LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad featured in MPR News

Millions of Americans will be subject to new vaccine mandates issued by President Joe Biden, including more than 1.4 million workers in Minnesota.

The announcement this week comes as the highly contagious delta variant continues to sweep the nation, putting unvaccinated people at higher risk of hospitalization and death.

Biden only described his plan in broad strokes during a White House press conference Thursday, but the strategy is already drawing applause from some corners — and a lot of questions from others.

On one hand, the mandate gives employers who are hesitant to battle employees over vaccines cover, said Susan Ellingstad, a partner with Minneapolis-based firm Lockridge Grindal Nauen.

“I think there are a lot of employers who have really wanted to [issue vaccine mandates] and […]

2021-09-13T11:21:03-05:00Sep 13, 2021|

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad featured in StarTribune

Minnesota employers, many of whom had been wary of instituting vaccine mandates of their own, were scrambling on Friday to understand how and when they will have to implement new federal guidelines that will require them to do just that.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced sweeping new federal regulations that will require employers with more than 100 workers to require immunizations or weekly testing. It’s a big move aimed at curbing the recent surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations mostly among the unvaccinated.

In Minnesota, the new orders will affect about 4,800 businesses which employ about 1.4 million Minnesotans, according to Steve Grove, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). That is about half of the state’s total workforce.

Amid a tight labor market, […]

2021-09-13T10:23:19-05:00Sep 13, 2021|

14 LGN Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2021

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that fourteen of the firm’s attorneys were selected as 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. 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.

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.

2021-07-20T10:30:25-05:00Jul 20, 2021|

LGN Adopts Anti-Racism Resolution

WHEREAS, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. recognizes that there has been systemic and structural racism, overt and implicit bias, and other unjust prejudices and practices that have led and continue to lead to racial inequities throughout society and the legal profession; and

WHEREAS, we believe that the legal system and the rule of law, and our law firm, has both the capacity and the moral obligation to help create a more fair and just society; and

WHEREAS, such racial inequities, and their causes, can be and should be identified, addressed and eradicated;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by both the partnership and the firm as a whole, that Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. is committed to doing its part, intentionally and continually, in eradicating racial inequities and ensuring that our firm more closely mirrors our values of inclusion and diversity;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Lockridge Grindal […]

2021-07-19T08:20:52-05:00Jul 19, 2021|

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad featured in StarTribune

Following a closely watched legal battle over a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff at a Houston health system — a battle that the hospital won — no hospital or nursing home in Minnesota has imposed a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on its workers, people in the industry say.

Though vaccine mandates appear legal, trade groups representing hospitals and nursing homes in the state are not urging their members to implement them now. The Minnesota Department of Health hasn’t taken a position.

“That should not be construed to suggest that it isn’t incredibly important that people be vaccinated,” MDH spokesman Doug Schultz said in a statement. “It is VERY important to get everyone vaccinated.”

Minnesota reached a vaccine milestone last week, surpassing 3 million residents with […]

2021-06-21T13:26:55-05:00Jun 21, 2021|

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad featured in Wall Street Journal

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article discussing the role that employers have in ensuring a high percentage of the population gets vaccinated in an effort to curb the pandemic.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen in March mandated that our 100-person staff get vaccinated, barring an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Employees weren’t asked to provide proof but to notify our firm’s human resources director when they were fully vaccinated to help determine when we could reopen our offices or schedule more in-person gatherings. Ms. Ellingstad said there was no resistance, and all employees have complied.

“We’re never going to get past this until we have enough people vaccinated,” Ms. Ellingstad said. “Employers have a role to play in this.”

Read the full article here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/companies-push-employees-to-prove-they-are-vaccinated-11623672001

2021-06-21T13:03:05-05:00Jun 14, 2021|

Lockridge Grindal Nauen Celebrates Capitol Pathways Program

Lockridge Grindal Nauen (LGN) was pleased to have Reen Reinhardt join the firm’s state government relations team for the 2021 Legislative Session as part of the Citizens League Capitol Pathways program. Read about Reen’s experience, in her own words, below. LGN looks forward to participating in today’s Capitol Pathways End of Session Celebration with the Citizens League.

I started the 2021 Legislative Session with a small amount of knowledge in regard to the legislative process or who the key players are at the Minnesota Capitol. However, I was quickly immersed in committee coverage and followed daily updates on House and Senate activities, eventually taking on the responsibility of writing a weekly summary of legislative activities for a client. It took a few weeks, but once committee hearings started to pick up, I was better able to understand the weekly calendar of committees and floor sessions […]

2021-06-09T15:50:02-05:00Jun 9, 2021|

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad to Present at the 2021 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute

LGN partner Susan Ellingstad will be presenting at the 2021 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute on Monday, May 24thaddressing Hiring 101 – What Can Companies Do and Say?

Susan will cover such topics as: What can companies do and say when posting job positions, recruiting and screening job applicants, and interviewing individuals for a job? How can employers ask for the information they need about a candidate without violating state and federal discrimination laws?  Can they review applicant social media posts?  If so, how far can they go?  What about pre-employment background checks?  What are an employer’s obligations once a hiring decision is made?  And what are the risks of hiring remotely as many employers have done during COVID? The hiring process is fraught with legal risks and you don’t want to miss this session.

Register here: https://www.minncle.org/seminar/2033212101

2021-05-21T08:39:44-05:00May 21, 2021|

Lockridge Grindal Nauen Opening Doors to All in July

Lockridge Grindal Nauen announced it’s fully opening its downtown Minneapolis office on July 6. The firm mandated Covid-19 vaccinations for employees — with some exemptions for medical or religious reasons, but despite those everyone at the firm already has at least one shot, according to Susan Ellingstad, a partner with the firm who’s spearheaded its Covid-19 response efforts.

By the end of June, the firm expects everyone will have had at least two weeks since their second vaccine shot.

Employees who have childcare issues can still work remotely and even after the pandemic subsides. But most of the firm’s employees will be in a hybrid model where they can work a day or two each week at home.

“The way we have outlined it, we’ve realized people can work pretty efficiently from home,” Ellingstad said. “We’re gonna leave it up to department […]

2021-05-18T16:03:47-05:00May 18, 2021|

Lockridge Grindal Nauen Attorney Files Case on Behalf of Minnesota Farmer

Minnesota farmers have developed incurable Parkinson’s disease from use of Paraquat herbicides.

May 14, 2021

Lockridge Grindal Nauen (LGN) law firm attorney Yvonne Flaherty, filed a complaint for damages suit in United States District Court, in the District of Minnesota in Rysavy v. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC; Syngenta AG; Chevron U.S.A., Inc.; and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP.

The case is based on the wrongful conduct of Syngenta Crop Protection and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in connection with the development, manufacture, testing, packaging, promotion, marketing, advertising, distribution, and sale of paraquat dichloride, also known as Paraquat, the active ingredient in several herbicide products, including Gramoxone®, that are now known to increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease.

“Paraquat is a highly toxic chemical that is known to be threatening to the health of the users during spraying and application,” said Yvonne Flaherty, Lockridge Grindal Nauen attorney, “Our farmers and farm workers trusted Syngenta […]

2021-05-14T12:30:21-05:00May 14, 2021|

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.

Kristen practices primarily in the areas of antitrust, environmental and land use, business law, and health care law. She frequently serves as local counsel in a wide variety of matters, including intellectual property, consumer, and complex ERISA cases.

2021-04-07T12:29:27-05:00Apr 7, 2021|

Congratulations to LGN’s newest partner, Rebecca Peterson

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that Rebecca Peterson has been named a partner at our firm.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that Rebecca Peterson is a partner in the firm’s class action group with a focus on consumer protection, product liability, and pet food regulation cases, and accompanying regulatory issues. Ms. Peterson has been part of successful prosecution of actions on behalf of consumers in both state and federal courts. Ms. Peterson has been appointed lead counsel and, alongside a group of attorneys, was recognized as Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for her work on behalf of U.S. farmers. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Peterson practiced in California and had extensive experience in complex class actions, appeals, and public relations. Ms. Peterson carries that experience over to her practice today in fighting to protect the rights of […]

2021-01-20T11:35:12-06:00Jan 20, 2021|

LGN Attorney Rachel Kitze Collins Profiled in Lawyers of ACS

LGN Attorney Rachel Kitze Collins serves as the Co-President of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of the American Constitution Society and was recently profiled in the January 2021 publication of Lawyers of ACS, a monthly publication by ACS National featuring ACS leaders and members from around the country, which is distributed to ACS Chapters in more than 50 cities across the United States.

The full feature can be found below and on the ACS website.

Lawyers of ACS, January 2021 – Rachel Kitzen Collins
My upbringing instilled in me a passion for social justice and a love of the environment. In college, political science and environmental studies were natural choices for my majors, although I resisted for a while the assumption that I would attend law school. But after internships in Washington, DC, at Environment America, a local nonprofit in Northfield, Minnesota, and in the legal clinics […]

2021-01-14T15:20:23-06:00Jan 14, 2021|

LGN Attorneys File Amicus Brief on Behalf of COSAL

LGN attorneys Charles Nauen, Heidi Silton, Joe Bruckner, Kristen 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. In our brief, COSAL argued that service awards are necessary to recognize the significant time, risk, and expense that class representatives incur when they file suit, particularly when they challenge the conduct of large businesses with significant market power on behalf of their fellow competitors. Because competent, engaged class representatives are crucial to antitrust cases since they frequently proceed as class litigation, the viability of the class mechanism to redress wrongful conduct will be jeopardized if service awards are no […]

2020-11-23T14:23:46-06:00Nov 23, 2020|

Former MN Speaker of the House and Former Deputy Executive Director of the National Conference of State Legislatures Join Primacy Strategy Group

Former MN Speaker of the House and Former Deputy Executive Director of the National Conference of State Legislatures Join Primacy Strategy Group

The addition of Kurt Zellers & Nancy Rhyme enhances PSG’s core service offerings, leadership structure, and fortifies regional and national reach

Press Contact:
Jake Blum
(612) 978-0990

Washington, D.C. – Primacy Strategy Group (PSG) announced the addition of two new members to their leadership team, former Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers and former National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Deputy Executive Director, Nancy Rhyme.

“We are thrilled to add the knowledge, leadership and well established bipartisan experience that both Nancy and Kurt bring to us,” said Ryan Kelly CEO of PSG, “As our team continues to grow, our clients will benefit from the vast legislative and communications expertise Nancy and Kurt bring from their impressive public service careers.”

Zellers will serve […]

2020-10-30T19:00:45-05:00Oct 30, 2020|

Lockridge Grindal Nauen Attorneys Elected to Leadership Positions in Bar Associations in Minnesota

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that two of our Attorneys have been elected to leadership positions in prominent Bar Associations in Minnesota. LGN Attorney Arielle Wagner Elected President of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association

Arielle Wagner was elected as the President of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association (MAIBA). MAIBA is a non-profit organization of American Indian attorneys, law students, and officers of tribal courts. Arielle has served as Vice President for the last two terms and will serve as the President for the 2020-2021 MAIBA year.

Arielle concentrates her practice in the firm’s antitrust, data breach, and tribal government representation groups. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2016 with concentrations in Labor & Employment Law and Business Law. During law school, Arielle was a certified student attorney in the Indian Child Welfare Act Clinic and served as a Managing Editor of the […]

2020-09-29T13:40:57-05:00Sep 29, 2020|

Lockridge Grindal Nauen named a Best Law Firm For Women by Working Mother for Second Consecutive Year

Hello colleagues, clients, and friends,

Along with my Partners at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, I am proud to announce Working Mother has named our firm among its “Best Law Firms for Women” for 2020, the second consecutive year the firm has received this honor. This recognition, given to only 60 firms throughout the country, signifies that LGN is a firm that uses best practices to recruit, retain, promote, and develop women attorneys. To determine which firms are included in the list, the Working Mother Research Institute considers attorney demographics at different levels, schedule flexibility, paid time off and parental leaves, and development and retention of women.

I wanted to share a quote from Subha V. Barry, president of Working Mother Media, about the unique factors weighed during consideration to be among the Best Law Firms for Women this year:

“Law firms on this year’s list were better prepared to respond to the […]

2020-09-11T13:19:00-05:00Sep 11, 2020|

Yvonne Flaherty Named a Best Lawyers® 2021 Lawyer of the Year; 4 Other LGN Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys were named by Best Lawyers® to their 2021 Best Lawyers in America© list.

A special congratulations to LGN partner Yvonne Flaherty who was named Best Lawyers® 2021 Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis.

Susan Ellingstad, Richard Lockridge, Charles Nauen, and Karen Hanson Riebel were also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.

Recognition by Best Lawyers® is based entirely on peer review. This year’s Best Lawyers rankings were based on an analysis of over 9.4 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.

Super Lawyers recognizes the […]

2020-08-20T15:39:24-05:00Aug 20, 2020|

Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. is seeking a litigation attorney with 3-8 years’ experience to join its office in Minneapolis.

This position offers an opportunity for an attorney to build expertise and take on significant responsibilities in litigation matters across the country.  LGN’s litigation associates play an important role in managing litigation, interacting with co-counsel and clients, taking and defending depositions, appearing in court, and drafting court filings.  The person hired for this position will have the opportunity to take on increasing responsibilities in litigation matters in different practice areas.

The ideal candidate will have 3-8 years of litigation experience, strong writing ability, and a desire to develop litigation skills and take on increasing responsibility.  LGN does not require specialized experience in a particular practice area, but class action or complex litigation experience is a plus. Most importantly, LGN seeks candidates committed to producing the highest quality legal work, practicing with the highest level of integrity, and providing excellent service to our clients.

LGN is committed […]

2020-08-17T11:36:35-05:00Aug 17, 2020|
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