Minneapolis Business Litigation Law Firm

Berens & Miller, P.A. is a law firm located in downtown Minneapolis that restricts its practice to civil litigation and resolution of disputes. The firm focuses on pretrial preparation, trials or other adversary proceedings such as arbitrations, and appeals. The firm has also represented parties in various types of regulatory proceedings and has conducted internal investigations on behalf of clients such as corporations and directors' committees, including special litigation committees.

The firm's history, outstanding litigation results and team of experienced attorneys have molded the practice to what it is today. The attorneys of Berens & Miller are trusted, well known and respected among the courts and legal community to successfully represent clients in an array of adversarial matters.

Call today at 612-392-7054 to arrange your initial consultation.

Attorney Barbara Podlucky Berens

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota Advisory Committee on Local Rules, 1993 - Present (Member)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Vice-Chair of Immunities & Exceptions Committee of Antitrust Section)

Honors and Awards:

  • Series VII Securities License, New York, 1976

Education:

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1990
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: Minnesota Law Review, Managing Editor, 1989 - 1990
  • University of Uppsala, Sweden
    • Law School Classes
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 1975
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: National Merit Scholarship
    • Major: Philosophy
  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
    • Psychology Counseling, M.S. course work

Attorney John D. Bessler

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009

Honors and Awards:

  • First Prize, Scribes Book Award, - 2015
  • First Prize, American Association for Italian Studies Book Award, - 2015
  • Gold Winner, 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Award, - 2015
  • Silver, 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award (U.S. History Category), - 2013
  • Finalist, 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award (History Category), - 2013
  • Winner, 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award, - 2008
  • Silver, 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, - 2008
  • 2007 Midwest Book Awards Finalist, - 2008
  • Minnesota Book Award Finalist, - 2004
  • Minnesota Book Award Finalist, - 1998

Education:

  • Indiana University at Bloomington School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, 1991
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Law Journal: Indiana Law Journal, Senior Managing Editor, 1990 - 1991
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1988
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, England, M. St., International Human Rights Law, 2008 (High Pass)
  • Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, M.F.A., 2005

Attorney Erin F. Lisle

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2000

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, District Nineteen

Education:

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1993
    • J.D.
  • College of St. Benedict, Saint Joseph, Minnesota, 1990
    • B.A.

Attorney Heather Podlucky

Bar Admissions:

  • Virginia

Education:

  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia, 1999
    • J.D.
    • Law Journal: American Intellectual Property Law Association Journal
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 1991
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Political Science

Attorney Carrie L. Zochert

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2007

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association, January 1, 2007 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Education:

  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1999
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    • Honors: cum laude
  • South Dakota State University, South Dakota
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Political Science

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