Halunen Law celebrates team of attorneys selected to 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists

July 11th, 2019

Halunen Law is pleased to announce founder and managing partner Clayton Halunen was selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list for the 17th consecutive year. An impressive team of Halunen Law colleagues joins him on the 2019 Super Lawyer and Rising Stars list; recognized by their peers for outstanding work representing employees, whistleblowers and consumers locally and across the country.

“I am incredibly proud of our group,” said Clayton Halunen. “We are tireless, determined, tenacious in the pursuit of justice on behalf of our clients. Our dedication and expertise have resulted in a proven track record and a strong reputation as a plaintiffs’ law firm both locally and nationwide. To have our work consistently recognized by our peers is tremendously gratifying and spurs us on in our continued fight for the rights of employees, whistleblowers, and consumers and making a difference in the lives of those we represent.”

In addition to Clayton Halunen here is a list of the Halunen Law 2019 honorees:


Susan Coler:

Halunen Law partner is especially proud of Susan Coler, partner, and chair of the False Claims Act/Whistleblower practice group, who was selected to the Super Lawyers list and the list of 50 Top Women Super Lawyers. She represents whistleblowers across the United States in areas including procurement, defense, small business, health care, and pharmaceutical FCA cases. As a Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Susan has brought successful retaliation claims in connection with False Claims Act (FCA) /qui tam cases and as stand-alone actions. Susan represented a relator in an FCA claim against Abbott Laboratories that resulted in a civil settlement of $800 million (total settlement of $1.5 billion), the fifth-largest civil healthcare recovery ever achieved under the FCA.

Christopher Moreland:

Partner and head of Halunen Law’s Employment and Appellate Practice Groups, with more than 20 years of experience advocating on behalf of injured railroad workers and other victims of corporate misconduct, Chris adds significant bench strength to the firm’s employment team. His national practice includes substantial verdicts for his clients in state and federal courts across the country, as well as a significant appellate practice.


Ross Stadheim:

Ross is a partner and employment attorney, and was selected to the Rising Stars list for the sixth consecutive year. Ross has garnered more than $26 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients during his time at Halunen Law. Of the 119 cases he has had in his seven years with the firm, all but four have resulted in recovery—a 96% success rate.

Amanda Crain:

Employment attorney Amanda was also selected as a Rising Star for a sixth consecutive year. After years of working in family law, Amanda came to Halunen Law with an astute understanding of client emotional trauma, conflict, and complex legal matters. Her skill and compassion well serve employees facing wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, or other illegal workplace practices.

Emma Denny:

Selected to the Rising Stars list for her fourth consecutive year, Emma is a tireless, tenacious employment attorney. She has successfully litigated cases in state and federal court and negotiated favorable resolutions for clients facing discrimination, whistleblower, harassment, FMLA, ERISA, disability and religious accommodation, and a host of other disputes.

Charles Moore:

A steadfast champion of consumer rights, attorney Charles has been selected to the Rising Stars list for the third consecutive year. In pursuit of ending deceptive corporate business practices and creating a fair and honest marketplace, his work involves investigations into consumer products, financial scams, and pharmaceuticals.

Blaine Balow:

Blaine was selected for the first time this year to the Rising Stars list. After practicing family law for four years he joined Halunen Law as an employment attorney. An analytic thinker with unsurpassed negotiation skills, Blaine brings extensive ligation experience in defense of employees challenging illegal workplace activity.


Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from around the country and more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The Super Lawyers list represents just 5% of Minnesota attorneys, and the Rising Stars list recognizes only 2.5% of attorneys 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less.


Halunen Law offers expertise in litigating employment cases on behalf of individual employees, consumer class actions and whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act and other statutes. With offices in Minneapolis and Chicago, Halunen Law has achieved a reputation as a fearless, tenacious and successful plaintiffs’ law firm, with a laser focus on achieving justice for its clients while creating meaningful social change.

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