Briggs and Morgan Elects Five New Shareholders

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October 23, 2013

Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association announces the election of five new shareholders: Ellen Brinkman, Matt Brodin, Nate Buller, Joe Currier, and Doug Ujdur.

Ellen Brinkman is a member of the firm’s Employment, Benefits and Labor Section and focuses her practice on defending employers in federal and state litigation matters involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and various other federal and state employment statutes. She regularly counsels employers on a wide range of workplace issues, including hiring, promotion, disability accommodation, compliance with wage-and-hour and leave laws, discipline and termination. She assists clients in drafting executive contracts, non-compete, and other agreements, and frequently represents employers and employees in non-compete disputes. Brinkman received her B.A. cum laude in political science from St. Olaf College and her law degree magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. She joined Briggs in 2006.

Matt Brodin is a member of Briggs and Morgan’s Business Litigation Section and advises in commercial disputes, employment matters, shareholder disputes, general business litigation, transportation litigation and collective bargaining. He represents clients ranging from small business owners to large businesses in disputes involving toxic torts, regulatory compliance, complex contracts, intellectual property, non-compete agreements, fraud, discrimination and other employment matters. He received a B.S. in finance and international business from the University of Colorado and received his law degree magna cum laudefrom the University of Minnesota Law School, where he traveled abroad to the Netherlands to study international law in the master’s program at Tilburg University. Brodin joined Briggs in 2006.

Nate Buller is a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions and Real Estate Section and focuses primarily in the areas of capital formation (including debt and equity financing), joint ventures, business acquisitions and dispositions, and franchising. His experience includes structuring, negotiating and documenting a wide variety of transactions, including private equity investments, mezzanine and other debt financings, purchase and sale agreements, and franchise agreements. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Buller received a B.S. in business economics from South Dakota State University and an M.B.A. from the University of South Dakota. He obtained his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law, where he was a Sterling Honor graduate. He joined Briggs in 2007.   

Joe Currier is a member of the firm’s Business Law Section. He has represented companies in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions in all forms of transactions structures with values up to $300 million. Currier also handles general corporate matters for his clients, ranging from contract negotiation; buy/sell agreements; formation of corporate entities; joint venture agreements; corporate governance; supply and distribution agreements; and license agreements. His broad range of experience in banking, real estate, construction and arbitration matters provides additional value to his clients. Currier has represented clients in loan financings; loan workouts; foreclosures; purchase and sale of real estate; real estate leasing matters; negotiation of construction contracts; and AAA and ICC arbitrations. He has worked with clients in their international expansion in Europe and appeared in Netherlands court and arbitration matters in Geneva, Switzerland. Currier received his B.A. in businessmagna cum laude from Concordia College and his law degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. He joined Briggs in 2007.

Doug Ujdur is a member of the firm’s Business Law Section, where he represents private equity and mezzanine finance groups, large public and private corporations, and small businesses in a variety of industries, including medical device, healthcare, technology, banking, and industrial goods. Since joining the firm, Ujdur has advised clients on both the buy-side and sell-side of more than 75 M&A transactions with transaction values ranging up to $250 million. In addition to his M&A practice, Ujdur advises companies on general commercial and strategic matters and also works on the team of lawyers supporting the firm's professional sports clients in various matters, including stadium projects and league, finance and commercial matters. Ujdur was recognized as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer in 2012 and named a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2013. Ujdur received his B.B.A. with high distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he concentrated in the areas of corporate strategy/international business and finance. He graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a member of Minnesota Law Review. Ujdur joined Briggs in 2006.