Government Representation

Government Representation 2017-12-04T09:09:15+00:00

Overview

Lockridge Grindal Nauen’s attorneys and government relations professionals have over three decades of experience representing governmental clients of all types on complex issues throughout the Midwest and in Washington, D.C., including:

Our environmental law attorneys draw on over three decades of legal, administrative, and governmental experience representing cities, counties, special service districts, and other governmental entities across the Midwest. We understand the importance of balancing the public interest, fairness, and impacts on taxpayer when making decisions. We always remember that we are representing the people when we represent local governments, and we take our obligations seriously.

From complex environmental clean-up matters and land use decisions to condemnation proceedings and development issues, LGN attorneys have the skills and experience to represent our clients vigorously, ethically, and efficiently.

LGN investigates claims of employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on behalf of local governments. These investigations provide elected officials with the information they need to make important, and sometimes controversial, personnel decisions and provide assurance to residents that matters are investigated and resolved fairly.

Our employment lawyers have represented large and small cities, counties, park districts, and regional entities in complex cases including class actions, employment discrimination claims, and detailed investigations into law enforcement departments and contracting disputes that required outside counsel.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen advises a wide range of clients regarding e-discovery issues both before and during litigation. We take the time to understand the unique aspects of each client’s electronic systems and collaboratively design a program or litigation plan that is defensible, efficient, and reduces costs.

The greatest cost savings in e-discovery involve implementing defensible retention policies before litigation and ensuring those policies are followed. Lockridge Grindal Nauen can work with you to develop and implement information governance policies that can significantly reduce e-discovery costs once litigation occurs.

The State Government Relations team at Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. understands that the “rubber hits the road” at the local level of government. Policies and funding that come from Washington, D.C. and St. Paul are often implemented by localities such as counties, cities, townships, and school districts.

With the knowledge of the challenges local units of government face, the team at LGN works with our clients to navigate the legislative process at the state and federal levels to meet local needs relating to funding for capital investment projects, land use, economic development, and transportation.

By collaborating with local, state, and federal units of government, the team at LGN helps local officials address the priorities of their respective communities.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is one of only a few Midwest-based firms to also have a government relations office in Washington, D.C. The firm’s Federal Relations team is a diverse group of professionals with extensive experience advocating on behalf of governmental entities and associations. The LGN Federal Relations team’s areas of expertise include:

  • Aviation Policy
  • Grants & Procurement
  • Colleges, Universities & Research Institutions
  • State, Local & Government Institutions
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Parks, Water Districts, Special Districts & Natural Resources

We have an extraordinary track record for our municipal clients, securing federal appropriations, loan guarantees, grants, and authorizations for projects of all sizes – in one case up to $600 million. We have worked closely with various local governments to secure significant federal support for projects related to transportation (airport improvements, transit systems, roadway and streetscape improvements, non-motorized transportation systems), infrastructure (wastewater systems, flood control), first responder funding (Homeland Security funding, interoperable communications, technology and criminal justice data systems, anti-drug funding, body armor), and more.

Client Successes

Local Government Legal Support & Litigation

Election Law and Constitutional Matters: LGN successfully represented the City of Minneapolis in an appeal of a district court order that would have allowed a proposed minimum wage ordinance to be placed on the ballot for the November 2016 general election. LGN obtained an order from the Minnesota Supreme Court reversing the district court and preserving the City’s right, through its Charter, to determine whether to grant the initiative and referendum power to its residents.

Environmental Litigation: LGN successfully represented Minneapolis in litigation regarding a large unpermitted discharge of ground water to the City’s storm sewer system. LGN obtained an order requiring that the discharge be ceased and recovered compensation for the impacts of additional nutrient loadings to the Lake Calhoun. LGN also has successfully defended multiple lawsuits regarding both the Central Corridor and Southwest Light Rail Transit Lines.

State and Local Government Affairs

Palace Theater Bonding: LGN state government relations professionals worked closely with the Mayor of Saint Paul and his staff to successfully secure $5 million in the 2013 bonding bill for the Palace Theatre renovation project. Once renovated, this historic theater in downtown Saint Paul will be a 3,000-person capacity concert venue and theater. LGN worked to build support for the renovation with key legislative leaders, the governor’s policy staff, and with business leaders in Saint Paul.

Downtown Saint Paul Saints Stadium: The LGN State Government Relations Team developed and executed a successful strategy to acquire state funding for a baseball stadium in downtown Saint Paul. The firm was retained to manage strategy the government relations strategy as part of a large coalition of businesses and private and public sector partners, demonstrating our ability to lead, manage, and add value to multiple stakeholder groups involved in large projects requiring both public and private investment.

Federal Government Relations

Interstate Highway Bridge Project: The LGN Federal Relations Group was retained by a coalition of local government and community based organizations to assist the coalition in securing federal bridge funding and to help move the project up the priority listings for the Department of Transportation. LGN was successful in securing targeted appropriations funding and federal designation in the TEA-21 transportation authorization bill. These efforts helped improve the projects position on the state’s priority list and resulted in moving the bridge ahead 10 years on the DOT’s build list.

City Street Project: A small-town client was faced with the need to expand and improve a main thoroughfare running through the heart of their downtown. The LGN Federal Relations Group was able to secure $9.4 million in funding from FY2004-FY2009. The funds were used and continue to be used for construction and design of a Midwestern Trunk Highway to aid in congestion relief and subsequent economic development.

Bike/Pedestrian Corridors: The LGN Federal Relations Group worked to secure a highly innovative $25 million “non-motorized transportation pilot project” for client city.