Lockridge Grindal Nauen completes over half of its 40440 service projects in honor of the firm’s 40th Anniversary

Lockridge Grindal Nauen’s 40440 initiative is halfway to its goal of completing 40 acts of service in honor of its 40th year in business.

From volunteer hours for local community organizations to donations to area non-profits, LGN attorneys, government relations professionals, and staff have completed over 20 acts of service so far.

Thank you again to all of the LGN attorneys and staff who helped with these projects and to the area non-profits who have partnered with us to kick off this initiative. If you have a suggestion for a service project or work with a local non-profit that is interesting in partnering with LGN, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Here are just a few examples of the projects that have been completed over the past several months:

2019-05-13T18:16:38-05:00May 13, 2019|

LGN’s Rebecca Kanninen and Emily Tranter speak at Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association ETI Expo

LGN was proud to be a Chief Presenting Sponsor of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s Executive Training Institute & Law Enforcement Expo last week.

LGN partner Rebecca Kanninen introduced the association’s Executive Director, Andy Skoogman, at the conference’s President’s Reception. Emily Tranter, from LGN’s Federal Relations team in Washington, D.C., was joined by former Saint Paul Mayor Randy Kelly to present a briefing on emerging issues impacting law enforcement at the federal level,

LGN represents several law enforcement organizations at the state and federal level, including the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, the North Dakota Peace Officers Association, and the Police Officers Association of Michigan. LGN also works on behalf of cities and counties seeking state and federal funding for public safety related projects.

2019-05-01T16:29:59-05:00May 1, 2019|

Brian Clark, Arielle Wagner, and Stephanie Chen lead antitrust discussion at Macalester College

On April 12, 2019, LGN attorneys Brian Clark, Arielle Wagner, and Stephanie Chen led a discussion on antitrust litigation with economics students at Macalaster College. The discussion was part of Macalester’s Industrial Organization class and introduced students to types of anticompetitive behavior, applicable regulatory schemes, and case mechanics.

Macalester College is a private college located in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is a global leader among liberal arts colleges known for its highest standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

2019-04-21T10:14:00-05:00Apr 21, 2019|

LGN collects more than 200 pounds of food and $3,330 in cash donations for Neighborhood House food drive

LGN partners, attorneys, and staff raised more than $3,000 to support Neighborhood House’s annual food drive this spring. This effort, which LGN has supported for many years, is the latest in a series of projects the firm has undertaken as part of its 40 4 40 initiative. The initiative celebrates the firm’s 40th Anniversary through a series of forty service projects to support the communities where LGN employees live and work.

As part of its annual food drive, Neighborhood House, a Saint Paul-based non-profit, regularly shares nearly 1 million pounds of food with families throughout the city. LGN partner Rebecca Kanninen recently joined the Board of Directors for Neighborhood House. Thank you to everyone at LGN for supporting the drive.

2019-04-16T14:28:37-05:00Apr 16, 2019|

Brian Clark Presents at National eDiscovery Leadership Institute

On April 5, 2019, LGN partner Brian Clark presented at the National eDiscovery Leadership Institute (NeLI) on a panel entitled “Negotiating Discovery: Obstacles and Pathways to Success.”

NeLI was formed in 2014 to provide high quality educational opportunities to judges and legal professionals specifically focused on electronically stored information (ESI) and to encourage cooperation between and among the bench and the bar. NeLI aims to provide the very best full day eDiscovery program offered anywhere in the world. Speakers are by invitation only and are selected based upon their reputation and knowledge in the eDiscovery field.

2019-04-11T14:25:55-05:00Apr 11, 2019|

Dave Zoll speaks at annual Minnesota Environmental Institute

LGN partner Dave Zoll spoke to the over 200 attendees of the Minnesota Environmental Institute on April 11th. Citing projects ranging from animal feedlots to petroleum pipelines, his session analyzed the year’s most important developments in environmental review and environmental rights related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and Minnesota Environmental Rights Act (MERA).

2019-04-11T14:19:23-05:00Apr 11, 2019|

Lockridge Grindal Nauen joins Twin Cities Diversity in Practice

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to be a new member of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. Heidi Silton will serve as the firm’s Member Representative and Stephanie Chen will be the firm representative for the organization’s the Emerging Leaders Group.

Diversity in Practice is a nonprofit association comprised of the leading Twin-Cities legal employers with the vision to create a vibrant and inclusive legal community and mission to strengthen the efforts of member organizations to attract, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color.

Joining Diversity in Practice is just the latest step Lockridge Grindal Nauen has taken as part of our commitment to embracing and reflecting the diversity of the clients we serve and our community. LGN recognizes our firm is stronger when we include all individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or physical ability.

2019-04-11T09:33:42-05:00Apr 11, 2019|

Rachel Kitze Collins elected President of Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter of the American Constitution Society

Congratulations to LGN attorney Rachel Kitze Collins on her election as president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter of the American Constitution Society. She previously served as the organization’s Vice-President.

The American Constitution Society (ACS) is the nation’s leading progressive legal organization. With over 200 student and lawyer chapters in almost every state and on most law school campuses, the organization was founded on the principle that the law should be a force to improve the lives of all people.

2019-04-02T09:00:42-05:00Apr 2, 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|

Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan speaks with students at Boys & Girls Clubs Day at the Capitol

LGN was proud to partner with our client, the Minnesota Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, to organize their annual “Day at the Capitol” event on Wednesday, March 20th. We were honored to have Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan speak with students from across the state who are enrolled with their local Boys & Girls Club to talk about the importance of funding for after-school programs.

2019-05-15T16:01:19-05:00Mar 20, 2019|

Rick Linsk moderates CLE panel on defamation law

LGN attorney Rick Linsk (left) organized and moderated a continuing legal education panel discussion at the Hennepin County Bar Association on recent developments in Minnesota defamation law. Speakers were lawyers Mark Anfinson (center) and Marshall Tanick (right). Mr. Linsk, who practices civil litigation with LGN and previously was a newspaper journalist for 20-plus years, chairs the HCBA’s Insurance & Torts section.

2019-03-18T12:21:18-05:00Mar 18, 2019|

Members of Minnesota Congressional Delegation speak at MPPOA Congressional Breakfast

Thank you to Congressman Jim Hagedorn, Congressman Pete Stauber, and several other members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation for speaking with members of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association at their Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen has proudly represented the MPPOA in Washington for over two decades and helps organize the association’s annual Washington Fly-in.

2019-03-11T11:14:58-05:00Mar 11, 2019|

LGN Congratulates MSFA Chair Vekich on his Reappointment

Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. congratulates Michael Vekich on his reappointment by Governor Tim Walz to continue serving as Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA).

LGN’s state government relations team has represented the MSFA at the Capitol since it was established under the stadium bill passed in 2012. Since that time, LGN has served as the MSFA’s trusted partner, assisting the Authority at the Capitol and at Minneapolis City Hall from the stadium’s design and construction phase all the way through U.S. Bank Stadium’s current operation as a world-class venue and multipurpose facility for the State of Minnesota.

A genuine public servant, Chair Vekich has led the Authority since 2017, having previously served in leadership roles on behalf Minnesota’s last three governors. Management of an enterprise as vast as U.S. Bank Stadium goes well beyond what most fans and concertgoers will see, and Vekich’s experience and skill set has been integral to the stadium’s continued success.

2019-03-04T16:26:10-05:00Mar 4, 2019|

Kate Baxter-Kauf featured at Federal Bar Association’s Rising Professionals Symposium

LGN attorney Kate Baxter-Kauf presented as part of the Federal Bar Association’s Rising Professionals Symposium last month. Her presentation, entitled Now That We’ve Found Standing, What Are We Gonna Do With It? What’s on the Horizon for Data Breach Litigation provided attendees with a status update on retailer, medical, and tech company data breach litigation.

2019-03-04T16:10:24-05:00Mar 4, 2019|

Susan Ellingstad speaks on panel regarding federal and state Equal Pay Act litigation

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad recently participated in a panel at the ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee’s 2019 Midwinter Meeting. The panel discussed litigating and defending pay discrimination class action cases under state and federal law.

Ms. Ellingstad leads the firm’s employment law practice, representing business and governmental clients in federal and state courts as well as before administrative agencies in Minnesota and throughout the country. Ms. Ellingstad’s practice includes claims involving employment discrimination and harassment under Title VII, the MHRA and other federal and state employment statutes, wage and hour violations, commercial litigation, and class actions.

2019-02-27T11:06:27-05:00Feb 27, 2019|

Yvonne Flaherty speaking at HarrisMartin Litigation Conference

LGN Partner Yvonne Flaherty will be speaking at HarrisMartin’s 3M Combat Earplugs Litigation Conference on March 7th, 2019. Ms. Flaherty will focus her remarks on Overcoming Jurisdictional Challenges in Earplug Cases.

Ms. Flaherty focuses her practice on the representation of injured parties in complex litigation against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, as well as class actions involving a variety of consumer and product defect claims. She has been appointed to serve as Lead Counsel in consolidated claims against national medical device manufacturers and serves on several Plaintiff Steering Committees on behalf of thousands of claimants in Multi District Litigation throughout the United States.

2019-02-27T11:00:00-05:00Feb 26, 2019|

Nate Mussell previews potential Health Law legislation at MSBA CLE

LGN Partner Nate Mussell participated in a panel with the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Health Law Section CLE on February 15th. The panel offered perspectives on potential changes to health care law during this year’s legislative session in St. Paul. The panel also touched on how a new governor, new committee chairmen, and the country’s only divided state legislature could impact health policy in Minnesota.

Mr. Mussell represents a number of clients in the firm’s government relations and health care law practice areas, including physician associations, a major hospital system, and numerous other businesses impacted by state health policy in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest.

2019-02-26T16:33:48-05:00Feb 26, 2019|

Lockridge Grindal Nauen Announces New Leadership & Team Members of Federal Relations Group

With a growing profile, the Lockridge Grindal Nauen Federal Relations Group is excited to announce a new leadership structure and new team members for its Washington, D.C. office.

LGN Partner Rebecca Kanninen has been named the new leader for LGN’s Federal Relations Group – building upon her work overseeing the DC office over the past several years.

Additionally, the LGN Federal Relations Group is excited to welcome three new hires – Ed Kim, Nicholas Kowalski, and Bob Sherman.

With a growing profile, the Lockridge Grindal Nauen Federal Relations Group is excited to announce a new leadership structure and new team members for its Washington, D.C. office.

LGN Partner Rebecca Kanninen has been named the new leader for LGN’s Federal Relations Group – building upon her work overseeing the DC office over the past several years.

Additionally, the LGN Federal Relations Group is excited to welcome three new hires – Ed Kim, Nicholas Kowalski, and Bob Sherman.

  • Ed Kim has over five years of experience on Capitol Hill, most recently serving as a Senior Health Policy Advisor to Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee during the 115th Congress. […]
2019-01-28T18:22:44-05:00Jan 28, 2019|

LGN’s Greg Myers launches fundraising effort for Big Brothers Big Sisters

As part of its 40 4 40 campaign to celebrate forty years as a law firm, LGN partner Greg Myers created a fundraiser page for Big Brothers Big Sisters “Big Tackles” with Harrison Smith campaign and his page is on track to raise more than $3,700 for BBBS, with most of that coming from folks at LGN. More here

Greg serves on the board as chair of the Finance Committee for BBBS, which is also a client of LGN. The organization provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships with adults. The organization serves more than 4,000 Twin Cities youths through community-based mentoring, site-based mentoring, enrichment activities, college and career preparation events, workforce readiness offerings, and teen pregnancy prevention programming.

2018-12-14T11:30:08-05:00Dec 14, 2018|

Elizabeth Odette talks Rule of Reason at ABA Joint Conduct 101 Panel

LGN Partner Elizabeth Odette participated in a panel as part of the American Bar Association’s Joint Conduct 101 series which aims to introduce more junior lawyers to key concepts in the joint conduct space. Elizabeth Odette led the Rule of Reason portion of the panel, which also focused on Quick look and Truncated analysis.

Ms. Odette focuses her practice on antitrust, product liability, consumer, and class action litigation. She has particular experience in antitrust discovery disputes, third party discovery, expert issues, trial management, and evidentiary issues.

2018-12-14T12:05:48-05:00Dec 12, 2018|