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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.

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Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone, P.A. begins operating!

The attorneys from the Civil Litigation practice group at Cousineau McGuire Chartered are pleased to announce that they are now operating as Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone, P.A. We look forward to this new beginning and are excited to continue providing our clients with the quality, dedicated, and effective representation and advocacy for which our attorneys are known.

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Peter G. Van Bergen contributes to publication providing comprehensive overview of Minnesota personal injury law, LexisNexis Practice Guide: Minn. Personal Injury, § (Matthew Bender, Rev. Ed. ).

The distinguished litigation and trial experience of Peter G. Van Bergen was recognized by LexisNexis which asked him to serve as an Editorial Consultant to its new publication, LexisNexis Practice Guide: Minn. Personal Injury, § (Matthew Bender, Rev. Ed. ). The book provides a comprehensive overview of many of the Practice Areas in which the attorneys at Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone, P.A. practice. Van Bergen’s knowledge and understanding of personal injury law in Minnesota is incorporated throughout the book’s chapters, which cover such topics as: initial handling of a case, intentional torts, negligence, motor vehicle negligence, premises and  … Read more

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Rachel Beauchamp has article, “Amended Rule 5.04, What is it Good For?” featured in Fall 2016 issue of the Minnesota Defense magazine.

The Fall 2016 issue of the Minnesota Defense magazine features an article by Rachel Beauchamp titled “Amended Rule 5.04, What is it Good For?” In the article, Beauchamp discusses the 2013 revisions to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure regarding the timeframe to file a “pocket-served” lawsuit and the first Minnesota Supreme Court cases interpreting the new Rule. Specifically, Beauchamp addresses the hopes and goals of the rule, its application since enactment, and its new interpretations as a result of the Supreme Court’s interpretation. Beauchamp ends the article with practical strategies for defense attorneys to utilize the Rule now that there is additional guidance  … Read more

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Meaghan Bryan and Michael Sharkey present on wrongful death and mortuary law to the Twin Cities Claims Association.

On October 11, 2016, Meaghan Bryan and Michael Sharkey provided a dual presentation on Minnesota wrongful death law and mortuary law to the Twin Cities Claims Association at Pour Richards Common House in Bloomington, MN. The presentations were geared toward the Halloween season, with Bryan’s entitled: Mortal Concerns: An Autopsy of Minnesota Wrongful Death Law, and Sharkey’s entitled, Grave Matters: An Introduction to Claims Against Funeral Homes, Crematories, and Cemeteries. Sharkey, whose practice includes representing funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries on legal and business matters, was a Funeral Director with a large funeral chapel and cemetery operation in the metropolitan  … Read more