LGN Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Lockridge Grindal Nauen has always advocated for equal rights and justice. We were the first law firm to publicly oppose the Minnesota same-sex marriage constitutional amendment, defeated in November 2012. And we supported Minnesota’s same-sex marriage law which went into effect in 2013. Now, ten years later, we join other law firms and businesses in expressing our opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that not only overturns 50 years of precedent protecting a woman’s right to choose but also puts at risk other fundamental freedoms, including other privacy rights and marriage equality.

We recognize that individuals within our community have sincere beliefs and emotions on both sides of this issue, and we respect and encourage genuine civil conversations on this topic. We also encourage everyone to be involved in the political process, study the issues, and, most importantly, VOTE!!

Major changes coming to HIPAA privacy rules

In January 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed revisions and additions to HIPAA and HITECH’s protected health information (PHI) and privacy regulations. The final rule is expected to be published soon, and most provisions likely will be effective six months thereafter. 

LGN Partners Greg Myers and David Asp and law clerk Develyn Mistriotti, recently published an article detailing the proposed rule’s alterations to the HIPAA landscape and the major implications for health care entities and patients.

Read the full article published in the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Bench + Bar of Minnesota by following this link.

LGN Senior Counsel Simeon Morbey receives recognition from Minnesota’s US District Court

Simeon Morbey

LGN is proud to share the well-earned recognition that Senior Counsel Simeon Morbey received from Minnesota’s US District Court for his two years on the Minnesota Federal Bar Association’s Legal Education Committee. The Committee organizes and presents the MN FBA’s excellent Federal Practice Seminars, as well as other programs throughout the year. 

Retired Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer said in her note to Simeon, “we put on two outstanding seminars in seven months’ time under remarkably challenging circumstances, and we couldn’t have done it without you.” Join us in congratulating Simeon on this fantastic recognition!

Lockridge Grindal Nauen Welcomes Dan Pollock, Heidi Esparza to Firm’s State Government Relations Team

Lockridge Grindal Nauen (LGN) is pleased to announce that Daniel L. Pollock will be joining the firm’s state government relations team in early August.

Mr. Pollock, a highly-regarded health and human services policy professional with 15 years of experience in state government, has served in high-ranking positions in both the executive branch and legislative branch.

He has served as the Assistant Commissioner of Continuing Care for Older Adults at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deputy Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health, Executive Assistant to the Minnesota House Majority Leader, Policy Advisor to Governor Mark Dayton, Legislative Director for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and the Committee Administrator for the Minnesota House Health Finance Committee.

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LGN Partners Named Top 50 Women Leaders of Minnesota for 2022

LGN is proud to announce Partners Rebecca J. Kanninen and Heidi M. Silton have been recognized by Women We Admire as two of the Top 50 Women Leaders of Minnesota for 2022. Join us in congratulating them both on this prestigious recognition. Read more: https://thewomenweadmire.com/2022/06/27/the-top-50-women-leaders-of-minnesota-for-2022/ 

Citizens League Capitol Pathways Spotlight: Jess Lindeen

This article originally appeared on the Citizens League website.

As we celebrate another successful year of the Capitol Pathways Program—the only paid internship program in the state that opens a policy career pathway for BIPOC college students— we ask you to join us in investing in the next generation of civic leaders.

Leading to our celebration on June 22, we are hosting an online fundraising campaign to raise $10,000—all of which will go directly to support our student legislative and other professional development trainings in 2023. While our students are passionate about civic engagement and policy, many of them have never been exposed to the legislative process or Capitol. Through these trainings, they build career skills and gain technical knowledge of the legislative process to help them build the confidence and know-how to prepare for their policy internships.

Every gift—no matter the amount—moves us one step closer to our goal and truly makes a difference. Click here to donate today.

If you’d like to learn more about the impact of the Capitol Pathways program and students, read on to learn more about Jess Lindeen, Capitol Pathways host supervisor at Lockridge Grindal Nauen

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

Kristen Marttila

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 Attorney Laura Matson Speaks on Panel at Federal Bar Association’s 47th Annual Federal Practice Seminar

LGN Attorney Laura Matson recently spoke on a panel entitled ‘The Rights of Nature: A Novel Approach to a Long-“Standing” Issue in Environmental Litigation’ at the Federal Bar Association’s 47th Annual Federal Practice Seminar. The panel included a discussion of how the “Rights of Nature” movement aims to secure legal rights for plants, animals, and ecosystems and is increasingly viewed as a mechanism for bringing new life to environmental litigation. 

Laura was joined by Richard Duncan, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Frank Bibeau, Center for Democratic Environmental Rights, and Virginia McCalmont, Forsgren Fisher McCalmont DeMarea Tysver.

LGN Attorney Laura Matson Pens Profile of Life and Career of Chief Judge John R. Tunheim

LGN Attorney Laura Matson penned a three-part profile of the life and career of Chief Judge John R. Tunheim. Chief Judge Tunheim was nominated to the federal district court by President Clinton in 1995 and has served as chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota since 2015. 

Laura is also a former law clerk for Chief Judge Tunheim. The three parts can be read herehere, and here.

LGN Partner Rebecca J. Kanninen Named Head of State Government Relations Practice

Rebecca Kanninen

Today, the litigation and lobbying firm of Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. (LGN) announced that Rebecca J. Kanninen is the new head of State Government Relations, succeeding firm partner Ted Grindal in the role. The transition will occur over the next several months of 2022.

“Rebecca and I began succession planning several years ago. Today’s announcement is the next step in the thoughtful execution of our efforts,” said Ted Grindal. “The firm has worked to build a successful government relations practice over the past 40 years and we are the premier government relations team in the state. While I will remain a partner at the firm, I am stepping back from this role and Rebecca will head our practice and continue to build upon our firm’s success.”

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