Attorney Cadem Named 2015 Up & Coming Attorney – Minnesota Lawyer Magazine

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Attorney Cadem has been selected for inclusion in Minnesota Lawyer Magazine’s prestigious Up & Coming Attorneys for 2015.  “The Up & Coming Attorney recognition highlights those lawyers within their first 10 years of practice who have already distinguished themselves by their achievements. The criteria for selection include: professional accomplishment, leadership service to the community and the profession or achievement as in house counsel.”


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New Office Space Complete

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The office remodel for new attorney Carolyn Burghart is now complete. Ms. Burghart  focuses her practice on family law matters including child custody, divorce, child support, domestic abuse, post-decree issues, and child protection. She offers free initial consultations. FBurghart Officeeel free to stop by to see the new office space and/or to meet Carolyn.

Cadem Argues TPR Appeal

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Yesterday, oral argument went well at the Court of Appeal in a TPR appeal filed by Christopher J. Cadem. In a decade of arguing at the Court of Appeals, there has never been more than a few casual observers at a CLG appeal. This time the courtroom was nearly filled to capacity with people interested in the outcome of the case. The court seemed particularly cued in to the issue presented. We are hopeful that we will prevail or at least get clear direction from the appellate courts that a petitioner must show a direct and immediate connection between drug use/abuse and child endangerment before terminating parental rights.

CLG Welcomes New Lawyer

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PR Pic 2 - Pref 052715Cadem Law Group is pleased to announce that Carolyn Burghart, Esq. has joined its Fergus Falls office.

Carolyn will primarily focus her practice on family law, including divorce, custody, child support, domestic abuse, post-decree issues, and child protection. Carolyn provides personalized, strategic, and effective legal representation to her clients, and has developed a reputation for being aggressive and obtaining outstanding results. Carolyn will continue to practice in the Twin Cities as well in Cadem Law Group’s Fergus Falls office.

Prior to joining Cadem Law Group, Carolyn previously worked for a private family law practice and with a non-profit law firm. She also served as a Judicial Extern for Judge Mary Vasaly and represented parents in the child protection system through William Mitchell College of Law’s Child Protection Clinic, where she was recognized for her exceptional case work.

For more information about Cadem Law Group and the services it has to offer, please visit their website at or call (218) 739-4357 to speak with an attorney.

Cadem Files Petition to Supreme Court

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cadem_portAttorney Cadem has filed a petition to the Minnesota Supreme Court seeking review of whether the high court’s proclamation in Steeves v. Campbell, 508 N.W.2d 817 (1993) remains the state of the law for post-trial motions under Rule 104.01, and to clarify what are now two materially inconsistent rulings by the Court of Appeals on such matters in Bazzaro v. Issaenko, No. A12-2017, 2013 WL 2927431, at 3 (Minn. Ct. App. June 17, 2013) (new trial motion is not authorized in special proceedings) and Aune v. Aune, A15-0094 at 3 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 18, 2015) (new trial motion is authorized in special proceedings and tolls the deadline for filing under Rule 104.01).

I believe that a ruling clarifying and harmonizing the law is essential at this juncture.  There are more than 13,000 similar proceedings filed in Minnesota every year.  The cases, and resulting rulings, implicate child custody, residency, and help protect people from the threat of imminent harm. They therefore present matters of significant priority for the courts and all Minnesotans.

Hamil Acquitted of Homicide

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At 8:17 p.m. on March 23, 2015, a 12-person jury acquitted David Shayne Hamil of all four counts of criminal vehicular homicide stemming from the fatal rollover crash that occurred July 4, 2014, on Highway 31 just north of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. The victim died when the car driven by Mr. Hamil left the highway, traveled through a ditch, and rolled into Franklin Lake. The victim was thrown from the vehicle during the single car accident and was later found dead roughly 10 yards from shore.

Although experts for the State testified that Mr. Hamil was traveling at 89 miles per hour and had a blood alcohol content in excess of .14 at the time of the crash, the jury deliberated just over three hours before rendering its verdict of acquittal on the homicide charges.

The trial took five days and included the testimony of 15 witnesses and five experts. It was legally and factually a very difficult case. Daniel Lofgren of Lofgren and Associates (763) 441-6505 was our expert reconstructionist. Glenn Hardin of The Tox Group, Inc. (651) 338-7982 was our expert toxicologist. They were instrumental in our success and I cannot thank them enough for their efforts and professionalism.

Heidi Narimani was our investigator. Her efforts toward investigating the case, scheduling, assisting with witnesses, and functioning as a trial aid, were invaluable.


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Cadem Files Appeal in the Matter of the Child of: A.S. and T.S.

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On January 30, 2015, attorney Cadem filed an appeal in the case of In the Matter of the Child of A.S. and T.S.  Issues raised on appeal include whether Human Services provided appropriate services before terminating parental rights, and whether the district court’s findings of fact and conclusions of law support the termination.

Obviously, the decision to terminate the parent/child relationship against the will of the parents and child should be one of the most difficult and most scrupulously reviewed decisions a court can make. Although attorney Cadem did not represent the parties in the underlying TPR proceedings, in this appeal, he will again demonstrate his commitment to making sure that the law is strictly followed and that justice prevailed.

Jury Acquits J.A. of 1st Degree Rape

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On January 13, 2015 an Otter Tail County jury acquitted 21 year-old J.A. of all criminal charges stemming from an allegation of rape. After a heated six day trial, more than 15 witnesses, and two experts, the jury deliberated for over three hours before rendering its verdict of acquittal.

The jury made the right decision, but it was a very difficult case. Cadem Law Group put everything it had into his defense, and justice prevailed. The worst part is that J.A. sat in jail for more than five months for a crime he didn’t commit. One of the highlights of my career to date was sending him home to his family.

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Cadem Files Appeal in Case of C.E. v. Comm’r of Pub. Safety

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In this case, C.E. was found slumbering in his car legally parked at a grocery store. Upon investigation, he was found to be intoxicated. There was no evidence of when C.E. drove the vehicle, and there were no keys present to actually operate the vehicle. The Otter Tail County District Court sustained the revocation of C.E.’s license.  The issues presented on appeal will include whether “physical control” can legally consist of situations where a vehicle occupant lacks the physical means to actually control the vehicle. Compare Dufrane v. Comm’r, 353 N.W.2d 705 (Minn. Ct. App. 1984) and State v. Fleck, 777 N.W.2d 233 (Minn. 2010).

CLG Hires In-House Investigator

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Cadem Law Group is pleased to announce that Heidi Narimani has joined its Fergus Falls law office as a legal Press Photo IIIassistant/investigator. Heidi will join a team of individuals dedicated to representing clients faced with a broad range of legal challenges including accidents, criminal charges, real estate matters, employment disputes and child protection matters.

Heidi obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from Minnesota State University as a summa cum laude honorary and has an extensive history working within the field of social services. She most recently worked as a county child and adult protective services social worker. Her skill-set is a unique asset to CLG. She will serve as a specialized in-house investigator devoted to furthering CLG’s mission of providing clients with the best legal representation available.

For more information about CLG and the services it has to offer, please visit their website at, or call (218) 739-4357.