Area of Practice
Accident and Injuries
Alternate Dispute Resolution
Banking and Finance
Business and Commercial
Entertainment Sports and Leisure Law
Land Uses and Zoning
Litigation and Appeals
Mediation and Collaboration Law
Motor Vehicles Accidents - Plaintiff
Personal Injury - Plaintiff
Name: Deno W. Berndt
Education: Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota
He completed his undergraduate studies at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Religion.
Profile : He concentrates his litigation practice in the representation of individuals and companies in (i) disputes involving construction, mechanic's lien foreclosures, and corporate and commercial matters, (ii) felony and lesser-level criminal defense, (iii) complex marital dissolutions, and (iv) serious injury and wrongful death cases. Non-litigation representation includes commercial and residential development projects, conveyance and lending, and business.
Licensed to practice in state and federal court, and represents clients in cases before the Minnesota State and Federal District Courts, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Member of the Minnesota State and Hennepin County Bar Associations, and is a member of the Real Property Law section.
Name: Laura A. Nolen
Education: Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota
She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and French
She is also a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Specialization: Criminal Defense and Family Law
Experience: Been with Berndt Law Offices since 2006
Has practiced for more than twenty-one years in the private and public sectors, eleven of which she spent working as a prosecutor for the City of Minneapolis
She has served as Judicial Clerk for Hennepin County Judge Patrick Fitzgerald
She has also served as Adjunct Professor for the University of Minnesota Law School
Her practice focuses on criminal defense and family law. Her criminal defense practice includes all felony and lesser level offenses in state and federal court. She further represents individuals in family law matters, both collaborative and adversarial, with a special emphasis on difficult cases including those involving domestic violence. She is a skilled negotiator who recognizes the value of settlement but doesn’t hesitate to bring those cases which require it to trial
Her extensive court and trial experience as a prosecutor for the state’s largest municipality affords her clients with an attorney of immeasurable experience
She has particular experience dealing with the unique challenges surrounding high-profile cases
She is a member of (i) the Justice Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, (ii) Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, (iii) the Hennepin County Bar Association, and (iv) the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Name: Karen A. Ring
Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science by Manhattanville College, and received her Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Specialization: Eployment law compliance matters and the defense of employment claims
Experience: She started her career as a generalist for Musicland Group, where she (i) handled employment law compliance and defense, (ii) managed the review, negotiation, and drafting of numerous and varied contracts, and (iii) handled retail leasing
Following her position at Musicland she became Employee Relations Counsel at Target
After Target, was a contract attorney for a variety of companies, including the employee relations department at UnitedHealth Group, and worked as a human resources consultant advising smaller businesses
Expertise in employment law compliance matters and the defense of employment claims
She consults on all types of human resources matters including: leave issues, Family and Medical Leave Act compliance, Americans With Disabilities Act compliance, advice on harassment issues including investigations and training, wage and hour matters, background checks, drug testing, employment, non-compete and separation agreements, company personnel handbooks, and unemployment matters
Her experience includes defense and prosecution of discrimination complaints with the EEOC and Minnesota Department of Human Rights and advising companies faced with a Department of Labor investigation as well as compliance with both federal and state laws
Regularly represents clients in contract matters, including software licensing, service agreements, confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements, and office and retail leasing
She has also worked for a year as Special Projects Director for the Turtle Bread Company in Minneapolis.