Minnesota's Top Medium Sized Litigation Firm - SuperLawyers Business Edition 2013
Mark A. Fredrickson is Elected President of MDLA
The Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association has elected Mark A. Fredrickson as President for 2013-2014. MDLA, an organization consisting of 700 members, is celebrating its 50th anniversary of serving the needs of lawyers engaging primarily in the defense and trial of civil disputes. Along with his newly elected position, Mark will continue his law practice and his role as the firm’s Managing Partner. Mark is also an active member of DRI and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Mark’s practice is primarily focused on defending insurers, insureds, municipalities and transportation companies in personal injury, products liability and workers’ compensation matters.
LJSP's Newest Partners
Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson is very proud to announce Connie Armstrong, 2006 graduate of William Mitchell, and Thomas Evenson, 2002 graduate of Hamline Law School have been elected as firm partners. Both practice in the litigation group, and are incredible assets to the firm.
Welcome New Associates
David M. Bateson and John Medeiros have joined the firm as associate attorneys practicing in our litigation and workers' compensation groups. Dave is a 2000 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and former Dean of Students at the University of St. Thomas. John is a 2008 graduate of the University of Minnesota and clerked for the Honorable John Rotenberg at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Bob Stein Former Timberwolves CEO and Lind Jensen client wins silica sand court battles
Firm President Rick Lind recently won two court battles in Goodhue County that involve millions of tons of Frac sand. Client Bob Stein filed a lawsuit in March 2011 alleging that he'd been improperly cut out of a land deal after Oklahoma energy company Windsor Permium purchased 94 acres near Red Wing for $1.5 million. In the court case Stein v. Wesch, Windsor Permium, et. Al.
A five-day jury trial ended with the jury ruling that Windsor Permium and its subsidiaries had intentionally interfered with Stein's contract with the Wesches. A damage determination will follow later this summer or fall. See Rick Lind’s quote in the link to the in the Rochester Post Bulletin below.
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Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson is pleased to announce that David M. Bateson and John Medeiros have joined the firm as associate attorneys practicing in our litigation and workers' compensation groups. Dave is a 2000 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and former Dean of Students at the University of St. Thomas. John is a 2008 graduate of the University of Minnesota and clerked for the Honorable John Rotenberg at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
ACTLM Members Donate $5,000.00 to the Minnesota State High School Mock Trial Program
The Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, which Lind Jensen members include Rick Lind, Thomas Jensen and Paul Peterson, donated $5,000 to the Minnesota State High School Mock Trial Program. Four $750 scholarships were awarded on the basis of need as determined by the State Bar Mock Trial Committee. In addition, $2,000.00 was awarded to the prevailing team to assist in deferment of costs associated with the national tournament. For 2013, Nova Classical Academy was the selected team and will advance to the national tournament in Indianapolis in May 2013
Two of Lind Jensen’s attorneys will be presenting at the upcoming Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference. Matt Sloneker will be discussing the recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision in Remodeling Dimensions, Inc. v. Integrity Mutual Insurance Co., 819 N.W.2d 602 (Minn. 2012), and the new duties created by the Court’s decision for insurers, as well as the implications of this ruling for coverage and defense counsel in construction defect cases.
Matthew D. Sloneker is the newest Partner of Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, where he has been focusing his practice in several areas of civil defense litigation since 2005. Matt is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris and the University of Minnesota Law School and is admitted to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Matt is an active member of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association and currently co-chairs the Construction Law Committee. Matt has also authored several articles and publications, including a treatise on Minnesota Civil Damages Act claims. Matt is an efficient, effective advocate for his clients and his insightful legal analysis and common sense approach have earned him many fans, in and outside the firm. We are very pleased to have Matt join our partnership, and look forward to many years of success with our newest team member. Congratulations Matt!
The Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association has elected Mark A. Fredrickson as its Vice President for 2012-2013, placing him in the center of a five-year leadership track culminating in service as President for the 2013-14 term. The MDLA, founded in 1963, serves the needs of lawyers engaged in the defense and trial of civil disputes and asserts leadership to promote balance and fairness in Minnesota legislation and courts. Mark is also active in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and DRI. He focuses on defending insurers, insureds, municipalities and transportation companies in personal injury, products liability and workers' compensation matters.
Matthew D. Sloneker and Thomas J. Evenson co-wrote an article titled Remodeling Duties: An Insurer's New Duty to Advise the Insured to Request an Allocation of Damages. This article is currently published in the fall edition of the MDLA's quarterly magazine Minnesota Defense. Click on the title to read.
October has been a successful month for partner Timothy O'Connor and associate Thomas Evenson. A jury recently found in favor of their clients when they went to trial in the matter of: Linda Ann Foss, as Trustee for the next of kin of Emerald Rose Foss vs. Independent School District 696 and Jay Poshak.
Also this month the team won their summary judgment motion in the case of Mark Olson as trustee for the next-of-kin of Samuel Olson for the estate of Samuel Olson v. Warm Products, Inc., d/b/a Window Quilt Insulated Shade Company and the Warm Company, Laura Mattson, Mark Gilbertson and Kimberly Gilbertson d/b/a North Shore Cottages resulting in the entire case against their clients being dismissed.
Thomas Jensen was elected President of the Hennepin County Bar Association
Thomas D. Jensen was elected President of the Hennepin County Bar Association for the 2012-2013 term. As President he will represent 8,500 attorneys with a variety of services for the community and profession. With his knowledge and eagerness he will strive to ensure justice and accessibility of the legal system. Tom will work beside the courts to progress the administration of justice by promoting public perceptive and confidence in our system.
Tom has numerous professional affiliations such as Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Dean, 2010-2011; American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate, 2010-present; Professional Liability Defense Federation, Co-founder, 2009-present; Defense Research Institute, ADR Committee Chair and Vice Chair, 2008-2012; Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, President, 2005-2006; National Board of Trial Advocacy, Civil Trial Advocate, 1999-present; Hennepin County Bar Association, Executive Committee Member, 2009-present; and Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin State Bar Associations.
Congratulating the Newest Partner of Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson
Eric J. Steinhoff
Eric J. Steinhoff is the newest Partner of Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, where he has been focusing his practice on several areas of civil defense litigation since 2006. Eric’s professional affiliations include being an active member of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, Volunteer Lawyers Network, and he has coached the North View Junior High Mock Trial team for the past 7 years in competitions through the Minnesota State Bar Association. Eric has also written published articles in The Hennepin Lawyer and Minnesota Business Magazine.
Eric is praised for his high quality of work and strong production at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson. Eric is admired at the firm for his respectfulness towards people and his pleasant and steady personality. He also has earned admiration from our clients and has impressed lawyers and judges outside of the firm. Congratulations Eric on your accomplishment!
Rick Lind awarded Distinguished Alumi
Rick Lind was awarded the 2011 Hamline University School of Law Distinguished Alumni award at the Hamline Law School Mid Winter Reception on January 19, 2012. The award is presented by the Alumni Association to one alumnus annually. The recipients of this award have their names permanently displayed at the Law School.
Expert Discovery in Minnesota State and Federal Court
Patrick Larkin gave a presentation titled "Expert Discovery in Minnesota State and Federal Court." This presentation was given to Crane Engineering at their staff training on September 9, 2011.
Richard A. Lind and Matthew D. Sloneker Release Liquor Liability Desk Book
Rick Lind and Matt Sloneker’s desk book titled “Investigating and Defending Minnesota Civil Damages Act Claims” is featured in the current September-October issue of Minnesota Claims Magazine. (click here to read article) This desk book is a practical guide for investigating and defending claims arising under the Minnesota Civil Damages Act. The desk book is a valuable resource for insurers, liquor vendors such as bars and restaurants, and attorneys defending dram shop claims. Lind and Sloneker also offer presentations on Minnesota’s liquor liability laws to insurers, bars, and restaurants. If your workplace is interested in receiving a presentation, or if you would like a free hard copy of this desk book contact Rick Lind (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matt Sloneker (email@example.com) at 612-333-3637. An electronic copy of the desk book is available by clicking the title above.
Thomas Evenson Appointed as a Public Member to the MAACB
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Evenson as a Public Member of The Minnesota Automobile Assigned Claims Bureau. He received this appointment on June 16, 2011 from Governor Mark Dayton. Evenson is also a Public Member of the Minnesota Automobile Insurance Plan Governing Committee.
Rick Lind Presenting
On March 24, 2011 Richard A. Lind presented a risk management seminar to the Great Lakes Study Club and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Auxiliary Association at the Blackwoods in Proctor, Minnesota. On May 15, 2011 he is presenting a risk management seminar for Orthodontists in Chicago, Ill. At the McCormick Place for the 2011 Annual American Association of Orthodontists. For more information go to http://www.aaomembers.org/mtgs/2011-AAO-Annual-Session.cfm
Thomas Jensen Presenting at the Defense Research Institute's Strictly Retail Seminar
Tom Jensen, along with counsel for McDonald's and Starbucks, will present a panel discussion on the strategic use of alternative dispute resolution processes at the Defense Research Institute's Strictly Retail seminar on May 12, 2011 in Chicago. To register visit: http://lnkd.in/7tdSbk. Other presenters will offer guidance on the most pertinent legal and risk management issues facing retailers today.
Thomas Jensen was elected Dean of the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota
Thomas D. Jensen was elected Dean of the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota for the 2010-2011 term. The 150 members of ACTLM passed a rigorous peer review approval process and written examination leading to board certification, and comply with a periodic re-credentialing process, establishing their expertise in state and federal court trial advocacy. Tom was also elected Chair of the Defense Research Institute's 450-member Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the 2010-2011 term. The DRI ADR Committee focuses on improving the quality of mediation and arbitration advocacy for counsel, and the skills of neutrals, in the civil litigation process. In addition, Tom was elected Vice President of the Professional Liability Defense Federation, a national organization whose members specialize in the defense of malpractice claims.
On October 7, 2010, at the Annual Meeting of the Professional Liability Defense Federation in Chicago, Tom delivered a presentation entitled "Survey of Ethics Ramifications Presented in the Defense of Professional Liability Claims." On November 29, Tom met with the claims management and staff of NCMIC Insurance Company in Clive, Iowa, and gave a presentation entitled "e-Discovery Primer" relating to the importance of managing requests for electronically stored information (e.g., emails, documents) in civil litigation.
LJSP Provides Pro Bono Services
The attorneys at LJSP provide pro bono legal services to persons of limited means, and also to public interest and charitable organizations. Each attorney aspires to annually provide 40 hours of such services. Examples of clients who have received free legal representation include single mothers in need of an orders for protection and harassment retraining orders from abusive former boyfriends, mothers who are in need of child support and marital dissolutions, a witness who reported healthcare fraud, and a criminal defendant who was subjected to a warrantless search and seizure. LJSP obtains most of its pro bono clients from the Volunteer Lawyers Network, Chrysalis, the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services.
Operation Backpack and LJSP
Over the past few months the people of LJSP have been preparing for our next volunteer project with Operation Backpack through Volunteers of America. This program provides new backpacks to at-risk children from low-income families for whom the purchase of a new backpack with its supplies is difficult. These backpacks are then hand distributed to children the week before school starts. We are proud to announce that were able to collect 28 fully stocked backpacks to donate to this wonderful program!!
Eight Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. Attorneys Named 2010 "Super Lawyers" and Two Named "Top 100 Super Lawyers"
Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. is pleased to announce eight of our partners have been listed as 2010 Minnesota Super Lawyers! Richard A. Lind, Thomas D. Jensen, Paul C. Peterson, Timothy J. O'Connor, William L. Davidson, Brian A. Wood, Jack D. Moore and Mark A. Fredricksonhave been recognized as Minnesota Super Lawyers - an honor only 5% of licensed attorneys achieve in any given year. This year two of our partners, Richard A. Lind and Paul C. Peterson, have been named as Minnesota's Top 100 Super Lawyers for 2010. This is Mr. Peterson's fifth year in a row as a Top 100 Super Lawyer, Mr. Lind has been selected as a Top 100 Super Lawyer four out of the last five years! **Super Lawyers are elected through an independent research survey and by peers who have personally seen them in action. These distinguished honors were published in the August/September issues of Minnesota Law & Politics, MPLS/St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Monthly.
Rick Lind presents at OMSNIC and FORTRESS Defense Counsel Seminars
On July 7-8, 2010 Richard A. Lind presented at the OMSNIC and FORTRESS semi annual Defense Counsel Seminar on the topic of defending licensure actions before State licensing boards. OMS National Insurance Company and Fortress Insurance Company represent oral surgeons and dentists. In attendance were defense lawyers retained by the two insurers in the United States , oral surgeons, dentists and claim representatives. Richard A. Lind, Paul C. Peterson and Thomas D. Jensen are available to represent Professionals before all State licensing boards in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. LJS&P lawyers also regularly represent Professionals in professional negligence litigation.
The people of LJSP are finding more ways to give back...
In Fall of 2009, we decided to put together a cookbook for charity. In this cookbook, the members of LJSP could showcase and share their favorite recipes. With the firm's encouragement and help of Xact Data Discovery, we were able to put together a 100+ page cookbook and donate 100% of the sale price to Second Harvest Heartland! We have collected over $1500 so far! Thanks to all those who put so much time and effort into making this possible.
Rick Lind Nominated as a Member of Council on Litigation Management
Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. congratulates Rick Lind on his nomination to become a member of the Council on Litigation Management. Rick was nominated by Tom Nelson, Fellow/Vice President-Claims, Continental Western Group. The Council is a nonpartisan alliance of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, general counsel, risk managers, claims adjusters and attorneys. Through education and collaboration, the Council's goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense. http://www.litmgmt.org/.
In Memory of Our Friend, Partner and Legend, Ted Sullivan
On December 15, 2009, our friend and partner Ted Sullivan died unexpectedly. Ted was a devoted husband, proud father, caring friend, trusted mentor, and an exceptional lawyer. His partners and colleagues at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson received words of comfort from countless lawyers and judges, all of whom had their own "Ted stories." The firm and Ted's family appreciate all the support and kind words they received. Read more...
Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. recognizes the 6 attorneys named to "2010 Rising Stars" list by Minnesota Law & Politics.
Minnesota Law & Politics recognizes Rising Stars as a way to highlight emerging attorneys who are either under the age of 40 or who have been practicing law for ten or fewer years. Only 2.5 percent of the Minnesota attorneys are given this honor. The selection process involves a survey of all Minnesota Super Lawyers and independent research to identify outstanding up-and-coming attorneys who have demonstrated superior professional potential. Congratulations! Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. Rising Stars for 2010 include:
Amy K. Amundson was nominated under the category of Construction Litigation. Amy is an associate who focuses her practice on Construction Law, Products Liability and Insurance Law. Amy is passionate and energetic about being a lawyer. She dedicates herself to understanding the law that applies to the facts of each individual case to best represent her client's specific interests. Amy is the co-chair of the New Lawyers Committee for the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, and she is active in DRI and other local legal organizations, including the Minnesota State Bar Association, the South Dakota Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association. In her time away from the office, Amy enjoys competitive outlets. She plays basketball and golf and competes and trains for triathlons and runs races.
Thomas J. Evenson was nominated under the category of General Litigation. Thomas is an associate who focuses his practice on civil litigation. Prior to joining Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., Tom was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kurt J. Marben in the Ninth Judicial District and a senior associate attorney at Hanson, Lulic & Krall, P.A.
Patrick J. Larkin was nominated under the category of Construction Litigation. Patrick focuses his practice in insurance coverage disputes, insurance defense litigation, construction defense litigation, workers' compensation and general practice litigation. Prior to joining Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., Patrick practiced criminal and family law. He has been associated with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. since 2002 and was promoted to partner in January of 2007. Minnesota Law & Politics and Twin Cities Business have recognized Patrick as a "Rising Star" for the years 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2004.
Jason R. Prochnow was nominated under the category of Civil Litigation Defense. Jason specializes in insurance defense, construction litigation, toxic tort and asbestos defense. He advises clients by developing an understandable theory of the case supported by facts - not by disputing the obvious. Jason values mediation, but continues to take appropriate and necessary cases to trial in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jason has obtained defense verdicts on liability in cases ranging from complex products liability/wrongful death actions, motor vehicle accidents and in Federal employment law matters.
About Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. is a professional association with 26 attorneys dedicated to the practice of civil trial law within the context of contemporary business. The firm's practice emphasizes trials, appeals and all aspects of alternative dispute resolution procedures. LJSP provides the experience and expertise of a large firm, while keeping costs down, communication open and service personal. Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. was founded in 1991 and has grown steadily since its inception. LJSP has the experience and qualifications to tackle virtually all matters - from simple two party claims to massive industry-wide litigation.