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 company’s Senior Vice President. “Drawing on the combined strengths of both our firms, Primacy Strategy Group will provide more comprehensive services to clients with streamlined efficiency in more states, with the same commitment, results, and trusted counsel they have come to expect,” said Kanninen.

The new company’s clients include a wide range of businesses, trade associations, and non-profits, including several with regional interests that cross state lines. Primacy Strategy Group is equipped to help organizations advance policy initiatives through multiple state legislatures, work with local governments and state agencies, or build grassroots support for an advocacy agenda at any level of government.

“Our clients needs don’t stop at a state border,” said Ted Grindal, Partner at Lockridge Grindal Nauen. “The demand from our clients for high-caliber multi-state public affairs work is yet one more reason why we are expanding into these new marketplaces.”

The Primacy Strategy Group team also includes former North Dakota State legislator Blair Thoreson and long-time association executive Rudie Martinson, who will continue to be based out of the company’s Bismarck offices to manage the day to day needs of the firm’s clients in North and South Dakota.

About Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.

For 40 years, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. has served clients throughout the Midwest and in Washington, D.C., with a focus on business litigation and governmental relations at the local, state, and federal levels. The firm represents public and private sector clients and has extensive experience in local, state, and federal government relations, complex business litigation, campaign finance and election law, environmental law, health care law, and government law. The firm has offices in Minneapolis, MN, Bismarck, ND, and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit

About Synergetic Endeavors

Synergetic Endeavors, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has built a national reputation in the Midwest and throughout the country for providing exceptional service in the areas of Association Management & Coalition Building, Grassroots/Grasstops Mobilization, Public Relations, Government Affairs, Business Development, Fundraising, as well as National Convention and Event Planning. For more information, please visit