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Five LGN Attorneys named among “Top 100 Attorneys” and “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers”.

A special congratulations to LGN partners Charles NauenYvonne Flaherty, and Heidi Silton, who were each named among Minnesota’s Top 100 Attorneys by Super Lawyers. This is the fifth year in a row that Charles Nauen has been named as a Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyer and the second year in a row for Yvonne Flaherty.

LGN partners Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, Karen Riebel, and Heidi Silton were also named as four of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Minnesota. We are proud that this is the third year in a row in which at least three of LGN’s women partners have been recognized in this category.

2017-12-05T01:59:08+00:00 Jul 7, 2017|

LGN hosts associate marketing event

More than 75 people attended LGN’s associate marketing event on Thursday, June 15. The event, held at Penny’s, was the sixth annual associate gathering.

2017-12-05T02:01:27+00:00 Jun 26, 2017|

Craig Davis recognized by MSBA Antitrust Section

LGN attorney Craig Davis was recognized by the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Antitrust Section as the Section’s outgoing Chairperson. Immediate Past Chairperson Dan Hedlund presented Craig with a plaque of recognition for his leadership and service to the Antitrust Section at the Section’s annual meeting on May 11, 2017.

The list of these lawyers was printed in a full page advertisement in the Star Tribune last week.

2017-12-04T08:01:42+00:00 May 30, 2017|

Elizabeth Odette, Rachel Kitze Collins, Kate Baxter-Kauf, and Kristen Marttila named North Star Lawyers

The Minnesota State Bar Association recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services per year as North Star Lawyers.

The Minnesota State Bar Association has recognized LGN attorneys Elizabeth OdetteRachel Kitze CollinsKate Baxter-Kauf, and Kristen Marttila as North Star Lawyers.

Elizabeth Odette worked with the Children’s Law Center representing youth in foster care. Kate Baxter-Kauf represented indigent criminal defendants through the MSBA Appellate Practice Section’s Public Defender Appellate Pro Bono Program. Through the Volunteer Lawyers Network, Kristen Marttila represented a client seeking expungement of a criminal record, and both Kristen and Rachel Kitze Collins represented Wilderness Watch, a national wilderness-protection group, in a Boundary Waters case.

The list of these lawyers was printed in a full page advertisement in the Star Tribune last week.

2017-12-05T02:05:29+00:00 May 24, 2017|

Elizabeth Odette elected co-chair of Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Practice Group Committee

On May 17, 2017, Elizabeth Odette was elected by the members of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to serve as a co-chair of the Mass Tort, Multi-District Litigation, and Class Action Practice Group Committee for a one year term beginning August 1, 2017. She will continue to also serve as a member of the MN FBA Diversity Committee.

2017-12-05T02:06:50+00:00 May 22, 2017|

Brian Clark speaks at Sedona Conference Working Group panel

LGN attorney Brian Clark joined Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck (S.D.N.Y.) and others on a panel at the Sedona Conference Working Group 1’s meeting in Minneapolis May 4-5, 2017. The panel’s topic was “Examining Amended Rule 34,” which the panel members are also drafting a primer for publication.

The 2015 amendments included several changes to Fed. R. Civ. P. 34 concerning making and responding to requests for production of documents and things. To aid practitioners in getting up to speed with the amendments to Rule 34 and putting them into practice, a Working Group 1 drafting team put together this “Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34 Primer.” This Panel will discuss the Primer and the case law on Rule 34, and provide an opportunity for working group members to comment on the Primer before it is finalized and published.

2017-12-05T02:08:34+00:00 May 18, 2017|

Rick Linsk chairs CLE event featuring journalists and lawyers

LGN attorney Rick Linsk helped organize and moderated a CLE event, “Approaching the Bar – Journalists and Lawyers Face Off,” held May 18, 2017 at Kieran’s Irish Pub in Minneapolis. The event, presented by the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section and co-sponsored by the section and the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (“SPJ”), featured a panel discussion on how lawyers and the media can better understand each other.

Pictured are Chief Judge John R. Tunheim, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota; Amy Forliti, Associated Press; Trisha Volpe, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP; Mr. Linsk; Ruben Rosario, St. Paul Pioneer Press; Barbara Jones, Minnesota Lawyer; Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune; and Barry Edwards, Barry S. Edwards Law Office.

Mr. Linsk is a former newspaper journalist who practices primarily in LGN’s health-care and insurance and consumer-law areas.

2017-12-05T02:09:44+00:00 May 18, 2017|

LGN Attorneys elected to MSBA Antitrust Section

The Antitrust Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association elected Anna Horning Nygren to join its governing Antitrust Council last week.

The Antitrust Section also elected Heidi Silton as an emeritus council member. Emeritus members must be “council members who have served a distinguished term on the Council, including serving as a chairperson and completing their term(s) as Immediate Past Chairperson.” (Heidi joins LGN partner Joe Bruckner in achieving emeritus member status).

The Section also elected LGN attorney Brian Clark for another term on the Council.

Congratulations to Anna, Heidi, and Brian on their elections!

2017-12-04T07:32:36+00:00 May 16, 2017|

LGN attorneys speak to Minnesota Police Chiefs at state association’s annual Executive Training Institute and Law Enforcement Expo

Partners Charlie Nauen and Rebecca Kanninen spoke to attendees at the MCPA Awards Banquet and President’s Welcome Breakfast respectively. Additionally, LGN’s David Zoll and Ann Lenczewski gave a presentation to the police chiefs and other representatives of local governments and agencies in attendance entitled – Legislation, Litigation, and Local Governments: Protecting Your Interests.

LGN’s attorney’s and government relations professionals have over three decades of experience representing governmental entities of all shapes and sizes on complex issues throughout the Midwest and in Washington, D.C., including environmental litigation, constitutional issues, employment law advice, investigations, and litigation, electronic discovery, as well as local, state, and federal government relations.

2017-12-05T02:11:46+00:00 May 4, 2017|

LGN employees raise $6,500 LGN employees raise $6,500 for Neighborhood House food drive.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen was the top business contributor to support the Neighborhood House food drive by raising over $6,500 this year. Neighborhood House, a non-profit organization in Saint Paul, collected over 160,000 pounds/dollars in donations and matching funds as a result of a month-long food drive. LGN employees have a long tradition of supporting this organization.

Neighborhood House helps nearly 15,000 people every year, including immigrants, refugees and long-term residents, develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. Kudos to the firm’s staff and attorneys for their generous contributions.

2017-12-05T02:13:04+00:00 Apr 26, 2017|

LGN supports MWL clothing drive

LGN attorneys and staff were proud to again donate clothing, jewelry, handbags, shoes, and cosmetics to the Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) Clothing Drive in support of the Tubman Center and Dress for Success, which will provide them to low-income women seeking jobs.

Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The Tubman Center helps women, children and families throughout the Twin Cities struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health.

LGN Associate Devona L. Wells organized the LGN effort to donate items for the MWL Clothing Drive.

2017-12-05T02:16:18+00:00 Apr 24, 2017|

Anna Horning Nygren and Kristen Marttila contribute to the American Bar Association’s Eighth edition of Antitrust Law Developments

LGN partner Anna Horning Nygren and attorney Kristen Marttila served as contributing writers to the American Bar Association’s Eighth edition of Antitrust Law Developments, published in early 2017. The 2-volume book provides a comprehensive overview of judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in U.S. antitrust law through 2016.

2017-12-05T02:18:16+00:00 Apr 17, 2017|

David Zoll to serve on the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board’s Environmental Review Advisory Panel

LGN Partner David Zoll has been selected to serve on the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board’s Environmental Review Advisory Panel. The 12-member panel was formed to assess Minnesota’s environmental review program, identify areas of concern, and propose changes to modernize the program.

David will bring has extensive experience representing governmental units, private industries, and non-profit organizations in environmental review matters, and his unique perspective as a litigator, to the Panel’s discussions.

The Panel met for the first time on February 22 and will continue to meet monthly through January 2018. For more information on the Environmental Review Advisory Panel, visit the Environmental Quality Board’s website.

2017-12-05T02:19:47+00:00 Mar 17, 2017|

Brian Clark joins board of Twin Cities Chapter of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists

LGN attorney Brian Clark recently joined the Board of Directors for the Twin Cities Chapter of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (“ACEDS”). ACEDS is the member organization for professionals in the private and public sectors who work in the field of e-discovery. ACEDS is building a community of e-discovery specialists for the exchange of ideas, guidance, training and best practices, and offers e-discovery certification.

2017-12-05T02:21:37+00:00 Mar 15, 2017|

Greg Myers elected to Board of Big Brothers Big Sister of Greater Twin Cities

LGN is proud to announce that partner Gregory J. Myers has been elected to the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. Greg will serve a three-year term and sit on the organization’s Finance Committee. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships with adults. In 2016, the organization served nearly 2,500 Twin Cities youths through community-based mentoring, site-based mentoring, enrichment activities, college and career preparation events, workforce readiness offerings, and teen pregnancy prevention programming.

2017-12-05T02:22:41+00:00 Mar 7, 2017|

Governor Mark Dayton speaks to Charlie Nauen and Dave Zoll’s students at University of Minnesota Law School Advanced Environmental Law Seminar

The University of Minnesota Law School’s Advanced Environmental Law Seminar, taught by LGN partners Charles Nauen and David Zoll, met with Governor Mark Dayton this week to discuss the State’s environmental policies. The seminar explores significant regulatory and policy issues relating to natural resources, energy law, environmental review, and regional planning. Charlie Nauen and David Zoll represent individuals, governmental units, and business in environmental matters with a specialized practice involving litigation related to the need for and adequacy of environmental review under state and federal law.

2017-12-05T02:23:51+00:00 Feb 24, 2017|

LGN Associates Support Legal Aid

LGN associates were proud to have attained 100% participation in support of the Legal Aid One Hour of Sharing Campaign. Started in 2003 by a group of associates in Hennepin County, the One Hour of Sharing Campaign funds 1.5 FT attorneys that help people gain access to representation in housing court, domestic violence cases, immigration help and more. LGN worked with associates across the Twin Cities, and together they exceeded their funding goal and raised $96,700 in December 2016 and January 2017. Associates Kate Baxter-Kauf and Scott Moriarity chaired LGN’s effort, and the firm will be recognized at the Annual Law Day Dinner along with other firms achieving 100% participation.

2017-12-05T02:25:10+00:00 Feb 6, 2017|

LGN hosts discussion on future of environmental and energy regulation under the Trump administration

More than fifty attorneys and law students attended an LGN-hosted seminar last week on the future of environmental and energy regulation under the Trump administration.

LGN attorney David Zoll introduced the panel of experts who offered their insight regarding potential legislative and regulatory changes with respect to energy development, climate change, and other environmental issues.

The Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association presented the seminar, which was sponsored by Geosyntec Consultants.

2017-12-05T02:26:36+00:00 Jan 24, 2017|

LGN hosts Minnesota Chapter of the American Constitution Society for a panel discussion on the “Gavel Gap” and increasing judicial diversity in Minnesota.

LGN hosted the Minnesota Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) on January 18th for a discussion on the importance of judicial diversity in our justice system. The discussion featured Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Peter Reyes, Ramsey County District Court Judge Nicole Starr, Hennepin County District Court Judge Tanya Bransford, as well as Lidya Makonnen and Cumah Blake, from the Office of Governor Mark Dayton.

The discussion, facilitated by Saraswati Singh from the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, focused on a study compiled by ACS showing troubling differences between the race and gender composition of the courts and the communities they serve. The panelists discussed their own experiences on the bench, as well as the efforts by Governor Dayton to ensure that the composition of our courts better reflects the diversity of our communities in Minnesota.

The event was co-hosted by the ACLU, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Lavender Bar Association, and the Ramsey County Bar Association.

LGN attorney Rachel Kitze Collins serves on the Board of ACS Minnesota.

2017-12-05T02:28:32+00:00 Jan 24, 2017|