Charles N. Nauen

Charlie Nauen receives Hubert H. Humphrey Award

Congratulations to LGN partner Charlie Nauen on receiving the Minnesota DFL’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award. The award was presented at the DFL’s annual Humphrey-Mondale dinner before an audience of 1,500, including keynote speaker Nancy Pelosi, elected officials, party leaders, and representatives from Minnesota’s unions and businesses. Prior to his acceptance speech, Charlie was introduced via the following video featuring Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter as well as his friend and law partner Ted Grindal.

Please join us in congratulating Charlie on this great honor.

2019-06-03T22:13:05-05:00Jun 4, 2019|

Charlie Nauen selected to serve on the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Congratulations to LGN partner Charlie Nauen on his selection as a member of the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Charlie has long been involved with the organization at the state level, including serving as the Democratic political co-chair of the organization in Minnesota.

The mission of AIPAC is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel. The National Council is a leadership body under AIPAC’s Leadership Institute that includes some of the organization’s most active, dedicated and committed members from across the country to discuss pertinent issues facing the U.S.-Israel relationship and meeting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill

2019-04-16T07:55:43-05:00Apr 1, 2019|

LGN named a Best Law Firm for Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation

Congratulations to LGN’s Environmental Law and Products Liability teams on being included on U.S. World & News Report and Best Lawyers annual rankings of “Best Law Firms”.

The 2019 rankings were based on more than 1,125,000 law firm assessments and over 107,000 client evaluations.

To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer recognized first in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top five percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. LGN partners Richard Lockridge, Charles Nauen, Susan Ellingstad, and Yvonne Flaherty were named earlier this year to the list, which was published in U.S. News & World Report.

2018-11-02T16:55:37-05:00Nov 2, 2018|

Four LGN Partners named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America

Congratulations to LGN partners Richard Lockridge, Charles Nauen, Susan Ellingstad, and Yvonne Flaherty for being named by Best Lawyers to their 2019 Best Lawyers in America list. They were recognized for their work in the following areas:

  • Richard Lockridge – Securities Litigation
  • Charles Nauen – Environmental Law & Environmental Litigation
  • Susan Ellingstad – Employment Law – Individuals & Employment Law – Management
  • Yvonne Flaherty – Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

A special congratulations to Charles Nauen, who was also named 2019 Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year.

This year’s Best Lawyers rankings were based on an analysis of over 7.8 million peer nominations submitted earlier this year, which are divided by geographic region and practice areas before evaluation on the basis of professional expertise. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo an authentication process to make sure they are currently practicing and in good standing. The list will be published by U.S. News & World Report later this year.

2018-09-04T08:48:54-05:00Aug 20, 2018|

Fifteen LGN Attorneys named Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Congratulations to the 15 LGN attorneys who were recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Minnesota via a multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation.

A special congratulations to Charles Nauen and Susan Ellingstad who were named among Minnesota’s Top 100 Super Lawyers, and to Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, Karen Riebel, and Heidi Silton who were named among the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Minnesota. Six LGN attorneys were named Rising Stars, a designation no more than 2.5% of Minnesota attorneys may share in a given year.

2018-07-09T15:32:50-05:00Jul 9, 2018|

Nine LGN Attorneys served as Reader mentors at Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School

During the school year, nine LGN attorneys have served as Reader mentors to 7th and 8th Grade Student Writers at Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School in Minneapolis. Each week students wrote essays on assigned topics which were mailed to mentors to read and provide feedback. Having a specific dedicated audience for their writing proved invaluable in motivating the students to work on and improve their writing. Students, teachers, mentors, and program coordinators gathered to meet and celebrate the program’s school year success. For over 40%, English is not their primary language. Approximately 90% of the student population has diverse ethnic backgrounds. LGN Partner Heidi Silton will serve on the Reader/Writer Board beginning Fall of 2018. You can learn more about Reader/Writer at

Pictured from left to right are LGN attorneys Gregg Fishbein and Heidi Silton, Ryan VanThorre, 8th grade Language Arts teacher, Angela Dwyer, Special Education Teacher, LGN attorneys Kristen Marttila, David Zoll, and Elizabeth Odette; Lia Venchi, Reader/Writer Facilitator and Founder, Zoe Odegard, Reader/Writer Assistant Processor. Not pictured, Stacey Crews, 7th grade Language Arts teacher, […]

2019-03-08T20:42:08-05:00May 21, 2018|

LGN supports Cardozo Society Dinner

Lockridge Grindal Nauen proudly supported the Twin Cities Cardozo Society’s 18th Annual Dinner on November 2nd. LGN Partner Charlie Nauen and LGN Associate Rick Linsk serve on the steering committee for The Cardozo Society, which is a group of Jewish attorneys, judges and law students who work to serve the community and advance the mission of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Jewish Federations.

2018-05-15T14:45:35-05:00Nov 9, 2017|

16 LGN Attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that 16 of the firm’s attorneys were selected as 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

LGN’s ‘Super Lawyers’

The following attorneys have been named Super Lawyers. These attorneys ranked in the top 5% of the list in the Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.

LGN’s ‘Rising Stars’

The following attorneys have been named Rising Starsfor 2017.

2018-02-22T13:02:01-05:00Jul 7, 2017|

Five LGN Attorneys named among “Top 100 Attorneys” and “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers”.

A special congratulations to LGN partners Charles NauenYvonne Flaherty, and Heidi Silton, who were each named among Minnesota’s Top 100 Attorneys by Super Lawyers. This is the fifth year in a row that Charles Nauen has been named as a Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyer and the second year in a row for Yvonne Flaherty.

LGN partners Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, Karen Riebel, and Heidi Silton were also named as four of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Minnesota. We are proud that this is the third year in a row in which at least three of LGN’s women partners have been recognized in this category.

2018-05-15T15:34:21-05:00Jul 7, 2017|

LGN attorneys speak to Minnesota Police Chiefs at state association’s annual Executive Training Institute and Law Enforcement Expo

Partners Charlie Nauen and Rebecca Kanninen spoke to attendees at the MCPA Awards Banquet and President’s Welcome Breakfast respectively. Additionally, LGN’s David Zoll and Ann Lenczewski gave a presentation to the police chiefs and other representatives of local governments and agencies in attendance entitled – Legislation, Litigation, and Local Governments: Protecting Your Interests.

LGN’s attorney’s and government relations professionals have over three decades of experience representing governmental entities of all shapes and sizes on complex issues throughout the Midwest and in Washington, D.C., including environmental litigation, constitutional issues, employment law advice, investigations, and litigation, electronic discovery, as well as local, state, and federal government relations.

2018-05-15T15:07:31-05:00May 4, 2017|

Governor Mark Dayton speaks to Charlie Nauen and Dave Zoll’s students at University of Minnesota Law School Advanced Environmental Law Seminar

The University of Minnesota Law School’s Advanced Environmental Law Seminar, taught by LGN partners Charles Nauen and David Zoll, met with Governor Mark Dayton this week to discuss the State’s environmental policies. The seminar explores significant regulatory and policy issues relating to natural resources, energy law, environmental review, and regional planning. Charlie Nauen and David Zoll represent individuals, governmental units, and business in environmental matters with a specialized practice involving litigation related to the need for and adequacy of environmental review under state and federal law.

2018-05-15T15:00:39-05:00Feb 24, 2017|