Election Update

Unfortunately, due to Covid19 restrictions, we are NOT able to have our annual picnic lunch or in-person voting for the Secretary Treasurer position. Voting will be done via electronic survey and you will have 24 hours to submit your vote. A link with the survey will be sent at noon on Thursday 6/25 and will be open until noon on Friday, 6/26. The winner will be announced as soon as possible through email.
Below are your candidates in the order that their applications were received. Good luck and thank you all!

Chad Staul – Quinlivan & Hughes, PA
Brief Professional Bio:
Serving on the Employment Team and the Litigation Team, I advise clients as well as litigate on a variety of issues, ranging from employment policies, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, as well as trust and estates proceedings. I was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in North Dakota. I received my bachelor’s from St. Cloud State University and my law degree from Hamline University School of Law. I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters, playing our favorite board games.

Why you want to serve on the SBBA board:
I would like to continue getting to know those in this great legal community. Also, because of how close this community is, it is not unusual to interact with the same professionals while advocating for our clients’ competing positions. Involvement in the SBBA provides an opportunity to foster and maintain a collegial and respectful legal community who can act in a manner that separate personal issues from professional ones.

Alexander Gutnik – Central Minnesota Legal Services
Brief Professional Bio:
I am Alexander Gutnik, and I am Staff Attorney with Central Minnesota Legal Services (CMLS). CMLS provides quality legal services to financially eligible clients in nine Minnesota counties. My area of practice is family, employment, and housing law. I enjoy taking the time listen to our clients and assisting them in their legal issues. Outside of the office I enjoy working out, and especially with my fiancé Victoria. We both motivate each other in the gym. I am a Minnesota Vikings fan. We do not have any pets, but Victoria and I are hopeful for a puppy here soon. Lastly, if you like cars, you get a bonus point in my book.

Why you want to serve on the SBBA board:
I immediately joined SBBA as a member when I first joined CMLS. I enjoyed all the luncheons, CLEs, and happy hours. The food is great, but the friendships I have made are even better. As a member, I volunteered my time to help with the planning of SBBA’s 75th anniversary.
Like many organizations, there is a minority of people who steer the ship. At Mitchell Hamline School of Law, I served one year on a special project (Barristers’ Ball) and another year as a 3L representative on our Student Bar Association. These experiences were helpful insights to effectively communicating and advocating for people. Many people can talk and say big words; however, fewer will actually put in the work. I promise to put in the work for our SBBA members.
As Secretary-Treasurer, I will make sure to follow all the bylaws of my position. Broadly speaking, the duties are keeping timely notices, accurate records of meetings and financial accounts held by SBBA. In addition to these duties, I would ask members of SBBA to provide their time and ideas to Board so we may be able to provide quality programming to our members.

Nate Dahl – Meshbesher & Spence, LTD
Brief Professional Bio:
I am currently a shareholder with Meshbesher & Spence and lead the Waite Park office. I litigate personal injury and medical malpractice cases throughout Minnesota with a particular focus on out-state cases. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law before working at Robins Kaplan and as an Assistant Minnesota Attorney General before becoming a partner at Hansen Dordell in St. Paul. While there, I litigated personal injury and workers’ compensation claims in addition to trust and estate matters. I joined Meshbesher & Spence in June of 2018 and have lived in the St. Cloud area since that time.

Why you want to serve on the SBBA board:
The SBBA presents opportunities such as programming and events that are a product of the time and efforts of its members and staff. Given that I benefit from those activities, I feel that I should also help contribute to making them happen. I am also still relatively new to the area and serving on the board will help me continue to meet members of the local bar and community.