LGN Represents Bipartisan Group Challenging Trump’s Eligibility for 2024 Ballot

Along with Free Speech For People, LGN represents a group of prominent Minnesota voters who have filed a petition to keep former president Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot in the state because of his role in the insurrection on January 6, 2021. The petition asks the Minnesota Supreme Court to direct Secretary of State Steve Simon to withhold Trump’s name from next year's primary and general election ballots. 

The petition invokes the insurrection disqualification clause in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This section prohibits officials who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution from holding public office if they have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the Constitution. No criminal conviction is required.

LGN attorneys Charlie Nauen, David Zoll, Rachel Kitze Collins, Kristen Marttila, and David Hahn are working on this matter.

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LGN Attorneys Score Victory for a Class of Minnesota Insureds

LGN attorneys David Asp, Kristen Marttila, Derek Waller, Jennifer Jacobs, and Stephen Owen scored a victory for a class of Minnesota insureds yesterday when a federal court ruled that Farmers has been operating in violation of state law by limiting the health care providers with whom its insureds may use medical benefits provided through No Fault insurance policies. The district court barred Farmers from continuing the practice, and ordered that a number of issues, including those relating to the recovery of damages, would proceed to trial. Read more here.

LGN Senior Counsel to Participate in FBA MN Chapter Civil Discovery Practice Group Panel

Simeon Morbey

LGN Senior Counsel Simeon Morbey will be joining the Federal Bar Association – MN Chapter’s Civil Discovery Practice Group as a panelist on September 27, 2023, for a presentation on ethical e-discovery and non-traditional data sources and emerging technology. Panelists will discuss e-discovery and ethics issues relating to cell phones, enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management systems, collaborative communication platforms, and artificial intelligence. Read more here: https://www.mnfedbar.org/event-details/ethical-e-discovery-on-non-traditional-data-sources-and-emerging-technology-1

LGN Partner to Serve as Dialogue Leader at Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Annual Meeting

LGN partner Kristen Marttila will participate as a dialogue leader for The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on October 27, 2023. Kristen currently served as a member of Working Group 1’s brainstorming group on the sufficiency of Rule 26(a)(1) initial disclosures, and will present the brainstorming group’s report on their findings. 

Rule 26(a)(1) initial disclosures can be extremely useful early in discovery if they are complete and correct. But what does Rule 26(g)’s “complete and correct” requirement mean in the context of initial disclosures? This panel will discuss the Initial Disclosures brainstorming group's preliminary thoughts, and elicit membership feedback, on whether to form a drafting team for a Sedona Conference publication that addresses whether parties are currently living up to the original intent of the Rule and meeting their obligations to make a reasonable inquiry into the facts in preparing the disclosures; whether, as part of a party’s initial disclosures, they should be identifying custodians and custodial and noncustodial data sources containing potentially relevant ESI; and whether the timing for initial disclosures under Rule 26(a)(1)(C) is workable for the parties to provide sufficient disclosures.

LGN Partner Interviewed for Article Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Minnesota Environmental Policy Act

LGN partner David Zoll was interviewed for an article celebrating and reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act.  The Act, which requires the preparation of an environmental impact statement for projects with the potential to adversely affect the environment, is one of the cornerstones of Minnesota environmental law.  The article draws on the experiences of advocates, regulated parties, government officials, and attorneys to highlight the Act’s history and continuing importance.

Charlie Nauen Named a Best Lawyers® 2024 Lawyer of the Year; 4 Other LGN Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2024

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys have been included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  

A special congratulations to LGN Partner Charlie Nauen who was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2024 “Lawyer of the Year” for Environmental Law and Litigation in Minneapolis. 

Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, Karen Hanson Riebel, and Richard Lockridge were also included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America ®. 

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical region and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.

Class Act, LGN’s Softball Team, Completes 2023 Season

Class Act, Lockridge Grindal Nauen's softball team for the Hennepin County Bar Association's Annual Lawyer League, finished out a fantastic 2023 season!  Law firms and government units field teams that come together from across the Twin Cities to play and build camaraderie, and LGN has had a team with Gustafson Gluek and Zimmerman Reed for more than a decade! This year, associates Aaron Hove and Paul Buchel captained the team to a 6-3-1 season and a playoff berth.

LGN Associate Named a 2023 Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer

LGN is proud to announce that Associate Stephen M. Owen has been named a 2023 Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer. Each year, Minnesota Lawyer recognizes a group of new attorneys off to a fast start in their legal careers and legal professionals making impacts within the companies and communities they serve. All of the Up & Coming Attorneys honorees are in their first decade of practice. 

Stephen concentrates his practice in the firm’s antitrust, consumer fraud, data breach, and employment practice areas.

LGN Sponsors the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association Golf Tournament

LGN attorneys David Zoll, Eura Chang, and Arielle Wagner joined Mille Lacs Band Solicitor General Caleb Dogeagle at the MN American Indian Bar Association’s annual golf tournament. The event raised over $28,000 to support scholarships for American Indian students attending law school in Minnesota.

LGN Partner Participates in American Antitrust Institute Panel Discussion

LGN Partner Heidi Silton participated in an American Antitrust Institute panel discussion this week titled Crafting an Antitrust Complaint – The Necessary Building Blocks & More. The discussion, geared towards new practitioners, focused on sharing valuable insights on complaint handling, venue selection, multidistrict litigation, and leadership.