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The Minnesota Supreme Court has appointed Fredrikson attorney Karen G. Schanfield to the state’s Commission on Judicial Selection. Schanfield will serve a four-year term beginning January 8, 2023. The Commission is tasked with soliciting, considering and recommending candidates to the Governor for vacancies in the District Courts and the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals. It is comprised of nine at-large members, including the Chair, and four district members from each of the ten Judicial Districts.

Schanfield advises and represents employers on a broad range of workplace matters. Her expertise includes leaves of absence, wage and hour issues, harassment, discrimination, disability and religious accommodation, retaliation, non-compete agreements, executive agreements and compensation, whistleblower claims, downsizing and union matters. Her clients include publicly traded companies, non-profit organizations, government entities and executives. Schanfield has served as national labor and employment counsel for companies with operations in several states.

Fredrikson & Byron is a leading Midwest law firm working collaboratively to help businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. With 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. The firm’s 375+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Ames, Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Madison, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.


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