Jon K. Iverson and Paul D. Reuvers were named again in this year’s Super Lawyers lists. These lists are exclusive, naming no more than 5 percent of attorneys in Minnesota to Super Lawyers. The selections are made through peer nominations, independent research, and evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys.
Stephanie Angolkar has been certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Real Property Law Specialist. Administered by the MSBA, the certified specialist designation is earned by leading attorneys who have completed a rigorous approval process, including an examination in the specialty area, peer review, and documented experience. This achievement has been earned by fewer than 3% of all licensed Minnesota attorneys. Angolkar represents individuals and homeowner associations in a variety of real estate matters, including litigation; municipalities and government entities in land use matters; and also works in civil and insurance defense litigation.
Iverson Reuvers is pleased to announce Paul D. Reuvers and Andrea B. Smith were named Twin Cities Five Star Financial Services Professionals for 2016. This honor is reserved for lawyers who have superior retention rates, serve a diverse clientele, and perform pro bono and community service work.
On December 19, 2008 Brooklyn Park police executed a traffic stop in response to an arrest warrant issued for Demone Smith. Smith was indicted for distribution of narcotics and was believed to be armed and dangerous. During the traffic stop, Officers used a loud speaker and repeated a series of commands to Smith. Smith refused to comply with Officers’ commands. A Brooklyn Park Canine Officer was requested for assistance. Officers warned Smith a canine would be sent if he continued to defy commands, yet Smith refused to walk toward the Officers as directed. Based on the high risk felony stop and Smith’s non-compliance, Officers deployed the canine to apprehend Smith. Smith suffered minor injuries as a result. Smith sued the Brooklyn Park Canine Officer alleging excessive force. On April 28, 2015, following a jury trial, judgment was entered in favor of the Brooklyn Park Officer. The jury determined the Officer acted reasonably in regard to the circumstances posed by the traffic stop and the canine was reasonably necessary to assist in bringing Smith under control of Officers.
The Brooklyn Park Officer was represented by Nathan C. Midolo.
In November 2001, RDNT (Martin Luther Manor) sought approval from the City of Bloomington for a 3-story, 67-unit senior assisted living facility expansion. The proposed use conflicted with the City’s Comprehensive Plan and would be injurious to the surrounding neighborhood, causing harm to the public health, safety, and welfare. On March 18, 2015, the Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeals decision in favor of the City, in an opinion authored by Justice Lillehaug. The essence of the decision is that the judicial system is loath to substitute its judgment about the proposed development’s potential injury to the neighborhood for that of the City Council. The decision is based on the City’s determination that the applicant’s proposed conditions for mitigation of the neighborhood injury were insufficient. The City’s decision was upheld as reasonable and not arbitrary or capricious. The City of Bloomington was represented by Paul D. Reuvers, Jason J. Kuboushek, and Stephanie A. Angolkar.
Respondent Mary Wendt was incarcerated at the Mille Lacs County Jail after she was arresting for driving while intoxicated. While in the jail, Mary fell twice, once in her cell and once while being escorted back to jail after a court appearance. She suffered minor injuries from both falls and sued Mille Lacs County for negligence. The County filed a motion for summary judgment and the trial court declined to dismiss the case. The case proceeded to jury trial. The jury found in favor of Mille Lacs County and dismissed the case.
Mille Lacs County was represented by Jason Hiveley.
An employee of the Metropolitan Council filed a lawsuit in December 2012 against the Metropolitan Council alleging violations of Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The employee plaintiff claimed the Council did not promote her in violation of a policy to promote internally. On December 17, 2014, after a three-day trial, a federal United States District Court jury determined agents of the Metropolitan Council did not discriminate in promoting another employee over the plaintiff. The Metropolitan Council and its agents were represented by Susan M. Tindal and Nathan C. Midolo.
The Goerke Family Partnership brought a declaratory-judgment action in district court challenging the Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed’s approval of landowner William Croatt’s application for a drainage permit. Following a remand to the watershed district’s board of managers for further consideration, the district court affirmed the managers’ approval of the drainage permit. The Goerke Family Partnership appealed, arguing that the district court erred in allowing the board of managers to reconsider the issue and the board of managers erred in determining that the drainage system would be a reasonable use. On December 15, 2014, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held both that the district court properly remanded the issue to the board of managers and the board’s approval of Croatt’s application was reasonable because his proposed drainage system met the elements of the reasonable-use doctrine. Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed District was represented by Jason J. Kuboushek.