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Spott Attends Cape Cod Institute

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Business attorney and mediator Patrick Spott spent a week at the Cape Cod Institute from June 20-24, 2016.  The key presenter for the week was Dr. Annie Mckee.  Annie's title was, "Purpose, Passion, and Power: Creating Resonance in Your Life as a Leader."  This workshop was designed for consultants, coaches, therapists and adult learners—talented people who have a wealth of experiences, insights about leadership, and ideas about how to build resonance in their communities, organizations, and families. Sessions included reflection, assessments, group dialogues, and short discussions on research in leadership, neuroscience, psychology, emotional intelligence, and organizational culture. The entire workshop was highly interactive and participant-centered. Annie worked with each person and the group as a whole to create a powerful learning community that focuses on everyone’s growth and development. - See more at:


Spott Kicks Off Leadership Duluth 2015-16

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Business attorney and mediator Patrick Spott kicked of Leadership Duluth 2015-16 on September 9, 2015 with a presentation on networking and personal relations. Leadership Duluth is our community’s premier leadership development program. Designed to identify, orient, develop and network existing and emerging leaders, Leadership Duluth inspires participants to take an active role in ensuring the health and prosperity of our area.
A program of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Duluth's mission is to identify, educate and inspire leaders to serve our community. Participants will collaborate with each other and area leaders to determine and define the components of a healthy community. Through a series of educational and hands-on opportunities, participants will come to understand the inner-workings of these components and how they contribute to the Duluth area’s overall health. Finally, in response to Leadership Duluth’s call to action, participants will be asked to share their personal and business intentions for the future.
Program objectives are to educate participants about Duluth’s cultural and business history, as well as the current issues facing the region. Invite participants to work together to foster and facilitate positive change in their workplaces and in the community. Equip participants with skills that will assist them in being more effective leaders in the workplace and in the community. Finally, the program seeks to motivate participants to pursue active leadership within those causes with which they identify.
Attorney and mediator Patrick Spott is a graduate of Leadership Duluth and actively participates in Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce initiatives and programs.


Spott Law Sponsors Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra

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Spott Law Office sponsored the Gods & Myths Concert of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra on March 5, 2016.  The concert featured Revueltas's Sensemaya and Wagner's The Ring Without Words arranged by Maestro Dirk Meyer.  Both attorneys Kay Biga and Patrick Spott have each served 9 year terms on the DSSO Board of Directors and sponsored multiple concerts during the last decade.


Spott Teaches Business Students

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Business attorney Patrick Spott is teaching Legal Aspects of Management to undergraduates in the School of Business and Technology of the College of St. Scholastica during the Fall Semester of 2015. Legal Aspects of Management deals with the nature and functions of law with emphasis on applications in economics, marketing and management.  The Course includes contracts and business entities and the regulation of business under federal and state administrative agencies.


Emily Spott Works for Minneapolis Grain Exchange

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After two excellent years with the Spott Law Office, Emily Spott has joined the legal department of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange as Assistant Corporate Counsel.  Emily's work includes commodities compliance, commercial real estate and contracts.


Biga and Spott Present Paper

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Kay Biga and Patrick Spott presented a paper entitled, "Smart Hiring in the Hospitality Industry: Legal and Business Perspectives" authored by Kay Biga, Patrick Spott and Emily Spott, at the Annual MBAA International Conference in Chicago in March of 2015.  Founded in 1964 by a group of professors from leading Midwestern universities including the Indiana University and the University of Kansas, the "Midwest Business Administration Association" stands for a high quality, high value, multidisciplinary gathering of leaders from around the world with almost a half century of history to present and receive useful research, share effective pedagogy, and network in a fun and familiar setting.  


Spott Teaches Business Grad Students

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Attorney Patrick Spott is teaching Business Law for the College of St. Scholastica to students in the Masters of Business Adminstration and Masters of Arts in Management programs during the spring and summer semesters of 2015. Spott is an adjunct faculty member in the College's School of Business and Technology. The School of Business and Technology combines an academic emphasis on liberal arts with experiential learning to create global leaders with strong professional skills who act with integrity and a strong sense of social responsibility. The School offers a variety of programs including: accounting, applied economics, computer science/computer information systems, finance, organizational behavior, management and marketing.

The Masters of Business Administration is offered through the School of Business and Technology. The College of St. Scholastica's Master of Business Administration program offers a broad-based business curriculum emphasizing technical and analytical skills; global and cultural acumen; and, social responsibility and ethical decision-making. Students work with mentors from the business community and are immersed in real-world situations throughout their program. Coursework includes required classes in global leadership and ethics, managerial application of technology and communication and cultural effectiveness. Students can work on a real-time global business problem through the unique Capstone Abroad seminar. Through the Professional Effectiveness seminars, students gain insights, skills and partnerships to turn their career goals into reality. Founded in 1986, the Master of Arts in Management program has produced over 600 graduates who have taken roles as corporate leaders and managers in private corporations, nonprofits, heathcare, government, education, engineering, and small business entrepreneurship. Graduates of this program are skilled at identifying and analyzing organizational problems, developing innovative solutions, and making correct, ethical decisions at critical times. The program's primary areas of study include:

Organizational behavior
Process consultation
Human resources management
Interpersonal communication and cultural competence
Strategic change management
Traditional business topics such as marketing and economic


Spott Teaches Business Students

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Business attorney Patrick Spott is teaching Legal Aspects of Management to undergraduates in the School of Business and Technology of the College of St. Scholastica during the Fall Semester of 2014. Legal Aspects of Management deals with the nature and functions of law with emphasis on applications in economics, marketing and management.  The Course includes contracts and business entities and the regulation of business under federal and state administrative agencies.


Spott Law Office Sponsors Symphony Concert

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Spott Law Office joings BMO Harris Bank and Eagle Acccounting in sponsoring the Bentleyville at the Symphony Concert of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra on December 5, 2014.  The Nordic Life wouldn’t be complete without a visit to see the Bentleyville decorations light up Bayfront Park. When Nathan Bentley originally decorated his yard with Christmas lights in 2001, he had no idea they would soon become a holiday tradition for families across Minnesota.  Now, Bentleyville travels to Symphony Hall for a stirring Friday night of holiday favorites, as well as selected choruses from Handel’s Messiah. A fixture of the Christmas season, this more than 200-year-old composition is stocked full of uplifting melodies and soaring “Hallelujahs.”


Spott Serves as DSSO Past Chair for the 2014-15 Season

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Attorney Patrick Spott has been selected at Past Chair for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) for the 2014-2015 season.

Although Duluth has a history of professional orchestras reaching as far back as 1883, the beginnings of the Duluth Civic Orchestra occurred in 1931 in the carriage house of Alphin Flaaten, a professional music teacher. The first concert of the Civic Orchestra was on May 2, 1932, under the baton of Walter Lange. The organization met with overwhelming community support and Paul Lemay, principal violist and assistant conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony, accepted the post of first full-time conductor. His first concert with the Duluth Civic Orchestra was December 26, 1932, and shortly thereafter, the Duluth Symphony Association was founded under the management of Abe Miller.

Those initial concerts took place in the Duluth Armory located at 14th Avenue East and London Road. In 1966, the Orchestra moved to the DECC (Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center) Auditorium which seats over 2,200 and is located on the waterfront. In the 1974-75 season the name of the Orchestra was officially changed to Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra to reflect the close cultural and economic relationship of the two port cities.

Since its inception in 1932, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra has proven to be a leading cultural organization in this region. Now, in its 77th season, the DSSO has consistently provided professional level performances of symphonic music, both traditional and new, to audiences of every age and background. The DSSO has set itself apart from its peers and established a unique tradition by regularly featuring the most important soloists of the day.

The mission of the DSSO is to deeply move and engage as many people as possible with the power of symphonic music.  Business attorneys Patrick Spott and Kay Biga are long time supporters of the DSSO.  Kay Biga served on the board for nine years.  She and Patrick sponsored two concerts in past seasons and Spott Law Office sponsored concerts in the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons

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