Firm News

Thome and Baillon Win Minnesota Court of Appeals Reversal

Attorneys Joni Thome and Frances 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 but the appellate court disagreed and reversed the district court.

Baillon, Thome Featured in Attorney at Law Magazine

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.

BTJW Attorneys Named 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

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.

Jozwiak and Baillon Certified as Employment Law Specialists

Attorneys Frances Baillon and Christopher Jozwiak 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. Fewer than 3% of all licensed Minnesota attorneys have earned this achievement, providing assurance that the specialist has been found to possess the expertise, experience, and knowledge necessary to provide quality service to the public.

Baillon, Nolan and Wanta Present at NELA

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.

Thome Presents at Employment Law Institute

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 provides educational programming and resources, including 100 sessions covering nearly every aspect of employment law.

Baillon Featured in MSBA Employment Law Update

Frances Baillon was again published in latest edition of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law E-Newsletter – Volume 27. This seasonal electronic newsletter contains updates and developments in employment and labor law.

Thome One of Minnesota’s Top 50 Women Lawyers

Employment lawyer Joni Thome has again been selected as one of Minnesota’s Top 50 Women Lawyers. The elite list of honorees represents an impressive group of lawyers from a variety of practice groups. The selection process consists of nominations and evaluations by peers, research by committee and a blue ribbon review process. Thome was also awarded this honor last year and has been named on the Top 100 Women Lawyers list since 2007.

Wanta Quoted in MN Lawyer on Employer Drug Testing

Employment law attorney Shawn Wanta was quoted in the August 4, 2013 edition of Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper regarding a recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision on Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act (DATWA). The Court held that an employee has six years after a violation to bring a claim under DATWA. The Court’s ruing in Sipe is consistent with prior application of Minnesota’s DATWA statute, which construes the statute liberally in favor of employees.

All Baillon Thome Attorneys Named Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has recognized all of the attorneys at Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP as Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2013.  Each year, Super Lawyers identifies outstanding lawyers who have earned an exceptional level of professional achievement and peer recognition in various areas of the law.  In a rare showing, every attorney at Baillon Thome has been awarded this honor for 2013.