Barbara Podlucky Berens

Barbara Podlucky Berens

Majority Shareholder, President
Location:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Majority shareholder; president.  Practice in the areas of employment law, antitrust, complex business and commercial litigation, securities, shareholder disputes and special litigation committees, trademark, patent and copyright litigation, leasing and constitutional law.  Advise clients on an on-going basis on various issues related to employment, including discrimination prevention, counseling, matters related to employee termination, non-compete/restrictive covenants and agreements, and executive compensation. Also conduct investigations related to various employment matters and serve as outside general counsel for several clients.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence magna cum laude - 1990
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: Minnesota Law Review, Managing Editor, 1989 - 1990
  • University of Uppsala, Sweden
    • Law School Classes
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude - 1975
    • Honors: National Merit Scholarship
    • Major: Philosophy
  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
    • Psychology Counseling, M.S. course work

Published Works

  • Author: "Defendants’ Right to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews with Treating Physicians in Drug or Medical Device Cases", 73 Minn. L. Rev. 1451 (1989)

Representative Clients

  • National Football League Players Association (including during the 2011 NFL/NFLPA Antitrust litigation challenging the player lockout)
  • VantageScore Solutions, LLC
  • UnitedHealth Group Special Litigation Committee, Lead Counsel, 2006 – 2009 (examining claims involving the alleged backdating of employee stock options)
  • Regis Corporation Special Litigation Committee (examining claims of alleged excessive executive compensation)
  • Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
  • The Fox Group, LLC
  • Flint Hills Resources
  • Prudential Financial, Inc. and Prudential Insurance Company
  • Homeownership Preservation Foundation (providing on-going counseling related to various matters, including a wide spectrum of employment issues)
  • Modern Heating
  • KFC (assisted in defense of FSLA class action)

Honors and Awards

  • Series VII Securities License, New York, 1976

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota Advisory Committee on Local Rules, Member, 1993 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Vice-Chair of Immunities & Exceptions Committee of Antitrust Section

Past Employment Positions

  • U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota NFL/NFLPA Antitrust Litigation, Special Master, 1993
  • Hon. David S. Doty, U.S. District Judge, Law Clerk, 1990 - 1993
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota Advisory Committee on Local Rules, Assistant Reporter, 1989 - 1990
  • U.S. District Court for the Minnesota Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee, Consultant, 1993
  • Leonard, Street and Deinard, Associate and Shareholder, 1993 - 1998