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Membership Applications Due September 1, 2012

Dear Members, applications for the 2012-2013 year are due on September 1, 2012 to Trisha Hendrickson (her contact information is on the application). 

SBBA Membership application 2012-2013 – click here

SBBA to the Rox!

On Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 7:05 p.m., the SBBA is kicking off our 2012-2013 year by sponsoring a night of baseball with the St. Cloud Rox. We have reserved “The Lodge” area at the baseball field and will be paying for the SBBA members’ tickets. We may also be able to cover the ticket for each member’s spouse/family member depending on the total number of RSVPs we receive. Otherwise the tickets are $26 for individuals 5 and older; children 4 and under are free. There will be a buffet featuring all you can eat/drink food, soft drinks, and beer, and we will also be giving away door prizes. Additional details may be found on the attached flyer.  Rox Flyer – click here

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience as space may be limited, but no later than Monday, July 30, 2012, to Trish at We hope to see you all there!

Trisha Hendrickson Joins the SBBA!

In July 2012, Trisha Hendrickson became the new Administrative Assistant for the SBBA.   Apart from Shan Wang (our current President), Trish will be the main contact person for the SBBA when it comes to upcoming CLEs and other SBBA events.   Welcome, Trish!  We’re excited to have you join the team!

Rajkowski Hansmeier, Ltd. Hires Steven A. Bader

Steven Bader joined Rajkowski Hansmeier in July 2012 as its newest Associate Attorney.  Previously, Mr. Bader clerked for the Honorable Mary Mahler here in the 7th Judicial District.  He graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law, cum laude, in 2010.  Congratulations and good luck, Mr. Bader!

Secretary/Treasurer Elections June 1, 2012

The election for the SBBA secretary/treasurer position is June 1 at the Spring Picnic at Lake George (   You must be present at the meeting to vote.  The candidates are:

1.  Wanda Gierman. Wanda graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2004 and thereafter began working for the Seventh Judicial District Public Defenders Office in St. Cloud.  In November of 2011, Wanda started her own law practice in St. Cloud.  She practices primarily in the areas of Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Protection, and Juvenile Delinquency, and continues working as a 3/4 time public defender.  She is married to Steven Gierman and they have two children, Gavin (7) and Mya (4).  Her son is a first grader at Stride Academy here in St. Cloud and Mya will be starting kindergarten at Stride in August.  Her goals for the year include continuing to learn Family Law, getting Scuba certified, and traveling. 

2. Tom Lopez.  Currently an associate at Rinke Noonan in St. Cloud practicing in General Business and Commercial Transactions, Business Acquisitions and Employment Law.  Tom was previously employed by the Mille Lacs County Attorney as an ACA working in general civil practice for the County, including Employee Benefits and Labor counsel, general transactional work and general counsel to county boards.  Before that he worked for Honeywell in the Environmental Controls Division with a litigation and IP focus.  He is a member of the MSBA, SBBA and John E. Simonett American Inn of Court, and was named a 2009 Super Lawyer Rising Star.

 3. Amy Sauter.  Currently an attorney at Heller & Thyen practicing in the areas of bankruptcy and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Prior to joining the firm, Amy completed her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she was in leadership roles with the MSU Wind Ensemble, Pre-Law Society, and the Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha.  She attended law school in Lansing, Michigan at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in law school, she completed a two-year volunteer internship as law clerk to a Bureau Chief within the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.  In her free time, she loves watching our Minnesota Twins, playing the B-Flat clarinet, and spending time with her Pekingese dog, Louie.  While residing in St. Cloud she has volunteered with organizations such as the Minnesota Women Lawyers, where she is the secretary since 2011; Business Women of Central Minnesota, where she chairs the scholarship committee and is the newly elected secretary, and the John E. Simonett American Inn of Court.


Leonard, Street and Deinard Hires Victoria Lupu

Victoria A. Lupu joined Leonard, Street and Deinard’s St. Cloud office in March 2012 as an associate attorney in the Private Business practice group, providing general counsel services to a wide range of family, closely held and public companies.

Rinke Noonan Hires Tom Lopez & Matthew Loven

Thomas Lopez joined Rinke Noonan on May 14th and will be practicing in the corporate department which will include employment law. 

Matthew Loven joined Rinke Noonan on May 21st and will do private and public transactional work for small business and local government.

Carol M. Klaphake P.A. Contact Information Change

Carol M. Klaphake P.A. changed its telephone number.  The new number is:  (320) 253-5227.