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Our Commitment to Diversity

Lockridge Grindal Nauen values diversity in its work environment, and strives to create a firm that reflects the diversity of our clients and our community. LGN is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a workplace that includes individuals from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds.

LGN’s commitment to diversity is based on the belief that a diverse team is essential to the firm’s long-term ability to provide outstanding representation to its clients.

Programming

LGN has a longstanding Diversity Committee working to achieve the firm’s goals for a diverse workforce and to promote opportunities for all attorneys and staff to learn more about diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Since 2013, LGN has participated in the Minority Clerkship Program run by the Hennepin County Bar Association, and is again participating for the summer of 2017. Through this program, law students from diverse backgrounds join the firm’s summer associate program. The students work as part of a team with the firm’s litigation attorneys and are paired with associate mentors who provide guidance for assignments and feedback on their work. Many summer associates continue working as school-year clerks during law school. Many LGN associates are former clerks.

“I can easily say that my summer clerking at LGN was the most formative and fulfilling legal experience of my law school career. Since the firm has a strong interest in giving clerks substantial legal experience, I was given a substantive role in a number of interesting cases. The summer program was also very well organized, giving a great balance between work, associate development, and social events. Moreover, the LGN attorneys are consummate professionals and brilliant practitioners that took an interest in me as a person and future attorney.”

Sahr Brima
2013 Summer Associate who joined the firm as an associate in 2015

LGN is also proud of its record of promoting and empowering women attorneys. About half of the attorneys at LGN are women, including several who have been recognized as some of Minnesota’s top women attorneys.

LGN partners Susan Ellingstad, Heidi Silton, and Yvonne Flaherty were recognized once again in 2016 as some of the top women attorneys in Minnesota by SuperLawyers. Featured in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine.

Serving Diverse Clients

LGN is proud to represent a significant number of minority-owned businesses, particularly in the firm’s health care practice where the firm represents a large number of minority-owned medical providers that focus on providing health care services to diverse communities. LGN’s Government Relations team and attorneys also represent a number of Native American tribes, including the Leech Lake and Mille Lacs Bands of Ojibwe. In these areas, LGN actively engages in efforts to identify and address the barriers unique to minority populations, and helps to ensure that those barriers do not prevent our clients from achieving the best possible results through the legal system.

Standing up for Human Rights

LGN’s attorneys and staff have also volunteered substantial time and energy with organizations serving disadvantaged communities and individuals in need. Many LGN attorneys have worked with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights to secure legal residency for asylum seekers who fear harm or persecution in their home countries. As an example, LGN Associate Brian Clark helped a ten-year old girl who was a refugee from Liberia gain Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, which allowed her to live permanently in the United States. As another example, LGN partner Anna Horning Nygren worked with a family of refugees from Tibet to help them secure asylum and citizenship.

Many of LGN’s attorneys are members of the Volunteer Lawyers’ Network and have taken cases through the federal judges’ pro se referral program. Others have worked on guardian ad litem cases, veterans’ benefits appeals, criminal appeals, and environmental matters.

LGN also is proud to have received the Children’s Law Center’s Distinguished Service Award for its work representing foster children and children who are wards of the state.

Each year, LGN is proud to have attorneys recognized as North Star attorneys for their commitment to pro bono work.

Our Commitment to Community

LGN has long promoted diversity in our community by volunteering and providing legal, legislative, and financial assistance to many organizations, including the following:

  • Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
  • Boys & Girls Club Minnesota Alliance
  • Serving Our Troops
  • Neighborhood House
  • Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Minnesota Urban Debate League
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Page Education Foundation
  • The Advocates for Human Rights
  • Minnesotans United for All Families
  • Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference
  • HCBA 1L Minority Clerkship Program
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Dignity Center

Rick Linsk co-chairs Cardozo Dinner October 2014

LGN has sponsored the Minnesota Urban Debate League for many years. Two LGN attorneys serve on its board.

LGN volunteers work with Project for Pride in Living to build community in a Minneapolis neighborhood