Longstanding local law firms merge

NEW ULM — Blethen, Gage & Krause and Berens Rodenberg & O’Connor, two of the region’s oldest and most well-respected law firms, are merging.

Both firms have a significant historical footprint in their respective areas. Blethen, Gage & Krause has been providing legal services in the Mankato area for over 120 years while Berens, Rodenberg & O’Connor has provided services in the New Ulm area for over 90 years.

“Although there is a lot of history represented in the new firm, this merger is about looking forward” said Berens partner Jeremy Berg. “Each firm brings complementary talents and a combination of veteran and rising attorneys to the merger. Combining the strengths of the Blethen and Berens firms will provide our clients with a broad range of legal talents to meet the needs and challenges of our clients across the region while still providing the ‘Main Street’ service that our communities expect.”

Both firms represent clients in a wide range of business and personal matters. The combined firm will employ 19 attorneys and 24 employees.

Silas Danielson, Blethen Partner, says, “We are excited about the addition of such a high quality firm. We look forward to expanding our market and capitalizing on the abilities of all of our lawyers and staff. This merger is a great opportunity for the Blethen and Berens groups.”

The merger will be effective July 1, 2018. The merged firm will retain the use of their current names for the immediate future and their respective locations in Mankato and New Ulm.

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