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To Arbitrate or Litigate?
Clients frequently ask whether they should specify arbitration or litigation as the dispute resolution method in their contracts. Of course, the answer is one of the most hated of lawyerly answers -- it depends. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods of dispute resolution.  More >
Commercial Office Space
Demand For Commercial Office Space Is Changing But Offices Are Not Obsolete
Nearly one year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many employers to shutter their offices indefinitely. The abrupt shift to remote work changed the atmosphere and economic reality of downtown and metro areas. But with the rollout of multiple COVID-19 vaccines, there is reason to be optimistic about a comeback for these business districts, including in the Twin Cities. More >
Employer-Mandated COVID-19
Are Employer-Mandated COVID-19 Vaccinations Worth a Shot?
When Minnesota's first stay-at-home order took effect, many employers believed office closures would be short-term. But as the pandemic progressed, it became apparent that remote work would continue for an extended period of time. Now, with multiple COVID-19 vaccines becoming available, employers may be tempted to mandate vaccinations for their employees to accelerate returning to the office. Before doing so, employers should pause to consider the legal implications as well as possible alternatives to a mandated vaccination policy.  More >
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Alert Number 1 TriangleTax Update - When Are Taxes Due?
 IRS Individual Income Tax Return and Estimated Tax Due Dates
Unlike last year, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") has not extended the filing deadline for your 2020 individual income tax return. Your return is due April 15, 2021.

If you cannot file by April 15, 2021, to avoid penalties you must file an extension by submitting Form 4868 to the IRS by April 15, 2021. This extension extends your return filing due date to October 15, 2021. Be aware that this extension does not extend the time to pay your IRS tax liability, but merely extends your return filing due date. To avoid late payment penalties, you may need to make a payment to the IRS by April 15, 2021.  More >
Alert Number 2 TriangleCompany Expenses Paid with Forgiven PPP Loan Proceeds Are Tax Deductible
 The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the "Act") clarifies the treatment of business expenses paid with Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loan proceeds that were subsequently forgiven. Prior to the Act, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued guidance that businesses could NOT claim a tax deduction for business expenses that were paid with forgiven PPP loan proceeds. The IRS position was that businesses would recognize a "double benefit" since the forgiven PPP loan proceeds were excluded from taxable income. The Act reverses the IRS position and provides that such expenses are tax deductible. Please note that some states have taken a position that expenses paid with forgiven PPP loan proceeds are NOT tax deductible for state income tax purposes.  More >
Team News

Brian T. Grogan and James J. Vedder Re-elected to Moss & Barnett Board of Directors

Brian T. Grogan and James J. Vedder were re-elected to three-year terms as members of Moss & Barnett's Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2021.  More >
Brian T. GroganJames J. Vedder

Moss & Barnett Named a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® for 2021

Best Law Firms 2021Moss & Barnett is pleased to announce that, for the 11th consecutive year, the firm has been named a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® for 2021.

Firms included in the 2021 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.  More >

Moss & Barnett Announces New Shareholders

Kathy Y. AllenKelly C. EngebretsonBrittney M. Miller
John M. SchmidAlex R. Schoephoerster 
Moss & Barnett is pleased to announce that Kathy Y. Allen, Kelly C. Engebretson, Brittney M. Miller, John M. Schmid, and Alex R. Schoephoerster have become shareholders in the firm.  More >


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Moss & Barnett's COVID-19 Resource Page

The COVID-19 virus is having significant and rapidly changing legal implications for both businesses and individuals. Moss & Barnett has created a resource page to provide information that may be helpful in your decision-making. We know that this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone, and new challenges will emerge as this situation continues to evolve. Together, we are well-equipped to navigate these challenges and overcome these trying times.

Visit to learn more.
Three New Attorneys Have Joined Our Team

Brianna J. Blazek

Brianna has wide-ranging business law experience representing privately held businesses on entity formation, corporate governance, operating agreements, website policies, trademarks, and employment law. In addition, she has guided clients through merger and acquisition transactions structured as share sales, asset sales, and corporate reorganizations. She also advises commercial real estate clients with corporate matters regarding commercial development projects. Combining a background in business and prior in-house experience, Brianna excels at translating complex themes for her clients while finding pragmatic and creative solutions to difficult problems. She received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and her B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.Brianna J. Blazek
Brianna J. Blazek


 Elise R. Radaj

Elise focuses her practice on construction and commercial litigation. She enjoys working with clients to understand the specific issue or dispute at hand and formulating a plan to best address each client's individual goals. Elise has experience advocating for and advising owners, general contractors, and subcontractors on a variety of matters, including payment, construction defect, and termination disputes. She received her J.D., summa cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law and her B.S., summa cum laude, from Iowa State University. Elise served as editor for the William Mitchell Law Review and secretary of the William Mitchell Minnesota Justice Foundation and was a member of the American Association of Justice Mock Trial Team and Warren E. Burger Inn of Court.Elise R. Radaj
Elise R. Radaj


Brittany D. Yelle

Brittany advises individuals, businesses, and lenders in real estate, corporate, and lending transactions. This includes lenders that originate and sell multifamily mortgage loans to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Her goals with every transaction are to ease her client's concerns and to make sure her clients are as protected as they can be with the documents they sign. Brittany has a diverse professional background that gives her a unique perspective as an attorney. She has worked for a Fortune 500 utility company where most of her time was spent analyzing real estate documents, including easements, deeds, and leases, and she has also clerked for a Hennepin County judge and managed a caseload of 200 criminal cases. Brittany received her J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and her B.A. from the College of Saint Benedict.Brittany D. Yelle
Brittany D. Yelle

Fifteen Moss & Barnett Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® List
Moss & Barnett is pleased to announce that 12 lawyers have been included in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, three lawyers from the firm are recognized in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Lawyers are reviewed on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, the newest award initiative from Best Lawyers, recognizes attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

Moss & Barnett would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to 2021 Best Lawyers publications:
The Best Lawyers in America
Cindy J. AckermanYuri B. BerndtKevin M. Busch
Trusts and Estates
Tax, Tax Law,
and Trusts and Estates
Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Banking & Financing Litigation, and Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Jana Aune DeachRichard J. JohnsonCharles E. Jones
Family Law
Administrative/Regulatory Law and Energy Law
Professional Malpractice
Richard J. KelberSusan C. RhodeDave F. Senger
Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Family Law and
Family Law Mediation
Trusts and Estates
Thomas J. ShroyerChristopher D. StallJames J. Vedder
Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Securities Litigation, and Professional Malpractice
Corporate Law
Family Law
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
Susan A. KingBrittney M. MillerTaylor D. Sztainer
Trusts and Estates
Family Law
Commercial Litigation
Moss & Barnett
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