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Duluth attorney a finalist for workers’ compensation court

Sean Quinn

A Duluth attorney is a finalist for a seat on a high-level state court that handles workers’ compensation disputes.

Sean Quinn is under consideration to be a judge on the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday.

The court is an independent agency of the executive branch that reviews cases decided by the state’s Office of Administrative Hearings and Department of Labor and Industry. Its rulings can only be appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The appeals court consists of five judges, who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate for six-year terms.

Quinn is a partner at Falsani, Balmer, Peterson & Quinn, where he handles workers’ compensation, personal injury, social security disability and long-term disability cases.

Also recommended by the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection were Thomas Christenson, a St. Cloud attorney, and Philip Moosbrugger, who works for the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Dayton said he expects to interview all three candidates and make a selection in the coming weeks.