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SG&S Attorney Certified as Civil Trial Specialist

Press Release
February 2002

MINNEAPOLIS, February 1, 2002-- The law firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, P.A. announced today that William R. Sieben has been board certified by The Minnesota State Bar Association as a Civil Trial Specialist. This certification recognizes attorneys who specialize in civil trial law and meet the board’s exacting standards for professional expertise and ethics.

Once qualified, Mr. Sieben had to undergo a rigorous approval process. He had to demonstrate substantial experience in civil trial law, submit professional references, demonstrate competence in legal writing, prove continuing legal education, and complete a one-day examination. Each year special council will review Mr. Sieben certification.

William Sieben was also recognized as one of just 44 personal injury lawyers in Minnesota named to Woodward & White’s list of “Best Lawyers in America” in 2000. He has received an “AV” rating by The Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. This rating, the highest achievable, recognizes legal ability, faithful adherence to ethical standards, professional reliability, and diligence. William Sieben has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1986; an exclusive certification based on peer review and written examination.

A native of Hastings, Minnesota, Sieben received his Political Science degree with honors from St. Cloud State University in 1973 and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1977. Before beginning his career in law, he served on Walter Mondale’s Senate Staff, and was a White House Assistant to the Vice President during the Carter Administration. He returned to Minnesota, and in 1980 joined Schwebel & Associates as a personal injury lawyer. In 1983, he became a principal shareholder and the firm was renamed Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben.

Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, P. A. is the largest law firm in Minnesota specializing exclusively in personal injury litigation. With 18 lawyers and more than 80 support staff, it provides personal, specialized service from initial investigation through settlement, trial or appeal.