Welcome to the team, Hans. Hans is a zealous advocate for the rights of consumers on our class action and consumer litigation teams. He joins Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP after gaining valuable experience representing consumers in a variety of industries including banking, credit, and debt collection.
Chris Jozwiak recently presented on the topic of workplace bullying in a Minnesota CLE seminar entitled, “The Bully – The Law and Where It’s Heading.” Chris joined a distinguished panel of employment lawyers to explore the problem of workplace bullying and ongoing efforts by litigators, the state legislature and local governments to address it.
Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP is proud to sponsor the 2016 OutFront Minnesota Gala. This year’s Gala will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at The Machine Shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Gala is an important fundraising event for OutFront Minnesota with proceeds going to support the programs and services OutFront Minnesota provides to the state’s LGBTQ and allied communities.
Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP is proud to be a sponsor of the 9th Annual Cancer Legal Line Fundraising Gala. This year’s Gala will take place on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta attorneys obtained an important victory for client Chad Dufrene in his discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against his former employer ConAgra Foods, Inc. In denying ConAgra’s Motion to Dismiss, Judge Wilhelmina Wright of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota concluded that Dufrene, who had previously filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, had standing to pursue his claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate, thereby allowing his lawsuit against ConAgra to proceed.
Joni Thome will speak at the American Conference Institute’s 8th Annual Forum on Employment Discrimination Litigation in Chicago, Illinois. She joins other experienced litigators from across the country in a panel discussion on new and innovative techniques used by plaintiffs’ attorneys in employment discrimination cases.
Super Lawyers announced that five of our attorneys made the 2016 list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Joni Thome, Frances Baillon and Chris Jozwiak were recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers. Thome was also named one of Minnesota’s Top 100 Super Lawyers. Both Thome and Baillon were named Top 50 Women Super Lawyers. Shawn Wanta and Matt Nolan were recognized as 2016 Rising Stars.
Each year employment law attorneys and human resource professionals throughout the upper Midwest gather to discuss the latest issues in employment law. Recognized as one of the largest and best-attended conferences in the country, the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute provides practitioners with the most up-to-date education, programming and resources across the employment law field. This year, Chris Jozwiak, Joni Thome and Frances Baillon were among the distinguished lecturers at the conference.
Chris Jozwiak will present on “Employment Conditions” at the upcoming MN CLE seminar The Complete Employment Lawyer. He will cover topics such as drug and alcohol testing in the workplace, the different employee leaves available under Minnesota and federal law, employment privacy rights and other related matters. Attendees will receive The Complete Employment Lawyer’s Quick Answer Book, a comprehensive reference guide with chapters authored by the presenters.
Frances Baillon recently spoke at the Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association Member Meeting “Law Office Management for the Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyer,” along with John Klassen of John A. Klassen, PA and Steven Andrew Smith of Nichols Kaster, PLLP. The panel discussed the basic aspects and trends of law office management, including topics such as marketing strategies, the client intake process, and staff organization.
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 and Shawn Wanta have been recognized as 2015 Rising Stars.
Baillon Thome 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.