Vildan Teske Presents at “Advising Your Military and Veteran Clients” Seminar

On February 1, 2021, Teske Katz partner, Vildan Teske, spoke at a day-long seminar hosted by MinnCLE focusing on advising service member and veteran clients.  Vildan, in her presentation “The Who, What, and How of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act – Litigation Involving Military Personnel,” discussed the protections the SCRA provides for our active-duty service members; who is covered under the Act; when protections begin and end; financial benefits, such as interest rate caps, protections against foreclosure or repossession; protections against default judgments; stay of legal proceedings; private causes of action for violations of the Act; and other remedies.

With over four decades of experience representing consumers, Vildan and her partner, Marisa Katz,​ are at the forefront of SCRA-based litigation on behalf of servicemembers victimized by unscrupulous business practices. If you are a servicemember and would like to discuss a potential violation of the SCRA, the attorneys at Teske Katz, PLLP are here to help. We advocate on behalf of consumers and servicemembers whose legal rights have been violated.

Vildan Teske and Marisa Katz Recognized by Super Lawyers; Vildan Teske Named Again to Top 100 Super Lawyer and Top 50 Women Super Lawyer Lists

Super Lawyers released its 2020 list of Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars and we are excited to announce that, once again, each Teske Katz attorney has been named.  

Vildan Teske has again been named one of the Top 100 Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Minnesota. This is a high distinction reserved for the top attorneys under the Super Lawyers rating system–and is especially notable given that there are more than 25,000 attorneys in Minnesota.

 

Vildan Teske and Marisa Katz were named to the Super Lawyer list in the “Class Action/Mass Torts” category recognizing their work in this area.

Super Lawyer recognition is based on a multi-phased process and includes a combination of objective criteria, independent research, peer nominations, and a blue ribbon panel review by top attorneys in the community.  Only 5% of the attorneys in Minnesota are recognized as Super Lawyers.

Visit the Super Lawyers website for individual profiles and to see theTeske Katz firm profile. The full digital Super Lawyers magazine with the complete list, is here.

We are grateful to the legal community for this honor and recognition again this year.

Marisa Katz Presents on MSBA Panel on Forced Arbitration in Consumer Contracts

On December 10, 2019, Marisa Katz presented at the MSBA-sponsored CLE Can Consumer Arbitration Be Fair and Equitable?  Marisa was one of three panelists addressing the everyday implications for consumers who are cheated by businesses when forced arbitration clauses and class action bans prevent any redress in a court of law. Given the Federal Arbitration Act and the Supreme Court’s expansive reading of that Act, federal courts are, by and large, not open to consumer plaintiffs with disputes against businesses that use these unfair agreements, where negotiation is impossible, and where arbitration proceedings are kept out of the public eye. This event was co-sponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Consumer Law Litigation Sections of the MSBA.

All TKKR Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers; Vildan Teske a Top 100 Super Lawyer and Top 50 Women Super Lawyer, Marisa Katz a Super Lawyer and Phillip Kitzer and Brian Rochel Rising Stars

Super Lawyers released its 2019 list of Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars and we are excited to announce that, once again, all Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel lawyers have been named.  

Vildan Teske has again been named one of the Top 100 Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Minnesota. This is a high distinction reserved for the top attorneys under the Super Lawyers rating system–and is especially notable given that there are more than 25,000 attorneys in Minnesota. 

Vildan Teske and Marisa Katz were named to the Super Lawyers list and Phillip Kitzer and Brian Rochel were both again named to the list of Rising Stars honorees as well. 

Vildan Teske and Marisa Katz were named to the Super Lawyer list in the “Class Action/Mass Torts” category, while Phillip Kitzer and Brian Rochel were named Rising Stars honorees in the “Employment Litigation: Plaintiff” category.  

Super Lawyer recognition is based on a multi-phased process and includes a combination of objective criteria, independent research, peer nominations, and a blue ribbon panel review by top attorneys in the community.  Only 5% of the attorneys in Minnesota are recognized as Super Lawyers, and only 2.5% of attorneys are named as Rising Stars (for attorneys in their first 10 years of practice or under the age of 40).

Visit the Super Lawyers website for individual profiles and to see Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel’s firm profile. The full digital Super Lawyers magazine with the complete list, is here.

We are proud of the accomplishments of all of our Teske, Katz, Kitzer & Rochel attorneys, and grateful to the legal community for this honor and recognition.

Super Lawyers Names Vildan Teske a Top 100 Lawyer and Top 50 Women Lawyer, and Phillip Kitzer and Brian Rochel Rising Stars

We are excited to announce that, once again, Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel partners have been named to the annual Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Vildan Teske has been named one of the Top 100 Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Minnesota. This is a very high distinction reserved for the top attorneys under the Super Lawyers rating system–and is especially impressive given that there are more than 25,000 attorneys in Minnesota. 

Phillip Kitzer and Brian Rochel were both again named to the list of Rising Stars honorees as well. Vildan Teske was named a Super Lawyer in the “Class Action/Mass Torts” category, while Phillip Kitzer and Brian Rochel were named Rising Stars honorees in the “Employment Litigation: Plaintiff” category.  

Each year, only a select few attorneys are honored as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. Only 5% of the attorneys in Minnesota are recognized as Super Lawyers, and only 2.5% of attorneys are named as Rising Stars (for attorneys in their first 10 years of practice or under the age of 40). The award is based on a combination of  objective criteria,  peer nominations, and a blue ribbon panel review

For individual profiles and to see Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel’s firm profile, visit the Super Lawyers website. To view the full digital Super Lawyers magazine with the complete list, click here.

Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel is proud of all of its attorneys, and grateful to the legal community for this recognition.

Vildan Teske Elected as Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Teske, Katz, Kitzer & Rochel, PLLP is excited to announce that Vildan Teske has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF).  This prestigious distinction is limited to only one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Established in 1955, the American Bar Foundation Fellows “is a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities.” For more information about the ABF, click here

Marisa Katz Recognized for Her Work on behalf of those Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

Last week, Marisa Katz was featured in a museum exhibit at the Louisiana Supreme Court marking the 50th anniversary of legal aid service programs in Louisiana. Marisa was a staff attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) from 2004 to 2008. Part of the exhibit documented the legal services provided by SLLS attorneys in both the immediate and long-term aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Marisa’s work during and after Hurricane Katrina was a formative chapter in her professional career, where she continues today to advocate on behalf of low-income consumers to ensure an equal and just marketplace, free from predatory business practices. For more information on TKKR’s work on behalf of consumers and employees click here.

 

Exhibit at Louisiana Supreme Court, November 9, 2017. 

Marisa Katz, with Mark Moreau and Brian Lenard (former co-executive directors of SLLS) standing outside SLLS’ office in Chalmette, LA. The building sustained more than 14 feet of flood water following the levy breaches in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. The office was destroyed. 

Marisa Katz Presents on Forced Arbitration with Congressman Keith Ellison

On Monday, October 30, Marisa Katz co-presented a CLE at St. Thomas School of Law with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on forced arbitration clauses. Congressman Ellison addressed last week’s vote in the Senate that rescinded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rule that would have banned class action waivers in forced arbitration bans in consumer contracts.

Marisa discussed recent key U.S. Supreme Court cases on this topic and the Court’s continued role in shutting the courthouse doors to consumers, employees and small businesses. Both speakers discussed how to keep up the fight against forced arbitration and class action bans in the current political environment.

The presentation, “On Our Terms: Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Stopping Courts from Granting Justice,” was sponsored by University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Law Democrats.

Doug Micko Presents on Updates to Whistleblower Law at Employment Law Institute

On May 23, 2017, Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel partner Doug Micko presented a continuing legal education seminar to his peers at the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute. The Employment Law Institute, billed as “the Nation’s best employment law conference,” is a program that attracted approximately 1,400 lawyers and employment law professionals. Micko, together with his co-panelist Joe Schmitt, presented a session entitled “Blowing the Amended Whistle – Minnesota Whistleblower Litigation.” The discussion focused on Minnesota’s Whistleblower Act, some recent amendments to the Act, and how broad the Act protects employees from retaliation.

Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel’s attorneys regularly practice whistleblower law. If you believe you have been the victim of retaliation for whistleblowing, contact us today.

Vildan Teske Named to Minnesota Federal Judicial Selection Committee

Congratulations to Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel partner, Vildan Teske, who was named by Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken to serve on their judicial selection committee. The Hon. Ann Montgomery and Hon. Donovan Frank, both judges on the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, recently took senior status, leaving two vacancies that will need to be filled.

In announcing the committee, Senator Klobuchar said “[t]his group of distinguished Minnesota leaders will help us identify jurists who will continue Minnesota’s long tradition of federal judges with broad experience and an unwavering commitment to the fair and just application of the law.”

Senator Franken said “I’m looking forward to reviewing the Committee’s work and recommending nominees to the President who will serve the people of our state with honor and distinction.”

Teske remarked, “I’m honored to serve on this prestigious committee. My years advocating on behalf of consumers, working with the Federal Bar Association, and serving on the Board of the Infinity Project have confirmed how important it is to have a good and strong judiciary.”

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