Midwest Labor and Employment Law Institute

Joseph J. Roby and Jessica L. Durbin presented at the Upper Midwest Labor and Employment Law Institute.

Joseph J. Roby Jr. spoke on the topic “Ethical Issues of Joint Representation”





Jessica L. Durbin spoke on the topic “Top 10 Ethical Pitfalls Employment Lawyers Should Avoid”





Johnson, Killen & Seiler, P. A. Announces 2018 officers:


Roy J. Christensen, Chair – Mr. Christensen focuses his practice in the areas of business, real estate law, and construction law.




Jessica L. Durbin, President – Ms. Durbin specializes in labor law, employment law, employment discrimination and business law.




Diana Bouschor Dodge, Treasurer– Ms. Dodge practices in family law, business law, banking law, employment law and civil litigation.




Michele L. Miller, Secretary – Ms. Miller specializes in trusts and estates, real estate, business, and health care law.




Johnson, Killen & Seiler, P.A., is the oldest law firm in Northern Minnesota, serving businesses and individuals throughout the upper Midwest since 1888, continuously measuring success by the trust and confidence they instill in their clients.

Johnson, Killen & Seiler welcomes new attorneys

DULUTH, Minn.—Amanda Mangan and Susan Waldie have joined Johnson, Killen & Seiler, the oldest and one of the most respected law firms in northern Minnesota.

Mangan is a 2016 graduate of Mitchell Hamline Law School in St. Paul. The Duluth native earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in 2011 from the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. She also has worked on Minnesota’s Iron Range for Habitat for Humanity.

“The law is a problem-solving field,” Mangan said. “In engineering, I learned how to solve problems with technology and numbers. At Habitat, I did a lot of work with people. The law combines those two parts of my background as I work now to solve problems for my clients.”

Waldie earned her law degree in 2016 from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. She completed her bachelor’s degree in economics in 2011 at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. She has experience working at an environmental law firm in West Virginia, her home state.

“As an attorney, you’re helping people,” she said. “You help them realize dreams. You help them form businesses. You help them confront difficult issues in their lives. Being an attorney allows me to help people on a very personal level when they need it most.”

Mangan and Waldie join the firm as associates and are 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.

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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2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Star

Three attorneys at Johnson, Killen & Seiler in Duluth, MN have been named 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers: Nicholas Ostapenko, Joseph Roby Jr. and Robert Zallar.

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




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




Mr. 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 Doctorate degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law.




One Johnson, Killen & Seiler attorney was named 2017 Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine: Michele Miller.

Ms. Miller concentrates her practice in the areas of trusts and estates, closely held businesses, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial and residential real estate. She graduated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of law.




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.

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