LGN Attorneys Successfully Argue Criminal Appeal in Pro Bono Matter

LGN attorneys Arielle Wagner, Kate Baxter-Kauf, and Kristen Marttila successfully worked on and argued a criminal appeal in a pro bono matter involving a client who was unlawfully detained by police. On August 8, 2022, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that the sheriff’s deputy unconstitutionally expanded the scope of a traffic stop by opening the client’s car door without an individualized, reasonable, and articulable justification, and reversed the district court’s denial of the motion to suppress evidence obtained after the car door was opened. The team considers this a victory for individual rights and hopes this decision helps clarify the boundaries of these types of traffic stops in the future. Read the full opinion here.

LGN attorneys participate in criminal appeals through the MSBA Appellate Section’s Pro Bono Project with the Appellate Public Defender.

19 LGN Attorneys Named Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that nineteen of the firm’s attorneys were selected as 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Kate Baxter-Kauf, Joe Bruckner, Brian Clark, Susan Ellingstad, Gregg Fishbein, Yvonne Flaherty, Ted Grindal, Dick Lockridge, Kristen Marttila, Charlie Nauen, Rebecca Peterson, Karen Hanson Riebel, Robert Selquist, Heidi Silton, and David Zoll have been named Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers recognizes the top 5% of outstanding lawyers in each state, who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, from more than 70 practice areas. 

Joe Bourne, Rebecca Kanninen, Rachel Kitze Collins, and Arielle Wagner have been named Rising Stars. The Rising Stars recognition is given to the top 2.5% of up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are either 40 years or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. 

The selection process is multi-phased including independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

LGN Partner Kristen Marttila Presents Legal Writing Seminar as part of American Bar Association Antitrust Section’s Summer Series

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LGN Partner Kristen Marttila presented a Legal Writing Seminar as part of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section’s summer series. She and fellow panelists Jimmy Attridge, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and Dan Oakes, Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, discussed best practices for antitrust attorneys as they approach all manner of writing, including briefing, agency-facing writing, meet-and-confer correspondence, and internal memoranda. The discussion was facilitated by Caroline Boisvert, an associate at Axinn Veltrop and a member of the Antitrust Section’s Young Lawyer Division. The panel is part of a virtual series organized by LGN Partner Heidi Silton through her work with the ABA and geared toward law students and newer lawyers interested in antitrust and consumer-protection work. 

LGN Attorneys Confirmed to Leadership Positions in Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

LGN Attorneys Kristen Marttila, Kate Baxter-Kauf, and Simeon Morbey have been elected to leadership positions in the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for the coming 2022-2023 year. Kristen will co-chair the Mentorship Committee and will continue serving on the Board of Directors, Kate will co-chair the Mass Tort, Multi-District Litigation, and Class Action Practice Group, and Simeon will co-chair the Civil Discovery Practice Group.

LGN Attorneys Attend Minnesota FBA Monthly Luncheon

LGN attorneys Kristen MarttilaMaureen Kane BergKate Baxter-Kauf, and Leona Ajavon, along with current law clerk Eura Chang, attended the March Monthly Luncheon of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.      

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LGN Partner Kristen Marttila Serves as a Panelist in Federal Bar Association Webinar

LGN Partner Kristen Marttila recently participated as a panelist for the Federal Bar Association’s webinar Nuts and Bolts of Federal Clerkships, designed to equip law students and newer lawyers from a variety of backgrounds to apply for federal clerkships. Her fellow panelists were the Honorable Rossie D. Alston, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John S. Moran, a partner with McGuireWoods in Washington, D.C., and moderator Charles B. Molster, III a principal in the Law Offices of Charles B. Molster, III PLLC, in Washington, D.C.

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LGN Attorneys File Amicus Brief on Behalf of COSAL

LGN attorneys Charles NauenHeidi SiltonJoe BrucknerKristen Marttila, and Justin Erickson, on behalf of the Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws (“COSAL”), filed an amicus brief supporting the petition for rehearing en banc in the Eleventh Circuit in Johnson v. NPAS Solutions, LLC. In Johnson, a divided panel categorically banned courts from granting service awards to class representatives.

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Six LGN Attorneys Named North Star Lawyers for Pro Bono Work

The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) has recognized LGN attorneys Elizabeth OdetteKate Baxter-KaufRick LinskAnna Horning Nygren and Kristen Marttila as North Star Lawyers.

North Star Lawyers are MSBA members who have provided 50 hours or more of pro bono service to low-income individuals or organizations that serve economically disadvantaged individuals during the 2017 calendar year. In 2017, over 928 MSBA members provided over 106,400 total hours of pro bono service – an estimated value of $21,300,000 in free legal advice.

LGN Attorneys take leadership role on Minnesota State Bar Association Antitrust Council

Anna Horning Nygren and Brian Clark were re-elected to the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Antitrust Council at the Antitrust Section’s annual meeting on May 23, 2018.

Craig Davis is completing his year as past chair of MSBA’s Antitrust Section, and was elected as an emeritus member of the Antitrust Council. He joins Joe Bruckner and Heidi Silton as emeritus members. Craig Davis also presented to the annual meeting on recent developments in class actions as part of a continuing legal education panel on “Antitrust Year in Review.”

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