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Blethen Law voted Best Law Firm in Mankato

Jul. 23, 2015

Best of 2015 - Mankato MagazineBlethen Gage & Krause is excited to announce that they have been selected by Mankato Magazine as Mankato's #1 law firm.  The people of Mankato and surrounding communities vote to determine who will be selected for this prestigious recognition.  We are truly honored to receive this award for best law firm in Mankato and wish to thank our clients and business partners for this acknowledgement.  We are proud to be part of this vibrant community.  Click here to read the "Best of" issue of Mankato Magazine. 

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Julia Corbett Honored as GMG Outgoing Board Chair

Mar. 23, 2015

Julia Ketcham Corbett - GMGAt the GMG Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 12th, Blethen, Gage and Krause Partner Julia Corbett was honored for her two years of dedicated service as the GMG Board Chair.  Julia shared her experiences working with Jonathan Zierdt and the rest of the GMG staff and Board of Directors and stating that she was truly honored to work with such a fantastic group of people.  Julia was reelected to continue to serve on the GMG Board of Directors for another 3 years.

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Kevin Velasquez – 2014 GMG Young Professional of the Year

Nov. 28, 2014

15256779723_265ca02853_o 15688847138_40a65bce35_z           Blethen, Gage & Krause is honored to announce that Kevin Velasquez has been selected by the Greater Mankato Growth Young Professionals as the 2014 Young Professional of the Year.    This honor is awarded to an individual with a demonstrated commitment to the greater Mankato area through civic and business involvement, especially during the past year.  Recipients of this award have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the community through involvement with local organizations that elevate both the overall quality of life in in the Mankato area and Mankato's ability to attract and retain young talent.  Congratulations on this prestigious honor Kevin!! Kevin has always set himself apart from others through his professional and community involvement, commitment and exemplary performance.  After Kevin graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa, College of Law in 2007, he quickly became  involved in numerous professional associations.  He has served as the President of the  Minnesota State Bar Association Sixth District (serving as Sixth District President in 2012), and has been active in the Federal Bar Association, the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Greater Mankato Growth Young Professionals.   Kevin has volunteered time for the Federal Bar Association Pro Se Project, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, and LegalCorps, helping low-income individuals with their legal needs. Additionally, Kevin has worked hard to give back to the region through his extensive involvement in community organizations.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Mankato YWCA for the last five years.  He is currently the chair of the Mankato United Way's Enhancing the Lives of People with Disabilities Community Impact Team.  He is actively involved in the Mankato Sertoma Club, a local service organization with a primary mission of improving life for those affected by hearing loss, serving as the organization's President.   Kevin has also been involved with the Mankato Diversity Council as a classroom facilitator.  As a classroom facilitator, Kevin goes into the local schools to present a lesson to the students, from kindergarteners to seniors in high school, on various topics related to diversity, respect, and acceptance.

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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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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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Blethen Gage & Krause Named One of Minnesota’s Top 100 Law Firms

Nov. 09, 2011

Blethen Gage & Krause, PLLP is proud to announce it has been named by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine as one of Minnesota's "Top 100 Law Firms" for 2011. Since 1896, Blethen, Gage & Krause has grown from a Mankato sole proprietorship to a community-devoted practice with broadly reaching influence. The firm continues to be one of the oldest and largest practices in the area, but today we serve clients throughout Minnesota and surrounding states. From attentive personal service to resourceful legal strategies, each client, large or small, benefits from our resources, knowledge and commitment to their legal needs.
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