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John Dornik presented Professional Excellence Award from the MSBA

The Professional Excellence Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association was presented to John Dornik on Friday June 16th at a regularly scheduled meeting of the MSBA Assembly, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America.

The Professional Excellence Award is presented to commend one or more attorneys who are actively involved in the legal profession and who combine excellence in professional service with outstanding service to and on behalf of the Minnesota State Bar, the legal profession, or the public. This award recognizes attorneys who strive to meet the many responsibilities of a lawyer, including efforts to improve the administration of justice and practice of law, efforts to promote access to justice, efforts to serve and govern the profession, and service of benefit to the community. The award may be given annually provided that the nominations adequately meet the award criteria.

The meeting was held at the end of the 2017 MSBA Convention.

Wood R. Foster, Jr. presented Lifetime Achievement Award from MSBA

The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association was presented to Wood R. Foster, Jr. on Friday June 16th at a regularly scheduled meeting of the MSBA Assembly, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America.

This award is presented to an experienced member of the State Bar who has continually displayed commitment and contributions to the Bar, the legal profession, and/or the public throughout their career. A nominee must be well respected in the legal community for integrity, competence, career achievement, and service to the bar and/or community. It is preferred that the nominee has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to service which goes beyond the ordinary expectations of his/her employment.

John Dornik quoted in article about Neil Gorsuch's opinion on medical device pre-emption

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John Dornik named as Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year

John Dornik was recently selected as one of Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year for 2016. This is the 17th year that this award was given to celebrate accomplished attorneys from around Minnesota. An outside panel of judges selected 13 individual attorneys and a total of 30 honorees based on the following criteria: leadership in the profession, involvement in major cases, other newsworthy events, excellence in corporate or transactional services, and public service. The nominations were submitted by judges, bar groups, clients, and attorneys. This is the second time John has been named a Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year.

Everyone at Siegel Brill congratulates John on this achievement.

Elliot Olsen has joined Siegel Brill, PA as a shareholder

Elliot is a Fellow in the American Board of Trial Advocates, selected by his peers as a leading trial attorney. He is also a Certified Civil Trial Specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association, and one of very few lawyers in the country who has had jury trials in catastrophic injury cases in the context of both foodborne illness and medical malpractice. A veteran of more than 50 jury trials, Elliot particularly enjoys the process of picking a jury and is comfortable with the unscripted conversations needed to find the best jurors for his case. He also very much enjoys the opportunity to present his clients’ cases with compelling stories and zealous advocacy.

Elliot specializes in these practice areas: foodborne illness, Legionnaires’ disease, petting zoo infection/illness, medical malpractice, wrongful death (medical malpractice), motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death (motor vehicle accident), and product liability.

Deeply committed to his clients, Elliot recognizes the great privilege he has been given when he is entrusted with their future. His success is based on his ability to connect with his clients to make them feel that their story is being heard, and he is determined that his clients never feel as though they were left behind. He has secured large recoveries for clients in foodborne illness, Legionnaires’ disease, medical malpractice, product liability and motor vehicle accidents.

"We are very excited to have Elliot Olsen join Siegel Brill in our Personal Injury practice," says shareholder John Dornik. "Elliot brings a very unique background to our practice that allows him to offer his expertise in cases regarding foodborne illness, Legionnaires’ disease and petting zoo infection/illness. He will also be taking cases in other Personal Injury practice areas.”

Nathan Brandenburg and Scott Weaver represent Provincial Corp. on the closing of the sale of its subsidiary, Provincial Bank, to Frandsen Financial Corp.

Siegel Brill client Provincial Corp. closed on the sale of its interest in Provincial Bank to Frandsen Financial Corp. on March 31, 2016. Nate Brandenburg and Scott Weaver represented Provincial Corp. in the transaction. With the addition of Provincial Bank’s three branches in Lakeville, Rosemount and Hastings, and over $80 million in assets, Frandsen now has 32 branches in Minnesota and North Dakota and assets totaling over $1.6 billion.

Siegel Brill, P.A. represents Jeff Belzer New Prague Auto Group, Inc. in the purchase of the Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram automobile dealerships in New Prague, Minnesota

Siegel Brill client Jeff Belzer New Prague Auto Group, Inc., closed on its purchase of the Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram automobile dealerships in New Prague, Minnesota, on March 29, 2016. Nate Brandenburg and Jim Greupner represented Jeff Belzer’s in the transaction. Jeff Belzer’s Chevrolet in Lakeville was Minnesota’s largest Chevrolet dealership by volume in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and Jeff Belzer’s Dodge in Lakeville was the Midwest’s largest Dodge dealership by volume in 2014 and 2015.

Nathan Brandenburg and Scott Weaver represent Provincial Corp. in the sale of its subsidiary, Provincial Bank, to Frandsen Financial Corp.

Siegel Brill client Provincial Corp. has entered into a purchase agreement to sell its interest in Provincial Bank to Frandsen Financial Corp. Nathan Brandenburg and Scott Weaver are representing Provincial Corp. in the transaction, which remains subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

With the addition of Provincial Bank’s three branches in Lakeville, Rosemount and Hastings, and over $80 million in assets, Frandsen will have 32 branches in Minnesota and North Dakota and assets totaling over $1.6 billion.

John Dornik was awarded MSBA Board Certified Trial Law Specialist certification

The Minnesota State Bar Association announced the certification of John Dornik, Siegel Brill PA, as an MSBA Board Certified Trial Law Specialist. This Certification program is administered by the MSBA and approved by the State Board of Legal Certification. This achievement has been earned by fewer than 3 percent of all licensed Minnesota attorneys. More information about Certified Legal Specialists is at www.mnbar.org/certify.

Tony Gleekel and John Dornik named to Best Lawyers in America

Tony Gleekel and John Dornik have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Tony is recognized for Real Estate Law and John for Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation. Selection for this honor is based on peer nominations.

John Dornik featured in new book Falling Through Clouds: A Story of Survival, Love and Liability

The book tells the story of John’s client, Toby Pearson, and his battle against an insurance company following a plane crash that claimed the life of Toby’s wife and permanently injured his two young daughters. John’s efforts resulted in a significant recovery for the family and insurance-law reforms to protect future plane-crash victims, an outcome that the Star Tribune described as “remarkable.”

Tony Gleekel and John Dornik named to Best Lawyers in America

Tony Gleekel and John Dornik have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Tony is recognized for Real Estate Law and John for Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation. Selection for this honor is based on peer nominations.