Michael Braman

 
 

Michael Braman is a licensed Minnesota attorney as well as a licensed chemical dependency counselor.  Prior to becoming a chemical dependency counselor, he practiced law in the Twin Cities for 20 years: at O’Neill Burke & O’Neill; at Robins, Zelle, Larson & Kaplan; at Larkin, Hoffman, Daly and Lindgren; and at Meyer & Njus, P.A.  He was a shareholder at Larkin, Hoffman, Daly and Lindgren and at Meyer & Njus, P.A.  At Meyer & Njus, he served as the firm’s general counsel as well as the firm’s senior litigator and focused his practice on complex business litigation. 


Mr. Braman received his B.A. degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1978; his Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois in 1981; and his Master of Arts Degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden’s Graduate School of Addiction Studies in 2003. 


Currently, Mr. Braman is a chemical dependency counselor at The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, where he counsels adult chemical addicts.  He is an eleven-time CLE presenter of “Chemical Dependency and the Law: Selected Intersections and Biases” to the Hennepin County Bar Association.  In addition, he has lectured to judges and other lawyer groups as well as presented in-house CLEs to law firms on chemical dependency issues.  And, he has provided continuing education to chemical dependency counselors regarding both their legal and ethical responsibilities.


In 2006, he drafted “Minnesota’s 2006 Chemical Dependency Reform Act” which was introduced as Senate File No. 3289 and House File No. 3803.  A year later, he drafted three legislative acts which were intended to Reduce Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders, achieve Equal Access to Treatment in the Employment Context1, and secure a 12-Step Support Group Privilege2.  All three bills were introduced and endorsed by The National Association of Addiction Professionals, The Minnesota Association of Treatment Programs, and The Johnson Institute (a national think tank on chemical dependency issues).  The Equal Access to Treatment Bill also received the additional endorsement of The American Society of Addiction Medicine.   The bill to Reduce Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders was introduced as Senate File No. 3103 and was incorporated, in its entirety, into Senate File No. 3224 which was passed and signed into law by Governor Tim Pawlenty. It became effective on August 1, 2007.


Mr. Braman has testified before the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Health, Housing, and Family Security Committee.  He has also been retained as an expert witness in state trial court proceedings with respect to chemical dependency issues in the context of lawyer disciplinary matters, in federal district court with respect to chemical dependency as a disability under federal law, and in state court proceedings with respect to family law issues. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, a non-profit corporation whose mission is to “rescue lawyers and judges from the deadly grip of alcoholism, addiction, depression, pathological gambling, and other serious emotional and mental illnesses.”  And he was a participant in the “Class Action Program,” where he volunteered in the Minneapolis Public Schools to teach about chemical dependency and legal issues.


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1The bill was introduced as SF No. 1315.  Its chief sponsor was Senator Ron Latz and it was co-sponsored by Senators Saltzman and Marty.

2This bill was introduced as SF No.147.  Its chief sponsor was Senator John Marty and it was co-sponsored by Senators Murphy and Berglin.

3The bill’s chief sponsor was Senator Linda Berglin and it was co-sponsored by Senators Marty and Murphy.

4The bill’s chief sponsor was Senator Donald Betzold

 

Michael Braman

J.D., M.A., L.A.D.C.


Expert Witness, Attorney, Educator, Chemical Dependency Counselor

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