Briggs and Morgan Promotes Six to Shareholder

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September 15, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (Sept. 15, 2014) – Briggs and Morgan, P.A. announces the election of six new shareholders: Nathan Buller, Sarah Edstrom Smith, Scott Flaherty, Zev Simpser, Dan Supalla and Michael Wilhelm. The six were formerly associates with the firm.

Nathan Buller is a member of the Financial Institutions and Real Estate Section. Mr. Buller's experience includes structuring, negotiating and documenting various transactions, including private equity investments, joint ventures, mezzanine and other debt financings, acquisitions and divestitures, restructurings, real estate transactions and other commercial transactions. He also advises franchisors and franchisees with respect to various franchise matters, including franchise disclosure and registration. Mr. Buller received his B.S. from South Dakota State University in 2003, his M.B.A. from University of South Dakota in 2006 and his J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2006. Prior to joining Briggs, Mr. Buller clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Wollman for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

Sarah Edstrom Smith is a member of the Financial Institutions and Real Estate Section. Ms. Edstrom Smith concentrates a significant portion of her practice on representing corporate and individual clients in all types of real estate acquisition, financing, developing, leasing and sale transactions, including residential and mixed use condominium developments. She assists these clients with all aspects of a transaction, from addressing title and survey issues, and securing financing before, during and following construction, to handling development and land use issues. Ms. Edstrom Smith received her B.A. from Hamline University, summa cum laude, in 2004 and her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, summa cum laude, in 2007.

Scott Flaherty is a member of the Intellectual Property Section. Mr. Flaherty defends and enforces clients’ patent, trademark, copyright and trade-secret rights. He also represents clients accused of or investigated for fraud, computer crimes, mortgage fraud, Medicaid fraud, data theft and criminal RICO violations. Mr. Flaherty works with clients to analyze data breaches and counsel post-breach remedial efforts; assess and revise document-retention policies and strategies to ensure compliance with state and federal law; advise clients regarding Internet-based attacks; assess and implement cloud-computing policies; draft contractual protections for client data and consumer data; and audit security weaknesses in client systems. He received his B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, With Distinction. Prior to joining Briggs, Mr. Flaherty clerked for the Honorable Kevin G. Ross for the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Zev Simpser is a member of the Energy Law Section. Mr. Simpser has a diversified energy law practice which includes counseling clients in compliance matters, electricity sale and purchase transactions, asset transfers, generator interconnection matters and representing clients in regulatory proceedings. He received his B.A. from Middlebury College in 2000 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007.

Dan Supalla is a member of the Financial Markets and Appellate practice groups. Mr. Supalla primarily represents broker-dealers and registered representatives in FINRA arbitrations with customers and other industry members, as well as in FINRA examinations and enforcement matters. Mr. Supalla’s active appellate practice includes representing business clients and individuals before state and federal appellate courts. He also handles several pro bono matters with the Minnesota State Appellate Public Defender’s Office and with the Advocates for Human Rights. Mr. Supalla received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota, magna cum laude, in 2003 and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, magna cum laude, in 2006.

Michael Wilhelm is a member of the Employment, Benefits and Labor Section. Mr. Wilhelm practices primarily in the areas of employment litigation and counseling. He has extensive experience advising and representing clients in federal and state courts in all aspects of employment law, including individual and collective claims involving discrimination, harassment, accommodation of disabilities, wage and hour matters, whistleblower/retaliation claims and enforcement of non-compete agreements. Mr. Wilhelm received his B.A. from Augsburg College, summa cum laude, in 2004 and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, With Distinction, in 2007.

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 350 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 litigation, corporate transactions, corporate governance, and labor and employment. The firm and its attorneys have also been selected for publication in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA