After spending four years at a law firm in Rochester, Tim Woessner is happy to be working closer to home.
The 1999 Byron High School graduate joined Weber and Leth Law Firm in January and is happy to be working in a small town.
"I wanted to work with Brian and Melanie when I first graduated from law school but the timing wasn't right then," he explained. "So when they began looking for a new attorney I knew this is where I wanted to be."
Woessner obtained his bachelors degree in political science and a minor in history from the University of Minnesota. "When I started college I wasn't sure what I wanted to do," he explained. "But I loved political science and history so stuck with those, law school just seemed like the natural next step." The competitiveness of practicing law fills the void that team sports left and he enjoys helping others.
After graduating from the U of M, Woessner worked at Mayo Clinic in the billing department before entering into William Mitchell Law School. "I chose the school because of their reputation of a strong writing program and their practical teaching method," he said. He enjoyed their strong dedication to teaching law students skills instead of just theory.
For the past four years, Woessner has been working for Wolf and O'Brien in Rochester. While there, Woessner gained experienced in family law, business litigation, contract disputes, construction defect cases, personal injury and appellate casework. "I enjoy appellate work," he said. "It's more academic than normal legal work is, and it requires a lot of strong writing skills." He admitted going in front of appellate court judges is a little more intimidating than a normal courtroom. "They're sitting up on their benches and they start firing questions at you, it can be a little nerve wracking," he said. Out of the five appellate cases he's handled he has won four of them. He also did some pro bono work while working at Wolf and O'Brien and hopes to do more of it in the future. "Right now I'm trying to get my practice built up but I will definitely be doing more pro bono work in the future." He admits Dodge County does have a need for legal aide work.
Every career has its ups and downs, the legal field is no different, and Tim admits the hardest cases he has come across are civil commitment cases. "It's hard because you are trying to figure out what's best for a person," he said. "And trying to make sure that they get the help that they need in the least constrictive manner." He also admits it's hard to see people get into they legal system and not be able to get out. "Some people just get in a cycle that they can't break," he explained. "They can't seem to over come addiction or get on the right track and that's very hard to see."
Woessner enjoys the competitiveness of trial work and being in the courtroom the most. "My first trial case is a case I'll never forget," he explained. "It was a civil property damage jury trial, the damage wasn't a lot, less than ten thousand dollars but there was something exhilarating about arguing in front of a jury for the first time, I knew then that this was the right career choice for me." He added there's nothing greater than getting a call from the courthouse saying he's won a case.
Woessner will be handling all areas of law while working at Weber and Leth but he will be specializing in Administrative Law. "Administrative Law deals with professionals that are licensed through the state," he said. "When those licenses are not renewed or revoked by the state a lot of time the license holder has no idea that they should contact an attorney and they have the right to fight the license revocation."
"If a daycare provider would for some reason have their license not renewed or taken away by the state," he explained. "I would aide them in litigation to reinstate their license." The area of law is somewhat new to Woessner but there is a need for it in our area. "When someone's career is at stake it's very important," he said.
Brian Weber said this a new area of law that the firm will be handling and that he sees a real need for it in the county he also added that Woessner is a great asset to the firm. "He has a lot of experience," Weber said. "We're happy to have him."