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Stephanie Maser Named Shareholder

Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone is pleased to announce that Stephanie Maser has become a Shareholder with the firm.  Maser practices in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the areas retail premises liability, professional liability including litigation and licensure matters, utilities, product liability, cemetery and mortuary law, subrogation, motor vehicle defense and general civil litigation.  Maser earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law. To learn more about Stephanie Maser, please visit her attorney profile at https://cvmmlaw.com/attorneys/maser-stephanie-n/.

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Shareholders Christopher Malone and Rachel Beauchamp Present at Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook Annual MN CLE

On June 1, 2022, Shareholders Christopher Malone and Rachel Beauchamp presented before approximately 25 live and 122 on-line attendees at the annual Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook Continuing Legal Education conference.   Chris and Rachel presented on their favorite topic, Commercial Trucking Defense, including immediate accident response and investigation, key data relevant to accidents and defenses, and recent changes to no-fault indemnity claims regarding pickup trucks .  As a highlight, Judge Thomas Gilligan, speaking at the CLE, stated that he kept a copy of the Minnesota Motor Vehicle Deskbook next to his desk when he was in private practice; and continues  … Read more

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CVMM CONGRATULATES SHAREHOLDER CHRISTOPHER MALONE ON A DIRECTED VERDICT AFTER A FOUR-DAY JURY TRIAL

Shareholder Christopher Malone was proud to defend Muska Plumbing from claims that it was negligent with regards to the safety of its employee, Plaintiff Kane Knutson, while working at Hawkins Chemical.  After testimony from many fact witnesses and two expert witnesses, the judge ruled that Muska was not negligent as a matter of law because Hawkins Chemical had the sole ability to control the worksite and warn of any potential hazards.  The jury proceeded to find liability against Hawkins Chemical and awarded over $2.2 million for Kane Knutson’s personal injuries.  It was a pleasure to assist our client through the  … Read more

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CVMM CONGRATULATES SHAREHOLDER MEAGHAN BRYAN AND ATTORNEY PETER LINDBERG FOR SECURING OFFICIAL IMMUNITY FOR THE STATE OF MINNESOTA FOLLOWING A 4-DAY JURY TRIAL

Shareholder Meaghan Bryan and attorney Peter Lindberg were proud to defend a former Minnesota State Patrol Trooper who was involved in a motor vehicle accident when he entered an intersection against a red light and collided with another vehicle, allegedly causing the death of one of the vehicle’s occupants.  Before trial, Bryan filed a motion for summary judgment on official immunity grounds, which was denied because there was a factual dispute over whether the Trooper sounded his siren prior to entering the intersection.  The matter proceeded to a jury trial in Ramsey County, and, after testimony from many fact witnesses and  … Read more

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Shareholder Jessica J. Theisen achieves successful outcome for her client after a three-day jury trial.

Shareholder Jessica J. Theisen was pleased to achieve a successful outcome for her client after a three-day jury trial in Hennepin County, MN. This personal injury trial arose out of a motor vehicle accident between a SUV and straight truck.  Both liability and damages were at issue. After testimony from several fact witnesses and four expert witnesses, the jury found each party 50% at fault. The jury also declined to award Plaintiff all her claimed past medical expenses and significantly less future medical expenses and past and future pain and suffering than she requested at trial.  Although the jury awarded  … Read more

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CVMM CONGRATULATES ASSOCIATE ALEX KLEIN ON HIS PRESENTATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS SCHOOL OF LAW’S JOURNAL SYMPOSIUM ON PRISONER RIGHTS

On April 22, 2022, Associate Alex Klein was honored to be a presenter at the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Law Journal Symposium on Prisoner Rights and Prison Condition Litigation. Klein and his co-presenter Claire Kueffner spoke regarding their experience representing a transgender woman in her appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding her Federal Tort Claims Act claim against the US Government for a sexual assault she suffered while in confinement at USP-Tucson.  You can view Klein’s presentation beginning at the 2:31:00 mark on YouTube here:   

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Rachel Beauchamp and Stephanie Maser Attend MDLA Mid-Winter Conference

Shareholder and MDLA Board Member Rachel Beauchamp and Associate Stephanie Maser recently attended the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association’s Mid-Winter Conference.  This conference was focused on understanding and strengthening the relationship between litigation attorneys and in-house attorneys and/or claims adjusters; and, on increasing diversity and opportunity within defense law firms in Minnesota.  Families were welcome, and Rachel and Stephanie’s daughters brought extra joy to the evening festivities.

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CVMM CONGRATULATES SHAREHOLDERS MICHAEL BARRETT AND MEAGHAN BRYAN ON A DEFENSE VERDICT FOLLOWING A 6-DAY JURY TRIAL

Shareholders Michael Barrett and Meaghan Bryan were proud to defend a family owned business and property owner from claims that it was negligent and in breach of its lease agreement with a commercial tenant, when a roof replacement project that was negligently performed by a roofing contractor resulted in flooding and property damage to the leased premises.   After testimony from many fact witnesses and three expert witnesses, the jury found that our client had no fault with regards to the Plaintiff/commercial tenant’s damages.  It was a pleasure to assist our client through the defense of this stressful case and we were very happy they  … Read more

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CVMM Congratulates Shareholders Michael Barrett and Rachel Beauchamp on a defense verdict after a three-day jury trial

Shareholders Barrett and Beauchamp were proud to defend a family owned business from claims that it was negligent with regards to the sales and servicing of equipment which the plaintiff claimed had malfunctioned and partially amputated her finger.  After testimony from many fact witnesses and three expert witnesses, the jury found our client had no fault with regards to the Plaintiff’s accident and resulting injury.  It was a pleasure to assist our client through the defense of this stressful case and we were very happy they received the peace of mind that comes from a jury agreeing that our client  … Read more

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CVMM Lawyers Recognized in 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in America ©

Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone is proud to announce that four of our attorneys have been recognized in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ©. Congratulations to Michael C. Lindberg (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants), Christopher P. Malone (Litigation – Insurance and Transportation Law), Susan D. Thurmer (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Railroad Law) and Peter G. Van Bergen (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants). Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their process captures, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical  … Read more

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CVMM Attorneys Included on 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers List

Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone is proud to announce that Peter G. Van Bergen, Christopher P. Malone, Jessica J. Theisen, Meaghan C. Bryan, Tamara L. Novotny, Michael C. Lindberg and Susan D. Thurmer have been selected for inclusion on the 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyer list. We are also proud to announce that Peter M. Lindberg has been selected as a 2021 Minnesota Rising Star. Each year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys from all firm sizes using a detailed selection process that includes peer nominations, independent research and peer evaluations. The list of Super Lawyers is published as a special section  … Read more

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Attorney Michael D. Sharkey – Cemetery & Mortuary Law Specialist

In addition to his standard practice of automobile and premises liability cases, Shareholder Michael Sharkey works in the unique field of mortuary law.  While some people see this is as a grim and morbid area of law, Sharkey practices it as a labor of love, helping individuals address their greatest losses with respect and care.  In a recent case, Sharkey helped a family exhume a casket that was buried in 1968.  At that time, the deceased and his wife were in a terrible car crash; he was buried alone in a single plot while his wife was in a coma  … Read more

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Attorney Fleming Prevails on Fair Campaign Practices Act Claim

Attorney Kimberly Fleming successfully represented a former Minnesota mayor who brought a Fair Campaign Practices Act violation petition to the Office of Administrative Hearings related to the November 2016 election.  Ms. Fleming prevailed on the matter before the 3-panel court which found for her client, held there was a violation, and issued a penalty against the party charged.

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Michael D. Sharkey Has Article, “Grave Matters: The Law and Practice of Disinterment, Reinterment, and Exhumation in Minnesota” featured in Bench & Bar Minnesota

The May/June 2017 issue of Bench & Bar Minnesota magazine features an article by Michael D. Sharkely titled “Grave Matters: The Law and Practice of Disinterment, Reinterment, and Exhumation in Minnesota”. In the article, Sharkey discusses the serious business of meeting the emotional, religious, and legal, requirements involved in moving human remains.  Sharkey provides some basic history, the applicable laws, and the reasons why such movement may be necessary.  He also describes the human aspect of this work, including the satisfaction that can be given to a family member in having their loved one properly buried in a family or otherwise meaningful plot at long  … Read more

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Rachel Beauchamp to co-chair MDLA Insurance Law Committee

CVMM congratulates Attorney Rachel B. Beauchamp on her new position as co-chair of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA) Insurance Law Committee.  The MDLA Insurance Law Committee prepares, hosts, and presents, educational meetings and seminars regarding insurance coverage issues of particular interest to insurance defense attorneys.

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Peter M. Lindberg joins Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee, & Malone, P.A.

CVMM is pleased to welcome Peter M. Lindberg to the firm as an associate attorney!  Attorney Lindberg is a graduate of St. Olaf College and William Mitchell College of Law; prior to law school he worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.   Prior to joining CVMM, Attorney Lindberg practiced law at a small insurance defense law firm in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.  Lindberg’s practice focuses on motor vehicle accident litigation as well as premises liability, commercial trucking, dramshop, and aviation litigation.

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Christopher P. Malone Delivers Defense Verdict After 3 Day Jury Trial.

Shareholder Christopher P. Malone was pleased to help his client achieve a defense verdict after a three day jury trial in Redwood County, MN.  The personal injury and property damage trial centered on the liability for a pick-up truck and semi-tractor accident.  Mr. Malone’s defense included his expert’s use of a computer simulation which allowed the jury to visualize the accident reconstruction evidence in real-time.  Mr. Malone practices in all areas of civil litigation defense and has significant experience in the specialized field of commercial trucking defense.

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Meaghan C. Bryan to Present to New Lawyers at the MDLA Mid-Winter Conference.

Meaghan Bryan will present a seminar to new lawyers at the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA) Mid-Winter Conference in Walker, MN on February 10, 2017.  The presentation, titled Trials & Trepidation: Making the Transition from Associate to Shareholder in an Ever-Changing Legal Profession, will look at law firms of the past, present, and future, and discuss the unique challenges faced by new attorneys in law firms today, including the “vanishing trial” phenomenon, along with some tips and words of wisdom for those attempting to navigate the partnership track.

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Rachel B. Beauchamp Hones Her Trial Skills with MDLA Trial Technique Seminar.

In these days of waning numbers of jury trials, CVMM encourages its attorneys to keep their trial skills sharp through interactive trial seminars.  Attorney Beauchamp spent three days attending the MDLA Trial Techniques Seminar where she engaged in all aspects of a jury trial (voir dire, openings, direct and cross examination of fact witnesses, direct and cross examination of expert medical and reconstruction witnesses, and closing) and received feedback and updated litigation strategies from experienced local litigators.