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KIM AGUILAR, Office Manager

Significant past experiences include:

Project Manager, Legal & HR, Medical Software Company

I’ve worked for various companies performing contracts functions, organizing workflow, creating systems and procedures, and providing HR support as needed. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and have additional experience in accounting, training and course curriculum development and supervising.

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Kim Aguilar,  Office Manager, Contracts Manager




Significant past experiences include:

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

I have been working as a legal assistant/paralegal for fifteen years, with over ten years of experience in the area of bankruptcy. Prior to my experience as a paralegal, I worked as a loan specialist in the financial and banking area assisting clients with retail and commercial loans. I graduated from St. Cloud University and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

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Tricia DeSanto,  Paralegal




Significant past experiences include:

Founder and Managing Attorney of Tessneer Law Office

I am an accomplished litigator, strong advocate in family matters, and skilled at providing practical legal advice in the areas of business and estate planning. I have effectively represented clients in negotiating favorable settlements in mediation, early neutral evaluation and other ADR venues, while at the same time providing competent, aggressive representation in the courtroom.

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Ann Tessneer, Attorney


Mobile: 763-552-8933




Significant past experiences include:

Corporate Counsel & Executive, Medical Software Company

Prior and in addition to my past corporate/business legal experience, I have also been a private criminal defense attorney for a well-known Minneapolis firm, a public defender in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District, a health club manager and a linguist for the U.S. Navy. I attended the University of Minnesota School of Liberal Arts and Law School and the University of Maine Law School.

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Gary Strootman, Attorney


Mobile: 612-865-1612

  • Managed and provided legal assessment and drafting for all contracting and transactional work

  • Provided legal and practical advice regarding employment practices and supervised outside litigation counsel, when needed

  • Advised corporation on risk and liability issues attendant with particular business practices and product and service offerings

  • Intimately involved in corporate governance activities

  • Developed and conducted corporate compliance training (e.g. HIPAA privacy & security, Stark Exceptions & Anti-Kickback safe-harbors, workplace harassment)

  • Co-developed and executed a validity testing protocol for use of a commercial aptitude assessment in hiring process

  • Executive sponsor for successful effort to obtain Product Certification

  • Primary architect for a Strategic Client Initiative that provided a measured and resource-sensitive approach to challenging customer relationships

  • Co-developed and conducted leadership module of Leadership Training

Contracts Attorney/Contracts Manager, Fortune 500 Education Company  

  • Effectively managed most aspects of legal support for business activity operating in over 135 countries and all fifty U.S. states

  • Provided legal and contracting support to two international offices (Europe/ Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific), actively involved in all negotiations and other legal matters, engaging and directing local counsel when needed

  • Handled a complex contract dispute in India that was referred for criminal prosecution, including weeks of on-site (New Delhi & Indore) legal support, supervising local counsel and acting as sole representative of foreign (U.S.) corporation in protracted proceedings

  • Instrumental in negotiating two services agreements in excess of 200 million dollars

  • Established a contracts/legal group for business unit, including a complete redrafting of the primary service agreement and a significant redrafting of a channel agreement used with more than 3000 testing centers worldwide

  • Recruited, hired and trained a contracts administrator who implemented a superior system of vendor contracting and contract management

  • Simultaneously managed outside legal counsel in multiple jurisdictions (retained for litigation, intellectual property, complex corporate compliance issues, knowledge and licensure in particular jurisdictions, and to supplement bandwidth) and actively participated and provided the business interface with such resources

  • Co-developed import/export (OFAC) compliance strategy and expertise that was used throughout NCS Pearson

  • Established general practice firm in Cambridge, Minnesota in 1999 and have provided an array of legal services for residents of east central Minnesota and metro counties for fifteen years

  • Primary practice in the areas of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, spousal maintenance, adoption, third party custody, and property settlements

  • Accomplished litigator and strong advocate in civil matters

  • Skilled at providing practical legal advice in the areas of business, estate planning, and elder care

  • Effectively represented clients in negotiating favorable settlements in mediation, early neutral evaluation and other ADR venues

  • Currently serve as public defender for Isanti County in matters involving children in need of protection or services

  • Past president of the 18th District Bar Association

  • Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award, 2004

  • Drafted, formatted and reviewed contract documents, as well as identifying potential legal issues to escalate to Corporate Counsel

  • Created forms and processes to streamline the contract request process and contracting process in general

  • Reviewed, updated and maintained contract templates

  • Organized workflow and assigned and prioritize projects

  • Primary or secondary responsibility for drafting all legal correspondence

  • Updated and maintained filing system (paper and electronic)

  • Human Resources duties to include interviewing, personnel issues, retention initiatives and other recruiting responsibilities. Instrumental in planning and executing a recruiting open house

  • Developed and performed general contracts training for new employees and more in-depth training for new sales employees

  • Worked with HR team to research, develop, and execute initial New Supervisor training program and on-going sessions

  • Worked with Corporate Counsel to develop validity testing and documentation for use of commercial aptitude assessment for hiring process

Contracts Administrator, Fortune 500 Education Company

  • Drafted, formatted, reviewed and negotiated contract documents

  • Organized workflow and assigned and prioritized projects

  • Set-up and maintained filing system (paper and electronic) to include tracking of final agreements

  • Communicated with both internal and external clients regarding issues with documentation and prioritizing

  • Worked extensively with in-house and outside counsel on trademark and other intellectual property concerns. Instrumental in data privacy, OFAC, and legal issues relating to company sponsored promotional activities (contests).

  • Legal review of marketing materials.

  • Drafted and filed Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions

  • Reviewed and analyzed client’s finances, budget and eligibility

  • Prepared correspondence to Bankruptcy Trustees and Bankruptcy Court

  • Communicated with creditors counsel to resolve disputed matters

  • Coordinated work with attorneys to prepare required filing documents

  • Worked with clients to maintain expectations and ensure timelines are met

  • Assisted clients throughout the bankruptcy process to discharge

Legal Assistant to Trustee – Chapter 7 Panel Trustee

  • Responsible for overall review and monitoring of Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases

  • Prepared pleadings/motions, correspondence to debtor’s counsel to facilitate liquidation

  • Reviewed all assigned petitions for completeness and accuracy, reviewed docket of files for 341(a) hearings

  • Monitored all asset and no asset cases, filed necessary reports for discharge

  • Regulated and administered bankruptcy estates assets to claimants

  • Prepared closing distribution reports for the United States Trustee Office

Strootman Law Office

4124 Quebec Avenue North

Suite 308

New Hope, MN 55427