February 6, 2019. The Minnesota Supreme Court announced its appointment of Melissa Stull as Attorney Member of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection for the Fourth Judicial District. The Commission solicits, considers, and recommends candidates to the Governor for vacancies in Minnesota’s district courts. It consists of members – attorneys and non-attorneys – appointed by the Governor and the Supreme Court, including nine at-large members and four members from each of Minnesota’s ten judicial districts. Melissa will participate in commission meetings to recommend candidates for vacancies on the Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County), the state’s largest district.
February 25, 2019. George’s chocolate chip cookies were auctioned again this year at DIW’s annual LEAP fundraiser. The winning bids totaled $1200. Soule & Stull joined other Twin Cities law firms and businesses to sponsor the 4th Annual Division of Indian Work LEAP Event on January 25. DIW provides food, clothing and other services to American Indian individuals and families in need throughout our community. Over 400 people attended the event – to raise funds for DIW food shelf and youth development programs. The event featured native drummers, musicians and dancers, and silent and live auctions. George serves as Chair of the DIW Board of Directors.
February 2, 2019. Soule & Stull celebrated its Fifth Anniversary with family at Spoon & Stable in Minneapolis. George Soule and Melissa Stull started their firm in February 2014. Kevin Curry has been with the firm almost from its start, Meghan Feliciano joined us in 2016, Alice McGlave and Anna Veit-Carter started in 2017, and Alison Jacobs joined us in 2018. Retired Justice Paul Anderson and Judge John McShane provide mediation and arbitration and consulting services. “2018 was a big year for our firm, and we have several interesting and challenging matters on our docket in 2019,” Melissa Stull said. The firm focuses on product liability, commercial litigation, personal injury and property damage, Indian law, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.
December 12, 2018. The Board of Directors of the Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis elected George as its Chair. George has been a member of the Board since 2014, and will serve a three-year term as Chair. In 2018, DIW separated from its parent; DIW is a separate 501(c)(3) organization. Division of Indian Work’s mission is to empower urban American Indians through culturally-based education, counseling, advocacy and leadership development. It provides services for American Indian youth, adults, families and elders in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. For more information about DIW, please check its website: https://www.diw-mn.org/
Happy Holidays from Alison, Meghan, John, Melissa, George, Alice, Kevin, Anna and Paul from the shores of Bde Maka Ska, the largest lake in Minneapolis.
December 13, 2018. Today, George served as a judge for the Minneapolis Public Schools All Nations Indian Law Moot Court at South High School. Five finalists in the program presented arguments for a tribe and the U.S. Forest Service in a dispute under the Historic Preservation Act. The high school sophomores did a great job in advocating for their clients. George is former President of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, and serves as a judge on the courts of appeals for four Minnesota tribes.
December 6, 2018. Finance & Commerce and Minnesota Lawyer honored leaders in the community who demonstrate “years of experience and a list of achievements, not to mention the keen ability to lead, succeed in the courtroom or in a conference room, and empower others.” George was selected to receive this award based not only on his successful career in litigation, but also on the many contributions he has made to the community: mentoring scores of new lawyers, dedicating time and skills to the American Indian community and trial courts, serving two Governors on the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection, chairing and working on many judicial and political campaigns, and serving on the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Board of Directors of the Division of Indian Work. You can view more photos and the list of honorees here: https://finance-commerce.com/icons-2018/. Congratulations to George for this well-deserved honor!
October 16, 2018. George and Melissa attended a program and dinner with Chief Justice John Roberts as the guest of honor. During the 75-minute program at the University of Minnesota, the Chief Justice spoke on a wide range of topics with University of Minnesota Law School Professor Robert A. Stein. The event drew a near capacity crowd of 3,000 students, lawyers, and community members. After the program, George and Melissa were invited to dinner with the Chief Justice. George and the Chief Justice were friends and classmates at Harvard Law School. You can watch Chief Justice Roberts’ program here: https://www.law.umn.edu/news/2018-10-22-video-available-2018-stein-lecture-featuring-chief-justice-john-roberts.
September 2018. Melissa has started her term as Chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. The MSBA Civil Litigation Section serves its members and the legal community by advancing standards of practice in civil cases, fostering connections among lawyers and the courts, offering learning opportunities, and providing a network of experienced and diverse lawyers that promotes collegiality in the profession.
The Section has 1,375 members. Soule & Stull is the home of three Civil Litigation Chairs, as George chaired the Council in 1994-1995 and Kevin in 2011-2012.
October 4, 2018. George and Melissa helped their client win a defense verdict in Nielsen v. Vermeer Manufacturing Company in Suffolk County, New York, in early October. Plaintiff claimed that Vermeer’s BC1800XL brush chipper was defective in design and Vermeer failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions for its safe use. Plaintiff was injured while working at Green-Wood Cemetery in the Bronx in December 2012 when his hand was caught between two logs on the brush chipper’s feed table while he was feeding a log into the brush chipper. He claimed defective design of the brush chipper’s feed rollers caused one of the logs to move sideways, impacting his hand. Vermeer defended the brush chipper’s design and warnings and instructions, and claimed that Nielsen’s own negligence caused his injuries. After a two week trial, the Court granted Vermeer’s motion to dismiss the design defect claim, but submitted the failure-to-warn claim to the jury. On October 4, 2018, the jury deliberated about one hour before returning a defense verdict, finding that Vermeer did not fail to provide adequate warnings and instructions for the brush chipper.