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Bassford Remele is a full-service litigation firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1882, the firm represents local, national and international clients in all areas of civil litigation.

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Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208

Frank Aba-Onu graduated cum laude from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  He participated in the Jessup International Moot Court, receiving a top oralist and best brief award.  He was also a 2010 scholarly engagement and societal reform award recipient.  Frank received his B.A. from DePauw University.  Currently, he is an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law and is a former adjunct professor at Hamline University.

Prior to joining Bassford Remele, Frank practiced in the areas of insurance defense, subrogation, and appellate law.  He also served as an Assistant Attorney General in both the public safety and human services divisions, where he gained extensive knowledge on constitutional and administrative law, practicing on issues regarding the Minnesota Implied Consent Law, mental health, licensing, and health and child care matters, as well as consumer fraud issues.

Frank practices in all areas of civil litigation, with a focus in general liability, medical malpractice, professional liability and employment law.


Practice Areas

Employment Law
Civil Litigation
General Liability
Medical Malpractice
Professional Liability



Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208

Education

University of St. Thomas School of Law

J.D., 2010
Honors: Cum Laude

DePauw University College of Law

B.A., 2007




Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208

Bar Admissions

State Bars
Minnesota, 2010

Federal Bars
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2013

Appellate Bars
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2014



Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208

Honors and Awards

Amicus Award, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 2016




Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208

Professional Awards and Memberships

American Bar Association

     Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
     Diversity Committee, 2011 - Present
     Awards Committee, 2011 - Present
     Legal Educators Committee, Vice Chair, 2014
     Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, 2014
     Workers Compensation Committee, Vice Chair, 2011 - 2012
     Diversity Fellow, 2011 - 2012


Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association




Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208

Community Involvement

Volunteer Lawyers Network, Conciliation Court Clinic, 2015 - Present

Volunteer Attorney, Children's Law Center, 2012

Mentor, St. Thomas Mentorship Program, 2011 - Present

Volunteer, Innocence Project, 2010 - 2011




Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208

Representative Cases

Bergfalk v. University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Health Services, et al., No. 27-CV-15-8445 (D. Minn. Oct. 26, 2016) (Medical Malpractice) (successfully defended hospital, doctors and nurses against wrongful death claim. Obtained order dismissing plaintiffs’ claims).

Hudson v. Wilford, Geske & Cook, P.A., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79493 (D. Minn. June 17, 2016) (Consumer Credit) (successfully defended law firm against due process, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, 42 U.S.C. § 241, § 242, and § 245, and various state law claims by obtaining an order dismissing plaintiff’s claims).

Bredlow v. CitiMortgage, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9785 (D. Minn. Jan. 26, 2016) (Consumer Credit) (successfully defended law firm against FDCPA claims by obtaining an order dismissing plaintiff’s claims).

Hutar v. Capital One Fin. Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106776, 2015 WL 4937347 (D. Minn. Aug. 12, 2015) (Consumer Credit) (successfully defended lender against Federal Reporting Act claims by obtaining an order dismissing plaintiff’s claims).




Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208

Publications

Drone Regulations at Last!, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, September 2016  (Co-Authored with D.E. Camarotto)

They're Coming! The Drones, That Is - And The FAA Regulations Governing Their Use, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, January 2016 (Co-Authored with D.E. Camarotto)

Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, 19th Edition, 2016 (Co-Authored)

Pipeline to Success: A Systematic Solution to the Diversity Gap, Diversity Insider, Vol. 7, Issue 1 (2015), Defense Research Institute  (Co-Authored)

Evaluation of Gang Databases in Minnesota and Recommendations for Change, Information and Communications Technology Journal, Vol. 19, Issue 3 (2010) (Co-Authored)




Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Writing Professor, 2013 - Present

Adjunct Professor, Hamline University, Department of Legal Studies, 2014 - 2015




Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208

Presentations

Employee Hiring, Firing and Discipline: an Essential Legal Guide, National Business Institute webcast, March 3, 2017

Finally, Drone Regulations Are Here! Part 107: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, September 27, 2016  (Co-Presented with D.E. Camarotto)

They’re Coming! The Drones, That Is – And The FAA Regulations Governing Their Use, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, May 11, 2016 (Co-Presented with D.E. Camarotto)

Self-Marketing and Branding: Opening the Door for Diverse Attorneys to Enhance their Professional Image, American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division Spring Conference, May 17, 2012




Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208




Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu

Attorney

Email: fabaonu@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1608

Fax: 612.746.1208

Frank Aba-Onu graduated cum laude from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  He participated in the Jessup International Moot Court, receiving a top oralist and best brief award.  He was also a 2010 scholarly engagement and societal reform award recipient.  Frank received his B.A. from DePauw University.  Currently, he is an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law and is a former adjunct professor at Hamline University.

Prior to joining Bassford Remele, Frank practiced in the areas of insurance defense, subrogation, and appellate law.  He also served as an Assistant Attorney General in both the public safety and human services divisions, where he gained extensive knowledge on constitutional and administrative law, practicing on issues regarding the Minnesota Implied Consent Law, mental health, licensing, and health and child care matters, as well as consumer fraud issues.

Frank practices in all areas of civil litigation, with a focus in general liability, medical malpractice, professional liability and employment law.


Practice Areas


Employment Law
Civil Litigation
General Liability
Medical Malpractice
Professional Liability

Education


University of St. Thomas School of Law

J.D., 2010
Honors: Cum Laude

DePauw University College of Law

B.A., 2007

Bar Admissions


State Bars
Minnesota, 2010

Federal Bars
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2013

Appellate Bars
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2014

Honors and Awards


Amicus Award, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 2016


Professional Awards and Memberships


American Bar Association

     Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
     Diversity Committee, 2011 - Present
     Awards Committee, 2011 - Present
     Legal Educators Committee, Vice Chair, 2014
     Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, 2014
     Workers Compensation Committee, Vice Chair, 2011 - 2012
     Diversity Fellow, 2011 - 2012


Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association


Community Involvement


Volunteer Lawyers Network, Conciliation Court Clinic, 2015 - Present

Volunteer Attorney, Children's Law Center, 2012

Mentor, St. Thomas Mentorship Program, 2011 - Present

Volunteer, Innocence Project, 2010 - 2011


Representative Cases


Bergfalk v. University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Health Services, et al., No. 27-CV-15-8445 (D. Minn. Oct. 26, 2016) (Medical Malpractice) (successfully defended hospital, doctors and nurses against wrongful death claim. Obtained order dismissing plaintiffs’ claims).

Hudson v. Wilford, Geske & Cook, P.A., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79493 (D. Minn. June 17, 2016) (Consumer Credit) (successfully defended law firm against due process, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, 42 U.S.C. § 241, § 242, and § 245, and various state law claims by obtaining an order dismissing plaintiff’s claims).

Bredlow v. CitiMortgage, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9785 (D. Minn. Jan. 26, 2016) (Consumer Credit) (successfully defended law firm against FDCPA claims by obtaining an order dismissing plaintiff’s claims).

Hutar v. Capital One Fin. Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106776, 2015 WL 4937347 (D. Minn. Aug. 12, 2015) (Consumer Credit) (successfully defended lender against Federal Reporting Act claims by obtaining an order dismissing plaintiff’s claims).


Publications


Drone Regulations at Last!, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, September 2016  (Co-Authored with D.E. Camarotto)

They're Coming! The Drones, That Is - And The FAA Regulations Governing Their Use, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, January 2016 (Co-Authored with D.E. Camarotto)

Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, 19th Edition, 2016 (Co-Authored)

Pipeline to Success: A Systematic Solution to the Diversity Gap, Diversity Insider, Vol. 7, Issue 1 (2015), Defense Research Institute  (Co-Authored)

Evaluation of Gang Databases in Minnesota and Recommendations for Change, Information and Communications Technology Journal, Vol. 19, Issue 3 (2010) (Co-Authored)


Academic Appointments


Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Writing Professor, 2013 - Present

Adjunct Professor, Hamline University, Department of Legal Studies, 2014 - 2015


Presentations


Employee Hiring, Firing and Discipline: an Essential Legal Guide, National Business Institute webcast, March 3, 2017

Finally, Drone Regulations Are Here! Part 107: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, September 27, 2016  (Co-Presented with D.E. Camarotto)

They’re Coming! The Drones, That Is – And The FAA Regulations Governing Their Use, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, May 11, 2016 (Co-Presented with D.E. Camarotto)

Self-Marketing and Branding: Opening the Door for Diverse Attorneys to Enhance their Professional Image, American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division Spring Conference, May 17, 2012