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Professional Note Nicholas J. Monson 3/13/2014  
Nicholas Monson has joined the law firm of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, LLP as an associate attorney in the Corporate Finance & Transactions practice group.
Professional Note Muakum J. Sherman 1/15/2014  
Public Reprimand was issued to Sherman on Febuary 15th, 2006. There is disciplinary action pending against him for a current transgression.
Professional Note Gary L. Hansen 12/11/2013  
Gary Hansen is serving his second term on the Eagan City Council. He is completing his second year as chair of the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and also chairs the Suburban Transit Association. He is active in the Minnesota State Bar Association as a member of the Assembly and the Governance Committee. He is a risk management professional at AgriBank, FCB in St. Paul and a commerical arbitrator.
Professional Note Christopher W. Bowman 12/6/2013  
Joined the law firm of Yaeger, Jungbauer & Barczak, PLC as an associate. Practicing railroad law and focusing on dispositive motion and appellate practice.
Professional Note Jennifer J. Roben 9/23/2013  
After nearly 10 years of practicing exclusively in family law, JENNIFER J. ROBEN has opened her own family law firm, Roben Law, PLLC. Her firm provides a full range of family law services, including divorce, paternity, custody, post-decree matters, appeals, and adoption. Her firm also provides estate planning and probate litigation services.
Professional Note James K. Martin 9/12/2013  
Jim Martin began practicing employment and labor law in 1989 where he has focused on all areas of employment and labor law including, but not limited to, employment contracts, collective bargaining, administration of collective bargaining agreements, employee handbooks, wage and hour law, discrimination, unemployment compensation, employee discipline, unfair labor practices, grievance arbitration, covenants not to compete, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, the Minnesota Teacher Continuing Contract Statute and the Minnesota Veterans' Preference Act. In addition, Jim serves as a hearing officer in termination cases under the Veterans' Preference Act and student expulsion matters under the Minnesota Pupil Fair Dismissal Act. Jim also acts as a neutral who conducts investigations of employee misconduct.

Jim has extensive experience in public sector employment and labor law gained through his seven years as Executive Director of Human Resources with the Bloomington, MN, Public Schools and five years as Director of Human Resources with the St. Louis Park, MN, Public Schools. Prior to his work in the schools, Jim spent five years representing public and private sector clients on a wide range of employment and labor law issues with a large Twin Cities firm. Jim was awarded his Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law where he was a staff member of the William Mitchell Law Review. Jim earned his MS in Industrial Relations from Purdue University and his BA in Psychology from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO.

Jim has presented to numerous organizations a wide variety of employment law topics such as hiring practices, employee discipline, properly conducting investigations of employee misconduct, employee off duty conduct, employee v. independent contractor, wage and hour law, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, language in collective bargaining agreements duties and obligations of an organization's board of directors and joint powers agreements between government entities. Jim is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota for more than a decade where he has been teaching a class on school human resources administration to licensed teachers who are seeking administrative licensure.
Professional Note Angela M. Veldhuizen 9/12/2013  
Angie Veldhuizen, Class of 2008, joined SilverOak Wealth Management LLC in Edina, Minnesota, as a Financial Planning and Tax Specialist. SilverOak Wealth Management is a fee-only independent wealth management firm and Registered Investment Advisor (RIA).
Professional Note Nancy N. Quan 8/28/2013  
Discus Dental, Inc.
8550 Higuera Street
Culver, CA 90233
Phone: (310) 845-8501
Personal Note Erica L. Roettger 8/27/2013  
Erica L. (Thompson) Roettger and her husband, Philip, welcomed their fifth child, Ryan Philip Roettger, on July 10, 2013! Ryan joins siblings Luke (8), Amelia (6), Samuel (4), and Benjamin (2). The happy family lives in Landisville, Pennsylvania.
Professional Note Michelle L. Fischbach 6/21/2013  
2013-2014 Biennium, Eighty-Eighth Legislature
Senator Michelle L. Fischbach (R) District 13

Capitol Office
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
State Office Building, Room 15
St. Paul, MN 55155-1206
(651) 296-2084

District 13 Demographic Details after redistricting are not yet available
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Professional Note Matthew Z. Kirkpatrick 6/21/2013  
Matthew Kirkpatrick joined the law firm of Springer & Gumbel, P.A. in Preston, Minnesota. Matthew will be specializing in criminal prosecution, family law, and general litigation, as well as being involved with general practice work.
Professional Note Louis L. Ainsworth 6/12/2013  
Ainsworth to lead Mitchell's Center for Law and Business
William Mitchell College of Law is proud to announce Louis L. Ainsworth '77 as the college's new director for the Center for Law and Business. Ainsworth, who will also serve as a visiting professor of law, succeeds Jan Olsten '74, who helped found the center and served as its first executive director.

From 1997 to 2010 Ainsworth was senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Pentair, where he was responsible for all legal services provided to the company and its worldwide affiliates. As counsel for Faegre Baker Daniels since 2010, he focuses on corporate governance, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and antitrust counseling. He has taught business-related courses at Mitchell as an adjunct professor for two years and will continue to teach business and business law courses at the school.

Now beginning its third full year, the Center for Law and Business is a one-of-a-kind program that gives Mitchell students even more essential tools as they prepare for a career in law, business, or both. The center offers courses with a non-law business curriculum, along with traditional business law courses.

Through the center, students can now earn a Certificate in Law and Business, which is unique to Mitchell. The certificate program supplements the law school's practical, skills-based legal education and focuses on the fundamentals of accounting and finance, business strategies and planning, taxation, risk management, branding and marketing, and intellectual property.

This entry was posted in Faculty News, News, Top Feature on June 12, 2013.
Professional Note Connie I. Armstrong 6/12/2013  
Connie Armstrong (06'), an attorney at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. and the Inspector General for the 148th Fighter Wing (Minnesota Air National Guard) in Duluth, MN has been promoted to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel.

Professional Note John M. Knippel 5/20/2013  
Kip M. Knippel joined executive search firm, Hirenomics, as a partner and Executive Vice President. Hirenomics is a Minneapolis based executive search firm focused on local and national searches in the Financial Services, Healthcare/Medtech, and Consumer Goods and Services industries. Within those industries, Kip focuses his practice on executive search in legal, compliance, risk management and the C-Suite.
Professional Note Aaron D. Hall 5/3/2013  
Aaron Hall '07 and Steven Cerny '09 announced that their law firm, Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Dooley, was named 100 Best Companies to Work For (2013) by Minnesota Business magazine. Thompson Hall is comprised of six business attorneys and a total of 12 staff. Thompson Hall represents business owners and their companies in contracts, employment law, intellectual property, tax, real estate, and litigation. The press release from Minnesota Business is available at
Professional Note Christine L. Eid 5/1/2013  
Christine L. Eid, Class of 2008, started Eid Law, PLLC. Eid Law focuses on business law and estate planning. Eid Law is located in the Flour Exchange Building in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Professional Note Heather J. Diersen 2/6/2013  
Heather Diersen '08 is a litigator for the Law Office of Brian Meeker, counsel to the State Auto Insurance Companies, located in Minneapolis, MN, with her practice focusing on insurance defense for business, property, and automobile policies. Diersen did not relocate to Ohio, as mistakenly reported in our last issue of Mitchell Law.
Personal Note Jill A. Liska 1/29/2013  
Jill Liska ('03), her husband, Michael Palet, and their son, Everett, welcomed a new baby boy, Easton, to their family in November 2012.
Professional Note Jill A. Liska 1/29/2013  
Jill Liska ('03) is now Vice President, Senior Counsel, and Director of Legal Services at the international engineering firm, Sargent & Lundy, L.L.C. based in Chicago.
Professional Note Aaron D. Hall 1/28/2013  
Aaron Hall '07 and Steven Cerny '09 announced that their law firm, Twin Cities Law Firm LLC, has a new name: Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Dooley. New website: The firm continues to represent business owners and their companies in complex contracts, employment law, intellectual property, and tax audits-along with litigation involving these areas.
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