDuluth. 

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Fri, 03 Sep 2010 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Attorneys Listed Among Best Lawyers in America]]> Duluth, MN – Richard Burns, William Burns and John Kelly were once again selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011* in the fields of trusts/estates, real estate law and legal malpractice law, respectively.

This is Richard Burns’ 23rd consecutive year to be included in Best Lawyers. Now Of Counsel, he is available to Hanft Fride attorneys to consult on business and estate planning issues. Additionally Burns continues to function as general counsel for media companies, primarily in the areas of contract, employment and benefit issues, and libel and privacy matters.

This year also marks William Burns’ 23rd consecutive year of inclusion in Best Lawyers. He handles private and public financing of business enterprises, multi-family and commercial real estate development, health care business issues, commercial real estate development, and mergers and acquisitions. He also provides general business advice, management of litigation and other dispute resolution services.

John Kelly has been included in Best Lawyers each year since 1995. He has more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer representing insurers, individuals and corporate clients in tort actions and commercial disputes, including antitrust, professional liability, contract, employment and personal injury matters.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Cheryl Prince Named to Top 40]]> Duluth, Minn.– Cheryl Prince of Duluth-based Hanft Fride law firm has earned another top designation from Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

Prince was named to the Minnesota Law & Politics Top 40 in the practice area of Family Law. Those named to the Top 40 undergo a thorough evaluation of such factors as special licenses and certifications, professional activity, pro bono and community service as an attorney, scholarly lectures and writings, peer recognition and other outstanding achievements.

Prince’s family law practice includes divorce, adoption, paternity and prenuptial agreements. She has handled cases involving both simple and complex property division, maintenance and custody issues. She has also served as mediator in a wide range of disputes including family, personal injury, contract and employment discrimination.

This accolade follows Prince being named to the 2009 Minnesota Super Lawyers list, an honor she shares with fellow Hanft Fride colleagues John Kelly, Richard Burns, Jennifer Carey and William Burns. She was also recently selected to the Top 100 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers list.

Prince will be profiled in the February/March 2010 issue of Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride prides itself on providing the highest quality legal representation for both businesses and individuals. The professional association is located inU.S. Bank Placein downtownDuluth. 

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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Nora C. Sandstad Joins Hanft Fride]]> Duluth, MN - Hanft Fride welcomes Nora C. Sandstad as an associate attorney. Ms. Sandstad practices in the areas of municipal law, business law and family law, with a particular focus on adoption and assisted reproductive technology including surrogacy contracts.

A native of the Twin Cities, Sandstad received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris. She continued her education with a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota and went on to graduate with distinction from the University of Minnesota Law School.   

Sandstad's achievements during law school include serving as lead outside article editor for the Journal of Law & Inequality and interning for the Honorable James M. Rosenbaum, then Chief United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota.

Following graduation, Sandstad served as an adjunct faculty member at William Mitchell College of Law and clerked for the Honorable Terri J. Stoneburner at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride prides itself on providing the highest quality legal representation for both businesses and individuals. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth. 

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Thu, 01 Oct 2009 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride Recommended by Insurance Companies for 75 Years]]> Duluth, MN - Hanft Fride is among a select list of law firms in "Best's Directories of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters" that have been recommended by the insurance companies they have represented for at least 75 years. It is the only one in Minnesota to reach the 75-year milestone.

A.M. Best Co., an insurance-rating and information agency has provided information on the preeminent insurance defense law firms since 1927. The selection process has not changed much since the '20s. Once a firm is selected as a potential listee, it is asked each year to submit an application that includes names of its insurance company clients. A.M. Best contacts the companies for feedback. If it is positive, the firm can be listed.

The law firms were recognized as a group for the first time in Best's Review magazine's May 2009 edition.

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers the best possible legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Thu, 14 May 2009 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Employment Law Updates in the Face of Increasing Layoffs]]> By David Tilden

The worldwide economic downturn that rapidly gained speed in the latter half of 2008 is being keenly felt in Minnesota’s Iron Range. In February, Hibtac announced that 440 union workers would be put on furlough from May until September as the company shuts down its entire Hibbing plant to save money. This comes on the heels of similar announcements from Northshore Mining Co., Minorca and Keewatin Taconite, which have all announced temporary shutdowns in order to cut costs. Similarly, Duluth has seen layoffs of both government workers as well as those employed in the private sector. As a result of this recent rash of layoffs and furloughs, the unemployment rate in the Twin Ports has risen dramatically. 

With rising unemployment comes an increase in claims for unemployment compensation.  As a general rule, a person who is laid off for economic reasons will be eligible for unemployment compensation. Conversely, employees who voluntarily quit are not eligible for unemployment compensation. A person whose employment is terminated for “misconduct” is also not eligible for unemployment benefits. Misconduct does not include inefficiency, inadvertence or simple unsatisfactory conduct. Rather, examples of misconduct include destruction of property, dishonesty, misrepresentation on an employment application, absenteeism, and use of drugs or alcohol in the workplace. If an employee is discharged for misconduct and applies for unemployment benefits, an employer is well within its rights to contest the claim.

A further consideration for employers and employees is healthcare coverage. Under the newly enacted stimulus package, the federal government has provided a federal supplement to laid-off workers’ COBRA benefits. Under the plan, it will subsidize, for up to nine months from termination of employment, 65 percent of the COBRA premium for involuntarily terminated employees and their families who elect COBRA coverage under an employer-sponsored group healthcare plan. Employers are responsible for delivering the 65 percent subsidy through reduced COBRA premiums, but will be reimbursed through a refundable credit on payroll taxes.

Increased unemployment rates create unique legal challenges for both employers and employees. An understanding of some of the potential issues arising from increased layoffs will ensure that terminated employees receive the benefits they are entitled to and that employers will be protected from unnecessary legal actions.

(bio)David L Tilden is an attorney for Hanft Fride law firm, practicing in the area of civil litigation.

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Thu, 01 Jan 2009 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Five Hanft Attorneys Name 2008 Super Lawyers]]> Duluth, MN - Richard Burns, William Burns, Jennifer Carey, John Kelly and Cheryl Prince of Duluth-based Hanft Fride law firm have been named 2008 Minnesota Super Lawyers by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible and comprehensive listing of attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel. This multi-step process objectively searches for candidates based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to appear in Minnesota Super Lawyers.

This honor follows Richard Burns, William Burns and John Kelly being named America's Best Lawyers in March 2008, and Jennifer Carey and Cheryl Prince being named as Top 100 Minnesota Women Super Lawyers in August 2008.

Richard Burns represents small- to medium-sized family-owned businesses and professionals in business and estate planning matters. He also functions as general counsel for media companies, primarily in the areas of contract, employment and benefit issues, and libel and privacy matters, and for a significant charitable organization.

William Burns handles private and public financing of business enterprises, multifamily and commercial real estate development, health care business issues, commercial real estate development, and mergers and acquisitions. He also provides general business advice, management of litigation and other dispute resolution services.

Jennifer Carey's practice is in the areas of trusts and estates and real estate, including real estate development and condominium law. Carey is a Real Property Law Specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association, and a member of the Real Property Council and Legislative Committee of the MSBA.

John Kelly has more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer representing insurance companies and corporate clients in tort actions and commercial disputes, including antitrust, professional liability, contract, employment and personal injury matters.

Cheryl Prince practices primarily in family law, including divorce, adoption, paternity and prenuptial agreements. She has handled cases involving both simple and complex property division, maintenance and custody issues. She has also served as mediator in a wide range of disputes including family, personal injury, contract and employment discrimination.

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers the best possible legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Thu, 20 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CST
<![CDATA[Kimber to serve on MDLA Board]]> Duluth, MN - Ken Kimber was elected to the board of directors of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association. He will serve a two-year term for the organization, which has a membership of 700-plus attorneys who specialize in civil defense. The Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association board of directors consists of 17 members.

Kimber practices in the areas of general litigation, insurance defense, workers' compensation, and appellate practice. He received his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 2002 and joined Hanft Fride in 2004 after practicing for a brief time in the Twin Cities. Kimber is a frequent speaker and contributor to legal trade publications and gives his time to several organizations in an effort to advance the legal profession. 

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride prides itself in providing the highest quality legal representation for both businesses and individuals. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Thu, 16 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Hanft Fride's Richard Burns Name to Top 40 Attorneys]]> Hanft Fride's Richard Burns Named to Top 40 Attorneys

  

Duluth, MN - Richard Burns from Duluth-based Hanft Fride has been designated one of the Top 40 Estate Planning and Probate and Elder Law attorneys in the state by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. He is also Minnesota state chair in the American College of the Trust and Estate Counsel, an association of selected attorneys skilled in estate and trust matters.

Richard Burns represents small- to medium-sized family-owned businesses and professionals in business and estate planning matters. He also represents numerous charitable organizations and functions as general counsel for media companies, primarily in the area of contract, employment and benefit issues and libel and privacy matters. 

Burns is listed among "The Best Lawyers in America" and Minnesota Law & Politics "Super Lawyers." He has served extensively within statewide and national organizations to advance the legal profession and believes strongly in community involvement. Among other things, he was a founder and is a former chair of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation, is a former chair and a recipient of the United Way Distinguished Service Award, and is a past chair of Miller-Dwan Medical Center.

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers the best possible legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Thu, 02 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Tilden and LaCoursiere Join Hanft Fride]]> Duluth, MN - Hanft Fride Welcomes David L. Tilden and Nathan N. LaCoursiere as associate attorneys.

Tilden practices in the area of civil litigation. He graduated, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he double majored in classical history and political science. He received his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Miami in May 2007 where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as an articles and comments editor on the University of Miami Law Review.

Tilden is licensed to practice in Minnesota and North Dakota and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the State Bar Association of North Dakota and the American Bar Association.

LaCoursiere addresses a diverse array of legal matters, practicing primarily in civil litigation. He studied English and political science at the University of Minnesota Morris, graduating with distinction and honors in 2002. He received his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007. During law school, LaCoursiere clerked for the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, conducted research for Professor Fred L. Morrison and Associate Clinical Professor of Law Prentiss Cox, and served as managing director for the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court Program. Prior to joining the firm, LaCoursiere clerked for the Honorable David Minge at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

LaCoursiere is licensed to practice in Minnesota and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride prides itself in providing the highest quality legal representation for both businesses and individuals. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Thu, 25 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[Jennifer Carey and Cheryl Prince Name Top 100]]> Duluth, MN - Jennifer Carey and Cheryl Prince of Duluth-based Hanft Fride have been selected as two of the Top 100 Minnesota Women Super Lawyers by the magazine Minnesota Law & Politics.

Carey practices primarily in real estate law and estate planning. She is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Real Property Law Specialist and is a member of the Real Property Council and Legislative Committee of the MSBA. She is a member of the American, Minnesota and Wisconsin Bar Associations.  

Prince practices primarily in family law. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Law and on the board of the Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Section. She also teaches family law at the University of Wisconsin Superior. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar, State Bar of Wisconsin and Eleventh District Bar Association.

To arrive at the top 100 female attorneys, Minnesota Law & Politics conducts a detailed evaluation process including a personal evaluation of verdicts and settlements, transactions, experience, honors and awards, and several other criteria. Finally, candidates are evaluated by peers in their specific areas of practice.

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers the best possible legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Mon, 04 Aug 2008 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[2008 Best Lawyers]]> Duluth, MN - Richard Burns, William Burns, Jennifer Carey, John Kelly and Cheryl Prince of Duluth-based Hanft Fride law firm have been included in the 2008 edition of "Best Lawyers in America."

Selection to "Best Lawyers" is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 2 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in "Best Lawyers" is considered a singular honor.

Richard Burns represents small to medium-sized family-owned businesses and professionals in business and estate planning matters. He also functions as general counsel for media companies, primarily in the areas of contract, employment and benefit issues and libel and privacy matters, and for a significant charitable organization.

William Burns handles private and public financing of business enterprises, multifamily and commercial real estate development, health care business issues, commercial real estate development, and mergers and acquisitions. He also provides general business advice, management of litigation and other dispute resolution services.

Carey's practice is in the areas of trusts and estates and real estate, including real estate development and condominium law. Carey is a Real Property Law Specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association, and a member of the Real Property Council and Legislative Committee of the MSBA.

Kelly has more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer representing insurance companies and corporate clients in tort actions and commercial disputes, including antitrust, professional liability, contract, employment and personal injury matters.

Prince practices primarily in family law, including divorce, adoption, paternity and prenuptial agreements. She has handled cases involving both simple and complex property division, maintenance and custody issues. She has also served as mediator in a wide range of disputes including family, personal injury, contract and employment discrimination.

Established in 1899, Hanft Fride offers the best possible legal representation through specialized expertise. The professional association is located in U.S. Bank Place in downtown Duluth.

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Fri, 14 Mar 2008 00:00:00 CDT
<![CDATA[January 2008 - Vol. 10, No. 1]]> Save the date! Annual employment law seminar - Supreme Court employment case - Contract lost by Northern Minnesota employee - Extension of family leave - FMLA benefit year must be clear - Tip of the month

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