Landmark Decision Recognizing Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Rights of Indigenous Peoples

In March of 2022, LGN associates Laura Matson and Arielle Wagner spearheaded an effort to draft an amicus curiae brief on U.S. Federal Indian Law which was joined by some of the leading scholars in the field. The brief was submitted to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in support of the Comunidad Indígena Maya Q’eqchi’ Agua Caliente, an indigenous community that made land and resource rights claims against Guatemala.  (Comunidad Indígena Maya Q’eqchi’ Agua Caliente v. Guatemala, Case No. 13.082).

In a landmark decision issued in December of 2023, the court found in favor of the Maya Q’eqchi’ Agua Caliente. Among other measures, the Court ordered Guatemala to pass legislation recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples, particularly related to collective land ownership, and to establish a procedure for effective consultation with indigenous peoples prior to approving projects affecting their lands and resources.

You can read more about this decision by clicking below.

Rachel Kitze Collins to Moderate Important Voting Rights Panel

Voting Rights Panel

Lockridge Grindal Nauen partner Rachel Kitze Collins will moderate an important panel regarding voting rights on February 15, 2024. The panel will be hosted by the Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, and Washington State American Constitution Society (ACS) Lawyer Chapters. The discussion will center on the Eighth Circuit’s recent decision holding that there is no private right of action under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The distinguished panel will discuss the case, its implications, and where we go from here to protect voting rights in the courts.

Panelists:

David Lillehaug, Senior Counsel, Fredrikson & Byron; Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice

Jeff Justman, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

David McKinney, Attorney, ACLU of Minnesota

You can learn more and register by clicking below.

LGN Partner Karen Hanson Riebel named as Co-Lead Counsel in MOVEit Data Breach Case

Data Breach

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that LGN Partner Karen Hanson Riebel was appointed as co-lead counsel by the Honorable Allison D. Burroughs of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in the In Re: MOVEit Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, along with four other lawyers.

The multidistrict litigation involves hundreds of class actions from around the country regarding a massive data breach conducted by a Russian cybergang. The group exploited a vulnerability in the file transfer software MOVEit that impacted more than 2,500 organizations and more than 67 million individuals worldwide. This data breach is widely considered to be the largest hack of 2023. Karen was selected over dozens of other applicants from top firms.

Karen has previously served in multiple leadership roles, including co-lead counsel, in data breach, cybersecurity, and privacy class actions across the country.

Congratulations to Karen and the data breach team, which includes partner Kate Baxter-Kauf,  senior counsel Maureen Kane Berg,  and associates Arielle S. Wagner, Eura Chang, and Emma Ritter Gordon, along with Carey R. Johnson, Amber M. Raak, and Accomplish T. Ajagbusi.

LGN Participates in Voting Rights Symposium

Voting Rights - FairVote Minnesota

Our Government Relations team attended FairVote Minnesota’s Symposium on Voting Rights: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future at the University of St. Thomas this week. The event brought together a diverse and influential gathering of thought leaders, students, community members, and political figures including Governor Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, and Attorney General Keith Ellison.

Participants engaged in meaningful conversations that looked back at our history and the evolution of voting rights, tackled the challenges our democracy currently faces, explored critical reforms and opportunities, and discussed how we can work together to build a more representative and inclusive future for our state and our country.

It was a great event to start Black History Month as we work towards building a more inclusive, multi-racial democracy in our state and for our future.

Pictured is LGN State Government Relations team member Jess Lindeen with House Majority Whip Representative Athena Hollins.

Legal Aid Campaign Surpasses Goal

Legal Aid

LGN is proud to announce that for the eighth consecutive year, the firm’s associates achieved 100% participation in the 2023 Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Associates’ Campaign - surpassing our total giving goal by over $300. LGN has raised $2,860 and a total of $92,680 has been raised by all participating firms thus far.

The soaring costs of food and housing, rampant medical debt, and wage theft continue to disproportionately harm our low-income neighbors. This campaign supports Legal Aid's crucial work of helping families struggling to make ends meet, working to secure their basic needs and foster economic stability. Every year, the Associates' Campaign plays a big role in funding Legal Aid's work. Together we can help more of our neighbors in need and build a stronger community. 

You can learn more about Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and make your own donation on their website: https://mylegalaid.org/

Joe Bourne Announced as LGN Partner

Joe Bourne

Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Joe Bourne to the position of Partner, effective January 1, 2024. This well-deserved promotion reflects Joe’s outstanding contributions in the fields of antitrust, consumer protection, and business litigation.

Joe joined Lockridge Grindal Nauen in 2021 and has quickly distinguished himself. During the past decade in private practice, Joe has litigated antitrust, class action, and other complex civil litigation matters involving the technology, logistics, food product, and healthcare industries, among others.

Notably, Joe represented the plaintiffs in Wood Mountain Fish v. Mowi ASA, who alleged that Norwegian and other foreign producers of farm-raised Atlantic salmon conspired to fix the prices of the salmon they produced and sold into the United States. Joe took a leading role in the litigation, including discovery, briefing, and oral argument, and helped obtain a significant $33 million recovery on behalf of indirect purchasers of farmed salmon, such as restaurants, caterers, and grocery stores.

In 2022, the American Antitrust Institute awarded Joe the Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer recognition for his work on the In re Pork Antitrust Litigation. He has also been named a Minnesota Rising Star from 2014-2023 by Super Lawyers®.

“The Partners of LGN are proud and delighted to add Joe to the partnership ranks. In addition to the breadth and depth of Joe’s litigation skills, his demonstrated commitment to clients and to his colleagues both within and outside the firm are some of his strengths. Joe is a valuable member of the Antitrust Department, and the firm looks forward to his continued contributions to clients and to firm culture,” said Lockridge Grindal Nauen Partner Heidi Silton.

“I am excited to be joining the LGN partnership with some of Minnesota's most well-respected attorneys, who have been amazing mentors to me in my career to date. Many of my partners at LGN are national practice leaders in the antitrust bar, and I look forward to continuing to work together to enforce the antitrust laws, promote fair competition across industries, and achieve economic justice for our clients,” said Joe.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP is confident that Joe's elevation to Partner will further enhance the firm's ability to meet the evolving needs of our clients and reinforce our commitment to excellence in legal services.

LGN PARTNER PARTICIPATES IN AMERICAN ANTITRUST INSTITUTE PANEL DISCUSSION

LGN Partner Heidi Silton participated in an American Antitrust Institute panel discussion this week titled I Won the Motion to Dismiss – Now How Do I Get the Discovery Train Down the Tracks? The discussion, geared towards new practitioners, focused on building a strong career foundation. It allowed participants to learn from expert panelists and was tailored for both new and experienced lawyers seeking to enhance their fundamental skills.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) is an independent, nonprofit organization devoted to promoting competition that protects consumers, businesses, and society. They serve the public through research, education, and advocacy on the benefits of competition and the use of antitrust enforcement as a vital component of national and international competition policy.

https://www.antitrustinstitute.org/event/virtual-cle-lunch-learn-i-won-the-motion-to-dismiss-now-how-do-i-get-the-discovery-train-down-the-tracks/

Debate Champions

MN State Debate Champions

Over the weekend, LGN Partner Kate Baxter-Kauf's daughter, Kiernan, and her partner Max Ulven emerged as MSHSL State Debate Champions in Policy Debate after 8 challenging rounds. Kate is a coach and advisory board member for the Minnesota Urban Debate League (MNUDL), whose programs support competitive academic debate in urban Twin Cities schools and enable more than 1000 students per year to research, learn, and argue.  LGN is a longtime supporter of the MNUDL – partner Gregg Fishbein is a founding and longtime advisory board member, and LGN has long been an annual sponsor of the Mayor’s Challenge, the MNUDL’s longest-running annual fundraiser.

LGN proudly supports MNUDL's programs which empower students, like Kiernan, to become policymakers addressing global issues. These initiatives help foster self-confidence and inspire debaters to extend their advocacy skills into their local communities.

Congratulations to all teams that competed at the State Debate Championship. What an inspiring group of future leaders!

MN Urban Debate League
Ramsey County Family Sponsorship Program

LGN GIVES BACK – Family Sponsorship Program

This past holiday season, LGN proudly continued its tradition of participating in Ramsey County's Family Sponsorship Program. Through this program, community sponsors are paired with individuals and families in need. Sponsors have the unique privilege of personally selecting and wrapping gifts for their matched families.

This year, LGN, along with 320 other sponsors, contributed to making the holidays more joyous for a total of 1,795 individuals across 454 families who receive social services.

A special thank you to our dedicated wrapping crew: Barb, Kelly, Heather, and Amber for helping ensure beautiful gifts were delivered to our selected family!

You can learn more and see how you can get involved for 2024 at: https://www.ramseycounty.us/.../holiday-sponsorship-program

LGN Chicago Office

LGN Expands to Chicago with New Office Opening

We are pleased to announce the opening of an office in Chicago. The new office, located near downtown Chicago at 1165 North Clark Street, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60610, will allow us to better serve existing and new clients in the area.

We are excited to establish a presence in the vibrant city of Chicago. This expansion underscores our commitment to address the evolving requirements of our firm, ensuring we are well-equipped to meet client needs as we grow and thrive.

Our Chicago location’s lead attorney, Kyle Pozan, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the position. Kyle represents clients in antitrust and business litigation.

Chicago Office - Kyle Pozan