Small businesses throughout Minnesota are facing surprising claims that they have discriminated against persons with disabilities and violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and successfully responding to these cases requires an up-to-date and knowledgeable defense plan. So-called “drive-by” ADA lawsuits have been on the rise for a few years, elevated most recently by two plaintiffs who have each filed more than 30 such cases. As Fox 9 reports, the plaintiffs typically sue... Read more →
On April 29, Lind Jensen attorneys Bill Davidson and Grant Goerke successfully defended an appeal of a favorable district court decision in a defamation and anti-SLAPP case. Lind Jensen had first prevailed in the case years ago when the claims were dismissed in the district court and affirmed on appeal. The plaintiff then sought to reopen the case, arguing that he was entitled to void a satisfied judgment based on a subsequent change in the law. Lind Jensen defeated that attempt and prevailed... Read more →
Shareholder Tom Jensen will be speaking on “Defense of Opioid Malpractice and Board Discipline Complaints” at the tenth annual meeting of Professional Liability Defense Federation. This conference will be held at the W Chicago Lakeshore on September 26, 2019.
Nick Rauch’s article Towing and Storage Liens: What to Do When Your Towing Bill Looks Like “Highway Robbery” was recently published in the latest edition of the DRI Trucking Law newsletter, In Transit. The article discusses potential ways to resolve excessive towing and storage charges for trucking companies. Click on link below for article. http://www.dri.org/docs/default-source/webdocs/newsletters/2019/in_transit_vol_22_iss_1.pdf?sfvrsn=2
On March 8th 2019. Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson P.A. gave a lunchtime presentation at the Hennepin County Bar Association for the committee on lawyer’s professionalism and ethics titled ‘Current Developments Regarding the Legal Malpractice Statute of Limitations’. See attached PowerPoint. The End, The Beginning of the End, The End of the Beginning (HCBA CLE) (...
Shareholder Thomas J. Evenson was reappointed by the Minnesota Governor to serve as a Member on the Minnesota Compensation Council. State law has established a Compensation Council to meet in the odd numbered years to make recommendations to the legislature regarding the salaries of judges and constitutional officers. The council also makes recommendations regarding salary ranges for heads of state and metropolitan agencies. The council must report its recommendations to the speaker of the... Read more →
Brian Wood obtained a defense verdict in Scott County District Court on behalf of his client, Schmitty & Sons Transit, Inc. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant made an illegal right turn that precipitated his running into the bus. Defendants disputed the bus driver was acting illegally. Plaintiff had a neck fusion and left shoulder reconstruction following the accident. The demand exceeded one million dollars. Defendant was found not negligent for the accident. The case is Douglas Sato v.... Read more →
On Monday February 4th 2019, Lind Jensen attorneys Bill Davidson and Grant Goerke secured an appellate victory on behalf of their client, a non-profit employer, in an employment discrimination case before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a former employee’s claim that the employer terminated her employment because of her age and in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Davidson and Goerke defended the employer in the district court and... Read more →
Attorney Michael Burke has recently been admitted to both the Iowa and Wisconsin State Bar Associations. Michael takes pride in his work and enjoys guiding clients throughout the litigation process and advising them on the steps necessary to avoid potential disputes. Congratulations Michael.
Congratulations to attorney Molly de la Vega for her acceptance to both the North and South Dakota Bar. Molly focuses her practice insurance defense litigation, primarily in workers’ compensation and employment matters.
Congratulations to Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson Attorney Nicholas A. Rauch. He was admitted to the federal bar to the District of Minnesota on Wednesday November 15th. Judge Tunheim presided over the hearing in his Minneapolis courtroom.
On October 24th Timothy Jung presented as part of an educational event at Sedgwick in Eden Prairie, entitled Mechanism of Injury - the interaction of human anatomy and mechanism of injury in the work place.
Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson congratulates the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association on winning DRI’s State and Local Defense Organization’s Diversity Award. This award is given annually to the SLDO showing exemplary work in the area of diversity and inclusion in the defense bar. Minnesota won for the hard work and success of its Diversity Committee, which was founding during the administration of past MDLA President and LJSP partner Mark Fredrickson. LJSP partners Matt Sloneker and... Read more →
Congratulations to Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson Partner Mark Fredrickson on his election to DRI’s national board of directors as the North Central Regional director at DRI’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco 10/16-21/2018. During his three years on the board, Fredrickson will be responsible for continuing DRI’s mission of assisting DRI’s 22,000 members create and maintain a level playing field in civil litigation, providing the highest quality CLE, and working to advance the... Read more →
On October 4, 2018, the LJSP workers’ compensation team held its 10th Annual Sharpen Your Skills seminar. The theme this year was “Cracking the Work Comp Algorithm.” With the help of Dr. Paul Arbisi, Dr. Patrick Morris, Rene Duclos, and Michelle Theis, the team presented on a range of topics including medical management of a claim after a work injury, employment law for the work comp professional, 2018 statute and case-law updates (including new laws that went into effect on... Read more →
On September 27, 2018, Thomas Jensen and Molly de la Vega presented at the 2018 FETTI (The National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues) conference in Chicago. Their presentation focused on the Post-Sale Duty to Warn and Substantial Factor Causation. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the presentation materials, or have any questions about the presentation or Toxic Torts (asbestos, talc, roundup, etc.), please do not hesitate to contact Tom or Molly! Thomas... Read more →
Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson Attorneys’ Bill Davidson, Tim Jung, Katie Storms, Ryan Myers, Michael Burke, Grant Goerke, and Molly de la Vega presented along with Commissioner Kevin Lindsey from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights on various topics affecting todays work environment. Executive Directors, Human Resource Managers, and Supervisors were invited to attend the Seminar at the Lost Spur Golf & Event Center in Eagan. Topics presented included HIPPA and Data... Read more →
Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson is pleased to announce that shareholder, Katie H. Storms, has been elected to the Minnesota Defense Lawyer Association’s (MDLA) Board of Directors. The MDLA serves the needs of civil defense attorneys and represents the defense viewpoint on legislation, court and procedural issues, or through the Minnesota State Bar Association. Ms. Storms will serve her two year term with a special interest in furthering matters involving women in the legal... Read more →
Mark Fredrickson has been elected to the national Board of Directors of DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar. He will serve as the North Central Regional Director for a 3 year term. Mark previously served a 3 year term as DRI’s Minnesota State Representative and was President of the Minnesota Defense Lawyer’s Association. DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar is the leading national civil defense lawyers association, with over 21,000 members nationwide and is engaged in education, advocacy and... Read more →
On August 8, 2018, the Minnesota Supreme Court clarified its 2013 decision Dykhoff vs. Xcel Energy. In Dykhoff, the Supreme Court applied the long-standing “increased risk” test to state that an Employee who falls on a flat dry surface generally does not have an injury that “arises out of" her employment. For the last five years we've been working to apply this standard to a number of scenarios, including stairway injuries. Ms. Roller-Dick fell on a stairway. She was carrying a plant... Read more →
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the defendants in Ekblad v. St. Paul Public Schools Eighth Circuit Opinion-5029. Lind Jensen attorneys Mark Fredrickson and João Mederios wrote the Amicus brief on behalf of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association supporting the defense position that Ekblad’s claims were barred by application of exclusive remedy provisions of the Minnesota Workers Compensation Act. Ekblad had argued that the school district’s revised discipline... Read more →
Tom Jensen and Molly de la Vega will speak on post-sale duty to warn and substantial factor causation developments at the Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues Annual Conference in Chicago on September 27, 2018
On July 19, 2018, Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. sponsored the first networking and marketing event for the Women of Worker’s Compensation (WOW). The event was held at Ciao Bella, in Edina and well attended by members of both the plaintiff and defense bars and women from the State of Minnesota, and the Department of Labor and Industry. The group was formed by Katie Storms, a shareholder at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, and Amanda Furth, an attorney practicing... Read more →
2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers: William L. Davidson, Appellate Mark A. Fredrickson, Personal Injury General Defense Thomas D. Jensen, Civil Litigation Defense Patrick J. Larkin, Construction Litigation Richard A. Lind, Civil Litigation Defense Jack D. Moore, Civil Litigation Defense Timothy J. O’Connor, Civil Litigation Defense Paul C. Peterson. Professional Liability Defense Matthew D. Sloneker, Civil Litigation Defense Eric J.... Read more →
Partner Mark Fredrickson testified on behalf of MDLA, DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar, the FDCC and other national civil defense lawyer organizations in support of a proposed change in Minnesota Rule of Evidence 702 at a hearing held by the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding the Supreme Court Rules of Evidence Advisory Committee's proposed amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Evidence. Fredrickson argued that while the Committee's proposed rule adopting the National Conference of Commissioners... Read more →
Tom Jensen will lead a panel presentation on defense of insurance agents and brokers involved in E&O claims at the 2018 Professional Liability Underwriting Society International Conference in San Diego, November 7-9, 2018.
Brandon's primary areas of practice are business disputes, employment litigation, general liability, and insurance litigation.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently affirmed a defense verdict obtained by Paul Peterson in a medical malpractice trial. Bill Davidson and João Medeiros assisted Peterson in defending the appeal. The Plaintiff alleged severe disabilities after sustaining a stroke in the hospital. The plaintiff alleged that the stroke occurred due to the doctors’ failure to properly regulate his high blood pressure. The defense alleged that the treatment provided met the standard of care, and that... Read more →
On April 26th Timothy Jung will be speaking at The 2018 Workers’ Compensation Institute, a Minnesota Continuing Legal Education program. He will be a panelist discussing medical evidence at trial.
Timothy Jung was invited to give a presentation on April 3rd concerning Opioids, the current crisis and weaning periods, as part of continuing insurance education at Gallagher Bassett Services in Maple Grove, MN.
Shareholder Bill Davidson received the honor of being reappointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure. His term runs through the end of 2020. Bill regularly practices before Minnesota’s appellate courts, and has handled over two-hundred appeals.
On March 3, 2018, Timothy Jung was inducted into the College of Workers’ Compensation lawyers. The College honors lawyers who “possess the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership… and have shown significant evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing, and/or distinguished published writings on Workers’ Compensation or related fields of law.”
Timothy Jung participated in the American Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Midwinter Conference in Nashville, TN on March 1st and 2nd. On the first day of the conference, Tim moderated a panel discussion concerning mental health injuries and worker’s compensation coverage.
Molly de la Vega recently published an article in the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Magazine titled “The Gig Economy: Concerns For Businesses Who Hire Non-Traditional ‘Gig’ Workers”. The article explores the issues businesses and organizations face when hiring “gig workers,” and how gig workers may require employers to re-examine who they classify as employees versus independent contractors. See article below. The Gig Economy - Concerns For Businesses Who... Read more →
For information on malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and errors and omissions claims in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin see Tom Jensen’s blog at www.malpracticedefense.org. For access to Tom Jensen’s monthly Minnesota state court civil jury verdict report see www.mediatorminnesota.com.
Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. is very pleased to announce that Katie Storms has been elected as a firm shareholder. A graduate of the St Thomas School of Law, Ms. Storms focuses her practice on insurance defense litigation, primarily in the workers’ compensation arena. She specialized in representing employers and insurers in a variety of complex employment and workers’ compensation issues. Katie also serves as a volunteer attorney for the VLN, and has handled a... Read more →
On January 2, 2018, attorneys Mark Fredrickson, Katie Storms, and Joao Medeiros presented the first oral argument of the new year before the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. will be hosting its annual 2017 Five-State Midwest Law Update webinar from 9:00 A.M. to 11:05 A.M. The webinar will consist of concise presentations for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota legal updates. Continuing education credits have been approved. Additional information and the link to register can be found here: Registration
Thomas J. Evenson, a Shareholder at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, PA, was recently nominated by the Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly to serve another term as a Lawyer Member on the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.
Tom Jensen led a panel presentation on “Defense and Adjustment of Chiropractic and Outpatient Surgery Center Cases” at Professional Liability Defense Federation’s Annual Meeting in Chicago on September 28, 2017.
Timothy Jung was selected to edit and update the Workers’ Compensation chapter of the Minnesota Insurance Law Deskbook. The Insurance Law Deskbook is available through the Minnesota State Bar Association and Minnesota Continuing Education.
Please join us for the 9th Annual Sharpen Your Skills Seminar. This year’s event will address the expanding world of workers’ compensation claims, technology in litigation, and the changing face of the Minnesota workforce. From investigating a claim, to returning an injured employee back to the work force, topics will include examining the changing nature of the employment relationship, new surveillance tactics, and the rapidly expanding nature of mental health claims. Our featured speakers... Read more →
Timothy Jung has been appointed chair of the Workers’ Compensation and Employer Liability committee of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice section of the American Bar Association, for 2017-18.
Tom Jensen's Article "Building a Successful Mediation Practice" was published in this months edition of the DRI's For the Defense.
More than half of Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson’s attorneys named Minnesota Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. Super Lawyers William L. Davidson Appellate Mark Fredrickson Personal Injury / General: Defense Thomas D. Jensen Civil Litigation Defense Patrick J. Larkin Construction Litigation Richard A. Lind Civil Litigation: Defense Jack D. Moore Civil Litigation: Defense Timothy J. O’Connor Civil Litigation: Defense Paul C. Peterson Professional... Read more →
Thomas J. Evenson, a Shareholder at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, PA, was reappointed by the Hennepin County Bar Association to serve as the Hennepin County Bar Association Voting Representative to the MSBA Assembly.
Thomas J. Evenson, a Shareholder at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, PA, was nominated to serve as the President-Elect for the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Alumni Association Board for the 2017 to 2018 school year. The Mitchell Hamline Alumni Association promotes relationships among alumni, and between alumni and Mitchell Hamline and current students. It does this through encouraging alumni to attend CLEs and events (such as the Alumni Golf Tournament and the Women in Law Tea), to... Read more →
Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson employees are proud to have contributed to the efforts of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) to support our service members and their families. During the 2017 Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana, seminar attendees joined forces with Operation Gratitude to assemble “Battalion Buddies” teddy bears to be sent to children of deployed service members. In just a few hours’ time, the group assembled nearly 300 bears... Read more →
The Minnesota Data Practices Act does not cover data practices requests to attorneys who are working for a governmental agency in a professional capacity. That is the state of the law in Minnesota after the Minnesota Supreme Court denied further review of a published decision obtained by the Minnesota Court of Appeals that dismissed a Minnesota Data Practices Act claim against city attorney represented by Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. Paul Peterson, Eric Steinhoff, and João... Read more →