Nationally-recognized Civil Litigation Firm O’Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl Grows with New Hires

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They will help us to continue to provide excellent legal service with the highest degree of professionalism on behalf of our clients.

One of Minnesota’s top civil litigating firms, the Minneapolis law firm of O’Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, is announcing today two new hires as part of its efforts to build and strengthen the Firm. Managing Shareholder Shamus O’Meara says the Firm is adding new Associate Attorney Lauren Clausen to its workers’ compensation team, and improving its office operations with the hire of Shantel Schmale as Firm Administrator. This comes just several months after O’Meara was named to head the Firm along with the announcement of five leadership promotions. Since its founding over 40 years ago, the firm of O’Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl has gained a national reputation for its enviable track record in business, commercial, education, workers’ compensation and insurance-related litigation.

“We are very proud to have Shantel Schmale lead us as our new Firm Administrator and Lauren Clausen as our newest Associate Attorney. They will help us to continue to provide excellent legal service with the highest degree of professionalism on behalf of our clients,” said O’Meara.

Recently O’Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl embarked on an innovative office redesign to accommodate these new employees and to “work better and work smarter.” O’Meara says the remodel enhances the Firm’s client services and improves its work flow with “team centered” working spaces. The Firm also recently celebrated its dedication to community service, advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families across Minnesota. Read more about it in this Star Tribune article.

Shantel Schmale, Firm Administrator—Since 2007, Shantel Schmale has worked at Anthem College-Minneapolis holding the positions of Business Office Manager, Assistant Director of Admissions and Admissions Representative. As Office Manager, her many accomplishments included enhancing the college office’s workflow efficiency, conducting research and gathering performance data for the college’s accreditation process, and managing the college’s community outreach programs. Shantel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Iowa

Lauren E. Clausen, Associate Attorney— A May 2013 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, Lauren Clausen brings her prior experience in workers’ compensation and a variety of personal injury cases, including auto, premises liability and wrongful death.

About O’Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P.A.
Since its founding in 1973, O’Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P.A. has achieved a strong national reputation for trial success and its handling of high profile legal matters, and has a deep tradition of community involvement. Based in Minneapolis, the firm of 60 employees and 23 attorneys serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses, local governments and insurance companies. The firm is listed in Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys, The Insurance Bar, and by Martindale-Hubbell, Inc. with the highest rating for professional legal ability and faithful adherence to ethical standards, professional reliability and diligence. For more information, call 952-806-0442 or go to: To schedule interviews, contact media liaison Robb Leer at 612.701.0608.


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