Toni Halleen is President and Founder of Fun with Law. She has been teaching and training professionals since 1989, during which time she has also been an improvisation performer. She has combined her talents into a new approach to professional development. Toni’s “Think on The Spot”™ seminars are presented across the country, and are designed to build listening, thinking, communication, team-building, and presentation skills for professionals. Working with organizations, Toni makes training more fun and engaging, and also works as a communications coach to help individuals and teams to be more effective under pressure.
In addition, Toni presents legal training seminars for managers and employees, which are educational, practical and upbeat. She uses games and songs, as well as her well-developed sense of humor, to get her points across.
Toni is the Chief Operating Officer for Schaefer Halleen, LLC in Minneapolis. Prior to taking her role at Schaefer Halleen in 2012, Toni practiced employment law for many years with The General Counsel, Ltd. (the “GCL”), a law firm which provides outsourced, in-house counsel services to business clients.
Toni’s play, Soulless, Bloodsucking Lawyers: A Musical! was the Best Selling Show and voted Best Musical at the Minnesota Fringe Festival of 2003, and played to sold out audiences in 2004 at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre in Minneapolis. The Broadway-style musical comedy tells the story of a new lawyer learning the ropes at a large law firm while finding a way to give back to society.
Since 1995, Toni has served and continues to serve as an adjunct instructor a William Mitchell College of Law. Toni is a sought-after and frequent lecturer in continuing legal education courses and at other events.
From 1997 to 2002, Toni was the Director of Employment Law for ADC Telecommunications, Inc., a multi-national corporation headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. While at ADC, Toni led the employment law team and advised the company on all aspects of employment law.
From 1989 to 1997, Toni practiced employment law with the Twin Cities law firm of Briggs and Morgan, P.A., where she advised employers in preventive practices and provided counseling in day-to-day employment law related matters as well as litigated claims. During that time, she also developed and facilitated training for companies, managers and employees in sexual harassment prevention, diversity, discrimination law, wage and hour law, and other topics.
Toni received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College, and her law degree with honors from the University of Minnesota. Read Toni’s alumni profile on page 44 of the U of M Law School “Perspectives” magazine.