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July 23, 2014
Succeeding at Technology Transfer in a Post-Patent-Reform World
Attorneys will share insights and tactics that they use to improve technology transfer and commercialization processes.
May 8, 2014
May 8 - Minnesota Affordable Housing Conference
Please join us on Thursday, May 8, for the second annual Minnesota Affordable Housing Conference at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus.
April 25, 2014
Trademark Bullying Webcast: Where is the Line and When is it Crossed?
Listen as Winthrop & Weinstine attorney Stephen R. Baird discusses trademark enforcement tactics in a variety of environments and from a variety of perspective to help advance your understanding of trademark bullying, and how avoid this unfortunate label.
April 7, 2014
Fuse 2014: Design & Culture/Brand Strategy & Packaging
Stephen R. Baird will be speaking at FUSE 2014 - the world's most revered conference in the brand strategy and design community.
February 14, 2014
Fordham University Sports Law Symposium
Stephen Baird, Intellectual Property attorney, will serve as a panelist at the Fordham Sports Law Symposium, presented by the Fordham University School of Law.
February 5, 2014
Business Law Series: IP Issues Business Lawyers Should Watch for in 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys Stephen R. Baird, Craig S. Krummen, Devan V. Padmanabhan and Jeffrey R. Stone will present "Business Law Series: IP Issues Business Lawyers Should Watch for in 2014."
November 21, 2013
Winthrop & Weinstine's Employment Law Seminar
Winthrop & Weinstine's Employment Law Seminar was held on Thursday, November 21st, at Windows on Minnesota.
October 4, 2013
Managing Your Dental Practice
Attorney David M. Aafedt, shareholder in the Health Law and Dental Law practice areas, partnered with Baker Tilly and Accelerated Practice Concepts to present on successful dental practice characteristics, board compliance, third party contracts and audits at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis on Friday, October 4, 2013.
September 26-27, 2013
2013 Midwest IP Institute
Intellectual Property attorneys Stephen R. Baird and Devan V. Padmanabhan both presented at the 2013 Midwest IP Institute, held September 26-27, 2013, in Minneapolis, MN.
September 12, 2013
Work/Life & Flexibility Expo
Anjali Shankar will serve as a panelist on "Flexibility, the Value Proposition," as part of the 2013 Work/Life & Flexibility Expo presented by Career/Life Alliance Services.
September 11, 2013
Structuring Trademark Clearance Opinions
Stephen R. Baird, Intellectual Property attorney, served as a panelist on the Strafford national webinar "Structuring Trademark Clearance Opinions" on September 11, 2013.
July 9, 2013
New Lawyer Experience: Finding and Keeping a Job in Tough Economic Times: Strategies for New Lawyers That Really Work
Stephen Baird will serve as a panelist as part of the New Lawyer Experience seminar series presented by Minnesota CLE.
June 25, 2013
HOW Design Live’s Dieline Package Design Conference
Stephen Baird spoke at the high-profile conference that has become the leading design conference focused solely on the package design industry and package designers.
May 22, 2013
Updated: Changes to U.S. Patent Law Under the AIA – Business Method Patents
Intellectual Property attorneys Jeffrey R. Stone and Brett A. Klein presented "Changes to U.S. Patent Law Under the AIA – Business Method Patents" at a Minnesota CLE Webcast on May 22, 2013.
May 22, 2013
Minnesota Affordable Housing Conference
Please join us for the inaugural Minnesota Affordable Housing Conference—an event focused on the development and financing of multifamily projects.
April 25 - 27, 2013
Winthrop & Weinstine Exhibiting at the Star of the North Dental Meeting
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., is a featured exhibitor for Minnesota Dental Association’s annual Star of the North Meeting, the premier state dental meeting of the Upper Midwest.
April 26, 2013
Design Patent Flexes Muscles
Intellectual Property attorneys Jeffrey R. Stone and Brett A. Klein will present "Design Patent Flexes Muscles" at a Minnesota CLE Webcast on April 26, 2013.
April 11, 2013
Trademark Bullying: Latest Developments
Stephen R. Baird presented at the CLE webinar "Trademark Bullying: Latest Developments," on April 11, 2013.
April 3, 2013
Technology Law University Breakfast Seminar Series
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., invites you to join us for Technology Law University, designed to shed light on a wide range of legal topics and their implications for technology-focused companies.
March 22, 2013
Changes to U.S. Patent Law Under the AIA – Business Method Patents
Intellectual Property attorneys Jeffrey R. Stone and Brett A. Klein presented "Changes to U.S. Patent Law Under the AIA – Business Method Patents" at a Minnesota CLE Webcast on March 22, 2013.
March 6, 2013
Technology Law University Breakfast Seminar Series
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., invites you to join us for Technology Law University, designed to shed light on a wide range of legal topics and their implications for technology-focused companies.
February 15-16, 2013
Stephen R. Baird Speaks at "Fashion Law: the IP and Distribution Issues Facing the Industry Today"
Stephen R. Baird will speak on "Trademarks’ Registration Strategies in Production Countries."
January 30, 2013
Stephen R. Baird and Craig S. Krummen Give Seminar, "Intelligent Trademark Enforcement – Strategies to Avoid the Trademark Bullying Label"
On January 30, 2013, Stephen Baird and Craig Krummen gave the seminar "Intelligent Trademark Enforcement – Strategies to Avoid the Trademark Bullying Label" as part of the Minnesota CLE IP Series.
July 07, 2014
Fourteen Attorneys Named Rising Stars
These highly regarded attorneys are 40 years old or younger, or have been practicing for 10 years or less.
July 07, 2014
Twenty-Eight Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List
Attorneys also named to "Top 100" and "Top 50 Women" lists.
July 01, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Named "Best Place to Work" for Ninth Time
Winners chosen based on work environment, opportunities for personal growth, embracing new ideas, and day-to-day operations.
July 01, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Adds Six Attorneys To Growing Firm Roster
New attorneys added to support a variety of practice groups across the firm.
June 11, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Wins Big at 2013 Horizon Interactive Awards
Firm recognized for creative digital and print holiday greeting cards
June 05, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Recognized as "IP Stars" by National Publication
Seven attorneys from the IP group have been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
May 27, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Recognized by 2014 Chambers USA
Attorneys and Firm Leaders in recognized for General Commercial Litigation, Real Estate and Corporate Law. 
May 15, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Recognized for 2013 Pro Bono Service
Twelve attorneys from Winthrop & Weinstine have been named “North Star Lawyers” by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA).
May 12, 2014
Robert R. Weinstine Receives The Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Robert Weinstine, Winthrop & Weinstine Founding Partner, was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor at a special ceremony on May 10, 2014.
February 07, 2014
Christianna L. Finnern Chosen as One of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's "40 Under 40"
Joins the Twin Cities' successful young business and community leaders.
February 03, 2014
Trademark & Brand Management Practice Recognized by 2014 World Trademark Review 1000
Practice and Stephen Baird again recognized for trademark legal services.
January 02, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., Announces New Shareholders and Associates
The firm is pleased to formally announce the promotion to shareholder of seven lawyers.
December 10, 2013
Three Winthrop & Weinstine Lawyers Named Minnesota “Attorneys of the Year”
Stephen Baird, David Davenport and Devan Padmanabhan have distinguished themselves through exemplary work.
November 19, 2013
Benchmark Litigation 2014 Recognizes Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended”
Nine Attorneys also Listed as “Stars”
November 01, 2013
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Three Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List
The firm also ranked nationally in three practice areas.
October 14, 2013
Winthrop & Weinstine Welcomes Fall Class of Associates
The firm is pleased to welcome three recent law school graduates as associates with the firm.
October 11, 2013
Winthrop & Weinstine Represents Dominium in Pillsbury A-Mill Project
Significant Economic Redevelopment Will Convert Former Mill into Artist Housing
September 10, 2013
NAWBO Board of Directors Elects Winthrop & Weinstine Shareholder Aimée D. Dayhoff to Board Position
Aimée will support the Membership Initiative for the NAWBO Minnesota Chapter.
August 21, 2013
David M. Aafedt Elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota
Mr. Aafedt also elected to his second three-year term as Board Member.
August 20, 2013
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., Recognized as One of the “Best Places To Work” for Eighth Year
Winthrop & Weinstine was the only law firm to receive this honor.
August 15, 2013
Twenty-One Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2014 “Best Lawyers In America©” List
Jeffrey Ansel and John Knapp also named as “Lawyers of the Year”
July 08, 2013
Super Lawyers® Names Fourteen to Rising Stars List
The list is made up of highly regarded attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.
July 08, 2013
Twenty-Four Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers®
Three attorneys also named to "Top 100" List.
June 21, 2013
Trademark & Brand Management Practice Recognized by World Trademark Review 1000
Practice and Stephen Baird listed among the best in the trademark legal services market.
July 15, 2014
MN Supreme Court: Creditors May Void Fraudulent Transfers of Assets in Uncontested Divorces
Creditors can attack property settlements in uncontested divorce proceedings.
July 01, 2014
Cybersecurity: Having a Privacy Policy is Not Enough
Companies should review and confirm their policies, procedures, and controls, as liability from potential attacks increases.
June 30, 2014
IP Solicitation Scams on the Rise
Fraudulent solicitations take the form of invoices, renewal notices, or others claiming to be from an official agency.
June 16, 2014
Women's Economic Security Act
The Act makes a number of changes to existing laws, creating or expanding legal protections for women.
April 08, 2014
Contact us by April 18 to Appeal Your Property Taxes
Act now to avoid overpaying on your real estate taxes.
March 28, 2014
Minnesota Enacts New Estate and Gift Tax Laws
On March 21, 2013, Governor Dayton signed a tax bill that impacts Minnesota residents as well as those who reside out-of-state, but own real estate and other assets in Minnesota.
March 10, 2014
Final Rules Issued on Information Reporting for Employers and Insurers Under the ACA
The Rules apply to Sections 6055 and 6056 of the IRC, on compliance with the ACA's Employer Mandate.
March 05, 2014
Lobbyist Principal Report Due March 17
All lobbyist principals must file an Annual Report on or before March 17, 2014.
January 23, 2014
IRS Issues Guidance on Safe Harbor for Historic Tax Credit Projects in Rev. Proc. 2014-12
Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys summarize and analyze the Guidance, as supplemented by information from IRS officials.
September 20, 2013
Deadline Approaches: Notify Employees Now Regarding Health Insurance Marketplaces
Certain employers must notify employees about health insurance marketplaces by October 1, 2013.
August 09, 2013
Revised Sick Leave Benefits Law Takes Effect
On August 1, 2013, S.F. 840, expanding employees' sick leave benefits, took effect.
July 22, 2013
Federal PAC Reports Due July 31, 2013
The semi-annual report must reflect all receipts and disbursements between January 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013.
June 27, 2013
Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act
The decision will impact businesses and individuals in the areas of estate planning, tax, employment practices and employee benefits.
June 11, 2013
"Ban-the-Box" Bill Signed Into Law
On May 13, 2013, Governor Dayton signed S.F. 523, the so-called "ban-the-box" bill, into law. The law takes effect January 1, 2014, and restricts when employers may inquire into job applicants' criminal background.
June 10, 2013
Minnesota Gift and Estate Tax Law Changes
The Omnibus Tax Bill contains major changes to the Minnesota estate and gift tax laws, effective July 1, 2013.
June 07, 2013
Minnesota's Marriage Equality Act: What You Need to Know
On May 14, 2013, Governor Dayton signed into law legislation revising the definition of "marriage" in Minnesota to include same-sex marriage. The law becomes effective August 1, 2013.
June 05, 2013
Legislature Passes Campaign Finance and Election Law Changes
The 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session saw the passage of significant campaign finance and election law legislation.
May 08, 2013
Protecting Non-Functional Product Design Features Through The Entire Life Cycle: From Conception to Grave
IP protection for product designs is typically found in a combination of protective mechanisms. This Alert details how combining mechanisms can strengthen product design protection.
May 07, 2013
Updated Form I-9
Beginning May 7, 2013, all employers must begin using the new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, with a revision date of March 8, 2013.
April 24, 2013
Failure to Comply with Minnesota's Statutory Requirements in Foreclosure by Advertisement Costs Lender
In concluding that the foreclosure was void, the Minnesota Supreme Court focused on the "precise language of the statutory provisions governing the foreclosure by advertisement process" and concluded that the statute mandates strict compliance.
March 28, 2013
Seventh Circuit Holds That Debtor Cannot Circumvent Bankruptcy's Absolute-Priority Rule
In Castleton Plaza, the Court of Appeals reversed the bankruptcy court's decision and held that the plan violated the absolute-priority rule because it failed to expose the asset to the market and competitive bidding.
February 14, 2013
Changes to Australian Patent Laws Effective April 15, 2013
Significant amendments have been made to Australia's IP laws through the enactment of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2012 (the"Act"), which will take effect April 15, 2013.
February 05, 2013
The First-to-File Patent System is Coming - Optimize Your System Now
On March 16, 2013, the "first-to-file" provisions of the America Invents Act ("AIA"), will take effect, replacing the current first-to-invent system.
January 07, 2013
Bank Held in Contempt for Failing to Return Collateral Repossessed Before Bankruptcy
Most lenders know that a bank cannot repossess collateral after a borrower files bankruptcy unless the bank first obtains relief from the automatic stay. But can a bank retain collateral that it repossessed before the bankruptcy?
November 27, 2012
The "Bargain Patent": Requirements for Design Patents
There are many advantages to adding design patents to your overall intellectual property strategy. The basic requirements for filing a design patent application are outlined here.
November 19, 2012
Design Patent Flexes Muscle
The design patent, a strong but under-utilized tool, has been gaining popularity, and garnered publicity this summer after a significant court decision based primarily on design patents.
September 21, 2012
Changes to U.S. Patent Law Under the AIA: Business Method Patents
Changes to patent law under the AIA pertain to how challenges to business methods patents are reviewed and handled by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
September 17, 2012
Changes to U.S. Patent Law Under the AIA: Third Parties
Changes to patent law under the AIA pertain to third parties' ability to submit patents or publications in another's patent application.
September 10, 2012
Changes to U.S. Patent Law Under the AIA Take Effect September 16, 2012
Make sure you are aware of the important changes to the AIA, effective September 16, 2012.
June 06, 2012
Score One For Secured Lenders
Good news for secured lenders on bankruptcy issues from U.S. Supreme Court.
April 01, 2014
The Modern Family and the Modern Estate
The removal of the estate and gift tax curtain is exposing what was always clients’ true concern: how to provide for the ultimate well-being of their families.
January 27, 2014
Battles Over Demand Letters: Lessons From 'The F Word'
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When a big corporation sends you a cease-and-desist letter, make … ale? This is what Jeff Britton, owner of Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in Cottleville, Mo., chose to do after he received a cease-and-desist letter on behalf of Starbucks.
December 27, 2013
Winthrop & Weinstine Brings Prompt End to Two IPR Petitions Under New AIA Provisions
A major success at the patent office for our client. 
November 25, 2013
Scott J. Dongoske Profiled on Managing Mavericks
Why Scott Dongoske welcomes strong-willed employees at Winthrop & Weinstine.
November 01, 2013
Asserting a Tribal Sovereign Immunity Defense, Even Where the Tribe has Contractually Waived its Immunity
The doctrine of sovereign immunity acts as a powerful protection for any sovereign entity.
October 18, 2013
Tom Boyd Argues Case Challenging Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act
Thomas H. Boyd recently appeared in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, to argue that Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act is unconstitutional. 
October 03, 2013
Thomas H. Boyd’s Tribute to Judge Devitt Cited in the Congressional Record
The tribute was cited in support of a bill to designate a MN courthouse as the Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse.
September 12, 2013
Working Remotely: Legal Implications for Employers
Anjali Shankar authored an article presented at the 2013 Work/Life and Flexibility Expo in Minneapolis.
August 27, 2013
Asserting Personal Jurisdiction Over Non-Tribal Parties in State Court: What To Do When a Foreign Defendant Argues It Is Not Subject to the Host-State’s Laws
Tribal governments are empowered to establish court systems to adjudicate disputes arising within their jurisdictions. However, tribal law does not always provide remedies for wrongs perpetrated against parties on tribal land.
July 18, 2013
David Aafedt Quoted on MN Regulatory Rejection of Energy Business Plan
David M. Aafedt was quoted in articles that review the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decision to reject Great River Energy's resource plan.
June 27, 2013
Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act
The decision will impact businesses and individuals in the areas of estate planning, tax, employment practices and employee benefits.
June 21, 2013
Trademark & Brand Management Practice Recognized by World Trademark Review 1000
Practice and Stephen Baird listed among the best in the trademark legal services market.
June 10, 2013
Minnesota Gift and Estate Tax Law Changes
The Omnibus Tax Bill contains major changes to the Minnesota estate and gift tax laws, effective July 1, 2013.
June 07, 2013
Minnesota's Marriage Equality Act: What You Need to Know
On May 14, 2013, Governor Dayton signed into law legislation revising the definition of "marriage" in Minnesota to include same-sex marriage. The law becomes effective August 1, 2013.
May 21, 2013
Welcome Speech, Women's Networking Event 2013
Tiffany A. Blofield gave the Welcome Address at the 2013 Winthrop & Weinstine Women's Networking Event.
May 01, 2013
Final Rule on the "Sunshine Act": Be Ready to Comply
David M. Aafedt's and Christianna L. Finnern's article discusses the Sunshine Act, which requires drug and device companies to report transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals.
January 03, 2013
Attorney Christianna L. Finnern Featured in Alma Mater TV Ad
Christianna Finnern is featured in a Wartburg College admissions television ad.
December 11, 2012
John A. Knapp Quoted on Political Ads
John A. Knapp discussed the difficulty of enforcing campaign finance rules in print ads.
November 21, 2012
John A. Knapp Recognized Among 100 Minnesotans You Should Know
The Black Book showcases 100 accomplished Minnesota business and community leaders to help you thrive in 2013.
November 01, 2012
Sunshine and Scrutiny: Managing Compliance with the ACA’s Sunshine Provisions from a Provider Perspective
Health Law attorneys David M. Aafedt and Christianna L. Finnern have authored an article in Minnesota Physician discussing the Sunshine Act, which will take effect January 1, 2013.
May 07, 2012
Tom Hanson's Career Featured in Capitol Report
The Capitol Report article details the career of former MMB head Tom Hanson.
March 28, 2012
Devan V. Padmanabhan Quoted in MedCity News
Devan Padmanabhan opines on the recent Supreme Court Prometheus decision.
March 07, 2012
Anton J Moch Quoted in Biz Journal Article About TARP Funds
TARP funds are being used by community banks to recover from the economy.
February 19, 2012
Tom Hanson on Minnesota's Lessons from the Recession
Lessons learned during the recession in Minnesota.
January 02, 2012
Karen V. Bertulli Helps Upsize Select Finalist for Business Builder Awards
The 2011 winner of the Business Builder Award is Cowgirl Tuff.
January 02, 2012
Video: Hot Marketing Topics with Trademark & Legal Implications
Watch Steve Baird's Minnesota CLE webcast.
December 29, 2011
Minnesota Real Estate Foreclosures: 21 Common Questions & Answers
Our Creditors' Remedies attorneys answer the most asked questions from their clients.
December 27, 2011
Preparing for Cloud Computing: Bradley J. Walz in "Tech Toolkit" in Finance & Commerce
Brad Walz recommends researching cloud computing vendors before giving over control of your company's data.
December 13, 2011
Bradley J. Walz Suggests Money is Motive for Debated Changes in IP Law
The Protect IP Act & Stop Online Piracy Act bills have been heavily debated in the IP arena.
December 02, 2011
Tom Hanson Talks MN Budget Surplus on KARE 11 TV
On Dec 1., the MMB announced a $876 million budget surplus for Minnesota.
October 28, 2011
Materials from Winthrop & Weinstine's Employment Law Seminar
Download presentation materials from the firm's annual seminar, held Oct. 27, 2011.
October 20, 2011
Opt-Out Protection for Registered Trademarks in New Domain Space
Deadline to file for opt-out protection for a new top level domain is Oct. 28, 2011.
October 13, 2011
Lobbyists John A. Knapp, Christine Zimmer "Really Strong"
John Knapp & Christine Zimmer assist clients with their Indian gambling interests at the Capitol.
August 22, 2011
Lobbyist Tom Hanson Quoted in Star Tribune
Lobbyist Tom Hanson talks budget and tobacco legislation.
August 17, 2011
Securities & Employment Law Alert: Whistleblower Protections Expanded
New Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules effective August 12, 2011.
August 03, 2011
Susan A. Perera's "Protecting Your Color Trademark" Published on IP Law 360
Brands should consider differing from the norm and capitalize on their protectable color.
July 25, 2011
"Exposing Two-Face Brands" by Stephen R. Baird Featured on World Trademark Review
In “Exposing the two-face brands,” Steve explores why brand truncation should be approached carefully.
July 25, 2011
Tom Hanson Quoted in The New Republic on Minnesota Government Shutdown
Lobbyist Tom Hanson discusses Minnesota’s government shutdown with Walter Shapiro.
July 25, 2011
Brian W. Kensicki Gives Legal Advice to Upsize Growth Challenge Winners
Brian offers suggestions on attracting investors, maximizing distribution and protecting assets.
July 22, 2011
Director of Marketing Deb Cochran Discusses Marketing Strategies for Business Growth in Upsize
Deb provides practical advice to the business owners that could help them grow their marketing efforts.
July 22, 2011
IP Attorney Michael T. Olsen Shares Best Practices for Maximizing IP Assets
Michael answers questions about dormant technology, ownership issues and non-disclosure agreements.
July 19, 2011
Tom Hanson Audio Interview on MPR
Lobbyist Tom Hanson discusses the newly agreed upon state budget plan on MPR.
July 06, 2011
Video: Stephen R. Baird's Trademark & Brand Talk
The video is from a brand talk Steve Baird gave at Blackcoffee, a brand management & design agency.
July 01, 2011
Brian W. Kensicki Authors "The Importance of Standardized Contracts for Manufacturers"
Brian Kensicki outlines reasons to have a standard contract and particular provisions that should be included in a standard manufacturing agreement.
June 30, 2011
Quotes from Tom Hanson's MPR Interview Featured in "Countdown to a shutdown"
Organizations that may be affected by the shutdown express frustration with the Minnesota state government.
June 29, 2011
MPR Interviews Tom Hanson About Possible Government Shutdown
The radio program's guests explore who's to blame if Minnesota's state government shuts down.
June 24, 2011
What Will Happen to Constuction Projects if the Minnesota Government Shuts Down? Tom Hanson Comments
Tom Hanson comments on what highway contractors may face with a possible government shutdown.
June 24, 2011
Stephen R. Baird Discusses Wiper Fluid Lawsuit in Local Business Journal
Steve Baird recently wrote about the case on the firm's DuetsBlog.
June 17, 2011
Lobbyists John A. Knapp & Tom Hanson Mentioned in Politics in Minnesota Article
Tom Hanson was identified as a new lobbyist who had a good legislative session.
June 16, 2011
"Taste Infrigement" by Stephen R. Baird Appears in iP Frontline
Steve discusses the non-traditional trademarks of flavor and taste.
June 15, 2011
Lobbyists Hanson, Zimmer Listed in "Rising Lobbyists" Poll in the Capitol Report
Hanson listed as a runner-up for the #1 rating; Zimmer listed as fellow lobbyist receiving multiple votes.
June 08, 2011
Employment Lawyer Laura A. Pfeiffer Authors Chapter in Wage and Hour Handbook
Laura Pfeiffer authored the “Timing and Manner of Payment” chapter.
June 04, 2011
Tom Hanson Discusses Possible Minnesota Government Shutdown on
The lobbyist and former budget commissioner weighs in on state government shutdowns.
May 09, 2011
Trademark Attorney Daniel J. Kelly Article Featured in Law360
Dan Kelly's article discusses fraud claims for the use of the mark "Would You Rather...?"
May 04, 2011
IT Director Craig Wilson Presents a Case Study at the Paragon Tech Expo
Craig discussed how Pano's technology was implemented at the firm, and how it has helped the firm store documents virtually.
May 04, 2011
Karen V. Bertulli Gives Tips for Business Building in Upsize
The profile lists documents that every business should have in place, including formation documents, risk management documents and shareholder/buy-sell/member control agreements.
April 26, 2011
Megan M. Ruwe Cautions Employers About Using Social Media to Screen Job Candidates
The Finance & Commerce article explores how businesses are using social media platforms to their advantage.
April 26, 2011
Tom Hanson Featured in Almanac Episode, Discusses Effects of Possible Government Shut-Down
Tom discusses what would happen to state entities if the legislature and Governor Mark Dayton do not agree on Minnesota’s budget.
April 17, 2011
Banking U: The Basics of Foreclosure
Winthrop & Weinstine bankruptcy and creditors' remedies attorney Christopher A. Camardello speaks on the basics of foreclosures.
April 12, 2011
Materials from Directors Roundtable on Dodd-Frank Act
Download presentations, speaker biographies and other articles related to the Dodd-Frank Act.
March 22, 2011
Lobbyists John A. Knapp & Tom Hanson Quoted on New Political Members Who are Garnering Attention
Both John and Tom are lobbyists in Winthrop & Weinstine’s Legislative & Regulatory group, which recently launched a political blog, Inside the Minnesota Capitol.
March 21, 2011
Tom Hanson Quoted in Article on Sunday Liquor Sales in Minnesota
Tom Hanson, former Minnesota Management and Budget commissioner, represents the Distilled Spirits Counsel for the United States.
March 07, 2011
Lobbyist Tom Hanson Featured in Video on Internet Sales Tax
Tom Hanson is featured on Almanac: at The Capitol opining on Internet sales tax.
March 07, 2011
White Paper On Final Rules for Say-on-Pay & Golden Parachute Advisory Votes Under Dodd-Frank Act by Joy S. Newborg
Joy Newborg summarizes the main changes & clarifications regarding advisory votes on the proposed rules.
February 25, 2011
Tom Hanson Quoted on Dayton's Minnesota Budget Plans in Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Tom Hanson discusses Mark Dayton's proposed fees to decrease Minnesota's budget deficit.
February 14, 2011
Lobbyist Tom Hanson Discusses Minnesota's "Bonding-to-Create-Jobs" Strategy in Finance & Commerce
Tom Hanson opines on bonding money as a way to create jobs in Minnesota.
February 08, 2011
Edward J. Drenttel Discusses the 2011 Economic Forecast with Minnesota Business
The article asks different industry professionals about what they’re expecting economically for 2011.
February 08, 2011
Article by Stephen R. Baird & Susan A. Perera Featured in Minnesota Business
The article looks at major brands that have changed logos or abbreviated brand names.
January 27, 2011
"The World According to Tom Hanson" Feature in Politics in Minnesota
Tom Hanson discusses the Minnesota budget deficit and battles facing the state's government.
December 17, 2010
Finance & Commerce Q&A with Social Media & Employment Attorney Megan M. Ruwe
The article features questions and answers from Megan, who realized early on that social media might provide a challenge for employers.
December 13, 2010
John A. Knapp Quoted in Pioneer Press on Power Flip in Minnesota Legislature
The article, “Lobbyists adapting to power flip in Minnesota Legislature, governor’s office,” discusses how a shift in Minnesota politics is changing the lobbyist landscape.
November 12, 2010
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Features Stephen R. Baird, DuetsBlog in Nov. 12 Edition
The article features local IP-focused blogs and how they’ve helped contribute to lawyers’ successes.
November 05, 2010
Materials from Winthrop & Weinstine's Employment Law Seminar Held on Nov. 4
Winthrop & Weinstine's annual Employment Law Seminar was held on November 4, 2010.
November 02, 2010
Joy S. Newborg Writes Summary of Dodd-Frank Act
Joy Newborg summarizes provisions of the Act that may be applicable to clients, and provides discussion points for further explanation.
October 01, 2010
Director of Marketing Deb Cochran Discusses Law Firm Directories in Finance & Commerce
Deb Cochran talks about law firm directories in Finance & Commerce.
October 01, 2010
Karen V. Bertulli Participates in Upsize Growth Challenge
The Upsize Growth Challenge pairs two winning business owners with industry professionals for two workshops to discuss how to achieve their business goals.
September 29, 2010
Philip T. Colton Authors Chapter on Key Issues In M&A Transaction Negotiations
Phil Colton’s chapter walks through key strategies relating to mergers and acquisitions.
September 23, 2010
Megan M. Ruwe Discusses How Employers Can Avoid Liability with Techology & Social Networks
Megan discusses topics in relation to technology and social networks that may leave an employer open to liability.
September 13, 2010
Presentation Materials from Allied Executives Social Media Workshop on 9/1
View the presentation materials from the Allied Executives event, "Social Media Workshop." Mark Pihart, employment law attorney, discussed the legal implications of using social media in the workplace.
September 01, 2010
Jeffrey R. Ansel Quoted in Minnesota Lawyer Article on Federal Rule of Evidence 502
Jeff Ansel indicates that Rule 502 is more complicated than saying a lawyer messed up. “You can’t just produce everything without trying to find and withhold privileged information solely in reliance on the rules regarding inadvertent disclosure” (qtd. in Thornton).
August 20, 2010
Jon L. Peterson Quoted in Pioneer Press Article on Leasing Solar Energy Systems
Leasing solar energy systems to homeowners becomes a new concept in going green.
July 31, 2010
Bradley J. Walz Comments on Leeds Lawsuit Against Olympus in Biz Journal Article
Brad Walz opines on Leeds chances of being considered a franchise under the Minnesota Franchise Act.
July 19, 2010
Norman L. Jones Quoted in Journal of Tax Credits
Norm Jones discusses drafting a new bill intended to improve the effectiveness of federal and state historic tax credits and new markets tax credits.
July 15, 2010
John A. Knapp, Tammera R. Diehm Write Article in ABA Newsletter
John Knapp & Tami Diehm discuss the implications of the recent Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
July 13, 2010
Bradley J. Walz Discusses Licensing, Franchising in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Brad Walz gives the business owner tips on how to market his book from a trademark perspective.
June 28, 2010
Megan M. Ruwe Quoted on Handbook Law in Finance & Commerce
Megan Ruwe weighs-in on an employee handbook Court decision.
June 08, 2010
Norman L. Jones Quoted in Finance and Commerce on Affordable Housing
Norm Jones weighs-in on the affordable housing tax credit.
June 07, 2010
Bradley J. Walz Guest Blogs About Social Media on TECHdotMN
Brad Walz discusses the legal implications of creating social network platforms.

Inside the Minnesota Capitol

Bringing you the latest political news from Minnesota’s Capitol

2014 Election Season Officially Begins
Posted on May 20, 2014 by John A. Knapp
With the beginning of the candidate filing period on May 20, the official 2014 elections calendar has begun. Candidates will have until June 3 to file for partisan offices. B...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Minnesota Energy Law
Posted on Apr 18, 2014 by Eric F. Swanson
A federal judge, in a ruling issued today, struck down a portion of Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act (NGEA) because it violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Co...

The Minnesota Legislature recessed around dinnertime on Thursday, April 10 and will reconvene at noon on Tuesday, April 22.
Posted on Apr 11, 2014 by Thomas J. Hanson
Before departing for their planned Easter/Passover break, the House and Senate pushed through a number of bills in a flurry of activity. Unusually short committee deadlines ...

April filing deadlines for State and Federal PACs and Independent Expenditure Committees
Posted on Apr 07, 2014 by Tammera R. Diehm
Most people think of April 15th as the tax filing deadline but two important campaign reports are also due next week. Minnesota political committees, political funds, indepen...

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Contribution Limits
Posted on Apr 03, 2014 by Tammera R. Diehm
On Tuesday morning, a divided United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (572 U.S. ____ (2014)), striking down a ...

Lobbyist Principal Report - Due March 17
Posted on Mar 06, 2014 by Tammera R. Diehm
In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, all lobbyist principals must file an Annual Report with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public...

Minnesota Legislature Convenes
Posted on Feb 28, 2014 by Thomas J. Hanson
The Minnesota Legislature convened at noon on Tuesday, February 25. It hit the ground running with a minimum wage increase and tax cuts at the forefront. It has already passe...

State Surplus now over $1.2 Billion
Posted on Feb 28, 2014 by Thomas J. Hanson
9:37 am Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter announced moments ago that Minnesota’s budget surplus has grown to $1.233 billion. This adds anothe...

2014 Legislative Session Preview
Posted on Feb 24, 2014 by John A. Knapp
The Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene for the second year of its biennial legislative session on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at noon. Given the May 19, 2014, adj...

Minnesota House and Senate Set 2014 Committee Deadlines
Posted on Feb 05, 2014 by Thomas J. Hanson
House Speaker Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls) and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), announced today the three committee deadlines for the 2014 session. They are: March 21...

DuetsBlog: Collaborations in Creativity & the Law
Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by Duets Guest Blogger
- Abby V. Reiner, Brand Director, Wounded Warrior Project Fine (red) Lines Nonprofits walk a fine line between wanting everyone to feel a part of the mission without allowing...

Fly the Tasty Skies
Posted on Jul 21, 2014 by Duets Guest Blogger
- Nancy Friedman, Wordworking In mid-June JetBlue, which since its first flights in 2000 had been a single-class “value” airline, introduced its version of first-class servic...

Airing a new logo: Airbnb
Posted on Jul 18, 2014 by Martha Engel
For those of you who are into traveling, you are probably very familiar with the trendy Airbnb, a travel site that lets you book a stay at someone’s home instead of a h...

Believe what you want, but who will win?
Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by Tim Sitzmann
In case you were unaware, the (Men’s) World Cup happened over the last two months and is now over (the Women’s World Cup is next year, in Canada). I Believe that ...

Qat(ar) It Out: Should Qatar Stop Recruiting Promising African Players?
Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by Derek Allen
Now that the 2014 World Cup is over, its time to move on…and write about the 2022 World Cup (sorry 2018 World Cup, I promise I’ll catch up with you later).  The 2...

Two Truly Powerful Words
Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by Duets Guest Blogger
-  James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA My first management job was as a supervisor trainee in a Minnesota-based retail music company. At that time—1966—their strategy...

Dethroning a Right to Register a Trademark?
Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by Steve Baird
Last month, you will recall we wrote about the important difference between the right to register a trademark and the right to use a trademark, here and here. Despite the fac...

The World Cup of Counterfeit All-Stars
Posted on Jul 11, 2014 by Martha Engel
There’s a sports fever in the air of the homeland of the DuetsBlog team.  The World Cup final is Sunday and, from my office window, I have seen an ever-growing number o...

Description of a Trademark with the USPTO
Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by Steve Baird
Continuing our discussion — from yesterday and the day before – about the description of a mark provided to the USPTO during the registration process, the below i...

Pepsi Gets Grip on MLB All-Star Extravaganza
Posted on Jul 09, 2014 by Steve Baird
How cool is it to have the MLB All-Star Game and related events, right here in Minneapolis? Very. As the advertisement shows, Pepsi is playing a large role in the event, as t...

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