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Edward Cassidy, Fredrikson & Byron AttorneyShareholder Edward Q. Cassidy was selected to receive the 2016 Attorney of the Year award from Minnesota Lawyer. Cassidy was recognized for his countless hours spent as lead counsel, and Counsel of Record at the United State Supreme Court, on a Post-Conviction Capital Case in Louisiana, that, last March, after seven years of hearings and appeals, resulted in the Supreme Court of the United States vacating the capital conviction. Minnesota Lawyer will host its 17th Annual Attorney of the Year ceremony on February 16 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.

Cassidy has 35 years of litigation experience in a variety of jurisdictions on matters ranging from state and federal OSHA, workers’ compensation, general litigation in state and federal court involving many jury trials, to several post-conviction habeas corpus death penalty cases. Cassidy practices in the Employment & Labor and Litigation Groups at Fredrikson & Byron. He is a litigator with more than 3 decades of experience in civil litigation, workers’ compensation defense, employment and OSHA defense. Cassidy’s workers’ compensation practice focuses on advising and representing employers in all phases of risk assessment and management, implementation and maintenance of modified duty programs, defending workers’ compensation claims through trial. He defends civil matters related to workers’ compensation such as retaliatory discharge, disability discrimination (ADA) claims, third-party liability suits, and subrogation. In addition, Cassidy represents healthcare, manufacturing, and construction clients in a wide variety of state and federal OSHA jurisdictions. He works with clients throughout the OSHA inspection, citation and litigation process through trial. Within the last few years, Cassidy has successfully contested through trial willful violations for a construction client and willful violations involving a fatality for a railroad client. Cassidy has also recently handled state and federal OSHA trials in Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Arizona, Kentucky, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Cassidy also represents clients in state and federal court in general litigation matters. Pro bono and community involvement has been an integral part of Cassidy’s practice. He has represented indigent parties in family law matters, several capital post-conviction criminal proceedings, and he has been appointed by the court many times as a volunteer guardian ad litem in Ramsey County child protection proceedings.

Fredrikson & Byron is a 275-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, St. Paul, Monterrey, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Fredrikson & Byron has a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet”. Our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients, and operate as business advisors and strategic partners, as well as legal counselors. More information about the firm is available at Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @FredriksonLaw.

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