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.

Firm celebrates 125th anniversary at event

As Johnson, Killen & Seiler wraps up its 125th anniversary year, the firm celebrated at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth. WDIO/WIRT-TV, Channels 10 and 13, covered our event with a nod to the history of the firm. Watch the video clip here.

Seven named 2013 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars

Four attorneys at Johnson, Killen & Seiler were named 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers: Nicholas Ostapenko, John Nys, Joseph Roby and Robert Zallar. In addition, three attorneys were named 2013 Rising Stars: Roy Christensen, Jessica Durbin and Michele Miller.

Both recognitions come from Minnesota Super Lawyers magazine.

Ostapenko’s civil trial practice includes professional liability defense, business and construction disputes, insurance coverage issues and personal injury defense.

Nys concentrates his practice in the areas of closely held businesses, commercial business and financial institutions in areas of banking, bankruptcy and general business law.

Roby practices management side labor and employment law and also practices in the area of general civil litigation and appeals.

Zallar practices in the areas of business formation and transactions, labor and employment law, commercial and residential real estate, estate planning and probate.

Christensen represents individuals, businesses and financial institutions in banking, business, real estate and construction matters.

Durbin represents employers in labor law, employment law, civil litigation and business law.

Miller practices in the areas of estate planning and probate, business law and real estate.

Are you hiring in 2013?

Looking to hire in 2013? Adding to or changing the makeup of your workplace team? Our employment law experts, Jessica Durbin, Joseph Roby and Steven Fecker, can help you navigate through the legal implications. Spending a few moments on the phone or in person with our legal experts can save time and money by making sure you make decisions that are within the law and provide the most benefit to your company and its specific needs.

Firm names new officers

The law firm of Johnson, Killen & Seiler has named new officers to lead the firm in 2013, its 125th year in business.

Joseph J. Roby Jr. is chairman. He 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.

Alok Vidyarthi becomes president. He maintains a wide practice, with specialties in business law, corporate formations, acquisitions, real-estate law and probate.

Robert J. Zallar is treasurer. He practices 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.

Paul W. Wojciak becomes secretary. His practice involves a broad array of litigation matters, including construction issues, business disputes, personal-injury matters and admiralty cases.

Johnson, Killen & Seiler has been finding solutions for its clients since 1888. The 17-attorney firm provides a wide range of services for individuals, businesses and employers and has been in business longer than any other law firm in northern Minnesota.

In 2012, Johnson, Killen & Seiler was named one of the top law firms in the nation by Martindale-Hubbell, the legal industry’s most respected information service.

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RELEASED MARCH 12, 2013

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