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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
LGN partner Christopher K. Sandberg retires.
Longtime LGN partner Christopher K. Sandberg retired last month after working with LGN for more than 25 years in the firm’s practice areas of corporate law, intellectual property, Indian law, and telecommunications and utilities law.
In addition to his career as a skilled lawyer, Chris is an Eagle Scout and a skilled photographer – the firm has used his photographs for its holiday greeting cards, website, and artwork in our offices. At his retirement party, the firm presented Chris with a cowboy hat and engraved belt buckle in recognition of his time at the firm and his move to the Southwest as he and his wife, Carolyn, start their retirement in New Mexico. We wish Chris all the best in retirement.
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.
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.
Greg Myers elected to Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 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.
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.
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 Moriarty chaired LGN’s effort, and the firm will be recognized at the Annual Law Day Dinner along with other firms achieving 100% participation.
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.
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.
Rick Linsk tells Hennepin Lawyer how a lawyer uses technology.
In the latest issue of the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Hennepin Lawyer magazine, LGN attorney Rick Linsk is one of six legal figures that answer the question: “What technology do you use most often in your work?”
Read the article (page 10).
Senior policy advisor to Governor Jack Dalrymple to join Lockridge Grindal Nauen’s North Dakota Government Relations Team.
MINNEAPOLIS – Lockridge Grindal Nauen (LGN) is pleased to announce a major addition to its growing North Dakota state government relations team today with the hiring of Andrea Travnicek, Ph.D. Dr. Travnicek has served as a Senior Policy Advisor to outgoing GovernorJack Dalrymple and former Governor John Hoeven.
With over 12 years of research and work experience in the natural resources, energy, agriculture, communication, aviation, and public policy fields, Dr. Travnicek brings an advanced knowledge of the state’s policy challenges and political landscape, an extensive network of elected officials and industry leaders who have relied on her advice and counsel in the public sector, and a unique ability to navigate complex regulatory and legislative issues from both a technical and political perspective. Her knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to LGN’s clients in North Dakota as well as those with business interests in the state.
Dr. Travnicek will be joining the LGN team on December 15, 2016 as Manager of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs in the firm's new Bismarck, ND office. In addition to supporting LGN’s growing state government relations business, Dr. Travnicek will help to grow and manage the firm’s regional footprint and lend her expertise and relationship network to the firm’s business-to-business, regional lobbying management, and regulatory practice areas.
Prior to her work in the Governor’s office, Dr. Travnicek worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as a Bismarck-based environmental consulting firm. She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Communication from North Dakota State University
Dr. Travnicek will join a bi-partisan team at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, the leading government affairs group in the region with offices in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and now Bismarck, ND.
“There is no one better qualified than Andrea to help lead our continued expansion in North Dakota,” said LGN partner, Rebecca Kanninen. “Her broad understanding of North Dakota’s policy and political landscape, as well as specific expertise in the natural resource and regulatory issues that will be at the forefront of the state’s policy discussions over the next several years, will greatly benefit our clients.”
Dr. Travnicek will be joining LGN partner Rebecca Kanninen and Ryan Kelly of Synergetic Endeavors, who have led the Minneapolis-based firm’s expansion into North Dakota over the past four years.
LGN hosts Minnesota Chapter of the American Constitution Society for a post-election discussion on immigration law.
On Thursday December 8th LGN hosted the Minnesota Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) for a discussion with John Keller, Executive Director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, on the future of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the impact of the 2016 election on immigration law.
LGN attorney Rachel Kitze Collins serves on the Board of ACS Minnesota.
LGN partner Susan Ellingstad named an Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer.
Congratulations to LGN partner Susan Ellingstad on being named one of Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year. Ms. Ellingstad was recognized along with a distinguished list of recipients for Outstanding Service to the Profession.
Ms. Ellingstad leads the firm’s employment law practice, representing large and small business and governmental clients in federal, state and administrative employment actions in Minnesota and throughout the country. She specializes in employment discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, noncompete agreements, and complex class actions.
Ted Grindal named one of “100 People to Know in 2017” by Twin Cities Business.
Congratulations to LGN partner Ted Grindal, who has been named one of the “100 People to Know in 2017” by Twin Cities Business magazine. Ted was listed as one of the lists “Titans” (Established leaders at the top of their field nationally or internationally) and appeared along alongside, many other notable Twin Cities business and community leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and the CEOs Minnesota Power, Medtronic, and Land O’ Lakes, among others.
In describing Ted, Twin Cities Business wrote:
“You can thank Ted Grindal when you walk into a bar or restaurant and don't have to breathe cigarette smoke: His lobbying work on behalf of Clearway Minnesota helped pass the Freedom to Breathe Act in-2007. The difference between Grindal and his peers is that he is one of a rare breed of lobbyists. with whom legislators actually enjoy working. Almost universally respected as a decent human being who does his homework and gets results, Grindal has ridden that reputation to lead the largest lobbying firm in the state, a powerhouse that represents Microsoft, eBay, and dozens of other top companies. A perennial SuperLawyer, Grindal's specialties are health, Indian law, government relations and election law.”
Elizabeth Odette profiles Judge Mark Kappelhoff in this month’s Hennepin Lawyer.
LGN attorney Elizabeth Odette recently profiled Judge Mark Kappelhoff in Hennepin Lawyer, a publication of the Hennepin County Bar Association. He was recently appointed to the bench in the Fourth Judicial District by Governor Mark Dayton.
Charlie Nauen receives Cardozo Society’s Lifetime Commitment Award.
Congratulations to LGN partner Charlie Nauen, who last week received the Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award from the Twin Cities Cardozo Society at their 17th annual dinner. The dinner was attended by over 600 people including five of Minnesota’s seven Supreme Court Justices, among them Justice David Stras, who was the keynote speaker for the event.
The Cardozo Society is a group of Jewish attorneys, judges and law students who work to serve the community and advance the mission of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Jewish Federations.
The Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award was created in 2000, in memory of Sidney Barrows, one of the founding chairs of the Cardozo Society. The award is given annually to a senior attorney or judge in the Twin Cities who exemplifies excellence in his or her practice, outstanding service to the Jewish and general communities and life-long learning.
Brian Clark talks e-discovery with first year law students at the University of Minnesota Law School.
LGN Associate Brian Clark was a guest lecturer on electronic discovery for a Civil Procedure course at the University of Minnesota Law School, November 3. Brian provided the class of first year law students with an overview of how e-discovery relates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and its importance in modern litigation.
Rick Linsk and Paul Fling article in For the Defense considers strategies for bad-faith insurance litigation.
In the latest issue of the Defense Research Institute’s For the Defense magazine, LGN attorney Rick Linsk and 2016 summer associate Paul Fling present strategies that insurance defendants should use to obtain early disposition of bad-faith lawsuits. Read article.
Court appoints LGN antitrust attorneys lead counsel in Poultry Antitrust Litigation.
On October 14, 2016, Judge Thomas Durkin of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois named LGN’s antitrust attorneys plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel in the Poultry Antitrust Litigation. Learn more about that litigation.
Heidi Silton and Craig Davis publish European antitrust discovery article.
Heidi Silton and Craig Davis published a new article about European antitrust discovery. The article, The Discovery Evolution of European Commission Competition Law Documents, analyzes trends in discovery of certain government documents, describes the new European Union Directive on antitrust damages, and explains how the Directive advances discovery in EU cartel cases. The article concludes, “[t]he Directive’s expansion of discovery among its Member States shows that compensation and disclosure of the truth about cartels are values of growing importance to the EU.” The article is being published in the Global Competition Litigation Review.
Brian Clark leads Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum through second successful conference.
LGN attorney Brian Clark led two discussions at last week's Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum (CLEF) at the Minneapolis Club: "Big Data and Storylines” which focused on analysis and presentation of voluminous data productions, and “Negotiating a State of the Art ESI Protocol” which focused on ESI protocols in complex litigation.
Clark was co-host of the invitation-only CLEF event, which he co-founded last year. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for complex-litigation attorneys to share experiences, lessons learned, and best practices to address electronic discovery issues unique to the plaintiffs’ bar. More than 55 attorneys from across the country attended.
The forum also included discussions on the topics “Proportionality a year after the Amendments” and Document Review Strategies as well as demonstrations about capturing cellphone data and using predictive coding.
Joe Bruckner details poultry industry price-fixing scheme in Chicago Tribune.
LGN partner Joe Bruckner was featured in a September 28, 2016 report by the Chicago Tribune exploring an alleged price-fixing scheme by the nation’s major poultry producers. LGN has filed a case on behalf of food distributors and other direct purchasers affected by the scheme. LGN’s clients allege that the industry’s anti-competitive practices have contributed to steep increases in the price of broiler chickens.
LGN attorney Brian Clark named to Board of St. Anthony Park Community Foundation.
LGN attorney Brian Clark was named to the Board of the St. Anthony Park Community Foundation this month, the foundation supports charitable and community activities serving the needs of St. Anthony Park neighborhood in St. Paul.
LGN partner Charles Nauen named the Best lawyers® 2017 Minneapolis Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year.”
Congratulations to LGN partner Charles Nauen on being recognized as the Best Lawyers 2017 Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”
In addition to this distinction, Mr. Nauen was once again selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the areas of Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation.
Best Lawyers is considered one of the leading guides to the U.S. legal profession by ranking the nation's leading lawyers in various practice areas based on exhaustive peer-review surveys submitted by thousands of the top attorneys from across the country. The results are published yearly in U.S. News & World Report as well as Minnesota Monthly.
Elizabeth Odette participates in two-part Supreme Court CLE series at University of St. Thomas School of Law.
LGN partner Elizabeth Odette on Friday, Sept. 9, served on a University of St. Thomas School of Law sponsored CLE panel of alumni reviewing some of the significant 2016 Supreme Court opinions. Ms. Odette discussed the Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo opinion about class certification standards. She will serve as moderator of the second CLE in the two part Supreme Court series on September 27.
LGN associate Kristen Marttila appointed to Merit Selection Panel.
The U.S. District Judges of the District of Minnesota have appointed LGN associate Kristen Marttila to a fifteen-member Merit Selection Panel that will advise the Court on the selection of a new United States Magistrate Judge. The new magistrate judge vacancy will be created by U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron’s retirement in February 2017. The Panel will review applications, interview prospective candidates, and recommend to the District Judges a slate of candidates they deem best qualified for the position.
Brian Clark and Assistant Minneapolis City Attorney George Norris teach e-Discovery CLE.
LGN attorney Brian Clark and Assistant Minneapolis City Attorney George Norris taught a CLE webinar last week for legal aid attorneys regarding electronic discovery. The title of the August 25 CLE was “The Proof is on My Phone: Dealing with Discovery in the Era of Social Media & Smart Phone Apps.” The webinar was organized by Minnesota Legal Services State Support. Brian and George will teach an e-discovery course at the University of Minnesota Law School in the spring.
Susan Ellingstad presents at Employment Discrimination Litigation Forum.
LGN partner Susan Ellingstad presented as part of the 8th Annual American Conference Institute Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation.
The presentation, “Litigating and Defending Retaliation Claims: Overcoming the Complex Challenges of These Claims and Pitfalls to Avoid”, addressed the latest trends, notable decisions, and proven strategies for responding to retaliation claims filed based on employment discrimination.
Rick Linsk presents to Minnesota Supreme Court on public access rules.
LGN attorney Rick Linsk represented the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch at a July 19 public hearing. The committee, chaired by Minnesota Supreme Court Justice G. Barry Anderson, has recommended that the state’s judicial system continue to compile and provide public case records and data in bulk form to commercial customers, academia, and the media. The Minnesota Supreme Court, which conducted the hearing, took these and other recommendations under advisement. Mr. Linsk is a former newspaper journalist who practices primarily in LGN’s health-care and insurance and consumer-law areas, and has provided legal services to a prominent media organization as well.
Ted Grindal named chairperson of Good Samaritan Society Board of Directors.
Congratulations to LGN partner Ted Grindal on his election as chairperson of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society's Board of Directors.
The Society is the nation's largest not-for-profit provider of senior housing and services, operating in 24 states at more than 240 locations. Grindal, an attorney and partner in charge of government relations at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, previously served as the Board’s First Vice Chairperson.
Grindal says it’s an exciting time to be part of the Society’s leadership. The organization, he says, is poised to grow and touch more lives than ever through expansion of home- and community-based services and through technology services provided to seniors in their homes.
“Through its wide array of services and commitment to quality, the Society is positioned to be the nationally recognized gold standard in senior services,” Grindal says.
Grindal has also served or is serving on various other boards including Augsburg College Board of Regents, the Minnesota Private College Council, Perpich School for the Arts and the International Hearing Foundation.
Charlie Nauen and Rick Linsk add to leadership roles in Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul.
LGN attorneys Charlie Nauen and Rick Linsk were elected June 9 to be vice presidents of the Jewish Federation of Greater Saint Paul for 2016–17. In addition to serving on the board for several years, Charlie Nauen previously chaired the federation’s annual fundraising campaign. Rick Linsk has served on the board since 2008 and previously chaired the federation’s allocations committee.
The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul is to unite, sustain, and enhance the St. Paul area Jewish community and strengthen bonds with Jewish communities in Israel and around the world. This mission is fulfilled through fundraising and planning, and by working in partnership with social-service agencies, educational institutions, and synagogues.
Sixteen LGN attorneys named 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, including two Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers and three of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that sixteen of the firm’s attorneys were selected for the 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, including two Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers and three of the Top 50 Women Lawyers.
Congratulations to LGN partners Yvonne Flaherty and Charles N. Nauen, who were both named among Minnesota's Top 100 Super Lawyers for 2016. LGN partners Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, and Heidi Silton were also recognized, for the fourth year in a row, in the Top 50 Women Lawyers category.
The following LGN partners were named Super Lawyers for 2016.
In addition, LGN partners Anna Horning Nygren, Elizabeth R. Odette, and David J. Zoll, as well as LGN associates Kate Baxter-Kauf, Brian Clark, Rick Linsk, and Kristen Marttila, were named Rising Stars.
LGN attorneys elected to leadership roles in Minnesota State Bar Association Antitrust Section.
The Minnesota State Bar Association’s (MSBA) Antitrust Section has elected three LGN lawyers to leadership posts, and recognized partner Joe Bruckner’s leadership. The Antitrust Section Council works to organize and present antitrust seminars and other activities.
Craig Davis was elected as Chairperson of the MSBA’s Antitrust Section. Craig previously served on the Section’s Antitrust Council and as its Vice-Chairperson. The Council’s terms run from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.
Heidi Silton was re-elected as a member of the Antitrust Section’s Council. Heidi served as the Section’s Chairperson from 2014 – 2015, and as the Immediate Past Chairperson from 2015 – 2016.
Brian Clark was also re-elected as a member of the Antitrust Section’s Council.
The Section elected Joe Bruckner as an Emeritus Council Member, recognizing his leadership service. Emeritus Council Members are Section members who have completed a distinguished term on the Council, including serving as Chairperson and completing their term as Immediate Past Chairperson. Joe served as the Chairperson from 2009 – 2010, and is one of the first Section members to be elected as an Emeritus Member.
Successful LGN lobbying effort featured in Star Tribune.
The Lockridge Grindal Nauen Government Relations team's work on behalf of the Industry Council for Intangible Assets, a national association for the rare coin and precious metals industry, was featured in Saturday's Minneapolis Star Tribune. The association retained LGN to help refine regulations that were passed in 2013 affecting the sale of rare coins to Minnesota consumers.
Kate Baxter-Kauf named Up & Coming Attorney.
Please join us in congratulating LGN associate Kate Baxter-Kauf on being recognized as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer. The recognition highlights lawyers in their first 10 years of practice who have already distinguished themselves by their professional achievements and leadership service in the community.
Ms. Baxter-Kauf practices in the firm's antitrust law, business litigation, and securities litigation practice groups, and has been extensively involved in the emerging area of data breach litigation, representing financial institutions and consumers in complex litigation.
She is a 2011 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, she served as an Articles Editor for the Minnesota Law Review and interned with the Honorable Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Baxter-Kauf clerked for the Honorable Alan C. Page, the Honorable Helen M. Meyer, and the Honorable Christopher J. Dietzen, associate justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Before law school, Ms. Baxter-Kauf was an award-winning coach of high school and college policy debate teams across the country and facilitated debate teams at urban schools throughout the Twin Cities. She coached the 2003 National Forensic League policy debate national champions and serves as the chair of the Young Professionals Board for the Minnesota Urban Debate League.
Yvonne Flaherty speaks at HarrisMartin's Women's Health Litigation Conference.
LGN Partner Yvonne Flaherty spoke yesterday at HarrisMartin's Women's Health Litigation Conference as part of a panel discussing Essure and Mesh Litigation.
Dennis McGrann named an "Alumni You Should Know in D.C." by University of St. Thomas Magazine.
LGN Director of Federal Relations Dennis McGrann was featured in the latest University of St. Thomas Magazine as one of five "Alumni You Should Know in D.C." Mr. McGrann is a 1973 graduate of St. Thomas -- and later received a masters and M.B.A. from St. Thomas. He also represents St. Thomas at the U.S. Capitol.
Kristen Marttila summarizes recent amendments to federal and local civil discovery rules.
LGN attorney Kristen Marttila’s recent article in Bar Talk , a publication of the Federal Bar Association – Minnesota Chapter, summarizes recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules that took effect in December 2015.
LGN antitrust team investigates SSA bond price-fixing.
LGN’s antitrust team is investigating anticompetitive conduct in the market for supranational, sub-sovereign, and agency bonds (SSAs).
SSA bonds are investment grade bonds issued by, among others, provinces and states, regional development banks, infrastructure borrowers such as highway, bridge and rail authorities, social security funds, and export creditors. Major SSA bond issuers include the World Bank, Freddie Mac, and the U.S. Postal Service.
Buyers and sellers of SSA bonds include institutional investors, mutual funds, hedge funds, and pension funds. SSA bonds are generally considered low-risk, secure investments. The estimated value of the SSA bond market is more than $9 trillion.
The essence of the case: The defendants are five major banks -- Bank of America, Credit Agricole, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Nomura International – who are the world’s largest dealers of SSA bonds. It appears that starting in 2005, traders employed by these banks colluded to fix SSA bond prices.
The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, and the European Commission are also investigating anticompetitive conduct in SSA bond trading. As a result, to date the bank defendants have terminated or suspended four prominent SSA bond traders.
If you or anyone you know has traded in SSA bonds between 2005 and today and would like to learn more about our investigation, please contact LGN antitrust partners Joe Bruckner (email@example.com) or Heidi Silton (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 612-339-6900.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen investigating Diode price-fixing.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is investigating price-fixing involving Diodes. Diodes, resistors, and capacitors are parts that relate to the use of electricity in electronic circuitry for a wide range of products including cell phones and computers. Diodes limit the flow of electricity to one direction on a circuit.
In April 2014, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division confirmed that it had opened an investigation into price fixing in the capacitors industry. Shortly thereafter, that investigation expanded to resistors. Sources are now reporting that the DOJ is looking to widen its probe in this area to diodes.
If you purchased diodes between 2011 and today from Panasonic (formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.), Toshiba, ROHM, Shindengen, Sanyo, ON Semiconductor, NXP, Diodes Inc., or other suppliers, you may have overpaid. If you would like to discuss your legal options, please contact Joe Bruckner, Heidi Silton, Elizabeth Odette or Brian Clark at email@example.com or at 612-339-6900.
Elizabeth Odette, Anna Horning Nygren, and Kate Baxter-Kauf named North Star Lawyers.
Attorneys recognized as North Star Lawyers provided at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services during 2015 to low-income clients or to organizations that serve the needs of low-income persons.
Susan Ellingstad to speak at Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute.
Susan Ellingstad will speak at the 2016 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute on Monday, May 23 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Ms. Ellingstad and Justin Cummins of Cummins & Cummins LLP will lead the breakout session “8th Circuit and Federal District Court Update.” More information on the event can be found here.
Susan Ellingstad presents at annual forum on defending and managing employment discrimination litigation.
LGN partner Susan Ellingstad will be speaking at the American Conference Institute’s 8th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation, taking place in Chicago this July. She will be presenting with Howard Miller of Bond Schoeneck & King and Ivan Smith of Hinshaw & Culbertson on “Litigating and Defending Retaliation Claims: Overcoming the Complex Challenges of These Claims and Pitfalls to Avoid.”
Yvonne Flaherty to speak at Mass Tort Med School.
LGN partner Yvonne Flaherty will be speaking next month at the annual Mass Tort Med School conference on pending cases regarding fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs. The conference explores cutting-edge medical and scientific issues that are emerging in mass torts cases. Ms. Flaherty focuses her practice on the representation of injured parties in complex litigation against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and is a frequent speaker at national conferences concerning medical device and pharmaceutical litigation.
Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, and Heidi Silton named 'Top Women Attorneys' for third year in a row.
Please join us in congratulating Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, and Heidi Silton for being recognized for the third year in a row as some of Minnesota’s top 50 women attorneys. All were included on the 2016 Top 50 Women Attorneys in Minnesota list by Super Lawyers, which is featured in the April 2016 issue of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine.
Susan Ellingstad heads the firm's employment law and ERISA/healthcare litigation practice areas at LGN, and is part of the business litigation practice group. She represents large and small business and governmental clients in federal, state and administrative employment actions in Minnesota and throughout the country, including litigation involving discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, contract disputes, and non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. Ms. Ellingstad advises clients on workplace discipline and discharge, policies and procedures, accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, and compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act. She conducts investigations of alleged workplace misconduct, including alleged harassment and retaliation, as well as training seminars for businesses. Ms. Ellingstad also defends insurance companies in ERISA claims involving entitlement to disability, pension, death, health and welfare plan benefits, as well as property and casualty litigation. Ms. Ellingstad specializes in class action litigation.
Ms. Ellingstad is a frequent speaker on employment law, litigation issues and class action developments. She has served on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee for the Fund for the Legal Aid Society; the Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association; and the Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee of the American Bar Association.
Yvonne Flaherty leads the firm's drug and device department and focuses her practice on the representation of injured parties in complex litigation against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, as well as class actions involving product defect claims. She has been named co-lead counsel in complex litigation involving significant numbers of claimants in both state and federal courts. Named an Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer in 2015 and one of the top 50 women lawyers in Minnesota for three years running (2013, 2014, and 2015), she is a frequent speaker at national conferences concerning medical device and pharmaceutical litigation, including topics involving mass tort litigation strategy, preemption, jurisdictional issues, aggregate settlements, common benefit fees, electronic discovery, and the learned intermediary doctrine.
A member of the American Association for Justice ("AAJ"), Ms. Flaherty serves on the Board of Governors, numerous AAJ committees, and co-chairs the Electronic Discovery Committee and the National College of Advocacy. She is the past Chair of the Women’s Trial Lawyers Caucus and the Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical (STEP) litigation. Ms. Flaherty serves on the Minnesota Association for Justice Board of Governors and Executive Committee and is a member of the Minnesota State, Hennepin County and Federal Bar Associations.
Heidi Silton is a partner in the firm's antitrust and competition department and practices primarily in complex business litigation. Ms. Silton represents mainly small and mid-sized businesses in complex litigation and litigates in Minnesota and throughout the United States. She has been named one of Minnesota’s “Super Lawyers” by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine from 2003 to 2015. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Silton was listed among the Top 100 Women Super Lawyers and named one of the Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers from 2012 to 2015. In May 2005, the Minnesota Business Journal selected Ms. Silton as one of Minnesota’s “Forty Under 40” business and community leaders. She is one of just a few attorneys included in this select group of business leaders. She served as President of the Antitrust Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Minnesota and Hennepin County Bar Associations. She currently serves as Treasurer of The Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws (COSAL), which works to promote and support the enactment, preservation, and enforcement of a strong body of antitrust laws in the United States.
Ms. Silton is a frequent speaker on both women's issues and antitrust law. She also is active in the community, having served as a co-chair for the American Diabetes Association’s Gala, a co-host for the Twin Cities Second Harvest fundraising event, the annual “Butterball”, and from 2014 to 2016 she co-chaired the Sanneh Foundation Annual Gala. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Silton is the current Hiring Partner and Chair of the firm's Business Development Committee.
Christopher Sandberg featured in Hennepin County Bar Association’s Art & the Bar show.
LGN partner Christopher K. Sandberg's artwork will be on display at the Hennepin County Bar Association offices as part of this season's Art & the Bar show, entitled "Hennepin and Beyond." A reception to meet Mr. Sandberg and view his work will be held on Thursday, May 5, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the MCBA offices.
Mr. Sandberg will also be leading a CLE on June 2nd entitled Art & the Bar: Helping Artist Clients Get Value From Their Work. The seminar will explore issues common to all artists, including copyright, trademark, licensing, and infringement enforcement. More information can be found here.
Charlie Nauen named recipient of Eldon G. Kaul Distinguished Service Award at this year’s Minnesota Environmental Institute.
Congratulations to LGN partner Charlie Nauen on receiving the Eldon G. Kaul Distinguished Service Award at this year’s Minnesota Environmental Institute.
The award, established in 2005 by the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section, recognizes a member of the bench or bar who has demonstrated a significant commitment and made an outstanding contribution to Environmental, Natural Resources or Energy Law in the state of Minnesota.
Charlie Nauen has practiced environmental law for more than 30 years and is consistently ranked among the state’s top environmental lawyers. He was named by Best Lawyers as Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Litigation in 2012 and Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Law in 2010. He was named Attorney of the Year in 2011 by Minnesota Lawyer, and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 1994 and, for the past four years in a row, as one of the Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers.
LGN mobilizes for MWL Clothing Drive.
LGN attorneys and staff were proud to donate 30 bags and three large boxes of clothing, jewelry, handbags, and shoes 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.
The mission of Dress for Success is to empower 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.
LGN food drive tops 200 pounds of food and raises more than $4,000.
As a result of a month-long food drive, LGN collected more than 200 pounds of food and more than $4,000 to support the food shelf at Neighborhood House, a non-profit organization in Saint Paul. The firm has a long tradition of supporting the organization, which 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. Thank you to the firm’s attorneys and staff for their generous contributions.
Elizabeth Odette appointed to University of St. Thomas School of Law Alumni Advisory Board.
Congratulations to LGN partner Elizabeth Odette, who was appointed to the University of St. Thomas School of Law Alumni Advisory Board for a two year term starting July 1, 2016.
The Law Alumni Advisory Board directs and conducts the business and affairs of the Alumni Association, advances the UST School of Law mission, and furthers the goals and objectives of the Alumni Association.
Heidi Silton and Craig Davis published in Global Competition Litigation Review.
Heidi Silton and Craig Davis recently published a new article in the Global Competition Litigation Review. The article, New English Court Limitations On Discoverability May Be In Conflict With European Union Courts, discusses a new English case and its relation to current trends on discoverability of documents from the European Commission’s competition law authority.
Scott Moriarity to present CLE on how neuroscience informs legal advocacy.
LGN Attorney Scott Moriarity will co-present a CLE next month with psychologist Sarah Bridges on how knowledge of the human brain and its decision-making process provides attorneys with more tools to effectively advocate for their clients. View more information about the CLE, Good Data, Bad Decisions: What Neuroscience Teaches Us about Legal Advocacy.
Heidi Silton named Treasurer of Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws (COSAL).
Congratulations to LGN partner Heidi Silton, who was named treasurer of the Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws (COSAL) last week. COSAL was established in 1986 to promote and support the enactment, preservation, and enforcement of a strong body of antitrust laws in the United States. It is the only organization in the U.S. that is dedicated to lobbying for strong antitrust laws and effective private enforcement.
Andy Burmeister discusses effective advocacy at Minnesota Transportation Alliance briefing.
Andy Burmeister of the Lockridge Grindal Nauen Federal Relations Group attended and spoke at the Minnesota Transportation Alliance briefing on the recently passed federal transportation authorization bill, the FAST Act. Burmeister discussed the "Dos and Don'ts" of effective advocacy. The event was attended by more than 200 advocates and policymakers from Minnesota.
The LGN Federal Relations Group is an experienced team of government relations specialists and transportation policy experts with decades of experience working with the Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Charlie Nauen chosen for Cardozo Society’s Lifetime Commitment Award.
Congratulations to LGN partner Charlie Nauen , who has been named a recipient of this year's Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award by the Twin Cities Cardozo Society.
The Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award was created in 2000, in memory of Sidney Barrows, one of the founding chairs of the Cardozo Society. The award is given annually to a senior attorney or judge in the Twin Cities who exemplifies excellence in his or her practice, outstanding service to the Jewish and general communities and life-long learning.
The award will be presented at the society’s Annual Dinner on November 2.
Susan Ellingstad to present at ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting.
LGN partner Susan Ellingstad will help lead a breakout session at this month’s ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting on collective actions in Equal Pay Act (EPA) cases. Her interactive presentation will examine the most significant issues in EPA collective actions from both employee and employer perspectives.
Karen Hanson Riebel featured on data breach panel.
LGN Partner Karen Hanson Riebel was selected for the faculty at next month’s Data Breach & Privacy Litigation Conference in San Francisco. Karen will take part in the panel discussion “What Makes a Good Case? Legal Theories in Recent Cases,” which will focus on successful and unsuccessful legal theories advanced in recent data breach litigation.
Karen has been at the forefront of international data breach litigation, representing financial institutions against such retailers as Target, Kmart, and Home Depot, and individuals against a variety of healthcare providers and insurers.
Congratulations to LGN's newest partner, Anna Horning Nygren.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen (LGN) is proud to announce that Anna Horning Nygren has been named a partner at our firm.
Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015, Anna represents clients in complex business litigation. She frequently defends large and small governmental and business clients facing employment claims in federal court, in state court, and in agency settings. Anna has particular experience defending employers against claims of discrimination and retaliation.
As part of the firm’s antitrust department, Anna represents small and mid-sized business in complex litigation involving other businesses nationwide. She is experienced in antitrust discovery issues and has broad experience in the meet-and-confer process, including the resulting motion practice.
Anna also counsels firm clients on property acquisition, sales, and leasing.
A summa cum laude graduate of American University Washington College of Law, Order of the Coif, Anna was Associate Symposium Editor for the American University Law Review. She clerked for Justice Helen Meyer of the Minnesota Supreme Court before joining Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.
An active volunteer in her community, Anna serves as a volunteer lawyer for the Advocates for Human Rights and has successfully obtained asylum, legal permanent residency, and citizenship for her clients. She is on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society and is the co-chair of its Education Committee.
Harry Gallaher recognized as one of Drake University Law School’s “150 in 150.”
In recognition of its 150th anniversary, Drake University Law School is celebrating alumni, faculty, and students, who have best demonstrated the values that have helped shape the law school over the course of its 150-year history.
Congratulations to LGN’s Managing Partner Harry Gallaher, a 1989 graduate of Drake Law, for being recognized on this list alongside Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Dwight Opperman, and many current and former federal and state judges.
Congratulations to LGN attorneys Vern Vander Weide and Gregg Fishbein for the decision issued today by the Minnesota Court of Appeals reviving the shareholder lawsuit challenging the Medtronic-Covidien tax inversion. LGN represents shareholders that are alleging the inversion caused them to incur significant capital-gains taxes and diluted their corporate ownership.
LGN antitrust team leads $360 million case against international freight forwarding price-fixing scheme.
In the latest settlement in a long-running federal antitrust case, on December 28, 2015 a court gave preliminary approval to a $53 million settlement between DHL and a class of freight forwarding customers. LGN is co-lead counsel for the plaintiff class. If given final approval, the DHL settlement will bring the total of settlements in this case to over $360 million.
LGN’s clients alleged that shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, several freight forwarding companies conspired to pass on all post-9/11 surcharges to their customers by agreeing to fix, inflate and maintain several subsequently arising surcharges for U.S. freight forwarding services. This wrongful agreement encompassed all new surcharges from carriers, according to the suit.
"While we are confident in the strength of our case, this settlement with DHL removes the uncertainty inherent in any litigation, and it will result in a large and prompt payment to the class,” said LGN partner Joe Bruckner.
LGN’s Joe Bruckner and partners Heidi Silton and Anna Horning Nygren lead the case, along with LGN’s antitrust team. If you would like to learn more about this litigation, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 612-339-6900.
Joe Bruckner explains Alum lawsuit in Duluth News Tribune.
Duluth, MN has joined the cities of Minneapolis, Rochester, East Grand Forks, the Metropolitan Council, and TeeMark Corporation in a class-action lawsuit alleging bid rigging for the water treatment chemical aluminum sulfate (Alum). LGN Partner Joe Bruckner explains the case in the Duluth News Tribune.
"What we and our expert economists are going to show, is that had these producers competed, as they were supposed to, the price would have been lower. Had they competed on bids instead of colluding on bids the price would have been a certain specified amount lower. That's what these customers, like the city of Duluth and the other plaintiffs, should have paid. But instead, they paid something higher than that. And that difference is the damages that the city of Duluth and all other members of this class suffered as a result of this conduct," Bruckner said.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is investigating possible anticompetitive conduct in the market for Interest Rate Swaps (“IRS”).
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is investigating possible anticompetitive conduct in the market for Interest Rate Swaps (“IRS”). We believe that dealers of Interest Rate Swaps may have agreed to block the entry of exchanges in the IRS market to protect their control over the market and boycotted entities that would have introduced competition on IRS bids or ask spreads.
If you entered into fixed-for-floating interest rate swaps with Bank of America, Barclays Plc, BNP Paribas SA, Citigroup Inc., Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JP Morgan Chase & Co., Royal Bank of Scotland PLC (RBS), UBS AG., ICAP Capital Markets LLC and Tradeweb Markets LLC. in the US and its territories from January 1, 2008 to the present, you may have been affected by this conduct.
If you would like to know more or want to discuss your options, please contact Heidi Silton or Joe Bruckner at email@example.com or at 612-339-6900.
LGN partner Yvonne Flaherty named an Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer.
In addition to dedicating her career to representing individuals injured by defective pharmaceutical products and medical devices, Ms. Flaherty is also a leader outside of the court room. She has served as past Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus, past Chair of the National College of Advocacy, has served on AAJ’s Executive Committee, and is Minnesota’s senior representative to the AAJ’s Board of Governors.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen files water treatment chemical antitrust class action on behalf of the City of Rochester, Minn.
On December 1, Lockridge Grindal Nauen filed an antitrust class action on behalf of the City of Rochester, Minn., alleging price-fixing and bid-rigging involving liquid aluminum sulfate (aka “alum”). Alum is used by municipalities to treat drinking and waste water, and by paper companies in the paper manufacturing process. On October 27, 2015, the United States Department of Justice and the FBI announced that a former executive of General Chemical Corporation pled guilty to rigging bids, allocating customers and fixing prices of alum over a 13-year period with other as-yet unidentified companies.
If you purchased alum between 1997 and today from General Chemical, Chemtrade Logistics, Gentek, Hawkins, C&S Chemical, GEO Specialty, USALCO, Kemira, Thatcher, or other suppliers of alum, you may have overpaid. If you would like to discuss your legal options, please contact Joe Bruckner, Heidi Silton, or Brian Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 612-339-6900.
Tennessee court preliminarily approves Morgan Keegan settlement.
Congratulations to LGN attorneys Richard Lockridge, Gregg Fishbein, and Vern Vander Weide, for the decision issued this week preliminarily approving a $125 million settlement on behalf of mutual fund investors in three Regions Morgan Keegan mutual funds. The funds collapsed in 2007 due to mismanagement and investment in risky securities as compared to peer funds. The Court will hear the motion for final approval of the settlement on May 27, 2016. In preliminarily approving the settlement and appointing LGN as Class Counsel, the Court noted that:
Yvonne Flaherty appointed to first women-majority MDL steering committee.
A federal judge has appointed the first plaintiffs steering committee in multidistrict litigation made up of a majority of women members, including LGN partner Yvonne Flaherty.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen welcomes Ann Lenczewski to government relations team.
MINNEAPOLIS – Lockridge Grindal Nauen (LGN) announced a major addition to its government relations team today, as Ann Lenczewski plans to join the firm. A highly-regarded leader in Minnesota politics for more than twenty years, Ms. Lenczewski will assist LGN clients on a broad range of issues, including tax policy, local government matters, and political strategy.
"Ann has earned a reputation as a smart, deeply knowledgeable, and effective leader in her many roles in state and local government, and she will certainly be a tremendous asset to our clients,” said LGN named partner and head of government relations, Ted Grindal. “We are thrilled to welcome Ann to the firm as she begins the next chapter in what has already been an accomplished career.”
Ms. Lenczewski will join a sizeable and broadly bi-partisan team at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, the leading government affairs group in the region with offices in Minnesota and Washington, D.C. The government relations team at LGN is proud to represent a wide range of clients at the local, state, and federal level, in addition to providing communications and grassroots services.
"There is really no one better qualified than Ann to help lead our continued growth in the state and local government affairs market,” added Rebecca Klett, LGN partner in charge of state government relations. “Ann’s unique expertise in tax policy and its interaction across state, county, and municipal governments—together with her unparalleled political savvy—will significantly enhance our practice.”
Ms. Lenczewski will leave the Minnesota Legislature, where she has served in the House of Representative since 1999 and became known for her moderate, practical voice as chair of the Tax Committee. Prior to her service in state government, Ms. Lenczewski was twice elected to the Bloomington City Council and also served on the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Board. Ms. Lenczewski is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict and completed graduate work at Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Andy Burmeister briefs state Chamber of Commerce executives and Minnesota Transportation Alliance on federal transportation policy.
Andy Burmeister of the Lockridge Grindal Nauen Federal Relations Group sat on a panel at the Mid-America Chamber Executives Advocacy Alliance in St. Louis Park, MInn. to provide the attendees with an update on federal transportation policy. Attendees at the Nov 4 conference include state Chamber of Commerce executives and executives from chambers located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.
Later that day, he provided a similar briefing for members of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance at their annual membership meeting in Cannon Falls, Minn. Attendees at the conference included State and local policy-makers, business and labor representatives, public infrastructure engineers, and a variety of additional transportation stakeholders. The group of approximately 150 met to discuss state and federal transportation policies and strategies to advance their transportation priorities.
The Lockridge Grindal Nauen Federal Relations Group is comprised of an experienced team of government relations specialists and transportation policy experts with decades of experience working with the Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen investigating price-fixing and bid-rigging involving liquid aluminum sulfate (aka “alum”).
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is investigating price-fixing and bid-rigging involving liquid aluminum sulfate (aka “alum”). Alum is used by municipalities to treat drinking and waste water, and by paper companies in the paper manufacturing process. On October 27, 2015, the United States Department of Justice and the FBI announced that a former executive of General Chemical Corporation pled guilty to rigging bids, allocating customers and fixing prices of alum over a 13-year period with other as-yet unidentified companies.
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If you purchased alum between 1997 and today from General Chemical, Chemtrade Logistics, Gentek, or other suppliers, you may have overpaid. If you would like to discuss your legal options, please contact Joe Bruckner, Heidi Silton, or Brian Clark at email@example.com or at 612-339-6900.
Joe Bruckner co-moderated a session on antitrust class actions at the Cambridge Antitrust Litigation Forum.
Joe Bruckner participated in the Cambridge Antitrust Litigation Forum in New Orleans on November 2 and 3, 2015, and co-moderated a session on antitrust class actions. The Forum is an intense two-and-a-half days of peer interactions and mutual learning. Joe serves on the Forum’s steering committee.
LGN welcomes new associates Rachel Kitze Collins and Sahr Brima.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that Rachel Kitze Collins and Sahr Brima have joined the firm as associates.
Rachel Kitze Collins practices in the firm’s environmental, business, and antitrust groups. Ms. Kitze Collins is a 2014 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Ms. Kitze Collins served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Minnesota Law Review and a Clinic Director for the Environmental Sustainability Clinic.
Ms. Kitze Collins was a law clerk for the Honorable James B. Loken of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit before joining Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.
Sahr Brima practices in the areas of ERISA, antitrust law, business litigation, and campaign finance and election law. Mr. Brima is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, where he served as Editor of the William Mitchell Law Review, President of the Christian Legal Society, and Vice President of the International Law Student Association. Mr. Brima also was an intern for the Honorable Michael Davis, then-Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Before law school, Mr. Brima was the Executive Vice President of the University Student Government at the University of St. Thomas. After graduating from St. Thomas, Mr. Brima served as a consultant for the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission, where he aided the investigation and prosecution of public officials.
Craig Davis spoke as part of an antitrust panel presentation to the American Agricultural Law Association’s 2015 Annual Educational Symposium.
Craig Davis spoke as part of an antitrust panel presentation to the American Agricultural Law Association’s 2015 Annual Educational Symposium on October 27, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina. He presented, “Of Cloning And Cheese Conspiracies: An Update On Private Civil Agricultural Antitrust Litigation.” His presentation discussed recent antitrust decisions involving Quarter Horse cloning and cheese sales.
LGN partner Yvonne Flaherty reviews recent FDA cybersecurity recommendations for medical device manufacturers in the latest issue of Attorney at Law Magazine.
Cullen Sheehan joins Citizens League Board of Directors.
Congratulations to LGN lobbyist Cullen Sheehan, who was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Citizens League on October 20th at their 2015 Civic Celebration honoring retiring MN Supreme Court Justice Alan Page.
Rick Linsk article in Bench & Bar looks at rules for electronic court records.
In the latest issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota, LGN attorney Rick Linsk presents the story behind changes to Minnesota court rules that will soon make more court records electronically accessible over the Internet.
Chris Sandberg a featured speaker at Minnesota CLE’s “Closely Held Business Conference.”
LGN partner Chris Sandberg will be a featured speaker at Minnesota Continuing Legal Education's “The Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference” on October 27, 2015. He will present the session, “Managing Business Online: Trademark and Copyright Management and Enforcement in the Social Media Era.” Mr. Sandberg will draw on his experience advising and representing business on intellectual property matters and his work with on-line service providers to help attorneys understand practical approaches to common online infringement problems.
David Zoll featured on climate law panel.
LGN partner David Zoll was a featured panelist for a discussion on October 6th presented by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and FreshEnergy. The panel, Hot Topics in Climate Law: A Panel on Legal Issues Raised by the Clean Power Plan, was hosted from 11:45am – 1:00pm at the offices of Lockridge Grindal Nauen in downtown Minneapolis.
LGN attorney Brian Clark helped organize the inaugural Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum.
LGN attorney Brian Clark helped organize the inaugural Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, held September 25 at the Minneapolis Club. More than 30 complex litigation attorneys from around the country came to share their experiences, lessons learned, and best practices for addressing electronic discovery issues unique to the plaintiffs' bar.
Peter Glessing to join LGN’s Government Relations team focusing on communications and grassroots advocacy.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. (LGN) is pleased to announce Peter Glessing will be joining our Government Relations team. His responsibilities will include assisting clients with communications and grassroots advocacy efforts.
Mr. Glessing has served in a variety of key roles at the Minnesota House of Representatives over the past five years and brings an advanced knowledge of the state’s political landscape, an extensive network of influential leaders at the Capitol, and a deep background and understanding on policy analysis and public relations. His knowledge of the legislative process and constituent relations will be a tremendous asset to firm clients for communications and grassroots advocacy efforts.
Most recently, Mr. Glessing served as Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the Minnesota House Republican Caucus. He oversaw the communication department’s implementation of caucus media strategy on a diverse legislative agenda and served as a communications advisor to many state representatives, including the House Majority Leader. He previously served the House Republican Caucus in their constituent services department.
Mr. Glessing graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and earned his J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.
LGN attorneys joined Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea to celebrate Constitution Day.
LGN attorneys Anna Horning Nygren and Rachel Kitze Collins joined Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea to celebrate Constitution Day at the Minnesota History Center.
Ms. Horning Nygren serves on the Board of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society and was part of the working group led by Chief Justice Gildea that organized the event to celebrate both the Magna Carta and the Constitution. LGN was proud to be a sponsor of the event.
LGN partner Yvonne Flaherty discusses the marketing of prescription drugs for off-label uses in the latest issue of Attorney at Law Magazine.
LGN lawyers Heidi Silton, Brian Clark, and Craig Davis work as bar section leaders to help lawyers stay up to date on antitrust law.
Three LGN lawyers are serving on the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Antitrust Counsel, which presents continuing legal education seminars that help Minnesota lawyers stay up to date on developments in antitrust law.
Heidi now begins a year as the Immediate Past Chairperson.
The Antitrust Section recently elected Craig S. Davis as its Vice-Chairperson. Craig served on the Antitrust Council before being elected as its Vice-Chairperson.
The Antitrust Section also elected Brian Clark to the Antitrust Section’s Council. The Antitrust Council works as a committee to organize and present antitrust seminars and other activities.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen investigating packaged seafood industry.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is investigating the packaged seafood industry for alleged antitrust violations involving Bumble Bee Foods, StarKist Co. and Tri- Union Seafoods, LLC (d/b/a Chicken of the Sea International). Packaged Seafood includes tuna, clam, crab, mackerel, oyster, salmon, sardines and shrimp in shelf-stable form (usually canned). The US Department of Justice is currently conducting an investigation into anticompetitive practices in the US Packaged Seafood industry and have convened a Grand Jury and served subpoenas on at least Tri-Union. If you purchased Packaged Seafood directly from Bumble Bee Foods, StarKist Co. and/or Tri- Union Seafoods, LLC (d/b/a Chicken of the Sea International) between 2000 - present, you may have overpaid. If you would like to discuss your legal options, please contact Joe Bruckner or Heidi Silton.
Yvonne Flaherty receives American Association for Justice Distinguished Service Award.
LGN Partner Yvonne Flaherty was presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association for Justice on July 15 during their Annual Convention.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes members of the AAJ Board of Governors who during the past year have been of special assistance to the President of the Association.
LGN investigating toxic airplane cabin air claims.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is investigating potential claims by flight attendants and crew, relating to exposure to toxic cabin air. The investigation involves a reported defect with “bleed-air” systems in Boeing aircraft. These systems funnel outside air through the engine and pump it into the cabin. Typically an oil or chemical odor is noticed during these “toxic air events.” Health problems, including nausea, dizziness, slurred speech, sinus infections, memory loss, and flu-like symptoms, have been reported.
If you are a flight attendant or crew member and believe you have been injured due to exposure to toxic cabin air and wish to discuss your legal options, please contact Sherri Juell at: 612-596-4120 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yvonne Flaherty presents at American Association for Justice Conference.
LGN Partner Yvonne Flaherty recently presented as part of a panel of leading mass torts litigators at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention. At the Seminar, Ms. Flaherty led a discussion regarding preemption as well as the importance of women in leadership and mass tort litigation.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen welcomed Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to the firm for an event on July 9th.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that seventeen of the firm’s attorneys were selected for the 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, including a Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyer and three of the Top 50 Women Lawyers.
Congratulations to LGN partner Charles N. Nauen, who was once again named one of Minnesota's Top 100 Super Lawyers for 2015. This group of attorneys ranked in the top of the list in the 2015 Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. LGN partners Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, and Heidi Silton were recognized in the Top 50 Women Lawyers category. The following LGN partners were named Super Lawyers for 2015.
In addition, LGN partners, David W. Asp, Elizabeth R. Odette, and David J. Zoll, as well as LGN associates Kate Baxter-Kauf, Brian Clark, Anna Horning Nygren, Rick Linsk, and Kristen Marttila were named Rising Stars.
LGN Partner Rebecca Klett moderated a panel hosted by Thomson Reuters on ‘Managing reputation in a 24-hour, social media environment.’
The panel looked at the ways social media and nonstop news cycles impact messaging and exposure, how organizations engage influencers in the social space, and other factors companies and organizations need to consider to effectively manage their reputation and brand. Panelists included:
Brian Clark and Rick Linsk named ‘Up & Coming Attorneys.’
The Up & Coming Attorneys recognition highlights lawyers in their first 10 years of practice who have already distinguished themselves by their achievements. The criteria for selection are: professional accomplishment, leadership service to the community and the profession or achievement as in-house counsel.
View a list of ‘Up & Coming Attorneys.’
Chris Sandberg presents on copyright law for American Society of Picture Professionals.
LGN partner Chris Sandberg presented “Talkin’ Copyright Blues: Unpublished Works, Fair Use, and Creative Commons” at the 2015 Midwest Education Day of the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) in Chicago on June 12, 2015. His presentation traced the history of copyright in the U.S, explored the rights of authors, explained the concepts of derivative works and fair use, reviewed the import of published versus unpublished works, and examined the use of Creative Commons licensing for photographers. Mr. Sandberg is Co-President of the Midwest Chapter of ASPP.
LGN attorneys recognized for pro bono work.
LGN associates Devona L. Wells and Kristen G. Marttila have been named North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). The MSBA recognized member lawyers who provided at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services in 2014 to low-income clients or to organizations that serve the needs of low-income persons.
Emily Tranter a panelist at the annual RTCA Annual Global Aviation Symposium.
Emily Tranter of Lockridge Grindal Nauen’s Federal Relations team participated last week in an panel discussion at the annual RTCA Annual Global Aviation Symposium. The panel focused on key elements of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), an important part of the implementation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s NextGen air traffic control system. Ms. Tranter spoke on best practices for community engagement when implementing PBN. Through her work representing airport-adjacent communities to Congress and the FAA, Ms. Tranter has become nationally known for her work on the impacts of aviation noise on communities near airports.
Elizabeth Odette named to District of Minnesota Merit Selection Panel.
Congratulations to LGN partner Elizabeth Odette for her selection as a member of the Merit Selection Panel advising the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota on the District’s selection of a new United States Magistrate Judge.
Then panel will review applications, interview prospective candidates, and recommend to the District Judges the five candidates they deem best qualified for the position.
LGN partners licensed to practice in North Dakota, South Dakota.
LGN partner Gregory J. Myers recently became licensed to practice law in North Dakota and Charles N. Nauen recently became licensed in South Dakota. The firm has been working with numerous businesses in North Dakota through its Government Relations group and in other matters in recent years and is expanding its presence in the state. Nauen, a native South Dakotan, has worked on numerous matters in South Dakota. He is also licensed in Wisconsin.
LGN partner Yvonne Flaherty comments on possible changes to FDA labeling rules for generic drugs in Attorney at Law magazine.
LGN Partner Yvonne Flaherty’s article, “Prescription Drug Manufacturer Liability For Generics – Are Changes on the Horizon?” was recently published in Attorney at Law magazine. The article highlights a new FDA rule that would require generic drug manufacturers to promptly update labeling to include new safety information using the changes being effected (CBE) process.
Leslie Rosedahl selected for Minnesota Chamber’s “Leadership Minnesota” program.
Congratulations to Leslie Rosedahl, LGN’s Director of Communications and Grassroots Advocacy with our State Government Relations team, for her selection as a participant in the 2015-2016 Minnesota Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Minnesota” program, a one-of-a-kind look at Minnesota’s changing economy and the issues that will shape its future.
LGN partner Richard Lockridge recognized as a top antitrust attorney by Chambers & Partners.
Congratulations to Richard A. Lockridge for receiving the highest ranking as a top antitrust attorney in Minnesota in Chambers USA 2015, published by Chambers & Partners. Chambers wrote that Mr. Lockridge "has a sterling track record for his representation of plaintiffs in large-scale antitrust class actions."
Susan Ellingstad speaks at 2015 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute.
LGN partner Susan Ellingstad spoke about important new cases in the Eighth Circuit and Federal District Court Update at the 2015 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute on May 19th at the St. Paul RiverCentre. For 30 years the institute has served as the premier employment law conference in the nation, educating thousands of employment lawyers and human resources professionals from across the upper Midwest.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen was a sponsor at the 3rd Annual Mayor’s Challenge.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen was a sponsor at the 3rd Annual Mayor’s Challenge: The Great Water Debate held at Augsburg College today. The Minnesota Urban Debate League event featured a debate between high school students from Minneapolis and St. Paul and was judged by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, former dean of Hamline Law School Don Lewis, and Barb Schmitt of Microsoft. LGN partner Gregg Fishbein serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Debate League, and LGN associate Kate Baxter-Kauf chairs the Young Professionals Board. Pictured with them are LGN partners Ted Grindal and Charlie Nauen, who also attended.
LGN investigating 2011-2015 Ford Explorers for defect.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is investigating 2011-2015 model year Ford Explorers for a reported defect that allows exhaust, which contains carbon monoxide and other gases, to leak into the passenger cabin.
If you own a 2011-2015 Ford Explorer that is still under warranty, or if Ford serviced your Explorer for this issue during the warranty period, and wish to discuss your legal options, please call Sherri Juell at 612-596-4120.
LGN co-hosts commemoration of 50th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut.
LGN joined with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society to host a happy hour called "Griswold at 50: Challenges to Privacy Rights in the Courts and Legislature." The event included presentations regarding the state of privacy law a half century after Griswold v. Connecticut, in which the Supreme Court struck down a statute prohibiting the use of contraception by married couples on privacy grounds. More than 50 local attorneys and friends attended. LGN Associate Kate Baxter-Kauf helped plan the event.
Court allows Plaintiffs to advance claims regarding TruGreen lawn-care contract practices.
On Thursday, Judge Ronald L. Abrams of the Fourth Judicial District in Minnesota state district court ruled in favor of Plaintiffs in Turnidge v. TruGreen Limited Partnership, 27-CV-14-14711, denying Defendant TruGreen’s motion to dismiss and ruling that plaintiffs have adequately pleaded that TruGreen's lawn-care practices violate Minnesota’s Landscape Application Statute, Minn. Stat. § 325F.245, and result in charging consumers for unauthorized services.
Plaintiffs allege that TruGreen fails to comply with the written contract requirements for landscape applications, fails to have a stated end date in their landscape application contracts, and fails to provide annual written notice of continued service for contracts. Further, Plaintiffs allege that TruGreen's conduct in renewing landscape application contracts constitutes consumer fraud through affirmatively misleading statements about their contract renewal practices, and that they engaged in trespass and nuisance. Read the complete opinion.
LGN partners Ted Grindal and Rebecca Klett highlighted in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
In their weekly "The List" segment, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal asks – which Minnesota lobbyists have the most clients?
As leaders of the state's largest, most seasoned, and most politically diverse government relations team, LGN partners Ted Grindal and Rebecca Klett were featured as the #1 and #2 lobbyists in the state by number of clients.
Ted Grindal is the Partner in Charge of Lockridge Grindal Nauen's (LGN) government relations practice and has led the firm's offices in both Minnesota and Washington, D.C. for the past 30 years. He has been recognized as one of Minnesota's top eight lobbyists by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and was recently named one of the 10 most influential lobbyists in Minnesota by Minneapolis-based CityPages. In addition, he has been honored by inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for health care law and has been named a "Super Lawyer" by the Minnesota Law & Politics for government relations for numerous years. He was also selected by Minnesota attorneys for the Guidebook of Law and Leading Attorneys in Minnesota for health care and government relations and named one of Minnesota's "100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders" according to Minnesota Physician.
Rebecca Klett leads the firm's Minnesota-based lobbying team as Partner in Charge of State Government Relations. With more than 14 years of government relations experience at LGN, she is known at the Minnesota State Capitol as a leader and bipartisan political strategist who is well-respected for her thoughtful approach to positively position the firm's clients for success. As partner at LGN, she advises some of the state's largest corporations and trade associations on reputation management, political profile, government relations services and public affairs campaigns. Ms. Klett was named one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2014.
LGN partner Karen Hanson Riebel named co-lead counsel in data breach case.
Congratulations to LGN partner Karen Hanson Riebel for being named co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in In re: Community Health Systems, Inc., Customer Security Data Breach Litigation (MDL No. 2595). This putative class action lawsuit arises from two healthcare data breaches in which Community Health Systems' patient database was accessed without authorization. The lawsuit alleges that Community Health Systems failed to properly secure customer information or use adequate security measures or industry standard data protection protocols and, as a result, confidential information of more than 4.5 million patients was stolen.
Congratulations to LGN's 'Top Women Attorneys' – Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, and Heidi Silton.
Please join us in congratulating Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne Flaherty, and Heidi Silton – three LGN partners who have been recognized once again as some of the top women attorneys in Minnesota. All three are listed on the 2015 Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota list by Super Lawyers, which is featured in the April 2015 issue of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine.
Susan Ellingstad heads the firm's employment law and ERISA/employee benefits practice areas at LGN. She represents large and small business and governmental clients in federal, state and administrative employment actions in Minnesota and throughout the country, including litigation involving discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, and non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. Ms. Ellingstad advises clients on workplace discipline and discharge, policies and procedures, accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, and compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act. She conducts investigations of alleged workplace misconduct, including alleged harassment and retaliation, as well as training seminars for businesses. Ms. Ellingstad also defends ERISA claims involving disputes over entitlement to disability, pension, death, health and welfare plan benefits. Ms. Ellingstad specializes in class action litigation.
Yvonne Flaherty leads the firm's drug and device department and focuses her practice on the representation of injured parties in complex litigation against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, as well as class actions involving product defect claims. She has been named co-lead counsel in complex litigation involving significant numbers of claimants in both state and federal courts. Named one of the top 50 women lawyers in Minnesota in both 2013 and 2014, she is a frequent speaker at national conferences concerning medical device and pharmaceutical litigation, including topics involving mass tort litigation strategy, preemption, jurisdictional issues, aggregate settlements, common benefit fees, electronic discovery, and the learned intermediary doctrine.
A member of the American Association for Justice ("AAJ"), Ms. Flaherty serves on the Board of Governors, numerous AAJ committees, and co-chairs the Electronic Discovery Committee and the National College of Advocacy. She is the past Chair of the Women’s Trial Lawyers Caucus and the Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical (STEP) litigation. Ms. Flaherty serves on the Minnesota Association for Justice Board of Governors and Executive Committee and is a member of the Minnesota State, Hennepin County and Federal Bar Associations.
Heidi Silton is a partner in the firm's antitrust and competition department and practices primarily in complex business litigation. Ms. Silton represents mainly small and mid-sized businesses in complex litigation and litigates in Minnesota and throughout the United States. Ms. Silton has regularly been named one of Minnesota's top 100 Women Lawyers by a peer review list of leading Minnesota lawyers. She currently serves as President of the Antitrust Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Minnesota and Hennepin County Bar Associations.
Ms. Silton is a frequent speaker on both women's issues and antitrust law. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Silton is the current Hiring Partner and Co-Chair of the firm's Business Development Committee.
LGN attorney Kristen Marttila's piece on civil antitrust leniency under ACPERA is featured in The Antitrust Lawyer.
LGN attorney Kristen Marttila overviews the emerging guidance on civil antitrust leniency available under ACPERA in the first edition of The Antitrust Lawyer, a newsletter from the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the Federal Bar Association.
LGN attorneys proudly support the Page Education Foundation.
On Saturday, LGN attorneys Elizabeth Odette, Kate Baxter-Kauf, Anna Horning-Nygren, and Rebecca Peterson joined Karen to support the foundation at its annual gala and celebrate the foundation's 27 years of helping students of color have better access to higher education. The foundation was created in 1988 by Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page.
LGN food shelf drive yields more than 200 pounds of food and $3,500.
As a result of the firm's month-long food drive, LGN last week delivered more than 200 pounds of food and more than $3,500 to support the food shelf at Neighborhood House, a non-profit organization in West Saint Paul. The firm has a long tradition of supporting the organization, which runs 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. Thank you to the firm's attorneys and staff for their generous contributions.
LGN Federal Relations Team advances advocacy plan for O’Hare-area suburbs.
LGN investigating parking heater industry for alleged antitrust violations.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is investigating the parking heater industry for alleged antitrust violations involving Espar, Inc., a seller of parking heaters for commercial vehicles. On March 12, 2015, Espar pled guilty to a one-count felony charge that it fixed prices with co-conspirators for parking heaters in the United States from October 1, 2007 to December 31, 2012. View details.
Parking heaters are devices that heat the interior compartment of a motor vehicle independent of the operation of the vehicle’s engine. The parking heaters involved in the investigation are independent of the vehicle’s engine and are used to heat the interior compartment of a motor vehicle. Such heaters are often installed in larger vehicles, such as long-haul trucks and school buses, and vehicles used in farming or other industrial uses.
If you purchased a parking heater directly from Espar or any other brand name manufacturer between October 1, 2007 and December 31, 2012, you may have overpaid. If you would like to discuss your legal options, please contact Joe Bruckner or Heidi Silton.
LGN health care lawyers publish analysis of Minnesota Supreme Court decision regarding medical staff bylaws.
District Court rules non-signatory Defendants cannot compel arbitration of Plaintiffs in wholesale grocery antitrust case under the successor-in-interest doctrine.
On Monday, March 16, 2015, Judge Ann D. Montgomery of the District of Minnesota ruled in favor of Plaintiffs in In re Wholesale Grocery Products Antitrust Litigation (MDL 2090), denying Defendants SuperValu and C&S's motion to compel arbitration of Plaintiffs' claims, ruling that the non-signatory Defendants are not entitled to use the successor-in-interest doctrine to assert rights under arbitration agreements that they voluntarily and unconditionally transferred.
Defendants completed the Asset Exchange Agreement ("AEA") in September of 2003 swapping assets in the Midwest and New England Regions. Plaintiffs allege that as part of this agreement, Defendants conspired to allocate customers and territories to charge retail grocers supra-competitive prices in violation of Antitrust Law. Plaintiffs that had arbitration agreements with one of the Defendants ("Arbitration Plaintiffs") only sued the non-signatory Defendant. Defendants argued that arbitration agreements entered into by the Arbitration Plaintiffs were exchanged as part of the Defendants' AEA and therefore enforceable by the non-signatory Defendant.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the District Court's initial finding that Defendants could compel arbitration of the non-signatory Plaintiffs under the doctrine of equitable estoppel and remanded for consideration the successor-in-interest argument not previously addressed. Read complete opinion.
Charles Nauen served as faculty for 11th annual Minnesota Environmental Institute.
LGN partner Charles Nauen served as a member of the faculty for the 11th Annual Minnesota Environmental Institute. He co-led a course with Prof. Hari Osofsky of the University of Minnesota Law School that explored environmental and energy justice issues in the Twin Cities and beyond.
The seminar took place on April 23rd. View course brochure.
Karen Hanson Riebel to present at Data Breach Litigation conference.
LGN partner Karen Hanson Riebel presented on March 25th as part of HarrisMartin's Data Breach Litigation conference.
Karen's presentation, "Other Data Breach Cases: Medical Records Cases and Cases on Behalf of Banks and Others" focused on various federal and state data breach litigation she is extensively involved in on behalf of financial institutions, individual patients and employees, including breaches involving Target, Home Depot, Kmart and Community Health Systems.
LGN hosts seminar on strategies for clinics and medical groups dealing with "problem physicians."
Members of LGNs Health Care Law practice group hosted an in-house presentation on Thursday March 19th addressing "problem physicians" and the issues they can pose for clinics and medical groups, including:
LGN's employment and health care experts (Susan Ellingstad, Greg Myers, David Asp, and Elizabeth Snelson) offered strategies to handle these issues in a way that ensures patient safety, addresses workplace conflict, and avoids litigation.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Odette, LGN's newest partner.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that Elizabeth Odette has been named a partner at our firm.
Named an Up and Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine in 2013, Ms. Odette focuses her practice on antitrust, product liability, securities, and business litigation. She has particular experience in antitrust discovery issues, product liability expert issues, such as FDA compliance for drug manufacturers, and trial management and evidentiary issues.
Outside of the firm, Ms. Odette is an active member of the Minneapolis Downtown Kiwanis Club. She is a past-president and currently serves as adviser to the club sponsored student Key Club at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and the Circle-K at the University of Minnesota. She also is a member of the Minneapolis Kiwanis Foundation Board, where she serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Investment Committee, which oversees the distribution of more than $60,000 in grants and scholarships each year. In addition, she provides pro bono representation to youth in foster care though the Children's Law Center and serves on the Program Committee of the University of St. Thomas School of Law Alumni Board.
Charles Nauen presents to League of Women Voters on judicial elections.
On Friday, February 6, LGN partner Charles Nauen gave a presentation to the State Action Committee of the Minnesota League of Women Voters regarding the results of the 2014 Judicial elections. Mr. Nauen has been involved in a number of judicial elections, including recently serving as the Campaign Committee Chair for Citizens for Justice Lillehaug.
LGN associate Devona Wells summarizes recent EU court case on the ABA civil redress blog.
A European Union court has cleared the way for the release of details regarding price-fixing agreements participated in by companies that submitted leniency filings for their roles in fixing the prices of bleaching chemicals. The court dismissed an appeal challenging the European Commission's plans to publish a fuller version of its 2006 bleach cartel decision, which resulted in fines of $501 million.
The court was not persuaded by the companies' argument that releasing the information would dissuade cartel participants from submitting leniency applications in the future. Instead, the court said such concerns were outweighed by the public interest in knowing the full reasons for European Commission actions, the interest of other companies in knowing the kind of conduct for which they could be penalized, and the interest of persons harmed in the details of the companies' collusion.
LGN partner Joe Bruckner spoke in Strafford live webinar.
LGN partner Joe Bruckner spoke in Strafford live webinar examining recent developments in the application of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA). The webinar, entitled "Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act: When Do U.S. Antitrust Laws Apply to Foreign Conduct?", took place on Tuesday, February 24th from 1:00pm-2:30pm EST.
LGN associate Rick Linsk helps public-access committee advise Minnesota Supreme Court.
Thank you to LGN associate Rick Linsk for recently serving on the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch. The committee recommended opening up some categories of state court documents to Internet access for the first time, while maintaining or adding restrictions for certain sensitive types of cases and documents.
The Minnesota Supreme Court is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the new public-access rules (as well as rules that govern court proceedings). The public-comment period runs until March 2, 2014 and a public hearing will be held March 17, 2014. View additional information.
LGN associate Kate Baxter-Kauf named to NARAL Foundation board.
Congratulations to LGN associate Kate Baxter-Kauf on being named to the board of directors for the NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota Foundation. In her new role, Kate will help set policy direction and ensure financial stewardship for the Foundation.
LGN partner Greg Myers helps kick off William Mitchell’s first-of-its-kind hybrid law degree program.
LGN partner Greg Myers began his 10th year as a professor of legal writing this week at William Mitchell College of Law – but this time as part of the first on-campus/online hybrid program ever offered at an ABA-approved law school.
Classes began Monday, Jan. 12, when 85 students from 31 states and two countries arrived to campus. The students will be on campus through Saturday for five-and-one-half packed days of live coursework. Then, the professors will lead their courses through a variety of online tools on a weekly schedule until the students return to campus in April.
LGN health care lawyers comment on Minnesota Supreme Court decision regarding medical staff bylaws – Court tells medical staffs and hospitals: medical staffs can sue or be sued, and your bylaws may be a contract.
A hospital's medical staff may have the capacity to sue or be sued as an entity and its bylaws may constitute a contract, the Minnesota Supreme Court held on December 31, 2014, in Medical Staff of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center et al v. Avera Marshall d/b/a Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.
Avera, a South Dakota-based Catholic hospital system, had acquired the Regional Medical Center in the southwestern Minnesota town of Marshall. The combined hospital's board had repealed the existing bylaws and approved a set of revised bylaws and, in doing so, ignored the medical staff's vote rejecting the repeal of the former bylaws and enactment of the revised bylaws. Both the district court and Minnesota Court of Appeals had determined that (1) the medical staff lacked capacity to bring suit and (2) the medical staff bylaws do not constitute a contract.
The Minnesota Supreme Court reversed.
First, the Supreme Court held that unincorporated associations that satisfy the criteria set forth in Minn. Stat. § 540.151 have the legal capacity to sue (or be sued). The Avera Marshall medical staff satisfied the statute's requirements because it "is composed of two or more physicians who associate and act together for the purpose of ensuring proper patient care at the hospital under the common name 'Medical Staff.'"
Second, the Supreme Court held the bylaws at issue satisfied the definition of a contract. The Court specifically found consideration because the bylaws exceed the minimum standards required under state law and, as result, were not merely the product of a preexisting legal obligation to adopt bylaws. Further, because the hospital conditioned appointment to the medical staff on the member's agreement to be bound by the bylaws, the hospital had formed a contractual relationship with each member of the medical staff upon appointment.
As a result of the decision, Minnesota joins the majority of jurisdictions recognizing that medical staff bylaws may be contractual, which is also a long-standing position of the American Medical Association.
The decision could be a significant factor in how medical staffs and hospitals deal with each other, including how they enact or amend medical staff bylaws, and in disputes that implicate staff bylaws.
Attorney Kristen Marttila appointed to District of Minnesota Federal Practice Committee.
Congratulations to LGN attorney Kristen Marttila on her appointment to the District of Minnesota's Federal Practice Committee for 2015-2017.
Kristen is a former law clerk to Federal District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz and practices in the areas of antitrust, land use, and commercial litigation.
LGN partner Charlie Nauen presented CLE on judicial election results.
LGN partner Charles Nauen co-presented a CLE with Christopher Stafford of Fredrikson & Byron on Monday, December 8 on the results of Minnesota’s 2014 judicial elections. Mr. Nauen and Mr. Stafford recently served as the Committee Chair and Campaign Manager, respectively, for Citizens for Justice Lillehaug. They will discuss the recent campaign and the long-term trends affecting judicial elections.
LGN attorney Rick Linsk co-chairs 15th Annual Cardozo Society Dinner.
LGN Attorney Rick Linsk served as a co-chair of the Twin Cities Cardozo Society’s 15th annual dinner on October 30th, 2014, at the Marriott City Center hotel in Minneapolis. The Cardozo Society is an affinity group for Jewish attorneys, judges, and law students coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul and the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.
Congressional candidate Tom Emmer visits LGN.
LGN welcomed 6th district congressional candidate Tom Emmer for a visit to the firm on October 27th.
Pictured with Mr. Emmer is LGN Director of Federal Relations Dennis McGrann.
LGN supports MCEA's "Legally Green" event.
LGN Partner Dave Zoll represented the firm at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy's "Legally Green" event last week in St. Paul. Congratulations to MCEA for 40 years of working to protect Minnesota's natural resources, wildlife, and the health of its people.
Pictured with Dave are Eric Tollefsrud of Geosyntec Consultants and Rachel Kranz of Foth Engineering.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen welcomed Congressman Collin Peterson to the firm for an event on Wednesday October 15th.
Pictured with Congressman Peterson is LGN Partner Charlie Nauen.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen hosted Congressman Erik Paulsen for an event in Golden Valley.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen hosted Congressman Erik Paulsen for an event on Monday in Golden Valley on October 13, 2014. Pictured with Congressman Paulsen is Andy Burmeister from LGN's Federal Relations team as well as Katie Karbo, Leslie Rosedahl, and Ian Marsh from our State Government Relations practice.
LGN's David Asp, Scott Moriarity and Leslie Rosedahl accepted the "Bronze Circle of Distinction" award.
David Asp, Scott Moriarity and Leslie Rosedahl accepted the "Bronze Circle of Distinction" award at the Twin West Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Annual Celebration luncheon on October 7, 2014. The Circle of Distinction recognizes companies that have been long-standing supporters of Twin West Chamber programs and initiatives.
LGN hosted Congressman John Kline.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen welcomed Congressman John Kline to the firm for an event on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Pictured with Congressman Kline are LGN Partners Dick Lockridge and David Asp, Director of Federal Relations Dennis McGrann, as well as Julie Ring of the Association of Minnesota Counties and Mark Cummins of the Minnesota Credit Union Network.
LGN's Cullen Sheehan was a featured guest at Policy and a Pint kick-off event.
LGN's Cullen Sheehan of LGN's State Government Relations Team was the featured panelist at last night's "Policy and a Pint: Behind the Spin - Campaigns from the Inside" hosted by the Citizens League and sponsored by 89.3 The Current. Over 200 people attended the event in Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul to hear Cullen use his experience managing multiple statewide and national political campaigns to explain how candidates and their staff decide messaging, advertising, and other campaign strategies.
Amos Briggs to join LGN State Government Relations Team.
LGN associate Elizabeth Odette presented a CLE.
LGN associate Elizabeth Odette, along with attorney Joy Reopelle Anderson, co-presented a CLE on the new changes to Federal rules for third-party subpoenas and strategies to effectively use third-party subpoenas at all stages of litigation.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen welcomed Minnesota Secretary of State candidate Steve Simon to the firm.
Simon is pictured here along with summer law clerks Carolyn Isaac and Arielle Dagen-Sunsdahl.
LGN partner Charlie Nauen introduced Governor Mark Dayton at Jewish Community Relations Council's "Community Gathering for Israel".
LGN partner Charlie Nauen introduced Governor Mark Dayton at the Jewish Community Relations Council's (JCRC) "Community Gathering for Israel", on Thursday, July 24. The event brought together over 1,400 community members for prayer, solidarity, and support. The JCRC has served as the designated public affairs voice of the Jewish community to elected officials, the media, and other religious, racial and ethnic groups since 1939.
LGN associate Rick Linsk appointed to Court Advisory Panel.
LGN associate Rick Linsk has been appointed to a vacancy on the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch. The order appointing committee members, issued July 25 by Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea, explains that the committee is to issue a report recommending any rule amendments necessitated by the Minnesota judicial system's transition to an electronic environment. Associate Justice G. Barry Anderson was appointed to chair the committee.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen welcomed Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina Wright to the firm.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen welcomed Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina Wright to the firm on July 22, 2014. Scott Moriarity, who clerked for Wright at the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 2003, introduced Justice Wright, who spoke about civil rights, education, and access to justice.
LGN associate Kate Baxter-Kauf elected chair of the Minnesota Urban Debate League Young Professionals Board.
Congratulations to LGN associate Kate Baxter-Kauf on her election as chair of the Minnesota Urban Debate League Young Professionals Board. The League is a program of Augsburg College that promotes civic engagement and educational advancement for middle school and high school students with programs at forty schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Eleven LGN partners and attorneys named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, including a Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyer and one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers.
Congratulations to LGN partner Charles N. Nauen, who was once again named one of Minnesota's Top 100 Super Lawyers for 2014. This group of attorneys ranked in the top of the list in the 2014 Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. LGN partner Yvonne M. Flaherty was also named in the Top 50 Women Lawyers category.
In addition, Super Lawyers recently announced that the following LGN partners were named 2014 Super Lawyers.
In addition, LGN partners, David J. Zoll (Environmental Litigation) and David W. Asp (General Litigation/Employment Law), as well as LGN associate Anna Horning Nygren (Business Litigation), were named Rising Stars.
Andy Burmeister presented best practices of succession planning for Minnesota counties.
ST. PAUL, MN – Andy Burmeister of the Lockridge Grindal Nauen Federal Relations Group presented his research findings regarding best practices for the development and implementation of succession plans during the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) "Futures" Conference on June 27, 2014.
Public administrators and elected officials, particularly those working for Minnesota county governments, have recognized the potential impacts of the impending Baby Boomer retirements on the county workforce. Many feel they lack the resources and knowledge to effectively implement necessary measures to address the changing demographics while continuing to carry out the county's core mission. As part of his research, Burmeister surveyed staff in over 70 Minnesota counties to determine government best practices, including tools, techniques, and strategies, for the development and implementation of succession plans. Successful succession plans will assist counties in replacing middle and upper mangers who are nearing retirement while minimizing the negative effects that will result from the changing demographics caused by the retirement of the Baby Boom generation.
Andy Burmeister and Carlie Waibel of the Lockridge Grindal Nauen Federal Relations Group participated in the Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) Golf Classic.
Proceeds of the event benefited the Benny Tonce Scholarship Fund and LLTC Lakers athletics.
Emily Tranter presents at Global Aviation Conference.
WASHINGTON, DC — Emily Tranter of the Lockridge Grindal Nauen Federal Relations Group recently spoke at the 2014 Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) Global Aviation Symposium. Ms. Tranter participated on a panel entitled, "View from the Front Line: Overcoming Tactical Operational Issues." The panel, which included industry leaders as well as FAA officials, discussed tactical issues affecting the efficiency of the National Airspace System, particularly when implementing Performance Based Navigation technologies. Ms. Tranter's focus was to share the community perspective of lessons learned from implementation of new PBN procedures and how to leverage those lessons to expedite implementation. The Lockridge Grindal Nauen Federal Relations team is regularly invited to attend and participate in aviation conferences and symposiums, given their extensive subject matter expertise.
LGN partners Susan Ellingstad and David Asp presented seminar on 2014 Employment Law changes
LGN partners Susan Ellingstad and David Asp presented a seminar for the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce discussing the 2014 Legislative Session's legal impact on employers. They covered the Women's Economic Security Act and other laws passed this year.
Dennis McGrann presents Annual Federal Update at the Minnesota Transportation Alliance Capitol Hill Fly-In.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dennis McGrann, Director of Federal Affairs for Lockridge Grindal Nauen, addressed members of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance at their annual Washington, DC conference. McGrann discussed the uncertain future of the Highway Trust Fund, ongoing efforts in the House and Senate to pass a long-term comprehensive transportation authorization bill, and the potential consequences of upcoming House Leadership changes. Lockridge Grindal Nauen is a proud partner of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance — a statewide coalition of organizations advocating for a safe and effective transportation system that works for all Minnesotans.
LGN attorney Brian Clark co-presented the seminar "Electronic Discovery and Litigation Readiness" with Assistant United States Attorney Chad Blumenfield.
The seminar was moderated by LGN Partner Charlie Nauen. Several dozen attorneys from other firms, government offices, and in-house legal offices attended.
LGN partner Rebecca Klett featured in Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal for Women in Business Award.
LGN partner Heidi Silton unanimously elected Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Antitrust Law Section.
Dennis McGrann recognized by Michigan Police for outstanding service.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dennis McGrann, Director of Federal Affairs for Lockridge Grindal Nauen, received the Police Officers Association of Michigan "Legislator of the Year" award, recognizing his outstanding service representing Michigan law enforcement at the federal level. As the largest organization of professional law enforcement officers in the state of Michigan, POAM represents over 14,000 front-line police officers and first responders and is recognized as the "the voice of the Michigan law enforcement community." This is the first time in the convention's history that a federal relations specialist has received the award.
LGN Federal Director Dennis McGrann (center) receives the "Legislator of the Year Award," standing alongside POAM Legislative Director Ken Grabowski (left) at the annual convention held each May in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen co-hosted a special VIP reception with Corval Group at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference (WBPC).
Lockridge Grindal Nauen partners Rebecca Klett and Rob Shelquist attended the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, joined by Ryan Kelly and Charles Kasbohm of Synergetic Endeavors. After hosting a special event for ND Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, headlined by North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, the LGN team co-hosted the "Bakken Boom" after hours reception with St. Paul and North Dakota based Corval Group.
LGN attorneys Brian Clark and Charlie Nauen file lawsuit on behalf of landowners against DuPont over Corn Stover fires.
On May 20, Brian Clark and Charlie Nauen filed a lawsuit on behalf of adjacent landowners concerning a March 31, 2014, fire at a Corn Stover storage facility owned by DuPont near Nevada, Iowa. The facility is within a few hundred feet of their clients' home, which was damaged by the fire. Links to media coverage of the fire and the lawsuit are available below.
LGN partners Charlie Nauen and David Zoll presented a seminar on Political Campaigns and Campaign Finance for Labor Unions.
The seminar included details on how to comply with laws governing elections, campaigns, election year member communications, PAC fundraising and spending, and independent expenditures. The seminar was sponsored by the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation. Karen Riebel, Ryan Kelly, and Jessica Matuska were also in attendance. View event flyer.
Joe Bruckner participated in an American Bar Association panel presentation on antitrust and the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act.
The FTAIA has been a hotly litigated issue in antitrust cases involving global commerce, and has been the subject of recent debate among several US courts of appeals.
LGN associate Kristen Marttila Co-Presented a CLE.
LGN associate Kristen Marttila co-presented a CLE entitled Understanding Service of Process: Get it Right the First Time. The CLE was designed to help new attorneys and experienced practitioners to avoid common (and a few uncommon) pitfalls related to domestic service of process in Minnesota and federal courts.
Minnesota State Bar Association names Elizabeth Odette North Star Lawyer.
The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) announced its North Star Lawyers May 8th, which included LGN associate Elizabeth Odette.
The MSBA recognized member lawyers who provided at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services to low-income clients or to organizations that serve the needs of low-income persons in 2013.
Dennis McGrann chairs final meeting of Federal Aviation Center of Excellence
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dennis McGrann, Director of Federal Affairs for Lockridge Grindal Nauen, recently chaired the 22nd bi-annual and final meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration's — Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction in Washington, DC. McGrann has chaired the Center's Advisory Board over its entire 10 year life and has overseen $130M federal investments in energy and environmental research impacting the aviation industry. The Center was charted by an Act of Congress to carryout advanced research in the aviation field and has led to breakthrough technological, operational, policy, and workforce advances for national security and the environment.
LGN partner Chris Sandberg spoke at this year's Visual Connections Media Expo in Chicago.
As Midwest Co-President of the American Society of Picture Professionals, Mr. Sandberg sat on a panel discussing "Legal Issues in Stock Photography." The panel examined important issues facing industry, including changing licensing models, copyright legislation, and agency and distributor relations.
LGN associate Elizabeth Odette presented a CLE.
Elizabeth Odette along with attorney Joy Reopelle Anderson co-presented a CLE on the new changes to Federal rules for third-party subpoenas and strategies to effectively use third-party subpoenas at all stages of litigation for Minnesota CLE.
LGN associate Brian Clark co-authors eDiscovery article in William Mitchell Law Review.
LGN associate Brian Clark co-authored an article on eDiscovery that was recently published in the William Mitchell Law Review. The article, entitled "Preparation for Minnesota Federal and State Discovery Conferences: A Practical Approach," addresses key issues relating to eDiscovery that parties should address in Rule 26 conferences. Mr. Clark participated in writing the article as a member of the Minnesota eDiscovery Working Group. A full copy of the article is available on the William Mitchell Law Review's website.
LGN partner Rebecca Klett named one of the Top 50 Women in Business.
Congratulations to Rebecca Klett, Partner in Charge of State Government Relations, who has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Each year, the Business Journal received hundreds of nominations and recognizes 50 women professionals and business owners for their career achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to the broader Twin Cities community.
LGN associate Brian Clark wins pro bono case.
Associate Brian Clark recently won permanent resident status for his client, a 10-year old girl from Liberia. The client qualified for a unique status available to immigrant children whose parents are unable to care for them. It is the second such case Brian has won for clients referred from the Advocates for Human Rights. View article.
LGN honored for work on Potash case.
The Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter's 2013 awards issue honored work by LGN partner Joe Bruckner who, along with LGN partner Heidi Silton and their team, successfully represented businesses in the In re Potash federal antitrust litigation. Direct and indirect purchasers recovered more than $110 million, the largest reported settlement or verdict in Illinois last year.
LGN associate Rick Linsk was featured in The Legal Intelligencer on how he made the change from journalist to attorney.
LGN's Ted Grindal featured in Minnesota Lawyer.
Justice David Lillehaug kicked off 2014 election campaign with an event at Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. on March 11, 2014.
LGN partner Heidi Silton Speaks at LGN associate Brian Clark's Electronic Discovery Class at the University of Minnesota Law School.
This semester LGN associate Brian Clark is co-teaching a seminar regarding Electronic Discovery at the University of Minnesota Law School. On March 4, 2014, LGN partner Heidi Silton was a guest speaker for the class and spoke regarding "Hot Topics in Obtaining Discovery in Foreign Countries."
LGN partner Heidi Silton and Law Clerk Amanda Sicoli Published in Westlaw Journal.
LGN partner Heidi Silton and law clerk Amanda Sicoli discuss trends in international service of process in the latest Westlaw Journal, noting how courts and legislatures in the United States are beginning to adopt new service methods such as email and Facebook.
LGN Supports Sanneh Foundation's Fourth Annual Gala 4 Goals
LGN was proud to support the Sanneh Foundation's Fourth Annual Gala 4 Goals. With LGN's support, partner Heidi Silton helped co-chair the event, along with her husband Steve Silton, Buck and Heidi Humphrey and Nat Opperman. The 2014 Gala 4 Goals was a tremendous success - raising over $300,000 for the Foundation and raising awareness with the over 1,200 people in attendance!
Annual LGN Leadership Luncheon
Speaker Paul Thissen, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, and Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans headline the annual LGN Leadership Luncheon
Brief submitted by LGN attorneys Gregg Fishbein and Kate Baxter-Kauf cited in U.S. Supreme Court opinion.
Wednesday's United States Supreme Court ruling in Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, Et Al. cites an amicus brief filed by LGN attorneys Gregg Fishbein and Kate Baxter-Kauf with assistance by Richard Lockridge and Vern Vander Weide on behalf of University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter and 15 other law professors from around the country. The amicus brief filed by LGN was cited by Justice Breyer in the majority opinion (pages 12-13), a rare occurrence and a distinct honor for these four attorneys.
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Session Priorities Dinner
LGN government relations staff and clients heard from a panel of legislative leaders Moderated by KSTP's Tom Hauser at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Session Priorities Dinner.
Ramsey County attorney John Choi Visits LGN.
Ramsey County attorney John Choi visited LGN's office on January 28 to visit with the firm's attorneys, lobbyists and guests about his office's initiatives and plans.
Senator Al Franken and 'Seinfeld' star Jason Alexander visit with LGN attorneys, clients and friends.
LGN partner Charles Nauen opened his home on January 26 to support Senator Al Franken's reelection campaign. Actor Jason Alexander, a star of the 1990s television series 'Seinfeld', was a featured guest at the event. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman also was on hand. Nauen and other LGN attorneys helped represent Senator Franken in his 2008 post-election recount proceedings.
LGN Hosts South Dakota Legal and Business Leaders at Sioux Falls Event.
More than 20 South Dakota attorneys and business leaders joined LGN partners Charles Nauen and Patrick Burns, who are both native South Dakotans, at a gathering in Sioux Falls on January 27. LGN has represented dozens of South Dakota businesses with strategy support, litigation, and lobbying over the years, and is positioned to help more businesses, non-profits and governmental entities in the state.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen Deepens Leadership Bench Strength, Taps Dan Larson to be Director of State & Local Government Affairs.
LGN Attorneys Anna Horning Nygren and Brian Clark Presented at a CLE.
The day-long course, "You Love it, You Hate it. Now You Have to Live With it: E-Discovery" was presented at William Mitchell College of Law on Friday, October 4. Anna Horning Nygren and Brian Clark participated in panels throughout the day discussing topics relating to electronic discovery.
LGN partner Ted Grindal received prestigious Alumni Award.
LGN partner Ted Grindal received Augsburg College's 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award at a ceremony this morning. The award recognizes Ted's significant achievement in his vocational endeavors, contributions to the community and for living a life that exemplifies the mission of Augsburg College. Ted is and continues to be a great role model for all young professionals. Congratulations Ted.
LGN attorney Anna Horning Nygren was recently appointed as Co-Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Committee on Women in the legal profession.
LGN is a corporate member of the Environmental Initiative.
LGN has recently become a corporate member of the Environmental Initiative. The Environmental Initiative builds partnerships with nonprofit, business and government leaders to work collaboratively to solve environmental problems.
LGN partner Karen Hanson Riebel appointed to Project for Pride in Living Board of Directors.
LGN partner Karen Hanson Riebel was appointed yesterday to serve on the Board of Directors of Project for Pride in Living. Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services. PPL works with lower-income individuals and families to achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, support services, and education. Congratulations Karen!
Lockridge Grindal Nauen hires Leslie Rosedahl as Director of Communications and Grassroots Advocacy.
LGN partner Charles Nauen named a Best Lawyer in America.
Late last week, LGN partner Charles N. Nauen was named in the 20th Edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" in the practice area of Environmental Litigation. Criteria for this honor includes selection by peers from Minnesota and across the country.
LGN attorney Brian Clark and law clerk Tessa K. Thompson published article titled "Amending the rules and nature of discovery" in the July 11 Issue of Minnesota Lawyer.
Seven LGN partners named Super Lawyers; One partner named to Minnesota's Top 100; Two partners named to Top 50 Women Lawyers; Two attorneys named Rising Stars.
Charles N. Nauen was named one of Minnesota's Top 100 from Super Lawyers for 2013. This group of attorneys ranked in the top of the list in the 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. LGN partners Susan Ellingstad, Yvonne M. Flaherty and Heidi M. Silton were named in the Top 50 Women Lawyers category.
Super Lawyers recently announced that the following LGN partners were named 2013 Super Lawyers.
The selection process for Super Lawyers and Rising Stars includes a statewide nomination process, peer review by practice area and independent research on candidates. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Minnesota are selected by Super Lawyers. The annual selections are decided through a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide lawyer survey, peer reviews, and an independent research evaluation of the candidates by Super Lawyers.
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The Super Lawyers list, first published in 1991, creates a credible, comprehensive and diverse list of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters business, a leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.
LGN associate Elizabeth Odette named an "Up and Coming Attorney" by Minnesota Lawyer.
Congratulations to LGN associate Elizabeth Odette for being named an "Up and Coming Attorney" by Minnesota Lawyer. Elizabeth is not only very successful in her professional practice but she also devotes hundreds of hours to the community through her pro bono work with the Children's Law Center and as a Past-President of the Downtown Kiwanis Club. Elizabeth is a 2004 graduate of the University of St. Thomas Law School.
LGN Lobbyist Dan Larson Receives Prestigious Lobbying Award.
LGN State Government Relations team member Dan Larson accepted an award recognizing superb lobbying efforts from the Raise It for Health Coalition at their recent board meeting. Larson was lauded for his "persistent and incredibly effective work to ensure passage of the largest tobacco tax increase in state history." The price increase approved by the legislature and the governor during the 2013 Session is expected to save tens of thousands of lives, improve quality of life and save future generations from tobacco-related disease and death. The Raise it for Health Coalition is a group of over 30 leading Minnesota health and nonprofit organizations that share a common goal of reducing tobacco use.
LGN has a long history of involvement in the fight against the harms of tobacco. LGN partner Ted Grindal has worked for over 25 years, both as a registered lobbyist and volunteer, to promote public policy initiatives that reduce the prevalence of tobacco use. Grindal was a key force in the establishment of tough youth access laws to prevent children from obtaining tobacco products and in passage of the epic "Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007", Minnesota's popular law that restricts smoking tobacco in indoor public places.
LGN Associate Brian Clark Presented as Part of a CLE Panel at the Minnesota State Bar Association Annual Convention about Electronic Discovery.
LGN Partner Ted Grindal Appointed to Minnesota Private College Council.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen Partner H. Theodore Grindal has been appointed to the Minnesota Private College Council and Minnesota Private College Fund Boards of Directors. The appointment was announced earlier today by the organizations.
LGN Associate Julie Strother to Receive Honor for Political Work.
LGN Associate Julie Strother will be honored this Saturday by the DFL Women's Hall of Fame as she has been named a 2013 "Rising Star". Julie has worked behind-the-scenes on many campaigns and political efforts since high school. Congratulations Julie!
LGN Attorneys Presented on the Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Businesses at the Twin West Chamber of Commerce.
LGN Attorneys Presented on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on businesses at the Twin West Chamber of Commerce. Susan Ellingstad and David Asp explained the Act and answered questions that every business person needs to know. For more information on the issue, feel free to contact LGN.
LGN Partner Chris Sandberg Recently Quoted in MPR Story.
Congratulations to LGN Government Relations Team Member Lydia Bjorge as she graduated Magna Cum Laude on Sunday with her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law.
LGN Partner Heidi Silton and LGN Associate Anna Horning Nygren Gave Their Views on Proportionality in E-discovery During a Presentation at United Health Group.
An all-star panel of plaintiff lawyers, including LGN partner Heidi Silton and LGN associate Anna Horning Nygren, gave their views on proportionality in e-discovery during a presentation this morning at United Health Group in Hopkins, MN. Heidi was named one of the Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2012 and Anna is member of the MSBA's Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group.
LGN Team Led by Charlie Nauen Wins Federal Jury Trial.
Congratulations to LGN attorneys Charlie Nauen, Bill Gengler, David Zoll, and Brian Clark for successfully defending Ramsey County Sheriff Matthew Bostrom in a jury trial in federal court. Articles regarding the May 3, 2013, jury verdict appeared in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.
A Trial Team Including LGN's Elizabeth Odette Obtains a $2.162 Million Jury Verdict for the Plaintiff in an Aredia/Zometa Jaw Injury Case against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. in Los Angeles.
A 9-person jury in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California found that defendant Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. unreasonably and negligently failed to provide an adequate warning or instruction for Aredia and Zometa, that the drugs medically caused jaw injuries to plaintiff Adriann Georges, and that the failure to warn was a substantial factor in causing Mrs. Georges' injuries. The jury also found that Novartis intentionally concealed important facts from her medical providers and Mrs. Georges' reliance on these facts were a substantial factor in causing her injuries. The $2.162 Million jury award covers past and future economic and non-economic losses.
LGN Bids Farewell to UST's Fr. Dease.
LGN's Washington DC office as well as friends, alumni, and colleagues of the University of St. Thomas and Fr. Dennis Dease wish him well in his retirement from the University.
LGN Associate's Blog Post Featured on JDs Rising.
Be sure to check out LGN Associate Kate Baxter-Kauf's first blog post which appeared today on JDs Rising on the MN Lawyer website.
LGN Attorneys Co-Host Women Lawyers Event.
LGN Partner Heidi Silton and Associate Julie Strother served as co-hosts for a women lawyers happy hour and discussion regarding the status of reproductive rights in Minnesota. The event was presented by womenwinning, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women elected to all levels of public office in Minnesota. Panelists included Professor Kathryn Pearson, Dr. Annelise Swigert, and Representative Phyllis Kahn, and discussed both current legislative developments as well as the realities of reproductive healthcare in Minnesota.
LGN Hosts a "Tax Day Event."
Thank you to all of our clients and friends who attended the Lockridge Grindal Nauen Tax Day event where we welcomed new employees and employees with recent accomplishments.
Recently Admitted Attorney & Director of State Government Relations: Rebecca Klett
Government Relations Team Members: Linden Zakula (Director of Grassroots Advocacy & Communications); Ian Marsh (State Government Relations); Bill Otto (Grassroots Associate) and Carlie Waibel (Federal Government Relations).
The event was held at FACES Mears Park in St. Paul and featured a global menu prepared by Chef David Fhima.
LGN Partner Heidi Silton Participates in U of M Law School Panel.
On April 11, LGN Partner Heidi Silton participated on a panel that discussed "Generations in the Workplace" at the University of Minnesota Law School. Heidi Silton and other members of the law community participated in an engaging forum focusing on the various generations in today's workforce. The panel was hosted at the University of Minnesota Law School and organized by the U of M chapter of the Women's Law Student Association. Topics ranged from how the different generations communication, define success and achieve balance in their lives.
LGN Partner W. Joseph Bruckner Served on Panel at an American Bar Association Antitrust Section Meeting.
LGN Partner W. Joseph Bruckner served on a panel at the American Bar Association Antitrust Section Spring Meeting on April 10, presenting a mock evidentiary hearing on Class Certification Today: How Rigorous is "Rigorous Analysis." This presentation is part of the ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting which is held in Washington DC from April 10 — 13. If you would like more information, please see link below.
Others participating in the panel include: Paul H. Saint-Antoine, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Philadelphia, PA (chair and moderator); Margaret F. Sanderson, Charles River Associates, Toronto, ON, Canada; and Barbara T. Sicalides, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, PA.
LGN Partner Heidi Silton Publishes Article in American Bar Association Journal — Law News Now.
McGrann Chairs 15th Annual Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER) Advisory Board Meeting.
Dennis McGrann, LGN's Director of Federal Government Relations and NOISE Executive Director, recently chaired the annual meeting of the Partners for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER) Advisory Board held Feb. 27 and 28 in Costa Mesa, CA. A leading aviation cooperative research organization, PARTNER's 2003 establishment by the FAA was the direct result of extensive efforts on the part of hundreds of committed NOISE members and the Federal Funding NOISE worked to secure. PARTNER seeks to foster breakthrough technical, operation and work force capabilities facilitating quieter and more eco-friendly aircrafts. Sported by the FAA, NASA, and the Transport Canada Center for Excellence, the nine universities and 53 advisory board members that comprise PARTNER are continuously worked to eliminate aviation noise and improve aircraft mobility, fuel economy and security.
LGN Partner Gregg Fishbein Spoke at Opal Financial Group Conference.
Gregg Fishbein spoke at the 25th Annual Police, Fire, EMS, and Municipal Employee Pension and Benefits Seminar in conjunction with the National Association of Police Organizations being held at the Encore at Wynn, Las Vegas from February 17-19, 2013.
LGN Partner Gregg Fishbein spoke on a panel on Ongoing Education for Plan Fiduciaries and Participants. He discussed issues relating to creating a fiduciary ethics policy and addressing what constitutes conflicts of interest.
LGN Partner David J. Zoll Spoke at American Bar Association Law Student Division 8th Circuit Meeting.
David J. Zoll co-presented "Brief Writing for New Attorneys" with Daniel R. Olson, of Bassford Remele, PA. Law students took home tips and tricks for researching and writing effective briefs and learned what components are essential to excellent brief writing. This session discussed the common pitfalls and mistakes that new attorneys make.
LGN Partner David J. Zoll also served on an informational panel during a lunchtime session where young lawyers and students discussed their legal career with local legal professionals who shared their insights about adjusting and thriving in the profession.
Raina Borrelli, Gustafson Gluek PLLC (Antitrust/Consumer Protection)
Jacob Peterson, Judicial Law Clerk, Minnesota Judicial Branch (Judicial Law Clerk)
Brenda Sauro, Sauro & Bergstrom, PLLC (Construction/Insurance Claims)
Heather Thayer, Managing Attorney, Thayer Legal Services PLLC (Consumer Lending Compliance)
David J. Zoll, Partner, Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP (Environment/Commercial Litigation/Political Law)
Saturday, February 16, 2013
University of St. Thomas School of Law
LGN Associate Devona Wells Participated in a Minnesota Women Lawyers Panel Regarding Media and Law.
Devona is pictured below (leftmost) with the other presenters.
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