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Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.
Jon Erickson

200 Coon Rapids Blvd. #400
Coon Rapids MN 55433
(763) 780-8500

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Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

Call: 763-780-8500

Guzy & Steffen’s goal is to provide our clients with high quality legal service at reasonable rates. Whether you are an individual, a small business owner, a corporate officer at a large corporation or represent local government, we can take care of your legal needs with your bottom line in mind.

Barna, Guzy & Steffen has been helping clients solve their business and legal problems effectively and efficiently since 1938. Let us help you solve your problems so you can get back to business.

Call today at (763) 780-8500 or toll-free (800) 422-3486. Barna, Guzy & Steffen provides you with the right person or team to carefully handle your legal needs.

Jon Erickson has been involved in the practice of criminal law ever since his law school graduation in 1973. During his first eight years of practice he was an Assistant Wabasha County Attorney and then an Assistant Anoka County Attorney handling all types of criminal cases from sex charges and drug cases to murder in the first degree. In 1981, Jon became an Anoka County Public Defender and Tenth Judicial District Public Defender and then was appointed the Chief Public Defender for the Tenth Judicial District. Since 1992, Jon has practiced primarily as a private attorney specializing in criminal defense cases. He represents the accused in all types of charges and in all Minnesota Courts.

Jon has taught criminal law and trial advocacy to lawyers. He has been certified as a criminal law specialist, and has been the recipient of honors and awards as a criminal defense specialist; including the highest rating given by a national publication, a “Super Lawyer” designation. In September of 2000, Jon received the Distinguished Service Award as a Public Defender from the State Board of Public Defense. He has served on many committees that have focused on criminal law issues throughout his career. Jon is uniquely qualified to represent you, family members, friends, and colleagues in all types of criminal cases.

Current Employment Position(s):
Shareholder

Areas of Practice:
Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions:
Minnesota, 1973

Education:
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1973
B.A., University of North Dakota, 1970

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Lecturer: Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal Justice Seminar Faculty

Bemidji Trial Advocacy College Faculty

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Criminal Justice Institute Planning Committee

Minnesota State Board of Public Defense, Board of Directors, 1992 – 2000

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Anoka County Bar Association
President, 1984-1985

Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
President, 1998
Board of Directors 1996-2002

Past Employment Positions:
Wabasha County, Assistant County Attorney, 1973 – 1976

Anoka County, Assistant County Attorney, 1976 – 1981

Anoka County, Chief Public Defender, 1981 – 1990

Tenth Judicial District, Chief Public Defender, 1986 – 1992

Call: 763-780-8500

Jon Erickson

Jon Erickson has been involved in the practice of criminal law ever since his law school graduation in 1973. During his first eight years of practice he was an Assistant Wabasha County Attorney and then an Assistant Anoka County Attorney handling all types of criminal cases from sex charges and drug cases to murder in the first degree. In 1981, Jon became an Anoka County Public Defender and Tenth Judicial District Public Defender and then was appointed the Chief Public Defender for the Tenth Judicial District. Since 1992, Jon has practiced primarily as a private attorney specializing in criminal defense cases. He represents the accused in all types of charges and in all Minnesota Courts.

Jon has taught criminal law and trial advocacy to lawyers. He has been certified as a criminal law specialist, and has been the recipient of honors and awards as a criminal defense specialist; including the highest rating given by a national publication, a “Super Lawyer” designation. In September of 2000, Jon received the Distinguished Service Award as a Public Defender from the State Board of Public Defense. He has served on many committees that have focused on criminal law issues throughout his career. Jon is uniquely qualified to represent you, family members, friends, and colleagues in all types of criminal cases.

Current Employment Position(s):
Shareholder

Areas of Practice:
Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions:
Minnesota, 1973

Education:
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1973
B.A., University of North Dakota, 1970

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Lecturer: Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal Justice Seminar Faculty

Bemidji Trial Advocacy College Faculty

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Criminal Justice Institute Planning Committee

Minnesota State Board of Public Defense, Board of Directors, 1992 – 2000

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Anoka County Bar Association
President, 1984-1985

Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
President, 1998
Board of Directors 1996-2002

Past Employment Positions:
Wabasha County, Assistant County Attorney, 1973 – 1976

Anoka County, Assistant County Attorney, 1976 – 1981

Anoka County, Chief Public Defender, 1981 – 1990

Tenth Judicial District, Chief Public Defender, 1986 – 1992

Firm Overview

Our History

Barna, Guzy & Steffen was founded in 1938 by the late Honorable Joseph E. Wargo. The firm was built upon the premise of providing the best legal service for our clients to achieve their goals and guide them through exciting as well as difficult times. Robert Guzy and Bernard Steffen solidified that vision and built a successful full service law firm. We are proud of our reputation as a respected law firm in Minnesota and we take our roles as members of our community very seriously. We have developed long-standing relationships with our clients through the commitment of our attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff to achieving our mission.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to be recognized as the best and most innovative law firm in our market.

We will strive to meet or exceed client expectations while maintaining strong ethical standards.

We will pursue this vision in a collegial atmosphere which:

  • Rewards commitment to the quality, success and profitability of the firm
  • Recognizes the value of a meaningful community, professional and civic life
  • Assures open and effective management
  • Encourages respect for a diverse workforce and the unique contributions made by each employee to the success of the firm

Our Practice

Barna, Guzy & Steffen has been providing a wide range of legal services to individuals and small businesses as well as large corporations for more than seventy years. Our clients range in diversity from municipalities and government entities, to small and large educational and financial institutions, to insurance companies and entrepreneurial organizations. Barna, Guzy & Steffen has enjoyed long associations with many of its clients and new clients are always welcome. We provide legal services in a wide variety of areas:

Our Approach

Barna, Guzy & Steffen constantly strives to ensure that our clients have access to highly experienced legal professionals and dedicated legal and administrative assistants. Our firm will provide you with the right professionals to effectively and efficiently handle your legal and business needs. Whether you need a specific attorney or a team of professionals, we stand ready to do what it takes to effectively and efficiently meet your needs and work towards the best solution.

Our Commitment to Client Service

Small or large, one person or many, each client receives responsive, individual attention. Our clients can be absolutely assured that they and their legal matters are treated with the highest degree of confidentiality and professionalism.

We place a high priority on being available to our clients and on providing high quality legal services in a cost-effective, timely manner. We know our clients want aggressive representation, but they also want an attorney who is understanding and will listen. Our attorneys are compassionate and sympathetic to your situation and will represent your interests vigorously in court or at the negotiation table.

Our Excellence and Professionalism

As legal matters become increasingly complex, specialization is essential to providing quality legal service. Many Barna, Guzy & Steffen attorneys are certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as specialists in their practice areas. Each attorney also limits their practice to just a few areas of the law. By having a number of experienced attorneys concentrating their practice within the same law firm, we are able to offer our clients the precise legal expertise to meet their needs. Our strong commitment to continuing education keeps our attorneys and entire staff abreast of the latest developments in the law, legal research and procedures. Many of our attorneys have been instructors for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminars offered by the Minnesota State Bar Association. We encourage community participation by everyone and numerous Barna, Guzy & Steffen attorneys have served in bar association leadership roles and have been appointed to the judiciary.

Our Integrity

Trust, dedication and professionalism are essential to the success of any business relationship. We believe these ingredients are the essence of integrity, and we strive to nurture these values within our firm. For more than 70 years, the attorneys at Barna, Guzy & Steffen have been committed to providing comprehensive legal services within the framework of professional excellence.

Please call us. We are ready to put our experience and dedication to work for you.

Areas of Practice

Practicing law requires legal expertise, adversarial commitment, and sensitivity to the special interests of our clients. Barna, Guzy & Steffen is a full-service law firm that provides quality legal services to individuals and small businesses as well as large corporations. They range in diversity from municipalities and government entities, to small and large educational and financial institutions, to insurance companies and entrepreneurial organizations.

Our clients have the opportunity if needed to work with a team of their own that includes attorneys, paralegals and administrative assistants, each with the expertise to assist them in whatever area of practice they need.

Our goal in providing a variety of legal services is to take care of all facets of our clients’ legal needs within our own firm. As an example, if a business client wishes to sell their business, they may need business succession and other estate planning services. If a client gets a divorce, they may need to update their will and other estate planning documents. They may also need to sell their home. We can help with whatever legal issues arise and guide our clients through a process of assessing their needs, planning and evaluating the options and choosing the best course in any situation.

Criminal Defense Law

Many people who find themselves experiencing legal trouble think they cannot afford to hire an attorney.  The truth is, if you have been charged with a crime that threatens to disrupt your family,  your livelihood,  and your life; many times you can’t afford NOT to hire an attorney.

If you or someone you love finds themselves facing criminal charges, confidence in your attorney is critical. Barna, Guzy & Steffen’s criminal defense attorneys are all highly experienced trial attorneys. We have prosecution and public defender backgrounds as well as private criminal defense experience, which translates into a wealth of experience to call upon when representing you. We handle all types of criminal cases including:

  • minor infractions
  • DUI/DWI (and all other traffic related offenses)
  • misdemeanor
  • gross misdemeanor
  • felonies
  • assaults
  • domestic violence
  • drug cases
  • sexual assault cases
  • homicide

Your defense team will research and manage all available facts and related information about your case. We will pursue your defenses as aggressively as possible!  We offer flexible rates and payment plans, and will work with you in all aspects of your case to ensure you are informed every step of the way.

BGS Staff

Attorneys

* Crowder, Russell H.
* Erickson, Jon P.
* Sauter, Douglas G.
* Villarreal, Adriel B.

Paralegals

* Jakacki, Molly B.
* Maldonado-Johnson, Eny


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