Bloomington-based Villaume & Schiek specializes in helping folks in trouble: the injured, the wrongfully terminated, those seeking a divorce, people in need of criminal defense.
As a four-lawyer shop, the firm must run lean in order to provide value for its clients, and that’s where legal assistant Shannon Frost comes in. Usually, Minnesota Lawyer’s Unsung Legal Heroes are nominated by a supervisor, mentor or colleague. In Frost’s case, though, the nomination came from a client.
The origin was an ongoing whistleblower case having to do with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The plaintiff in the case, Villaume & Schiek’s client, complained about workplace conditions that didn’t accommodate her disabilities, and claimed that she was retaliated against by being given a new supervisor and being told that she should either get used to the accommodations that were eventually made or else look for other work.
The employer defendant in the case is currently seeking summary judgment to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims.
As the primary liaison between the plaintiff and her representation at Villaume & Schiek, Frost was a welcoming and compassionate presence during a stressful time.
“Shannon is intelligent, always professional [and has] a great personality,” the plaintiff said. “She is super-efficient and caring.”