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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|

Kate Baxter-Kauf featured in Minnesota Lawyer on how debate has shaped her career

LGN Attorney Kate Baxter-Kauf was recently profiled in Minnesota Lawyer discussing the impact her high school and college debate experience has on her practice and how it influenced her career path. The feature can be found here.

Kate Baxter-Kauf’s practice is concentrated in the firm’s data breach, antitrust law, business litigation, and securities litigation practice groups. She represents individuals, consumers, financial institutions and small businesses in litigation to protect their rights and, most often, the rights of the class members they seek to represent.

2018-12-12T16:49:53-05:00Dec 7, 2018|

Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. celebrates 40th year in business with “40 4 40” year of service

Today, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. is proud to celebrate its 40th year in business and 40 years of service to our clients and community.

As we celebrate our 40th year, we will also be renewing our long-standing commitment not only to our clients, but also the communities in which we work and call home.

As part of that commitment, LGN is launching the 40 4 40 Initiative. This initiative will commemorate the anniversary of the firm’s founding in 1978 through 40 acts of public service throughout 2019, including volunteering with organizations serving the communities in which we operate and support for local non-profits.

LGN attorneys, government relations professionals, and staff have already completed several projects, including:

  • A coat and winter apparel drive in Washington, D.C. where LGN attorneys joined our Federal Relations team in delivering several bags of donated winter coats, hats, and gloves to Central Union Mission.
  • LGN’s employment law team partnered last week with St. Stephen’s Human Services to prepare and serve a meal at a local shelter in Minneapolis.
  • The firm “adopted” a family for the holiday season and anonymously gifted a family of 6 every item on their wish list, with […]
2018-12-14T10:52:54-05:00Dec 6, 2018|

LGN Partner David Asp serves on faculty for Minnesota CLE seminar titled “Federal Litigation Strategies for Immigration Lawyers”

LGN Partner David Asp will serve on the faculty for an afternoon seminar presented by Minnesota CLE entitled “Federal Litigation Strategies for Immigration Lawyers.” As one of five faculty members, Asp will present to an audience consisting primarily of immigration attorneys on strategies for challenging immigration decisions through federal-court litigation. Based on his experience litigating cases in federal court, Asp will discuss how federal litigation may be an effective method for employers to challenging erroneous business-related decisions by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The course will include discussion of remedies available to businesses challenging immigration determinations, as well as litigation strategies for prevailing in federal court.

Information regarding the seminar is available here.

2018-12-06T13:09:15-05:00Dec 6, 2018|

Lockridge Grindal Nauen and Synergetic Endeavors Announce New Public Affairs Company

Primacy Strategy Group to Serve the Midwest

Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. and Synergetic Endeavors are excited to formally announce the launch of a new jointly-owned company, Primacy Strategy Group. The new firm will provide lobbying, regulatory, and public affairs services to clients throughout the Midwest region.

Primacy Strategy Group is a dynamic 50/50 partnership between Lockridge Grindal Nauen, a Minnesota-based state and federal lobbying team with offices in Minneapolis, MN, Bismarck, ND and Washington, D.C., and Synergetic Endeavors, a St. Paul-based consulting firm specializing in grassroots advocacy, public relations, association management, and event planning. Each firm will continue to serve their respective clients in Minnesota, but will join forces to provide a wider array of services as they expand throughout the Midwest.

“Considering how frequently our two firms have successfully worked together it was a natural next step that we formally come together in an exciting new venture that will utilize our combined talents for the benefit of all our clients,” said Ryan Kelly of Synergetic Endeavors, who will now also serve as the President of Primacy Strategy Group.

Rebecca Kanninen, Partner at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, will also serve as the new […]

2018-12-05T17:11:27-05:00Dec 5, 2018|

Rick Linsk reappointed to Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee

LGN attorney Rick Linsk was reappointed to a three-year term as a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch. The order by Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea was announced November 20, 2018. Mr. Linsk practices civil litigation with LGN and previously was a newspaper journalist for 20-plus years.

2018-12-05T14:16:54-05:00Dec 5, 2018|

LGN’s employment law team preps and serves meals at St. Stephens

LGN attorneys and staff, including the firm’s employment law team, took part in the firm’s 40440 community service initiative last week when they partnered with St. Stephen’s Human Services to prepare and serve a meal at a local shelter in Minneapolis.

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad, who also serves on the board of St. Stephens, along with David Asp, Anna Horning Nygren, Rachel Kitze Collins, Jennifer Jacobs, Heather Potteiger, Samantha Girard, Stephen Owen, Rick Linsk, and Sherri Juell all took part in the service project.

Since the 1960s, St. Stephens has worked to offer programs supporting the poor and homeless in the Twin Cities. In the last year alone they have served over 1,918 adults and 651 families, providing shelter, housing support, and other services to those in need.

2018-12-11T11:03:41-05:00Dec 3, 2018|

LGN Attorney Rick Linsk and Summer Associate Kasia Kokoszka Explain Minnesota CLE Denials Process in Bench & Bar

In this month’s Bench & Bar, LGN attorney Rick Linsk and Summer Associate Kasia Kokoszka explore the process and procedures the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education uses to approve or deny a course for CLE credit, as well as an unusual case where a course’s approval was revoked after the fact by the board due to its content. Read article.

2018-11-20T13:13:10-05:00Nov 20, 2018|

LGN D.C. team coat drive supports Central Union Mission

As part of LGN’s 40440 initiative, the firm’s Washington, DC-based Federal Relations team was joined by attorneys Karen Hanson Riebel, Heidi Silton, Anna Horning Nygren, and Simeon Morbey to deliver several bags of donated winter coats, hats, and gloves to Central Union Mission in our nation’s capitol.

Central Union Mission provides a safe shelter, hot meals, medical care, job training and compassionate care to help transform lives in the Washington D.C. metro area.

2018-12-11T10:14:05-05:00Nov 15, 2018|

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|

Joe Bruckner Presents at International Antitrust Litigation Forum

LGN partner Joe Bruckner was a session leader and presenter at the Cambridge Antitrust Litigation Forum on October 21-23, 2018. The Forum comprises 48 leading antitrust litigators from across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, each of whom is personally selected based on their expertise. Joe and others led discussion of challenges facing antitrust litigants, antitrust policy developments, and emerging issues in competition law. Joe also serves on the Forum’s steering committee. More information here.

2018-11-01T15:56:04-05:00Nov 1, 2018|