Anthony Bushnell is the founder of The Bushnell Law Firm, LLC. Mr. Bushnell practices civil litigation and criminal law at the trial and appellate levels. He has handled cases and appeared in court throughout the Twin Cities and in many counties in the greater metro area. Mr. Bushnell also has experience in Federal District Court and at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. As part of his work in criminal defense, Mr. Bushnell has handled felony matters in various counties and is also a member of the Minnesota Source Code Coalition that obtained and tested the source code for the Intoxilyzer 5000EN breath testing machine used for years in Minnesota DWI arrests.
In his civil practice, Mr. Bushnell assists clients with employment law issues and has handled litigation cases involving non-compete agreements, trade secrets, allegations of theft of confidential information, breach of the duty of loyalty, and contract issues. His practice includes negotiating severance packages and separation agreements and advising employees about their rights and obligations when separating from employment. Mr. Bushnell has also handled many construction litigation cases and home remodeling actions, assisting homeowners in recovering damages and the return of payments that were taken by contractors without services being performed.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Bushnell also serves as a board member and vice-president of the Minnesota Chapter of Christian Legal Society, and has volunteered his time at the Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid clinic. Mr. Bushnell makes a priority to spend time talking about the practice of law with students enrolled in law school, including serving as an adjunct Lawyering Program Instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School for the 2009-2010 class year.
Mr. Bushnell received his legal education at the University of Minnesota Law School, which is consistently ranked among the top 20 law schools in the United States. He graduated with honors in 2005 and was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar that same year. He founded The Bushnell Law Firm in March of 2007. During law school, Mr. Bushnell excelled in litigation-related courses and earned the highest possible grade in Advanced Trial Practice. Mr. Bushnell also represented victims of domestic abuse in obtaining civil orders for protection through the law school clinic program and prosecuted traffic cases through a clinic with the Saint Paul City Attorney's Office.
Mr. Bushnell's interest in practicing law was confirmed during college, where he was consistently recognized for his outstanding skills in trial advocacy. He earned a number of awards at national and local tournaments for his skill as an attorney in college mock trial, and participated in the national tournament each year he competed. During the last year of college and for three years prior to attending law school, Mr. Bushnell worked in several law firms and gained a wide variety of experience with legal practice and procedure.
Minnesota State Bar Association
Christian Legal Society
Hennepin County Bar Association
Anoka County Bar Association
The Bushnell Law Firm Wins at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Anthony Bushnell, Esq. and The Bushnell Law Firm, LLC successfully represented the Appellant before the Minnesota Court of Appeals in a case that resulted in a published opinion. Oral argument was heard on February 27, 2008 and the decision was issued on May 27, 2008. The case is Tina Ayala v. Carlos Ayala, 749 N.W.2d 817 (Minn. App. 2008) (Appellate Court File No. A07-657). The case involved a civil order for protection taken out against the Appellant for which no attempts to personally serve the Appellant were ever made. Instead, the Respondent filed for an order for notice by publication.
Mr. Bushnell said: "I fully support the civil order for protection system and I believe it is a good system that provides important protection for victims of domestic abuse. Unfortunately, even a good system can be abused, and the best way to ensure that the system continues to achieve its purpose is to protect it against efforts to use it improperly. It is a fundamental principle of our state and federal constitutions that a person against whom an action is commenced has a right to notice of the action, in order that he or she may have an opportunity to be heard and to put before the court facts that may rebut those offered by the party initiating the action."
In reversing the district court's decision and vacating the order, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the Domestic Abuse Act, Minn. Stat. § 518B.01, subd. 5(f), requires that an ex parte order for protection be served on a respondent personally by a law-enforcement official. Notice by publication is not available unless an attempt at service by a law-enforcement official has already been made and has failed because the respondent is evading service, and a copy of the petition and ex parte order have been mailed to the respondent's last known address or the address is not known. The Court also stated that the district courts must inquire whether these requirements have been met before issuing an order for notice by publication. The Court's opinion can be found here.
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