We are excited to welcome our new partner, Patricia A. Bloodgood. Patricia brings over three decades of experience in complex commercial litigation, particularly class actions, to our team. A recognized Super Lawyer, Patricia has served as lead counsel in a number of national class actions, is a frequent lecturer on litigation strategy and is a past President of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
For their work in plaintiff’s employment law, attorneys Joni Thome, Frances Baillon and Chris Jozwiak have been recognized as Super Lawyers. This distinction is awarded to only 5% of practicing lawyers in the state of Minnesota. Super Lawyers also recognizes a small number (no more than 2.5% of Minnesota attorneys) of lawyers as Rising Stars. Attorneys Matthew Nolan, Daniel Leland, and Shawn Wanta have been recognized as 2015 Rising Stars.
Dan Leland and Matt Frank recently prevailed in a jury trial in the case of Terra Fields v. Strom Engineering Corporation. Ms. Fields alleged that a male supervisor at Strom fired her because she declined his sexual advances. The jury agreed and found that Ms. Fields was the victim of sexual harassment and awarded her damages for lost earnings and emotional distress. Significantly, the jury trebled her damages award, as allowed under the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
Described as “The Nation’s Best Employment Law Conference,” the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute is one of the largest employment law conferences in the nation. The two-day conference, attended primarily by employment attorneys and human resource professionals, provides educational programming and resources in all areas of employment law. Attorneys Chris Jozwiak and Joni Thome were again honored to serve as faculty at this year’s event.
Class action attorneys Chris Jozwiak and Shawn Wanta were published in Minnesota Lawyer’s Due Dilligence – a quarterly feature that examines case law updates, changes in practice and procedure, and legal trends. Their feature, “Class Actions: Enter the Consumer Lawyer,” takes a look at the growing and changing practice area of consumer law in Minnesota.
Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP employment and consumer attorney Shawn Wanta was recently featured in a news story aired on Twin Cities NBC affiliate, Kare 11. The story, “Sen. Franken wages war against consumer contract clause,” focuses on a clause that is commonly written into consumer and employment contracts – often to the disadvantage of the consumer/employee. These clauses, called pre-dispute arbitration agreements, can be found in a variety of consumer contracts including credit card, cell phone and internet service contracts, and private student loans.
Attorneys Joni M. Thome and Frances E. Baillon recently won a reversal at the Minnesota Court of Appeals in an age discrimination case. In Ritter v. Auntie Ruth’s Furry Friends, Plaintiff alleged her employer discriminated against her on the basis of her age in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The district court dismissed Ritter’s case deciding there was insufficient evidence to show the employer’s decision to terminate Ritter was motivated by her age. The court of appeals disagreed and reversed the district court.
Frances Baillon and Joni Thome were recently featured in Attorney At Law. The article discusses Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP’s team-based approach to litigating employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases. A fundamental operating principle of the firm is to give each client or prospective client careful attention from the moment they contact the office. Every individual who calls speaks with an attorney right from the start.
Super Lawyers has recognized six of our attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, Super Lawyers identifies top legal talent based on their professional achievements and peer recognition in various areas of the law. The Super Lawyer distinction is awarded to only 5% of practicing lawyers in Minnesota, while no more than 2.5% of practicing attorneys in state are named Rising Stars.
In a recent announcement by the Minnesota State Bar Association, attorneys Frances Baillon and Christopher Jozwiak, along with 16 other Minnesota attorneys, were certified as Labor and Employment Law Specialists. The certification program is administered by the MSBA and approved by the State Board of Legal Certification. It includes an extensive peer review, consideration of each attorney’s record of documented experience, and a labor and employment law written examination.
Attorneys Frances Baillon, Matthew Nolan and Shawn Wanta spoke at the 2014 Eighth Circuit National Employment Lawyers Association Conference “New Frontiers: The Fight for Employment Equality.” The two-day conference, designed for lawyers and professionals who represent employees, featured presentations and demonstrations by leading plaintiffs’ lawyers in the Eighth Circuit.
Joni Thome returned as a presenter at the 2014 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute. Described as “The Nation’s Best Employment Law Conference,” the Institute is one of the largest employment law conferences in the nation. The two-day conference, attended primarily by employment attorneys and human resource professionals, provides educational programming and resources, including 100 sessions covering nearly every aspect of employment law.