Attorneys in Owatonna, MN
Mark J. Rahrick
Mark Rahrick of Smith, Tollefson, Rahrick & Cass was born in 1964 and graduated from Ipswich High School in Ipswich, South Dakota. He is a 1987 summa cum laude graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota, with a BS in physics. Mark worked as a reliability engineer with Honeywell Incorporated; in defense avionics in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the E.F. Johnson Company in Waseca, Minnesota.
Mark attended the University of Minnesota Law School in 1994, from which he graduated cum laude in 1994. During his law school career, he clerked for a large Twin Cities law firm concentrating on the areas of environmental litigation and products liability. He joined the law firm of Smith & Tollefson following graduation.
Mark's community activities include membership on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Steele County, SCOPE (a resource center for parents), and church activities.
Mark is a member of the bars of Minnesota and the United States District Court for the Districts of Minnesota. He has worked primarily in the area of civil litigation, family law, criminal law, and estate planning.
Stephen J. Smith
Stephen J. Smith of Smith, Tollefson, Rahrick & Cass was born in 1952, graduated from Marian High School in Owatonna in 1970, and from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1974. He attended the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as a writer and editor on the Minnesota Law Review. He graduated in 1979 in the top ten percent of his class. During law school, he clerked for a Wall Street firm in New York and a large litigation firm in Minneapolis. After graduation, Steve practiced in Minneapolis for two years. He returned to Owatonna in 1981 and has practiced there ever since.
Steve's professional affiliations have included membership on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Insurance Guaranty Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association Task Force on Tort Reform, and the Minnesota Supreme Court Standing Committee on No-Fault Arbitration. He is a member of the Steele County and Minnesota State Bar Associations and the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association. His community activities include memberships in and service as a director of the Owatonna Rotary Club, the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce, the Owatonna Foundation, and United Way of Steele County, the last of which he also served as President.
Steve is a member of the bars of, and has practiced before, the Minnesota Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He served as class counsel in the Minnesota 1988 drought insurance class action litigation and as court-appointed counsel in the liquidation of Diversified Insurer's Company.
Steve now practices principally in the areas of corporate and transactional law, commercial litigation, health care law, personal injury, and a general personal and business practice.
Benjamin M. Cass
Ben Cass of Smith, Tollefson, Rahrick & Cass was born in 1973 and graduated from Amherst High School in Amherst, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, earning a BS degree in applied psychology and an MS degree in secondary school counseling.
Ben attended Hamline University Law School, while working as a high school guidance counselor, from August 2002 until January 2006. During his law school career, Ben served as student director for the Innocence Clinic at Hamline University and competed in Moot Court Competition in 2004 and 2005.
Ben began clerking at Smith, Tollefson & Rahrick in the summer of 2005, and he stayed with the firm after graduation. Ben's community activities include membership on the board of the Crisis Resource Center, the United Way of Steele County, and the Steele County Bar Association, which he has served as Treasurer and President.
Ben is a member of the bars of Minnesota and United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. He practices primarily in the areas of criminal law, family law, and civil litigation.
Barbara A. Zeman
Barb Zeman is an investigator and paralegal with Smith, Tollefson, Rahrick & Cass. She grew up on a farm near Owatonna and graduated from Owatonna High School in 1981. She attended Winona State University and graduated summa cum laude in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in the ABA-accredited paralegal studies program. During her studies, Barb was an intern at Smith & Tollefson.
After graduation, Barb went to an insurance defense and litigation firm in Fairmont, Minnesota, where she worked in the areas of personal injury litigation, insurance defense work, general litigation, family law, and collections.
In October 1986, Barb came back to Smith & Tollefson. She works in personal injury, family law, and other litigation. Her tasks include investigation and witness interviews; client contacts; discovery preparation; document and exhibit preparation; review and analysis of medical, employment, and other records; and document preparation.
Barb Zeman is a member of the Minnesota Paralegal Association. Her community activities include teaching Sunday School; volunteering at church; coaching youth sports; being room parent at school; volunteering for other school activities; being an active member/volunteer for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, and Brighter Tomorrows; and counseling parents of children fighting cancer.