Rachel A. Kitze Collins

Congratulations to Rachel Kitze Collins for being named an Up & Coming Attorney

Please join us in congratulating LGN associate Rachel Kitze Collins on being named an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer. The recognition highlights lawyers in their first 10 years of practice who have already distinguished themselves by their professional achievements and leadership service in the community.

Ms. Kitze Collins joined LGN in 2015 and practices in the firm’s environmental, business, employment and antitrust groups. She currently serves as Co-President of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of the American Constitution Society and as Vice Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section.

Named a Minnesota Rising Star since 2017 by Super Lawyers, Rachel has also been recognized by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a North Star Lawyer for her Pro Bono work.

Ms. Kitze Collins is a 2014 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Minnesota Law Review and a Clinic Director for the Environmental Sustainability Clinic. Prior to joining LGN […]

2019-09-17T11:42:39-05:00Sep 17, 2019|

Five LGN Attorneys named North Star Lawyers for Pro Bono Work

The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) has recognized Stephanie Chen, Arielle Wagner, Kate Baxter-Kauf, Rachel Kitze Collins, Elizabeth Odette (not pictured) as North Star Lawyers for their pro bono work.

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 2018 calendar year. Over 930 North Star Lawyers provided over 110,500 total hours of pro bono service with an estimated value of $27.6 million in free legal advice. Download the list of North Star Lawyers for 2018.

2019-07-15T16:37:23-05:00Jul 15, 2019|

13 LGN Attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, including four of the state’s Top 100 MN Super Lawyers and four of the Top 50 MN Women Super Lawyers

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that thirteen of the firm’s attorneys were selected as 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

A special congratulations to LGN partners Charles Nauen, Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, and Karen Hanson Riebel who were named as four of Minnesota’s Top 100 Super Lawyers. This is the seventh year in a row that Charles Nauen has been named as a Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyer.

Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, Karen Hanson Riebel, and Heidi Silton were named as four of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Minnesota for the second year in a row. We are proud that this is the fifth year in a row in which at least three of LGN’s women partners have been recognized in this category.

LGN’s Super Lawyers

W. Joseph Bruckner, Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, H. Theodore Grindal, Richard Lockridge, Charles Nauen, Karen Hanson Riebel, Robert Shelquist, and Heidi Silton have been named Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers recognizes the top 5% of outstanding lawyers in […]

2019-07-08T15:43:16-05:00Jul 8, 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|

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 Attorneys Leading the Bar

LGN Attorneys Elizabeth Odette, Kate Baxter-Kauf, Rachel Kitze Collins, Kristen Marttila, and Arielle Wagner attended the FBA Minnesota Chapter Federal Judges’ Dinner Dance. At the event the Chapter recognized the work on diversity and inclusion undertaken by members and leaders of Minnesota affinity bar organizations.

Ms. Marttila was recently elected as the National Council Delegate for the Minnesota Chapter of the FBA and will serve a three-year term as a Director. Ms. Odette was re-elected as co-chair of the Mass Tort, Multi-District Litigation, and Class Action Practice Group for the 2018-2019 term and Ms. Wells serves on the Communications Committee. Ms. Wagner is a member of the Board of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association. Ms. Kitze Collins was recently elected as the treasurer for the MSBA Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy law section.

2019-03-08T20:44:34-05:00May 16, 2018|

16 LGN Attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that 16 of the firm’s attorneys were selected as 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

LGN’s ‘Super Lawyers’

The following attorneys have been named Super Lawyers. These attorneys ranked in the top 5% of the list in the Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.

LGN’s ‘Rising Stars’

The following attorneys have been named Rising Starsfor 2017.

2018-02-22T13:02:01-05:00Jul 7, 2017|

Elizabeth Odette, Rachel Kitze Collins, Kate Baxter-Kauf, and Kristen Marttila named North Star Lawyers

The Minnesota State Bar Association recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services per year as North Star Lawyers.

The Minnesota State Bar Association has recognized LGN attorneys Elizabeth OdetteRachel Kitze CollinsKate Baxter-Kauf, and Kristen Marttila as North Star Lawyers.

Elizabeth Odette worked with the Children’s Law Center representing youth in foster care. Kate Baxter-Kauf represented indigent criminal defendants through the MSBA Appellate Practice Section’s Public Defender Appellate Pro Bono Program. Through the Volunteer Lawyers Network, Kristen Marttila represented a client seeking expungement of a criminal record, and both Kristen and Rachel Kitze Collins represented Wilderness Watch, a national wilderness-protection group, in a Boundary Waters case.

The list of these lawyers was printed in a full page advertisement in the Star Tribune last week.

2018-05-15T15:38:35-05:00May 24, 2017|

LGN hosts Minnesota Chapter of the American Constitution Society for a panel discussion on the “Gavel Gap” and increasing judicial diversity in Minnesota.

LGN hosted the Minnesota Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) on January 18th for a discussion on the importance of judicial diversity in our justice system. The discussion featured Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Peter Reyes, Ramsey County District Court Judge Nicole Starr, Hennepin County District Court Judge Tanya Bransford, as well as Lidya Makonnen and Cumah Blake, from the Office of Governor Mark Dayton.

The discussion, facilitated by Saraswati Singh from the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, focused on a study compiled by ACS showing troubling differences between the race and gender composition of the courts and the communities they serve. The panelists discussed their own experiences on the bench, as well as the efforts by Governor Dayton to ensure that the composition of our courts better reflects the diversity of our communities in Minnesota.

The event was co-hosted by the ACLU, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Lavender Bar Association, and the Ramsey County Bar Association.

LGN attorney Rachel Kitze Collins serves on the Board of ACS Minnesota.

2018-02-22T13:08:14-05:00Jan 24, 2017|