Above and Beyond Award Presented to LGN

Above and Beyond Award

Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP was honored to receive the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Above and Beyond Award last month. Minnesota ESGR Region 7 Co-Chair, John Kingrey, presented the award recognizing LGN’s support for National Guard and Reserve service members, including LGN attorney Major Catherine Peterson.

Limited numbers of this award are given to employers who have had at least one of their supervisors/managers recognized with a Patriot Award and who have signed an ESGR Statement of Support. LGN partners, Rebecca Peterson and Robert Shelquist, received Patriot Awards in 2023.

In presenting the Above and Beyond Award to the firm, Major Peterson acknowledged Senior Counsel, Maureen K. Berg, who led the firm’s efforts in shipping a generous care package to Peterson’s Army National Guard unit when it was deployed to the Southwest Border. Also pictured below are LGN partners, Richard Lockridge and Charles Nauen. You can read more about this high honor on the ESGR website by clicking below:

LGN Partners Receive Patriot Awards

Left to Right: COL Doug Peterson, M.D., USA Retired and Virginia Peterson (Rebecca Peterson’s parents and Catherine Peterson’s aunt and uncle), Rebecca Peterson, Rob Shelquist, Catherine Peterson, John Kingrey, ESGR.

On August 24, 2022, LGN Partners Rob Shelquist and Rebecca Peterson each received Patriot Awards in recognition of their support of the National Guard and Reserve. They were nominated for this award by LGN attorney Catherine Peterson, who has served in the North Dakota National Guard since 2008. The award is given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program, an office of the Department of Defense established to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers. The award recognizes employers’ efforts to support citizen warriors by providing understanding and healthy work environments that offer flexible schedules, including time off for training and deployment.  

Cathy, who served in two deployments to the National Capital Region, in 2013-2014 and 2017-2018, is also an extremely talented lawyer and a vital member of LGN’s Product and Consumer Litigation team. During the awards ceremony, she thanked Rob and Rebecca for their support, noting that flexibility in her work schedule “is a huge stress reliever: employers take on a sacrifice when they employ members of the National Guard and Reserve who have commitments not only to their civilian job but also to the military. Employers and supporting colleagues and staff have to figure out a way to adapt when a Soldier has to leave. And Rob and Rebecca’s willingness to do this has made balancing my civilian job and military service very smooth.”

LGN is extremely proud of Cathy’s service and of Rob and Rebecca’s efforts to support her, and we wish Cathy the very best in her next deployment, which starts in October.