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Jeffrey Grace Joins the Blethen Law Team

May. 21, 2014

Blethen, Gage and Krause is pleased to announce that Jeff headshot - smallJeff Grace has joined the BGK team as an Associate Attorney.   Jeff Grace joined BGK after working as an in-house trial attorney for a national insurance company.  Jeff’s practice involved insurance defense, representing both individuals and the company in all phases of litigation.  He gained significant trial experience, successfully litigating both bench and jury trials.   Jeff’s practice is focused on general litigation and insurance law.
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Julia Ketcham Corbett Reelected as Chair of GMG Board of Directors

May. 21, 2014

Julia Ketcham CorbettJulia Ketcham Corbett has been reelected to the position of Chair of the Board of Directors of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.  Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. is the area’s integrated chamber of commerce and economic development organization that supports and promotes the economic growth and vitality of its members and the regional marketplace.  Julia has been a Board Member of GMG since 2009 and has served on their Executive Committee since 2011.  This will be her second term serving as Board Chair.
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BGK Welcomes Attorney Paul R. Shneider

Oct. 29, 2013

Paul ShniderBlethen, Gage & Krause is pleased to welcome our newest associate attorney Paul Shneider.  Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a Managing Editor on the Minnesota Law Review. While in law school, Paul sought out practical experience to supplement his legal education. He completed an externship with federal Judge Richard H. Kyle and served as a certified student attorney in the Civil Practice Clinic. Paul developed expertise helping businesses and nonprofits by serving as a research assistant to corporate law Professor John H. Matheson and volunteering with LegalCORPS, which offers pro bono business law assistance. Paul also worked as a summer associate at Best & Flanagan. Before entering law school, Paul developed irreplaceable professional experience in the financial services industry where his responsibilities included insurance contract interpretation, regulation and statutory compliance, and support of  legal staff during complicated coverage reviews. These experiences shape his desire to work with Blethen Gage & Krause’s business clientele. Paul’s practice focuses on helping business and nonprofit organizations with their legal needs.  He also represents individuals and businesses with real estate transactions and issues. To transfer wealth across generations, he assists businesses with succession planning and individuals with estate planning. Welcome Paul!
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Ben McAninch Featured in Free Press Salute to Local Leadership

Aug. 14, 2013

Mankato AttorneyBGK Partner Ben McAninch was recently featured in the Free Press' "Salute To Local Leadership".  The article highlights Ben's work with Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN where he serves as Affiliate Board President.  "With Ben at the leadership helm, the Habitat ReStore is currently undergoing a large expansion project... The current HFSCMN ReStore is leading the state in sales growth and adwarded the "Best Practice Award" from Habitat MN for holding the highest sales increase in 2012."  As stated in the article, Ben is thrilled to be a large stake-holder in this important piece of Habitat history and is grateful for the opportunity to work with an organization making such a positive impact on the lives of so many Southern Minnesota families.  To read the article in its entirety click here.
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Three BGK Partners Recognized as 2013 Minnesota Rising Stars

Aug. 01, 2013

Blethen, Gage and Krause is pleased to announce that Partners Christopher Roe, Beth Serrill, and Kevin Velasquez have been selected as 2013 Minnesota Rising Stars by Minnesota Law and Politics.  This is a prestigious honor as no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in the state are named to the list.  The selection process is rigorous.  Lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. They are instructed to nominate lawyers they have personally observed in action — whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation.  In addition to the general survey, the attorney-led research team reviews the credentials of potential candidates and assigns points based on a set of defined evaluation criteria.  The point totals from the general survey and research process are then added to arrive at a final tally and those with the highest point totals are named to the Rising Stars list. Chris RoeChris Roe focuses his practice in the areas of Agricultural Law, Business Law, Real Estate, and Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Probate.  A large part of Chris’ practice is devoted to assisting individuals and businesses in the agricultural setting. Chris is a farmer himself; he and his family operate Roe Farms, a large crop/hog operation near LeRoy, MN.  He is also routinely involved in agricultural, commercial and residential real estate matters such as purchase agreements, title opinions, title insurance, closings, tax appeals and real estate disputes.He is active in the Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club and the Miracle League of North Mankato.  This is Chris' second year receiving the Rising Star designation. Beth Serrill specializes in a variety of practice areas including Employment Law, Beth SerrillFamily Law, Personal Injury, and Education Law.  She represents companies in all areas of employment law including unemployment, discrimination and general liability issues.She is active in Minnesota Women Lawyers, the YWCA, March of Dimes, SMILES, the United Way and also serves on the Board of Directors of The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota.  Beth has also done numerous speaking engagements including those for the YWCA, the Jeanne Thorne Employment Seminar, and the SMAHRA Employment Law Seminar.  This is Beth's second year receiving the Rising Star designation. Mankato attorneyKevin Velasquez has extensive experience litigating a wide range of civil matters in areas such as employment law, family law, insurance disputes, auto accidents and general business disputes.  Kevin has represented clients in Minnesota District Courts, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court in Minnesota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Department of Labor, the Department of Agriculture and in various forms of alternative dispute resolution.   Kevin is active in the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Greater Mankato Growth Young Professionals.    Additionally, Kevin has worked hard to give back to the region through his extensive involvement in community organizations such as the Mankato YMCA Board of Directors, the United Way Community Impact Committee (Chair), Mankato Sertoma Club, and the Mankato Diversity Council.  Kevin was also named an Up and Coming Attorney for 2013 by Minnesota Lawyer. To contact Chris, Beth, Kevin or any of our attorneys please call 507-345-1166.
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Jim Turk Selected as 2013 Super Lawyer in ADR

Aug. 01, 2013

Jim Turk SL-logo-270x65     Once again, Blethen, Gage and Krause would like to congratulate Jim Turk on being named as a Minnesota Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  Jim’s experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution means he is often called upon by other attorneys to serve as a mediator or arbitrator to resolve personal injury, construction, commercial and estate disputes. This is the 10th consecutive year that Jim has been selected for this prestigious rating. Jim is also certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Because of his many years of experience, Jim has also been selected as a Minnesota Leading Attorney in the area of Personal Injury Law and Commercial Litigation.
To contact Jim Turk or another member of our team, please call 507.345.1166
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Blethen, Gage & Krause Announces New Partner

Jan. 03, 2013

  Mankato attorney Blethen, Gage and Krause is pleased to announce Kevin Velasquez as their newest partner.  Kevin has extensive experience litigating a wide range of civil matters in areas such as employment law, family law, insurance disputes, auto accidents and general business disputes. Kevin has represented clients in Minnesota District Courts, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court in Minnesota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Department of Labor, the Department of Agriculture and in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. Kevin also counsels employers on a variety of employment matters, including issues involving harassment, discrimination, wrongful discharge, sick and disability leave, wage and hour compliance, unemployment insurance, noncompetes and contract disputes.
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Julia Ketcham Corbett featured in Twin Cities Business Magazine

Oct. 02, 2012

The article "Doing Business the Mankato Way" in the October issue of Twin Cities Business Magazine feaures Julia Ketcham Corbett, one of Blethen, Gage and Krause's managing partners.  The article focuses on the growth of Mankato, the vitality of its business community and the community's quality of life and livibility.  "When Julia Ketcham Corbett graduated from Hamline University Law School in St. Paul, Blethen Gage & Krause in Mankato offered her a job. She eagerly accepted it, thinking she would spend a few years with the law firm and eventually make her way back to the Twin Cities. That was 18 years ago, and all thoughts of leaving Mankato have long since disappeared. Today, Ketcham Corbett is a managing partner in the 116-year-old general practice law firm that has 14 lawyers on staff. “I fell in love with the community and the job,” she says. “I have great work-life balance here. It’s a growing community, which is good for our business, but I can still go to the grocery store and run into someone I know. It’s a safe community, where you know who your kids are going to school with. The cost of living and salaries are competitive, and it’s a beautiful area.”   Click here to read the full article.
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James Turk Selected as a Minnesota Super Lawyer in ADR

Jul. 26, 2012

Blethen, Gage and Krause would like to congratulate Jim Turk on being named as a Minnesota Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Super Lawyers selects attorneys for this honor using a rigorous, multistage process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research.  Jim's experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution means he is often called upon by other attorneys to serve as a mediator or arbitrator to resolve personal injury, construction, commercial and estate disputes. Jim is also certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Because of his many years of experience, Jim has also been selected as a Minnesota Leading Attorney in the area of Personal Injury Law and Commercial Litigation. To contact Jim Turk or another member of our team, please call 507.345.1166
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Julia Ketcham Corbett Elected Vice Chair of GMG Board of Directors

May. 18, 2012

Julia Ketcham Corbett has been elected Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.  Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. is the area’s integrated chamber of commerce and economic development organization that supports and promotes the economic growth and vitality of its members and the regional marketplace.  Julia has been a Board Member of GMG since 2009 and has served on their Executive Committee since 2011.
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