Briggs and Morgan Elects New Shareholders

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September 1, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Briggs and Morgan announces the election of three new shareholders: Leah Boomsma, Maren Grier and Ben Gurstelle. All were associates with the firm.

Leah Boomsma is a member of the Business Litigation section with experience in e-discovery and transportation-related litigation, including matters involving railroads and motor carriers. Prior to practicing law, Boomsma worked for a premier electronic medical records (EMR) provider and has in-depth technical knowledge and experience with EMR systems. In addition to her practices, she serves as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, teaching transactions and settlements. Since 2011, Boomsma has also taught the Academic Preparation Workshop and Deals and Dispute Resolution.

Maren Grier is a member of the Business Litigation section and practices principally in the areas of general commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and land use planning and zoning litigation. In her insurance coverage practice, Grier assists in advising and advocating for corporate policyholders on a wide range of coverage issues. Her experience includes assisting in policy review and negotiation, insurance coverage analysis and recovery, and insurance coverage litigation. Her land use planning and zoning litigation experience ranges from assisting in various administrative and regulatory proceedings, to vigorously litigating all manner of land use, zoning, and environmental disputes. Grier also represents a broad range of individual and corporate clients in all manners of business and commercial disputes, including general contract disputes, employment and non-compete claims, ERISA claims, securities litigation, property damage disputes and appellate practice.

Ben Gurstelle is a member of the Business Litigation section and the Bankruptcy/Creditors Rights practice group. He practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and financial restructuring, real estate and construction litigation, financial services litigation, and trust and estate disputes and litigation. Gurstelle represents debtors and creditors in all aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, and regularly represents secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, including lien-stripping actions, relief from stay motions, claims issues and debt reaffirmation. He also represents mortgage banking and financial institution clients in state and federal courts on a variety of commercial and consumer finance actions, including cases involving complex mortgage buyback disputes, TILA, RESPA, FDCPA, FCRA, federal and state consumer protection laws, and commercial and residential foreclosure statutes. Gurstelle has significant experience representing trustees and individuals in litigation related to trust and estate asset disposition, including cases involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity, fraud, breach of trust and breach of contract.

In addition, lateral attorneys Kristine Boylan, Greg Brenny, Kristin Stastny and Justin Weinberg were promoted to Class A shareholder status. 

Kristine Boylan is a member of the Intellectual Property group. She handles the procurement and protection of rights, with an emphasis on the commercial component of intellectual property. For more than 15 years, she has appeared in courts and before ADR tribunals (administering mediations and arbitrations) to enforce and defend her clients' interests. Boylan is a qualified neutral under Minnesota Practice Rule 114, and an appointed neutral on the International Trademark Association, Panel of Neutrals. She also speaks and writes on emerging intellectual property issues, and is active in associations that serve intellectual property owners' interests.

Greg Brenny is a member of the Financial Institutions and Real Estate section and a Certified Real Property Specialist. He advises developers, owners, landlords, tenants, contractors and lenders in the purchase, sale, leasing, development and financing of commercial real estate locally and across the nation. He has significant retail leasing and development experience and also represents commercial banks and other lenders in real estate loan transactions. Brenny has directed, coordinated and completed complex multi-transaction commercial real estate projects. He has the experience to navigate projects from the initial purchase of property through the construction, leasing and sale of the project. He has also  assembled multiple parcels of land for redevelopment and expansion.

Kristin Stastny is a member of the Energy section and focuses her practice on advising gas and electric utilities in rate case and other regulatory proceedings and regularly represents utility clients in contested case proceedings. Her work has included environmental due diligence for utility asset acquisitions; representing utilities in rate case proceedings before the Office of Administrative Hearings and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission; obtaining approval for property acquisitions, affiliated interest and other regulatory approvals from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission; and counseling clients on various regulatory compliance, permitting and risk management issues related to federal and state environmental, energy, health and safety regulation.

Justin Weinberg is a member of the Financial Institutions and Real Estate section and assists a wide range of clients with both transactional and litigation needs. As a litigator, he has represented clients in state and federal district court, state and federal appellate court and in arbitration. Weinberg’s construction and development practice includes document drafting, litigation, mechanic's lien, development agreements and acquisition, leasing, sale of real estate and general counsel before, during and after projects. He also represents banks and institutional lenders in all aspects of financial transactions, including the structuring, negotiating and documenting of real estate and asset-based loan transactions. Additionally, he has represented a number of clients in workouts, lender liability litigation and mortgage foreclosures.

About Briggs and Morgan
Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, is a trusted name in business law and litigation services. With offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, the firm’s attorneys are committed to providing superior client service and sound legal counsel to clients nationwide. Briggs and Morgan ranks among The NLJ 500 as one of the nation’s largest firms and has received numerous accolades, including recognition by Corporate Counsel and top clients as a Go-To Law Firm® in the areas of Torts Litigation, Securities and Labor and Employment. The firm and its attorneys have also been selected for publication in The Best Lawyers in America© and Chambers USA. For more information, visit