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Ebert Elected Treasurer of Minnesota Bar Association

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(ST. CLOUD, Minn.) - Dyan Ebert of Quinlivan & Hughes has been elected treasurer of the Minnesota State Bar Association and will serve as president in three years.

Ebert is the second Quinlivan & Hughes attorney to serve as an officer of the association and become president. Mike Ford served as president of the Minnesota State Bar Association in 2008.

The Right to Work Debate is Over. Public Section Unions Cannot Compel Employees to Pay Agency Fees

The Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME recently rendered a decision that will have a major impact on public sector unions. It determined that a public sector union's practice of charging "agency fees" to employees who choose not to join the union violates the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Ebert, Moehrle, Schwegman Named Super Lawyers Kjellberg-Nelson Receives Rising Star Honor

Four attorneys at Quinlivan & Hughes have been recognized among the best attorneys in Minnesota by Super Lawyers. Dyan Ebert, Laura Moehrle and Steven Schwegman have been named 2018 Super Lawyers and Cally Kjellberg-Nelson has been named a 2018 Rising Star.

Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are recognized as Super Lawyers and no more than 2.5 percent receive the Rising Star honor. Super Lawyers, a part of Thomson Reuters, recognizes lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Minnesota Automatic Revocation of Beneficiary Designation Statute

On June 11, 2018, the United States Supreme Court upheld the retroactive application of a 2002 Minnesota statute which established a default rule that "the dissolution or annulment of a marriage revokes any revocable...beneficiary designation...made by an individual to the individual's former spouse." Minn. Stat. § 524.2-804, subd. 1. Under the statute, a beneficiary designation by one spouse naming the other a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or similar asset, is automatically revoked by a divorce of the spouses, leaving proceeds to the contingent beneficiary or to the estate of the deceased policy owner.

Kenneth Bayliss, a member of the firm's Government Law Practice Group, Successfully Defends County's Denial of a Variance at Court of Appeals


Quinlivan & Hughes attorney Kenneth Bayliss, a member of the firm's Government Law Practice Group, successfully represented Le Sueur County in Davis v. Le Sueur County, a dispute relating to denial of a variance to construct a pool and pool shed on a peninsula overlooking a lake. In this hard-fought dispute, the landowner tore down an existing home on the peninsula and sought variances to build a new home, a pool shed, and a pool on the property. All of these were proposed to be built within the setback distance from the lake and would be prominently located on the peninsula. The Board of Adjustment granted a variance for the home, but denied the variance for the pool shed and the pool. 

Q&H Seeks Director of Strategy & Business Development

Quinlivan & Hughes law firm seeks a dynamic individual with demonstrated leadership attributes to join its administrative team as Director of Strategy and Business Development. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years' experience with a professional services firm, and possess strategic and tactical planning skills to develop growth opportunities for the firm and its legal staff.  The candidate will also need to have effective organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, have experience with financial analysis, marketing initiatives, developing leaders, and be able to work effectively with other motivated professionals in a challenging, fast-paced environment. Salary is commensurate with experience and credentials; a full benefits package is also included.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and references to Melinda Sanders at [email protected].

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