Joseph Roby Recertified as Labor and Employment Law Specialist

The Minnesota State Bar Association announces the recertification of Joseph Roby of Johnson Killen & Seiler PA, as a MSBA Board Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist. This Certification program is administered by the MSBA and approved by the State Board of Legal Certification.
The certified specialist designation is earned by leading attorneys who have completed a rigorous approval process, including an examination in the specialty area, peer review, and documented experience. Certified attorneys have demonstrated superior knowledge, skill and integrity in their specific field and can use the designation of specialist to advertise their credentials. The MSBA has been accredited as an independent professional organization for certifying attorneys as Criminal Law Specialists, Real Property Law Specialists, Civil Trial Law Specialists and Labor and Employment Law Specialists. This achievement has been earned by fewer than 3% of all licensed Minnesota attorneys. More information about Certified Legal Specialists is at http://www.mnbar.org/members/certification.
With over 16,000 members, the MSBA is the state’s largest and most influential voluntary
organization of attorneys, providing continuing legal education and public service opportunities for lawyers, and assistance to the legal system. The MSBA has been accredited as an independent professional organization for certifying attorneys as Labor and Employment Law Specialists since 2009.

Johnson, Killen & Seiler, P. A. Welcomes Nicholas W. Anderson

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Associate expands team, expertise at Duluth’s oldest law firm
DULUTH, Minn.—Nicholas W. Anderson has joined the law firm of Johnson, Killen & Seiler, the oldest and one of the most respected law firms in northern Minnesota.
Anderson is a 2016 graduate, cum laude, of the University of Minnesota Law School. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, with distinction, in economics and with a philosophy minor, from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2012.
“I went into law to help people in different situations in life,” Anderson said. ““In many cases, clients who seek our help are unfamiliar with the legal system. Clients need professional assistance and guidance, as well as someone who will listen and help sort out the options.”
He added: “I’m proud to join Johnson, Killen & Seiler, a law firm with one of the best reputations in the region and one that has done a lot of work to help its clients and build the community.”
Anderson joins the firm as an associate and is licensed to practice in Minnesota. Johnson, Killen & Seiler specializes in the following areas of law: business, employment and labor, estates and trusts, family issues, health care, litigation and maritime and admiralty.
“We’re pleased to have Nick join Johnson, Killen & Seiler,” firm President Roy Christensen said. “He brings an energy and natural curiosity about the law to his work, as well as a focus on clients across a wide variety of legal issues and needs.”

2016 Super Lawyers

Four attorneys at Johnson, Killen & Seiler in Duluth, Mn have been named 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers:

nick-2Mr. Ostapenko’s civil trial practice includes professional liability defense, business and construction disputes, insurance coverage issues, and personal injury defense. He received his Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

 

 

 

John NysMr. Nys concentrates his practice in the areas of closely held businesses, commercial business, business succession planning and general business law. Mr. Nys graduated from Stanford University School of law.

 

 

 

Joe RobyMr. Roby practices management side labor and employment law and also practices in the area of general civil litigation and appeals. He received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

 

 

 

Robert ZallarMr. Zallar practices in the areas of business formation and transactions, labor and employment law, commercial and residential real estate, estate planning and probate. He received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law.

 

 

 

 

Two Johnson, Killen & Seiler attorneys were named 2016 Rising Stars by Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine:

 

Jessica DurbinMs. Durbin represents public and private sector employers in labor law and employment law and also practices in the area of general civil litigation. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota, where she was a Justice Harry A. Blackmun Scholar.

 

 

 

Michele MillerMs. Miller concentrates her practice in the areas of trusts and estates, closely held businesses, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial and residential real estate. She gra

duated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of law.

 

 

 

 

Firm welcomes new attorneys

New attorneys have joined the law firm of Johnson, Killen & Seiler, the oldest and one of the most respected law firms in northern Minnesota.

They are recent law school graduates and expand the team at Johnson, Killen & Seiler to 20 attorneys. The new attorneys are:

Kevin C. Pillsbury, a 2014 graduate of Hamline University Law School in St. Paul and a 2007 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He is licensed to practice in Minnesota and the federal courts.

Jacob Stonesifer, a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He is licensed to practice in Minnesota and the federal courts.

All join Johnson, Killen & Seiler as associates. The firm specializes in the following areas of law: business, employment and labor, estates and trusts, family issues, health care, litigation and maritime and admiralty.

“We’re pleased to have such a talented group of lawyers join our firm and add to the expertise that clients have come to know and expect from Johnson, Killen & Seiler,” said firm President Paul Wojciak.

He added: “Our new associates represent the best and the brightest of the next generation of the legal profession. We’re excited to have them become a part of our firm and of our legal community in the Twin Ports region.”

Johnson, Killen & Seiler has been finding solutions for clients since 1888. The firm provides a wide range of services for individuals, businesses and employers. It has been in business longer than any other law firm in northern Minnesota and regularly has been named among one of the top law firms in the United States, as determined by Martindale-Hubbell, the legal industry’s most respected information service.

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JKS ranked tops in nation for 2014

The law firm of Johnson, Killen & Seiler has been named one of the top law firms in the nation by Martindale-Hubbell, the legal industry’s most respected information service.

Among more than 250,000 firms nationwide rated by Martindale-Hubbell, only 2,442, or less than 1 percent, were selected as 2014 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms™. The honor requires that at least one-third of a firm’s attorneys receive AV® Preeminent™ ratings by their industry peers. An AV® Preeminent™ rating means an attorney’s peers ranked him or her at the top of his or her practice area.

Nine of the 17 Johnson Killen & Seiler attorneys received AV® Preeminent™ ratings. The firm has more attorneys receiving this honor than any other firm in the Twin Ports. The ratings measure how attorneys are judged by their peers in the categories of legal knowledge, analytical capability, judgment, communication and legal experience. All nine of the Johnson, Killen & Seiler attorneys were rated 5 on a scale of 1 to 5.

“It’s an honor to see that other attorneys recognize the value of the work we do for our clients,” said Joseph J. Roby Jr., chairman of Johnson, Killen & Seiler and one of the attorneys recognized. “This is an important way that the legal profession measures the quality of services provided to clients. It’s humbling and gratifying to see that our peer attorneys view our work so positively.”

The members of Johnson, Killen & Seiler receiving Martindale-Hubbell’s highest recognition are:

Steven C. Fecker represents private, non-profit and public sector employers in the negotiation and administration of labor contracts, employment law and personnel law. He has negotiated hundreds of labor contracts on behalf of management.

Joseph V. Ferguson practices in the areas of business law, commercial transactions, business and consumer bankruptcy, banking and maritime law. He also represents businesses in employment law matters.

John N. Nys represents individuals, commercial businesses and financial institutions in the areas of banking, bankruptcy and general business law.

Nicholas Ostapenko focuses on health-care law and a civil trial practice in the areas of medical malpractice claims, professional negligence claims, business and construction disputes, personal injury and cases involving insurance law.

Robert C. Pearson practices in the area of business and financial transactions. He has experience in commercial transactions, leasing, mergers and acquisitions, financing, banking, trust and estate planning for business owners.

Joseph J. Roby Jr. specializes in civil litigation, including employment law, discrimination law, business and general civil litigation and appeals in the state and federal court systems. His practice also includes management labor law.

Steven J. Seiler focuses on business law, estate planning, pensions and profit-sharing matters. He also represents nonprofit and for-profit corporations, general partnerships and limited partnerships in the financing, sales and purchases of businesses.

James A. Wade practices in the area of civil litigation. He has represented companies and individuals in construction, business, professional malpractice, personal injury, insurance defense, employment discrimination and estate contests. In addition, Wade, a former military aviator, practices in the area of aviation, representing air charters, airports and individuals.

Robert J. Zallar concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, estate planning and probate. He also has an extensive business and employment law practice with an emphasis on negotiation, mediation and arbitration of labor contracts and employee grievances.

Johnson, Killen & Seiler has been finding solutions for clients since 1888. The firm provides a wide range of services for individuals, businesses and employers. It has been in business longer than any other law firm in northern Minnesota and celebrated its 125th year in 2013.