Briggs Welcomes Six Attorneys

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March 7, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Briggs and Morgan is pleased to welcome shareholders Stacey Drentlaw, James Jorissen, Patrick Lindmark, Ernest Peake and associates B. Tyler Philippi and Paul Shapiro to the firm. These attorneys bring dynamic practices in construction, real estate development, railroad, complex litigation, creditor’s rights, and ERISA. Their extensive, combined experience in these areas deepens the firm’s strength and ability to deliver the solutions clients demand.

“This group’s move to Briggs demonstrates the firm’s commitment to being the best upper middle market firm in the country, and that Briggs is the destination for lawyers who want to practice on a platform built for understanding our clients’ businesses better than any firm in our space,” stated Justin Weinberg, Briggs shareholder and board of directors and executive committee member. “While we are proud of our 136 years, our focus is on the future.”

Stacey Drentlaw is a member of the Briggs Business Litigation section. Her practice focuses on representing clients involved in complex commercial litigation, railroad litigation, and construction litigation. She also provides regulatory compliance counseling to her clients. Drentlaw has represented multi-employer benefits funds, railroads, rail equipment manufacturers and owners, pharmaceutical companies, and correspondent lenders and banks in numerous state and federal courts throughout the United States.

James Jorissen is a member of the Briggs Finance and Restructuring section. He practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation and bankruptcy. His experience includes representation of financial institutions, corporations, hedge funds, equipment lessors, indenture trustees, receivers, bankruptcy trustees, creditor committees, government regulators, institutional debt and equity holders and corporate directors and officers in a variety of business, commercial, corporate and contractual disputes.

Patrick Lindmark is a member of the Briggs Real Estate section. His practice focuses on providing legal representation to numerous large and small commercial and residential construction contractors, real estate developers, and finance companies. Lindmark’s construction and development experience includes nearly every facet and phase of the process including contract drafting, labor and employment disputes, insurance and bonding, and contract administration.

Ernest (Ernie) Peake is a member of the Briggs Real Estate section. He focuses his practice in the areas of civil litigation, construction, real estate and corporate law. He provides legal representation to numerous large and small construction contractors, real estate developers, finance companies and multi-employer benefit plans. As general counsel to all types of businesses, he manages a team of accomplished lawyers who provide legal services tailored to meet client needs.

B. Tyler Philippi is a member of the Briggs Employment, Benefits and Labor section. He focuses his practice on providing advice related to qualified retirement plans, group health plans, and other benefits provided to employees under multiemployer and single-employer plans. He works with clients to address their compliance with a variety of federal laws and regulatory requirements, including ERISA, Internal Revenue Code, Taft-Hartley, PPACA, HIPAA and COBRA.

Paul Shapiro is a member of the Briggs Employment, Benefits and Labor section. His practice focuses on counseling multi-employer plans and their trustees on compliance with a variety of federal laws, including ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, and the Internal Revenue Code. He also drafts and negotiates the terms of investment agreements and various service-providers agreements.

About Briggs and Morgan
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