John A. Knapp
John is an associate with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. John’s practice focuses on appellate matters, employment and insurance litigation, and general liability. Before joining the firm, John spent two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Diane B. Bratvold of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. John graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2021 and received a B.A. from St. Olaf College in 2014.
Franklin I. Rosenberg
Frank uses his experience clerking to help clients navigate the litigation process.
Frank is a Massachusetts native, and received his B.A. from Worcester State University in 2011, and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2018.
Madison E. Larva
Madison Larva is a versatile civil defense litigator. Her practice includes the representation of insurance carriers and corporate entities who are exposed to significant liability. She has extensive experience defending clients in challenging disputes including claims of negligence, gross negligence, construction defect, breach of contract, fraud, and labor & employment discrimination.
Client engagement is central to successful defense litigation, and Madison is committed to maintaining a high level of communications. She takes the time to truly involve the client, and incorporate their goals, concerns, values and feedback.
Madison is a Duluth native and received her B.S. from Saint Cloud State in 2015, and her J.D., from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2020.
Outside of the practice of law, you can find Madison near water, on a hike, or enjoying a book outside.
Mark E. McGrane
Mark is an associate attorney with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. His primary areas of practice are insurance litigation, coverage disputes, and general liability. Mark has served as a Minnesota state court judicial law clerk. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law where he was a published member of the law review and also served as production editor.
Rebecca M. Scepaniak
Rebecca is a life-time resident of Minnesota and grew up at her family farm in Morrison County. She proceeded to attend Bethel University for her Bachelor’s Degree and completed her four year degree in two years. Upon graduation, she worked as a legislative assistant at the Minnesota State Senate and served as a committee legislative assistant on the Aging & Long-term Care Committee. Rebecca attended the University of St. Thomas School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor. While in law school, she worked as a certified student attorney at the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. Following her graduation from law school, Rebecca worked in civil litigation in the St. Cloud area where she practiced in a wide variety of matters that included construction litigation, insurance defense, workers’ compensation, and personal injury.
Stuart D. Campbell
Stuart is an associate attorney with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. His primary areas of practice are business disputes, construction litigation, general disputes, general liability, products liability, employment litigation, and insurance litigation. Before joining the firm, Stuart served as a law clerk for the Honorable Magistrate Judge Leo I. Brisbois in the District of Minnesota. Stuart received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, and he received his Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law where he was a managing editor for the Mitchell Hamline Law Review.
Lauren M. Hoglund
Lauren Hoglund is an Associate with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. She focuses her practice on advising and defending clients in complex litigation in a variety of industries, including insurance defense, medical malpractice and employment law. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas and her Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline College of Law.
After graduating from law school, Lauren served as a law clerk for the Honorable David C. Higgs in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. Then, she clerked for the Honorable Peter Reyes, Tracy Smith, and Randall Slieter at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Lauren also has experience in general commercial litigation and has represented clients in a variety of business disputes.
Outside of practicing law, Lauren enjoys reading, yoga, and hiking with her lab mix, Yuri.
Sean G. Kelly
Sean is an associate with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., where he represents clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including insurance defense, personal injury defense, construction law, property damage and business disputes. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and New York.
Prior to joining the firm, Sean served as a Judge Advocate on active duty in the United States Army where he practiced administrative law, criminal litigation, national security law, fiscal law, and general legal assistance. Sean gained extensive experience prosecuting felony offenses and providing operational advice to commanders while assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. In addition to his role as an attorney, Sean was a senior rated parachutist and served as a jumpmaster for airborne operations.
Ryan C. Ellis
As a civil litigation attorney at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., Ryan concentrates his practice on medical malpractice defense and professional licensing where he represents hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, physicians, nurses, and other health care providers.
In addition to his civil litigation experience, Ryan gained valuable experience as a risk manager for a major Minnesota hospital and a litigation attorney for another Minnesota law firm.
Ryan has long had a passion for law and a strong work ethic. Those attributes guide his approach to both his legal practice and his life. Ryan became an attorney so that he could bring together his interests and his ideals to not only represent his clients, but to advocate for them. Ryan began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Protection Division of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. That experience led Ryan to understand that oftentimes litigation is very daunting to those brought into it. Ryan relies on his passion, dedication, and values to assist his clients through that process and to achieve the best results for them.
Susan E. Stokes
Susan has experience in a broad range of practice areas, including employment law, administrative law, and agricultural law. She advises non-profit organizations on a variety of issues from a legal and practical perspective, having served as executive director of an non-profit organization for more than ten years. She recently served as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, where she over saw much of the agency’s regulatory work. Susan is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Minnesota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Brandon D. Meshbesher
Brandon is an associate attorney with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. His primary areas of practice are business disputes, employment litigation, general liability, and insurance litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Brandon worked as an associate attorney at a small law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he primarily practiced business and commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Brandon was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Michele A. Davis of Wright County District Court. Brandon obtained his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2015 and received a B.A. from the University of Denver in 2012.
Katie H. Storms
Katie Storms is a shareholder at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. Katie focuses her practice on insurance defense litigation, primarily in the workers’ compensation arena. Katie specializes in representing employers and insurers in a variety of complex employment and workers’ compensation issues. She enjoys cultivating relationships with both employers and insurers alike, providing exceptional legal representation and trial advocacy on her clients’ behalf. Katie joined the firm from Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A. where she began her legal career, working first as a clerk before becoming an associate and shareholder. Katie has also given presentations on the ethical obligations of an attorney and frequently lectures on the practice of workers’ compensation law. Outside of her law practice, Katie enjoys spending time with her two children, her golden retriever, reading and cooking.
Eric J. Steinhoff
Eric Steinhoff is a shareholder and Vice President of Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A.. Eric’s practice is devoted entirely to litigation, and he has represented clients in state and federal courts around the region in all types of litigation. Eric represents businesses for claims brought against them for conduct of their employees, including negligent entrustment and supervision claims. He also focuses on representing professionals in malpractice claims. Eric’s goal is to provide a clear path for quick and efficient resolution of his client’s problems with unique and creative ideas. Eric grew up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota. He believes his commonsense, blue-collar background allows him to effectively litigate cases by relating to juries and witnesses. He tries to bring a cost-efficient, practical approach to litigation by providing his clients with all the necessary analysis and information as soon as possible to allow his clients to make well informed business decisions.
Matthew D. Sloneker
Matt Sloneker is a shareholder with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson. Matt strives to provide his clients with aggressive and enthusiastic representation in order to resolve disputes quickly and in a cost-effective manner. He defends clients in a wide variety of civil matters, including personal injury, professional liability, construction defect, liquor liability, and products liability.
Matt has co-authored several publications, including Investigating and Defending Minnesota Civil Damages Act Claims, 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. As an active member of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Matt served as the Co-Chair of the Construction Law Committee from 2011-2013 and as a member of the Board of Directors from 2015-2019.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and has been named a Rising Star (2012) and Super Lawyer® (2013-23) by Minnesota Law & Politics. He lives in Dayton with his wife and their two children.
Jason R. Prochnow
Jason Prochnow is a shareholder with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. He represents national, regional and local companies and insurance company clients in the areas of product liability, asbestos defense, personal injury, and construction litigation. Jason focuses his practice with the primary and most important goal of advising clients as early as possible on their exposure, the best option for positioning a case for resolution or dismissal, the likely chances of success under each scenario and the cost for getting there. Early case analysis has meant that Jason’s numerous subcontractor clients do not get stuck with an adverse contractual indemnity/defense ruling, requiring them to pay a share of the general contractor’s defense cost in any dispute. In the bad subcontract case, Jason works to prove no claims arise out of his client’s work, or obtain a creative resolution through a repair offer, a warranty promise, or an early Pierringer settlement. As an asbestos trial lawyer, Jason has successful trial experience in living and wrongful death mesothelioma cases. He has favorably resolved many asbestos suits over the years for local and national asbestos defendants alike for alleged exposures to gaskets, brakes, refractory materials, insulation, fireproofing, hot tops, and other products.
Paul C. Peterson
Paul Peterson is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also been certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has extensive jury trial experience as well as dispute resolution background with a variety of arbitration forums and administrative agencies. Paul’s practice includes a broad range of complex civil litigation with an emphasis on the defense of professional liability claims. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Minnesota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Timothy J. O’Connor
Tim O’Connor is a shareholder and civil trial lawyer with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A.. He has had a very diverse practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin state, federal and administrative courts for over 20 years. Tim’s practice is focused on the defense of civil litigation in cases involving personal injury and property damage on behalf of insurers and insured. Tim is routinely selected as a Super Lawyer® by Minnesota Law & Politics.
Richard A. Lind
Rick is a founding shareholder of Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. Rick is a trial lawyer with 35 years of civil trial experience and 100 plus jury trials to his credit. He has extensive experience in all types of trials, with an emphasis in the defense of professionals, brokers, business entities, contractors and insurers. His practice includes coverage disputes, commercial litigation, professional errors and omissions claims, construction defect litigation and product liability defense. In addition, Rick regularly represents professionals before licensing boards and the Department of Commerce. In his representation of professionals he has become well recognized in the defense of dentists, insurance agents, real estate sales persons and real estate brokers. Rick is also regularly asked to serve as a mediator and arbitrator in alternative dispute resolution efforts and will occasionally be appointed to act as special master and receiver. He is a founding member and member of the Board of Directors of Business Counsel, Inc. Please visit Rick’s LinkedIn page at LinkedIn.
Patrick J. Larkin
Patrick Larkin is a shareholder with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., focusing 100% of his practice in handling, resolving, and obtaining successful outcomes for his clients through civil litigation on a variety of subject matters. Patrick’s vast and versatile experience includes handling litigation disputes involving commercial, contract, construction defect, employment law, automobile, trucking, products liability, general casualty losses resulting in personal injury or property damage, and social host and dram shop liability matters. Patrick’s practice also includes the thorough analysis of insurance coverage on behalf of both insureds and insurers. Prior to joining Lind Jensen in 2002, Patrick also practiced criminal and family law. Though not the primary focus of his practice anymore, Patrick still effectively represents clients in both criminal and family matters should those matters arise for his clients. Patrick has extraordinary experience representing his clients at all stages of litigation, from carefully drafting initial pleadings, deftly conducting efficient yet purposeful written discovery and discovery depositions, persuasively writing and arguing motions of all types, skillfully negotiating compromised settlements at mediations, and ultimately precisely presenting his client’s case at both arbitrations and trial. Patrick has successfully tried several cases for his clients before juries, including complex, multi-party trials. Within the last year, Patrick successfully tried a 7-party, 12-day jury trial on behalf of his general contractor client in a greatly disputed construction defect case. Patrick was born and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, and he welcomes any opportunity to apply his well-reasoned and well-grounded Iron Range roots to his work. Patrick also enjoys volunteering his time in his firm’s pro bono program, representing clients through the Minnesota Volunteer Lawyers Network, which further enhances his versatile and accomplished litigation background. When not working, Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children. He also is a spirited Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan, despite their recent losing ways.
Timothy P. Jung
Timothy Jung is a shareholder with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson P.A. Timothy defends workers’ compensation, personal injury and other claims, and he advises governmental, corporate, and non-profit employers regarding strategies to minimize claims and reduce losses. For more than 30 years, he has established an impressive track record of efficiently resolving claims that arise from accidents, injuries, occupational disease, and disputes that occur at the workplace or any location. Tim graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School and Concordia College of Moorhead, Minnesota where he studied business and economics. He is a member of the Hennepin County, Minnesota, and American Bar Associations, and is a past chair of the Workers’ Compensation and Employer Liability section of the American Bar Association. In 2018, Tim joined a small handful of Minnesota lawyers elected to the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. As a frequent lecturer, Tim regularly delivers seminars concerning workers’ compensation law with increased emphasis on providing education concerning complex occupational disease claims (including heart disease, cancer, and PTSD), risk management, subrogation recovery strategies, civil litigation, and the interaction of workers’ compensation law with negligence and employment issues.
Thomas D. Jensen
Tom Jensen is a shareholder with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. Tom has tried well over 100 civil cases to juries in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, and now uses state-of-the-art courtroom graphics and video evidence presentation software to drive client advocacy at trial. He represents clients in professional liability cases (and board discipline matters), products liability/toxic tort cases, insurance coverage declaratory judgment actions, personal injury, wrongful death and property damage litigation, environmental law, and commercial litigation. Tom’s wide experience and counsel relationships in Minnesota trigger appointments as mediator in complex civil disputes requiring voluntary resolution efforts. He has also led trial lawyer associations and the Minneapolis-area bar association in support of access to justice for all Minnesotans.
Mark A. Fredrickson
Mark Fredrickson is a shareholder with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. Mark believes that while a good lawyer helps a client solve problems, a great lawyer helps a client identify problems and solves them efficiently and economically. With over 32 years of civil trial experience primarily defending insureds and self-insured businesses in injury and property damage cases, and representing businesses in many adversarial situations, Mark combines his experience, knowledge and passion to guide his clients to a successful conclusion of their legal problems. Mark has a special interest in products liability and complex tort litigation, with additional significant experience in the transportation, construction, retail and public sectors. He also represents employers and insurers in workers’ compensation matters. Mark is a mediator and arbitrator and enjoys helping others effectively solve their problems. He has written many scholarly articles on these subjects and is a contributing author to a number of practice books, including DRI’s Products Liability Defenses: A State by State Compendium, Minnesota Chapter and MDLA’s Release Deskbook. Mark is active in civil defense bar associations and has been a leader of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, culminating in his election as MDLA President for 2013-14. Mark served on the Board of Directors of DRI, The Voice of The Defense Bar as North Central Regional Director from 2018-2021 and was Minnesota State Representative from 2015-2018. He is a long-time member of the selective Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and is a member of the America Board of Trial Advocates. Mark is a member of the General Instructions Committee / Minnesota Civil Jury Instruction task force. He has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer® every year since 2003. Outside the office, Mark enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with his family, and coaching youth sports including hockey, baseball and football.
William L. Davidson
Bill Davidson is a shareholder and President of Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. Bill handles a variety of civil matters. He is an honors graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Minnesota. He handles professional liability matters, commercial and product liability litigation, employment law disputes, and insurance coverage and insurance defense litigation. In addition to his trial practice, Bill oversees the majority of the firm’s appellate matters and works with other firms on appeals. He has argued over one hundred fifty appeals before Minnesota’s appellate courts and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure. He serves on the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association’s amicus curiae committee and served on the governing council of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Appellate Practices Section for several years. Minnesota Law and Politics and Super Lawyers magazines have recognized Bill as an appellate Super Lawyer® each year since 2000, and regularly include him in their list of top Minnesota appellate attorneys.
Brian A. Wood
Brian Wood is a shareholder with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., whose practice emphasis includes the areas of commercial transportation, products liability, retailers’ liability, personal injury, toxic torts, insurance law and life, health and disability law. He has substantial experience in all areas of practice and has represented numerous insurers and corporations. He represents companies for claims related to employee conduct, including assaults, sexual abuse, and other actions bringing rise to negligent supervision claims. He is an active member of DRI and related committees, as well as the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, where he is past chair of the premises liability committee. He has participated and chaired many legal education programs in Minnesota. For a short time he was adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law. He was also selected as a Super Lawyer® in Minnesota Law and Politics and Twin Cities Business magazines. Brian follows his legal philosophy of “Good Solutions – Fast”.