Impressive group of Halunen Law attorneys selected to Minnesota 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Star Lists

July 20th, 2021

Halunen Law is pleased to announce eleven attorneys from the firm (more than 75%) were recognized for their expertise, proven record, and professionalism and selected to the 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. The lists are an acknowledgment by legal peers of the attorneys’ outstanding work representing employees, whistleblowers, and those who’ve suffered a personal injury. 2021 also marks the 19th consecutive year Halunen Law managing partner and founder Clayton Halunen has been selected to the prestigious list.

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“Being selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists is a tremendous honor,” said Clayton Halunen. “I am incredibly proud of our team. We are determined, dedicated, and tenacious in pursuing justice for our clients. We fight for what’s right and bring a depth of expertise and a proven track record to all those we represent.” Halunen continued, “We look forward to continuing our fight for employees’ rights, whistleblowers, and those impacted by personal injury and making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we represent.”

In addition to Clayton Halunen, the list of Halunen Law 2021 honorees includes:

  • 2021 SUPER LAWYERS:

Susan Coler:  Selected to the Super Lawyers list, Partner and False Claims Act (FCA)/Whistleblower attorney Susan Coler represents whistleblowers across the United States in FCA cases, challenging fraud and kickbacks related to government spending for procurement, defense, small business, health care, and pharmaceuticals. As a Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Susan has brought successful retaliation claims connected with FCA/qui tam cases and stand-alone actions. She is energized and inspired daily by the courage of whistleblowers and their efforts to combat corporate fraud.

Christopher Moreland: A partner and chair of Halunen’s Employment and Appellate Practice Groups, Chris has decades of experience litigating cases on behalf of employees, persons who have experienced severe injuries, railroad workers, consumers, and other victims of corporate misconduct. His national practice includes substantial recoveries for his clients in state and federal courts across the country, as well as a significant appellate practice.

Brian Stofferahn: Firm partner and chair of the Personal Injury Practice Group, Brian came to Halunen with extensive experience, representing individuals in personal injury cases, employee workers’ compensation claims, and social security disability matters. He spent 18 years as in-house counsel for an insurance company then returned to his real passion, representing those who have been wrongfully injured. Brian has tried approximately 100 cases to jury verdicts. His thoughtful, thorough approach and proven record working with highly complex personal injury claims have brought meaningful financial and personal rewards to those he represents.

  • 2021 RISING STARS:

Blaine Balow: A member of Halunen’s Employment Law Practice Group, Blaine’s extensive litigation and negotiation experience make him a powerful advocate for his clients. Whether the case involves retaliation, discrimination, whistleblowing, or sexual harassment, Blaine never stops fighting for his clients as he pursues justice on their behalf.

Amy Boyle: A partner and member of Halunen’s Employment Law Practice Group, Amy is fearless in high-stakes litigation against well-financed foes. In the courtroom, Amy is a talented litigator, bringing notable skill and experience to bear and achieving significant results for her clients. Outside the courtroom, she has achieved numerous and substantial pre-litigation settlements on behalf of her clients.

Amanda Crain: 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. As an employment attorney with Halunen, her skill and compassion serve employees facing wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, or other illegal workplace practices.

Emma Denny: Emma is a tireless, tenacious employment attorney. She has successfully litigated cases in state and federal court and negotiated favorable resolutions for clients facing sexual harassment, whistleblower, discrimination, FMLA, ERISA, disability and religious accommodation, and a host of other disputes.

Colin Pasterski: Colin’s commitment to get the details right and provide thorough, professional representation are critical factors in favorable case outcomes. His focus on fighting injustice and providing the highest level of legal service guide his work every day on behalf of courageous employees and whistleblowers.

Nathaniel Smith: Having recovered millions on behalf of whistleblowers in both employment retaliation cases and qui tam whistleblower lawsuits under the False Claims Act (FCA), Nathaniel is relentless in his pursuit. He has represented whistleblowers in complex healthcare fraud, pharmaceutical fraud, defense contracting fraud, and small business fraud cases. FCA cases require a deep understanding of different areas of the law and complex government agencies. Nathaniel rises to the challenge of putting all the pieces together to achieve positive results.

Ross Stadheim: Resolute, tenacious and results-oriented, Ross is a partner and employment attorney. He has garnered more than $28 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients during his time at Halunen Law. Of the 148 cases he has had in his nine years with the firm, all but five have resulted in recovery—a 96.5 % success rate.

ABOUT HALUNEN LAW: With offices in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Phoenix, Halunen Law offers experienced legal representation to employees, whistleblowers, and those who have been wrongfully injured. 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. For more information visit halunenlaw.com.

ABOUT SUPER LAWYERS: 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. For more information visit SuperLawyers.com

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