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Minnesota Community Living September/October 2008

From the President
By Mark Schoenfelder

Green Communities: The Rebirth of the Paperless Office
By Mark Johnson, ArcStone Information Services, LLC – Community Management Online

Preparing for the Best Winter Ever!
By Steve Hoogenakker, Taylor Made Lawn and Landscape

2nd Annual CAI-MN Golf Tournament

Association Budgeting: It’s That Time of Year!
By Sara M. Lassila, CPA, Jelinek Metz McDonald, Ltd.

The 2009 Budget: A New Level of Agony
By Alan D. Seilhammer

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Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC Announces 2008 Minnesota Super Lawyers®
Firm’s Board of Governors Recognized Among Top 5% in State

The Eden Prairie law firm of Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC announced that its entire Board of Governors – partners Chad A. Johnson, David G. Hellmuth, Blake R. Nelson and J. Robert Keena – have all been named to the 2008 Minnesota Super Lawyers® list by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

Managing partner Chad A. Johnson, a “Super Lawyer” for eight consecutive years, is a Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist practicing in the areas of real estate and business law. Johnson represents businesses, corporations and limited liability entities, with emphasis on condominium, townhouse, cooperative and other community associations.

David G. Hellmuth, a “Super Lawyer” for four years running, concentrates his practice in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, condominium and townhouse law, commercial real estate and construction, banking law, creditors’ rights and remedies and business and corporate law.

Blake R. Nelson is a Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist who concentrates his practice in the areas of construction law and litigation, real estate law, business and corporate law, and creditors’ rights and remedies. This is Nelson’s seventh consecutive year on the list.

J. Robert Keena leads the firm’s litigation team, and focuses on assisting homeowners, businesses and community associations with construction defect issues. In addition, Keena maintains an active commercial litigation practice. Recognized as a “Rising Star” in 2004, 2007 and 2008, this is Keena’s debut on the “Super Lawyer” list.

Representing the top five percent of attorneys in the state as selected by their peers and through independent research, “Super Lawyers” recognizes attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, including pro bono and community involvement.

MSBA Certifies Adam W. Heaton as Real Property Law Specialist
The Minnesota State Bar Association announced that attorney Adam Wayne Heaton of Heaton & Associates, Hugo, was certified as a Real Property Law Specialist.

Specialist Certification refers to an attorney who has completed a rigorous approval process in addition to passing the Bar exam, to establish full qualification for reliable experience and skills as a Legal Specialist in a specific legal area. This certification makes Heaton one of a limited number of attorneys in Minnesota to have earned the credential. While 2,000 attorneys belong to the MSBA Real Property Law Section, only 349 are currently Board Certified as Real Property Law Specialists.

Certification is recognized in many professions as a reliable way to identify practitioners who have demonstrated superior knowledge, skill and integrity in a specific field. Although relatively new to the legal profession, the medical profession has been certifying specialists for close to 100 years. “Specialist certification helps prospective clients identify an attorney who can assist them in a highly professional manner and has grown in importance as the number of lawyers continues to increase and the areas of law become ever more complex,” states James H. Gilbert, former Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. To earn the Real Property Law Specialist credential, an attorney must pass an examination in real property law, demonstrate a substantial level of experience and legal education in real estate matters, pass a disciplinary check and successfully obtain objective review by attorneys familiar with their expertise. Compliance with certification standards is audited every year. Every six years the specialist must be recertified to ensure that the attorney has maintained his expertise.

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