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January 11, 2016
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., Announces New Shareholders and Associates
Noreen Johnson Sedgeman and Doug Wolgamot have been promoted to shareholders.
November 12, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Continues to Grow With the Hiring of Five New Associates
The firm welcomes Brett Siglin, Matthew Callanan, Jordan Humphrey, Neil Mahoney and David Pabian.
November 03, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Represents Stop-a-Sec In Successful Sale of Eight Stores
Sale to TravelCenters of America
November 02, 2015
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Four Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List
The firm also ranked nationally in three practice areas.
October 29, 2015
Benchmark Litigation 2016 Recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended”
16 Attorneys also listed as “Stars”
October 08, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Attorney to Co-Chair 2015 Barrister’s Breakfast
The Barrister’s Breakfast is a fundraising event to support children at a critical point in their development.
August 25, 2015
David Aafedt Re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota
David also holds positions on the Finance & Executive Committees.
August 17, 2015
Twenty-Five Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2016 “Best Lawyers In America” List
Jeff Ansel, Tom Hart, Jon Hoganson and John Knapp named Lawyers of the Year
August 10, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Continues to Grow Real Estate and Tax Credit Practice with New Attorney Joseph Phelps
Phelps advises clients on real estate and tax credit transactions.
July 07, 2015
Twenty-Nine Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List
The final published list represents no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state.
July 07, 2015
Fourteen Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named Rising Stars
No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list. 
June 29, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Bolsters Real Estate Practice with New Attorney Katherine Johnson
Johnson will handle all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisition, disposition and leasing, as well as land use and environmental matters.
June 29, 2015
Zach Robins Named 2015 Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer
The award highlights lawyers in their first 10 years of practice who have distinguished themselves by their achievements.
June 15, 2015
Crowdfunding Legislation, Drafted by Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys, Signed Into Law
MNvest will allow businesses to legally promote investment opportunities online.
June 04, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Recognized for 2014 Pro Bono Service
14 attorneys have been named “North Star Lawyers” by the Minnesota State Bar Association.
May 26, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Named to Vault’s “Top 150 Under 150” List
The national list recognizes the best law firms to work for.
May 22, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Ranks Among Leaders in Chambers USA 2015
Five attorneys and two practice areas ranked in annual directory of leading lawyers and law firms.
May 20, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Recognized as "IP Stars" by National Publication
Seven attorneys from the IP group have been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
March 19, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Welcomes New Attorney Travis Logghe
Logghe advises clients on the tax implications of a wide variety of business and corporate matters.
March 12, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Represents Erickson Oil Products and Team Investments LLC on $85 Million Sale
Sale to CrossAmerica Partners included 64 stores.
February 11, 2015
Dean Willer Named To BTI Client Service All-Star Team for 2015
Willer is one of only 354 lawyers from across the globe to receive this recognition.
February 04, 2015
Trademark & Brand Management Practice Recognized by 2015 World Trademark Review 1000
"The headline attraction is head of brand management Stephen Baird, one of the most respected members of the Twin Cities IP community."
February 02, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Welcomes New Attorney Wesley Anderson
Wes Anderson has joined the firm as an Associate in the Trademark and Brand Management group.
February 02, 2015
MJ Solutions Gmbh Secures Injunction Barring Arkwright Production Of Transfer Media For Dark Fabrics
Arkwright permanently barred from making, using or selling transfer media intended for use with dark fabrics.
January 29, 2015
Erin Mathern Among “40 Under 40” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Joins the Twin Cities' successful young business and community leaders.
January 23, 2015
Martha Engel Named “Young Engineer of the Year” by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Each year, only one “Young Engineer of the Year” is selected.
January 12, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., Announces New Shareholders and Associates
The firm is pleased to formally announce the promotion to shareholder of six lawyers.
December 23, 2014
NAWBO-MN Names Deb DuBois Vision Award Recipient for ACHIEVE! 2014 Annual Awards
The Vision Award recognizes a corporate partner or women business owner who demonstrates exemplary vision in providing opportunities for women business owners.
December 15, 2014
Two Winthrop & Weinstine Lawyers Named Minnesota “Attorneys of the Year”
Craig Krummen and Tiffany Blofield have distinguished themselves through exemplary work.
December 08, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Promotes Christine Zimmer to Senior Director of Government Relations
Zimmer will continue to provide strategic political analysis and lobbying expertise for clients.
December 08, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Adds John Reich as Director of Government Relations
Reich will represent the firm's clients at the Minnesota Legislature and before State agencies.
December 04, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Inducted into United Way 110% Club
The firm significantly increased the amount raised in its campaign thanks to the donations of attorneys and staff.
December 04, 2014
Milbrath Joins Winthrop & Weinstine as Director of Business Development and Marketing
Gretchen will work with firm leadership to establish and implement marketing and business development initiatives. 
November 04, 2014
Benchmark Litigation 2015 Recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as "Highly Recommended"
11 attorneys also listed as "Stars."
November 04, 2014
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 31, 2014
2014 BBB Torch Award for Ethics Winners Announced
Shareholder David Aaafedt is Chairman of the Board for the BBB.
September 25, 2014
Tami Diehm Receives Finance & Commerce’s Top Women in Finance Honors
Diehm among 50 honorees recognized for contributions to professions, communities and society.
September 09, 2014
Three Winthrop & Weinstine Staff Named "Unsung Legal Heroes" by Minnesota Lawyer
The team is honored for its support and dedication to the legal profession. 
September 09, 2014
Bradley J. Walz Recognized as “Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer
Award honors attorneys with significant professional accomplishments who are in their first ten years of practice.
September 02, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Recipient of Leaders in Health Care Award
"Dream Team" recognized for excellence in legal services provided to the health care industry in Minnesota.
August 18, 2014
Twenty-One Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2015 “Best Lawyers In America” List
Thomas Hart and Mark Johnson also named “Lawyers of the Year”
August 15, 2014
Shareholder David Aafedt Re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota
Aafedt has also been re-elected to his third three-year term as board member.
August 11, 2014
Dominium Brings History Back to Life for the Arcade Building
18-Story Renaissance Revival Building in St. Louis Gets New Life through Capital Financing Legal Representation
July 29, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Celebrates Grand Opening at Schmidt Artist Lofts
Renovation of historic brewery provides 247 affordable live/work spaces for local artists.
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.
February 02, 2016
EU and U.S. Reach Deal on Safe Harbor for Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers
The new deal replaces the old Safe Harbor program that was struck down by the European Court of Justice in October.
January 25, 2016
State and Federal Campaign Finance Reports Due
Federal reports are due January 31, 2016, and Minnesota reports are due February 1, 2016.
January 12, 2016
Minnesota Lobbyist Disbursement Reports — Due January 15, 2016
All self-reporting, reporting and designated lobbyists must file a report by fax, email, or online submission.
November 03, 2015
SEC Approves New Crowdfunding Rules
The SEC also proposed rules to modernize intrastate securities offerings.
October 06, 2015
EU Court Strikes Down U.S.-EU Safe Harbor for Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers
The Safe Harbor allowed the sharing of U.S.-EU personal data without violating the EU's privacy laws.
July 27, 2015
Federal PAC Reports Due July 31, 2015
All Federal PACs are required to submit a campaign finance report to the FEC on or before Friday, July 31, 2015.
June 05, 2015
What Banks Need to Know About the .BANK Domain Name
Institutions can only purchase domains with the .BANK extension that correspond to its own name or trademarks.
March 02, 2015
Lobbyist Principal Report Due March 16
The lobbyist principal report must disclose the total amount of money spent on lobbying efforts in Minnesota in 2014.
January 29, 2015
Erroneous UCC-3 Termination Leads to Disastrous Consequences
The error took the lender from a secured creditor on a $1.5 billion deal to an unsecured creditor in the bankruptcy case.
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.
May 3-6, 2016
Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America: May 3-6, 2016
Winthrop & Weinstine shareholder Ryan Schildkraut will present at the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference on "How to Successfully Raise Capital for Your Brewery." 
April 4, 2016
Bizwomen Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Mentoring Monday - April 4, 2016
Litigation shareholder Aimée Dayhoff will serve as a mentor at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's Mentoring Monday event on Monday, April 4, 2016. 
April 4-6, 2016
FUSE 2016: Designing Brands with Purpose
Stephen R. Baird will speak at the world's most revered conference in the brand strategy and design community.
March 29, 2016
Barley to Barrel: March 29, 2016
Ryan Schildkraut will speak on "Investors & Funding” at Barley to Beer, a 10 week program that provides students with a hands on, in depth, look at what it takes to start a brewery.
March 3, 2016
Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference: March 3, 2016
Corporate attorney and MNvest co-founder Zach Robins will speak on "Security Crowdfunding for Social Ventures" at the Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference on March 3, 2016. 
February 23, 2016
6th MN Entrepreneur Kick Off - February 23, 2016
Corporate attorney Zach Robins will serve as a speaker at the 6th Annual MN Entrepreneur Kick off on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.
February 18, 2016
Public Policy: National Association of Women Business Owners - February 18, 2016
Christine Zimmer, Senior Director of Government Relations at Winthrop & Weinstine will moderate and lead a discussion at NAWBO's Public Policy Meeting on February 18, 2016. 
February 16, 2016
Mastering U.S. Trademark Registration Practice - February 16, 2016
Intellectual Property Shareholders Steve Baird, Michael Olsen and Brad Walz will present at the Minnesota CLE live seminar "Mastering U.S. Trademark Registration Practice" on Tuesday, February 16.
February 12, 2016
Raising Capital in the Real Estate Market: Crowdfunding and other Law Changes
The seminar will cover changes in the law, as well as best practices.
February 11, 2016
Business Law Series: The Emerging World of Crowdfunding - February 11, 2016
Corporate attorney Zach Robins will serve as a speaker at the Minnesota CLE live webcast on February 11, 2016.
February 11-13, 2016
Cold Climate Conference: February 11-13, 2016
Attorneys Ryan Schildkraut, Martha Engel and Chris Hussey will all serve as speakers at the 2016 Cold Climate Conference hosted by the MN Grape Growers Association.
January 28, 2016
Decisions You Need to Know: Key Trademark Cases from 2015: January 28, 2016
Trademark attorney Stephen Baird will host the INTA roundtable.
December 7, 2015
61st Annual MNCPA Tax Conference
Corporate attorneys Ryan Schildkraut and Zachary Robins will serve as panelists on "Crowdfunding."
November 20, 2015
Encore Transitions: Financial Planning for Retirement, Social Security, and Medicare
Estate planning attorney Karen Hansen will serve as a speaker at the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education program. 
November 19, 2015
Digital Product Innovation Challenge
Steve Baird is serving as a judge to select the winner of the challenge.
November 11, 2015
November 11, 2015 Barrister’s Breakfast
The Barrister’s Breakfast is a fundraising event to support children at a critical point in their development.
October 27, 2015
The Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference
Corporate attorney Ryan Schildkraut will serve as a panelist on the topic "Financing Options for Closely Held Businesses."
October 26, 2015
Employment Law: FMLA Update - 2015
Employment Law attorney Laura A. Pfeiffer will speak at Minnesota CLE's live webcast "Employment Law: FMLA Update - 2015."
October 23, 2015
Historic Tax Credits Seminar
Affordable Housing attorney Jeff Koerselman will speak at the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Historic Tax Credit Seminar on October 23, 2015.
October 22, 2015
The 2015 Real Estate Institute
Several Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys will be speakers at the 2015 Real Estate Institute in Saint Paul, MN. 
October 14, 2015
MHTA Lunch & Learn | Crowdfunding
Corporate attorneys Ryan Schildkraut and Zachary Robins will serve as speakers at Minnesota High Tech Association's Lunch and Learn program on Crowdfunding.
October 2, 2015
Net Lease & 1031 Exchange Summit
Corporate finance and securities attorney Phil Colton will serve as a panelist.
September 21, 2015
Important Issues in Today’s Commercial Lending Transactions
Commercial lending attorneys Jon Hoganson and Kristopher (Tip) Lee will serve as presenters on the topic "Documenting the Transaction."
September 18, 2015
Crittenden Real Estate Finance Conference
Corporate attorney Zachary Robins will serve as a moderator during the "Crowdfunding" session on Friday, Sept. 18.
September 17, 2015
2015 Midwest IP Institute
Intellectual Property attorneys Stephen Baird and Brad Walz will both be presenters at the 2015 Midwest IP Institute in Minneapolis. 
May 22, 2015
Lawyer Who Started Fight Over "R-Word" Mascot Awaits Decision - Minnesota Lawyer
The article summarizes Baird's involvement in the lawsuit against the Washington Redskins' federal trademark protections.
April 23, 2015
Minnesota Equity Crowdfunding Bill Signed Into Law
MNvest has passed both chambers of Congress, and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Dayton.
February 20, 2015
Successful Appeal Results in Reversal of Conviction and Release for Pro Bono Client
The Winthrop team's tireless dedication helped send their client home to his family.
February 02, 2015
Medical Fraud Panel with David Aafedt - WCCO NewsRadio
Shareholder David Aafedt appeared on NewsRadio 830 WCCO on January 25, 2015 to discuss medical fraud and cyber security issues with Roshini Rajkumar
January 06, 2015
2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Preview
With the 2014 elections in the rearview mirror, the focus has turned to the fast-approaching 2015 legislative session.
November 18, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Attorney James Dierking Profiled in Attorney at Law Magazine
For more than 20 years, Dierking has advised a wide variety of clients in asset-based, commercial, construction and real estate lending transactions.
November 13, 2014
State Can't Afford to Wait for Feds on Crowdfunding
Corporate attorneys Ryan Schildkraut and Zachary Robins were profiled and quoted in the StarTribune.
November 04, 2014
Women of Winthrop & Weinstine Profiled in Attorney at Law
Laura Pfeiffer, Aimée Dayhoff, Christianna Finnern and Tammera Diehm discussed what led them to become lawyers, how the culture of the firm is welcoming to female attorneys, and where they see the profession headed in the future, especially for women.
October 31, 2014
Anton J Moch Quoted on Bank Acquisitions
Moch discussed bank acquisitions at ICBM Annual Conference.
October 28, 2014
Health Law Practice Profiled in Minnesota Business
At the law firm Winthrop & Weinstine, standing out in health care means providing a 'full-service experience.'
July 30, 2014
Winthrop & Weinstine Profiled in Law Firm Efficiency Case Study
The new solution has increased ability to respond to and serve clients in a fast and cost-effective manner.
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 Stateline.org
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.

Inside the Minnesota Capitol

Bringing you the latest political news from Minnesota’s Capitol

2016 Minnesota Election Preview
Posted on Feb 02, 2016 by Christine M. Zimmer
The variables keep changing for the 2016 elections. This is a quick, overall look at the 2016 elections as they stand today. The office of Governor, currently held by Democra...

MMB to Announce February Forecast on February 26
Posted on Jan 27, 2016 by Thomas J. Hanson
Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) announced today that the February Budget and Economic Forecast will be released on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:15 am.  Minnesota is ...

State and Federal Campaign Finance Reports Due
Posted on Jan 26, 2016 by Tammera R. Diehm
All federally registered PACs and Super PACs are required to file a year-end report of receipts and expenditures no later than Sunday, January 31, 2016. The period covered by...

Reimbursement of Employee Political Contributions Could Lead to Jail Time for CEO
Posted on Jan 18, 2016 by Tammera R. Diehm
Recent charges against a Pennsylvania CEO serve as a reminder of how important it is for corporate counsel and executives to ensure that corporate funds are not being used to...

Minnesota Lobbyist Disbursement Reports – Due Friday
Posted on Jan 13, 2016 by Tammera R. Diehm
In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, each lobbyist who registers with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board must ...

State Revenues Increase
Posted on Jan 11, 2016 by Thomas J. Hanson
Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) issued an Economic Update today. This Update summarized revenue collections for November and December of 2015 and provided for a high le...

Ecklund Wins Special Election
Posted on Dec 10, 2015 by John A. Knapp
In House District 3A in Central and Northeastern Minnesota, DFLer Rob Ecklund comfortably won a special election to fill the seat vacated by the death of former Representativ...

State Releases November Revenue Collections
Posted on Dec 10, 2015 by Thomas J. Hanson
Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the November Revenue Review this morning.  Minnesota collected $1.426 billion in revenue in November which is $9 million less t...

Emily Johnson Piper Appointed As Commissioner of The Minnesota Department of Human Services
Posted on Dec 09, 2015 by David M. Aafedt
On Monday, December 7, 2015, Governor Mark Dayton appointed his Office’s General Counsel Emily Johnson Piper to take the helm of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (“...

Minnesota has Budget Surplus
Posted on Dec 04, 2015 by Thomas J. Hanson
Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) announced that the FY 16-17 budget has a $1.871 billion surplus.  The bulk of this $1.871 billion surplus comes from $682 million carrie...

DuetsBlog: Collaborations in Creativity & the Law
 
Nominative Fair Use, as Illustrated by Colorful Balls
Posted on Feb 05, 2016 by Jessica Gutierrez Alm
If you watch any amount of T.V. or happened to catch either of the AFC or NFC Championship games last weekend, you’ve probably seen one of the recent cell phone carrier ball ...

How do you like your rum?
Posted on Feb 04, 2016 by David Pabian
I don’t know what the record is for the longest time it has taken for a trademark application to clear the Trademark Office, but I’m pretty sure that Havana Club ...

Negative Look-For Advertising Statements
Posted on Feb 02, 2016 by Steve Baird
Loyal readers know how important look-for advertising can be in making the difference between establishing trademark ownership in the shape or configuration of a product, and...

The Internet of Names: CES Round-Up
Posted on Feb 01, 2016 by Duets Guest Blogger
– Laurel Sutton, Senior Strategist & Linguist at Catchword Brand Name Development CES 2016 (January 6-9, 2016) has come and gone, and, as always, offered up a rich select...

Insert Coin
Posted on Jan 29, 2016 by Brent Lorentz
Those of you who occasionally read my posts may have noticed that video games are a hobby and interest of mine.  I have posted on issues involving video games several times. ...

Does Louis Vuitton’s Loss to a Parody Defense Justify an Award of Attorney Fees?
Posted on Jan 28, 2016 by Tim Sitzmann
Earlier this month the Southern District of New York granted the defendant’s Motion for Summary in Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A. v. My Other Bag , Inc. The fashion gian...

iPhone 6, Can You Say Nominative Fair Use?
Posted on Jan 26, 2016 by Steve Baird
We cover a lot of topics related to nominative fair use of trademarks, see here, here, and here for some of those discussions. Does the example below on product packaging fro...

Self-Inflicted Cuts That Can Kill a Trademark?
Posted on Jan 25, 2016 by Steve Baird
We have some razor sharp readers and guest bloggers. We’re deeply thankful and especially grateful when our readers and guest bloggers send us real life illustrations o...

David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust teaches us about branding.
Posted on Jan 22, 2016 by Duets Guest Blogger
– Randall Hull, The Br@nd Ranch® On January 10, 2016, David Bowie “left the building” after an 18 month battle with cancer — a complete shock to many of us who were fan...

The “Poo” People Use: Who Owns Emojis
Posted on Jan 21, 2016 by Martha Engel
Emojis – those cute images you may find in a keyboard on your Android or iPhone device – have changed the way many people communicate thoughts, ideas, feelings an...

November 02, 2015
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Four Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List
The firm also ranked nationally in three practice areas.
October 29, 2015
Benchmark Litigation 2016 Recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended”
16 Attorneys also listed as “Stars”
August 17, 2015
Twenty-Five Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2016 “Best Lawyers In America” List
Jeff Ansel, Tom Hart, Jon Hoganson and John Knapp named Lawyers of the Year
July 07, 2015
Twenty-Nine Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List
The final published list represents no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state.
July 07, 2015
Fourteen Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named Rising Stars
No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list. 
June 04, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Recognized for 2014 Pro Bono Service
14 attorneys have been named “North Star Lawyers” by the Minnesota State Bar Association.
May 26, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Named to Vault’s “Top 150 Under 150” List
The national list recognizes the best law firms to work for.
May 22, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Ranks Among Leaders in Chambers USA 2015
Five attorneys and two practice areas ranked in annual directory of leading lawyers and law firms.
May 20, 2015
Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Recognized as "IP Stars" by National Publication
Seven attorneys from the IP group have been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
February 11, 2015
Dean Willer Named To BTI Client Service All-Star Team for 2015
Willer is one of only 354 lawyers from across the globe to receive this recognition.
 
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