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Congratulations to Brandon Meshbesher who was appointed to the MSBA’s Court Rules and Administration Committee

September 23, 2021

Brandon Meshbesher has been appointed to the Minnesota State Bar Association’s (MSBA) Court Rules and Administration Committee. Committee members are appointed by the MSBA President and have diverse backgrounds with respect to type of practice, practice area, geographic location, and years in practice. The purpose of the committee is to study and recommend changes or comments in matters of court rules, administration, or policies in any subject area except those covered by the Professional... Read more →

New Associate Lauren M. Hoglund Joins Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson

August 25, 2021

Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson is pleased to welcome new associate Lauren M. Hoglund to the Firm. Lauren 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... Read more →

Shareholder Katie H. Storms sworn into the State Bar of Wisconsin

August 5, 2021

On July 19, 2021, shareholder Katie H. Storms was sworn into the State Bar of Wisconsin. Please join us in congratulating her on this accomplishment. She joins several other members of our firm, also licensed to practice in the Badger State. Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., has also has attorneys licensed to practice law in Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Michigan. We pride ourselves on being a boutique law firm, centrally located in the Upper Midwest, and able... Read more →

Timothy Jung is editor of the Workers’ Compensation chapter of the Minnesota Insurance Law Deskbook

August 4, 2021

Timothy Jung is editor of the Workers’ Compensation chapter of the Minnesota Insurance Law Deskbook.  He recently drafted an update for 2021, and that update has now been published and is available at Minnesota Continuing Legal Education. Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education | (mn.gov)

Congratulations to the Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson 2021 Super Lawyers

July 22, 2021

2021 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 Paul C. Peterson. Professional Liability Defense - Top 100 Matthew D. Sloneker, Civil Litigation Defense Eric J. Steinhoff, Civil Litigation Defense Brian A. Wood, Personal Injury General Defense 2021 Minnesota Rising... Read more →

Timothy Jung Presented to League of Minnesota Cities

May 18, 2021

On May 18th, Timothy Jung presented to the League of Minnesota Cities on application of Minnesota’s Workers’ Compensation treatment parameters, including a discussion of Leuthard v. ISD 912, a decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court, in which our client prevailed.

Timothy Jung, Molly de la Vega, and João Medeiros Secured for the Firm’s Client ISD 912 a Favorable Result in a Decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court

April 29, 2021

Timothy Jung, Molly de la Vega, and João Medeiros secured for the firm’s client a favorable result in a decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court, published April 28th.  In Leuthard v. Independent School District 912 – Milaca, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed the WCCA and reinstated the compensation judge’s Findings and Order denying certain treatment as outside applicable treatment parameters and not reasonable and necessary.  This decision preserves the value of Minnesota’s... Read more →

Happy 30th Anniversary Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson P.A.

March 15, 2021

On a Friday morning on March 15, 1991 heading into a St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend, a light went on in an office on the 39th floor of the IDS Tower, and Rick Lind, Tom Jensen, and Ted Sullivan officially opened Lind, Jensen & Sullivan, PA for business.  Beth Morris and Tim O’Connor joined them soon thereafter, with Paul Peterson and yours truly making it in the door not too long before an incredible one-year anniversary party. The firm was small, but the attitude was big.  A... Read more →

Recent Workers’ Compensation Laws Regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine

March 12, 2021

Workers' Compensation Laws Regarding Covid -19 Vaccine Timothy P. Jung – timothy.jung@lindjensen.com Mark A. Fredrickson – mark.fredrickson@lindjensen.com Katie H. Storms – katie.storms@lindjensen.com Molly H. de la Vega – molly.delavega@lindjensen.com  

Timothy Jung presented a program entitled “The Anatomy of a Workers’ Compensation Trial”

March 11, 2021

Timothy Jung presented this program at the March 10, 2021 Safety Council meeting of the Minnesota Trucking Association.

Michael Burke and Brandon Meshbesher Recent Publication in Bench & Bar MN

January 5, 2021

Michael Burke and Brandon Meshbesher recently published an article in Bench & Bar MN Magazine titled, Click it or Zip it: It’s Time to Rethink the Seat-belt Gag Rule, BENCH & BAR MINN. (Jan. 4, 2021), available at  https://www.mnbar.org/resources/publications/bench-bar/articles/2021/01/04/click-it-or-zip-it-it-s-time-to-rethink-the-seat-belt-gag-rule

After 16 years with LJSP, Jack Moore has Decided to Retire……

December 29, 2020

Jack plans to spend time continuing tutoring elementary school kids in the Minneapolis Public Schools in reading. He also looks forward to improving his tennis serve and reducing his golf slice. Once the pandemic ends he looks forward to traveling with his wife Reg, and spending time with his two daughters.

Updated Guidance Relating to an Employer’s Potential Right to Require Employee Vaccinations

December 18, 2020

On December 16, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued updated guidance relating to an employer’s potential right to require employee vaccinations.  Attached is an update Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson prepared discussing the EEOC’s newest guidance and other considerations as employers evaluate whether they can, or should, mandate employees to get a Covid-19 vaccination. COVID-19 Guidance re Vaccinations - Employer Update

Timothy Jung addresses an Important Doctrine of MN Workers’ Comp Law to the MN Supreme Court

December 7, 2020

On December 7th Timothy Jung presented arguments to the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of a self-insured client.  The case addressed an important doctrine of Minnesota Workers’ Compensation law, including the evaluation of reasonable and necessary medical care and application of treatment parameters made effective in 1995.

Jason Prochnow & Ryan Myers helped a WI Municipality obtain a Finding of No Probable Cause of Discrimination in response to alleged Age Related Discrimination Claims following an employee discharge.

November 13, 2020

Jason Prochnow & Ryan Myers helped a WI Municipality obtain a Finding of No Probable Cause of Discrimination in response to alleged Age Related Discrimination Claims following an employee discharge.

December 4th 2020 Timothy Jung will be presenting at the 2020 Workers’ Compensation Deskbook Seminar

November 10, 2020

On December 4th Timothy Jung will be presenting at the 2020 Workers’ Compensation Deskbook Seminar.  Tim will be leading a panel discussion regarding legal presumptions in occupational disease cases.  These presumptions may apply, depending on a number of factors, to certain listed occupations involving heart disease, cancer, infectious disease, COVID-19 and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The online live program is December 4th with an online replay January 15th.

Mark Fredrickson and Michael Burke Obtain Summary Judgment in Nerf War Wrongful Death Lawsuit

November 6, 2020

Attorneys Mark Fredrickson and Michael Burke successfully defeated wrongful-death claims alleging that a school district breached its duty to supervise and warn students and parents about a non-school sanctioned game called “Nerf Wars.”  The lawsuit further alleged that the school district failed to execute or adopt anti-Nerf War policies or train on-campus adults to monitor students.  The decedents were involved in an off-campus car accident after school let out for the day.  In... Read more →

Eric Steinhoff and Michael Burke Obtain Summary Judgment in Land Dispute Matter in Wisconsin

November 5, 2020

Attorneys Eric Steinhoff and Michael Burke successfully defeated claims for breach of easement, trespass, and statutory violations of Wis. Stat. §§ 182.017(5) and 26.09.  In dismissing the case with prejudice, the Douglas County (Wisconsin) Circuit Court Judge found that Plaintiff failed to put forth evidence that he owned to the center line of the roadway as opposed to the public right-of-way.  Boad S. Swanson v. CenturyTel of Northwest Wisconsin, LLC, 2019CV112 (Wis. Cir. Ct. Nov. 4,... Read more →

Attorneys Katie H. Storms and João C.J.G. Medeiros prepared an amicus brief to the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of the Minnesota Defense Lawyer’s Association (MDLA).

August 12, 2020

Attorneys Katie H. Storms and João C.J.G. Medeiros prepared an amicus brief to the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of the Minnesota Defense Lawyer’s Association (MDLA).  The Minnesota Supreme Court issued its opinion on August 12, 2020, fully affirming the position of the Respondent and amicus.  Specifically, the Court held that a health care provider who voluntarily declines to intervene in a pending workers’ compensation proceeding after receiving timely and adequate notice of the... Read more →

Congratulations to the Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson 2020 Super Lawyers

July 21, 2020

2020 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. Steinhoff, Civil Litigation... Read more →

Patrick Larkin, Brandon Meshbesher, Eric Steinhoff, and Rick Lind Published in July Issue of Bench & Bar Minnesota

July 14, 2020

Patrick Larkin, Brandon Meshbesher, Eric Steinhoff, and Rick Lind authored an article titled The Business Interruption Pandemic Claims for business interruption loss coverage in the wake of covid-19, which is featured in the July 2020 issue of Bench and Bar Minnesota. Article

Congratulations Ryan Myers

July 6, 2020

A huge congratulations to Ryan Myers for being promoted to Shareholder at Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson P.A.

Congratulations Molly de la Vega

A huge congratulations to Molly de la Vega for being promoted to Shareholder at Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson P.A.

Lind Jensen Sullivan and Peterson Welcomes

May 20, 2020

Lind Jensen Sullivan and Peterson welcome; Shareholders Ryan C. Ellis, Jennifer M. Waterworth, Paralegals Nicole Kvarnlov, Kathy Mullholland, and Legal Assistant Kimberly McKenzie.  All are joining the firm from Gislason and Hunter LLP.

COVID-19 and Work Comp Update – Legislature Passes New Presumption

April 8, 2020

On April 7, 2020, Governor Walz signed a bill put forth by the state legislature creating a presumption that certain categories of employees who contract COVID-19 are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In COVID-19 and Work Comp Update - Legislature Passes New Presumption, we take an in-depth look at the new legislation and what it will mean for employers and insurers moving forward. This law is effective April 8th, and covers injuries from April 8, 2020 through May 1, 2021. We... Read more →

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Update – April 1, 2020

April 2, 2020

Last night, on April 1, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a temporary rule that provides further detail about how to interpret the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  As you know, the FFCRA became effective yesterday. An introduction and overview of the temporary rule, along with links to other helpful resources and information from the DOL can be found here: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/ffcra The DOL’s press release relating to the new temporary rule can be... Read more →

COVID 19 – Business Interruption Insurance

March 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had and will continue to have drastic impacts on the economy and many businesses will experience steep financial losses.  It is anticipated many businesses will look to their first party property coverage and try to assert claims for business interruption or business loss coverage.  Here is an article highlighting the issues that will be prevalent for such claims: COVID 19 Business Interruption Insurance

Update 9 DOL Guidance Update RE Families First Coronvirus Response Act March 30, 2020

Late Thursday night March 26 and again on Friday March 27, the U.S. Department of Labor issued updated guidance as to its interpretation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Update 9 DOL Guidance Update RE Families First Coronavirus Response Act March 30, 2020-125475 is an update as to some common questions and answers you might have concerning the new requirements of the FFCRA, which becomes effective April 1. Please contact our employment legal team if you have... Read more →

DOL Guidance RE Families First Coronavirus Act Released March 25th

March 25, 2020

On March 24, 2020, the United States Department of Labor issued some guidance for employers regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Importantly, the guidance states that the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is APRIL 1, 2020, not April 2, 2020, as initially expected. Our lawyers have summarized the DOL’s guidance here, DOL Guidance RE Families First Coronavirus Response Act Released March 2... Please do not hesitate to contact our employment team... Read more →

Families First Coronavirus Response Act & Taking Temp of Employees UPDATE – Employer Update

Last night, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, implementing bipartisan legislation and changes underscored in the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act in response to the recent pandemic. So, what does that mean for you - as an employee and as an employer? At Lind, Jensen, Sullivan, & Peterson, P.A., we are committed to providing you with information to help you make the right decisions both personally and professionally, and we're... Read more →

DHS Given Power to Waive or Modify Requirements by Executive Order – Employment Update

March 23, 2020

As Minnesota takes steps to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, measures are being taken to provide relief to employers and service providers throughout the state. On March 21, 2020, Governor Walz issued two new Executive Orders (11 & 12) that gives the Department of Human Services (DHS) the power to modify and waive existing requirements to allow in-state programs to better provide service to those in need. In DHS Given Power to Waive or Modify Requirements by Executive Order - Employment... Read more →

Furlough v. Layoff – Employment Update

March 20, 2020

As employers around Minnesota are facing difficult decisions due to the COVID-10 pandemic, we have prepared an updated resource to assist you as your organizations analyze difficult decision.  In Furlough v. Layoff - Employment Update, we examine the difference between a furlough and layoff, what those processes generally look like, and identify some common issues that can arise (including COBRA notices, WARN notice, requirements under the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, etc.) Please... Read more →

Eric Steinhoff Successfully Upheld a Dismissal of a Claim Against His Client at the South Dakota Supreme Court

March 19, 2020

Eric Steinhoff successfully upheld a dismissal of a claim against his client when the South Dakota Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal in a case involving Federal Government education dollars embezzled by an individual who then committed multiple murders and suicide.  The Court agreed that the Plaintiffs’ claim that the embezzled money would have provided them additional services under the program if it had not been stolen was properly dismissed because the Plaintiff’s did not have... Read more →

Executive Orders Re Commercial Carriers and Executive Branch Employees – Employment Guidance Update

March 18, 2020

While Minnesota reacts to the Coronavirus pandemic, Governor Walz has issued Executive Orders to help the State respond.  In Executive Orders Re Commerical Carriers and Executive Branch Employees - Employment Guidance Update, we analyze Executive Orders 20-06 and 20-07. Executive Order 20-06 aims to provide motor carriers and drivers in Minnesota relief as they help with emergency relief measures.  Certain limitations, including weight and hours of service, have been modified to allow... Read more →

Coronavirus Layoff Guidance – Employer Guidance Update

March 17, 2020

As the reality of doing business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming known, employers are having to take a hard look at their options in these trying times.  In Coronavirus Layoff Guidance - Employment Guidance Update, we address common questions you may be asking while weighing your options. As with everything right now, things are changing frequently.  We encourage you to monitor the CDC and MDH websites, as well as monitor the progress of state and federal guidance on... Read more →

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Employer Guidance Update

In response to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (H.R. 6201) on March 14, 2020.  In Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Employer Guidance Update, we address what FFCRA will mean for employers and employees. As with everything right now, things are changing frequently.  We encourage you to monitor the CDC and MDH websites, as well as monitor the progress of state and federal relief... Read more →

COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS EMPLOYER CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 is changing (temporarily) how we do business.  With these changes many employment questions arise: can we take the temperatures of our employees?  Can we send people home who are sick?  Can we stop our employees from traveling?  And so on. We at Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson are here to help. In COVID-19 Employment FAQs, we address the most common questions you will likely face.  As with anything right now, things are changing by the day and hour.  We encourage... Read more →

COVID-19 AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION IN MINNESOTA

March 12, 2020

What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, a new strain identified in 2019.  It is different than coronaviruses that are common in the community.   These have been in our midst since the mid-1960s. We have had severe strains in the past, some of which you may have heard of including SARS and MERS.  The term corona is used because the virus has a crown-like spike on its surface.  COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China and since has spread throughout the world. This... Read more →

Attorney Michael Burke Obtains Summary Judgment for Client

Attorney Michael Burke obtained an order dismissing negligence-based claims against a general contractor.  The Plaintiff alleged that the general contractor’s duty of care extended to areas beyond the construction zone.  In dismissing the case, the court found that Plaintiff failed to put forth evidence necessary to support his claims and reaffirmed that a construction company’s duty of care does not include areas beyond the construction zone.  Johnson v. Mathiowetz Constr. Co., Court... Read more →

Attorney Michael Burke published in Minnesota Defense

February 13, 2020

Michael Burke authored an article titled Practical and Ethical Pitfalls of Audio Recording Neuropsychological Examinations, which is featured in the Winter 2020 issue of Minnesota Defense magazine. The article addresses the mechanics of obtaining an order for examination and provides guidance for combating situations in which an injured party objects to undergoing a neuropsychological IME absent an audio recording.... Read more →

Attorney Michael Burke published in the Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers.

February 10, 2020

Michael Burke has co-authored an article titled The Advocacy Preferences of Construction Arbitrators, which is featured in the Winter 2020 issue of the Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers.  The article surveys 231 experienced construction arbitrators throughout the United States in order to uncover what advocacy techniques arbitrators find to be persuasive, and similarly, what techniques arbitrators find to be unpersuasive.  As the editor’s note states, “this analysis... Read more →

Patrick Larkin and Michael Burke Obtain Summary Judgment for Client

December 6, 2019

Attorneys Patrick Larkin and Michael Burke obtained an order from the court dismissing with prejudice all claims made under the Family Medical Leave Act and the Minnesota’s Whistleblower Act. Olinger v. Renville Cty. Hosp. & Clinics, 2019 WL 5901379 (D. Minn. Nov. 12, 2019) (ECT/TNL).

Brian Wood and Michael Burke Obtain Summary Judgment for Client

Attorneys Brian Wood and Michael Burke obtained an order from the court dismissing with prejudice a more than quarter-million dollar contribution and indemnity claim pertaining to a damaged wind turbine. Juhl Energy, Inc. v. G. NcNeilus, LLC et al., Dodge Court File No. 20-CV-18-146 (Oct. 29, 2019).

Associate Nicholas Rauch Article Titled ‘Counteranchoring: An Important Thought Before Trial’ Published in the Latest Version of DRI The Voice

November 26, 2019

Nicholas Rauch has an article titled 'Counteranchoring: An Important Thought Before Trial' that was published in the DRI The Voice see attached article.http://www.dri.org/docs/default-source/webdocs/the-voice/2019/voice_11_20_19.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Shareholder Susan Stokes Speaking at the U of M Law School Today

November 19, 2019

Susan Stokes will be part of a panel today at the University of Minnesota Law School, speaking about careers in environmental and energy law. See Facebook link below: https://www.facebook.com/umneels/

Brian Wood and Nicholas Rauch Granted Summary Judgement

November 14, 2019

Attorneys Brian Wood and Nicholas Rauch were granted summary judgment on products liability claims against a firearm manufacturer. The Court ruled that Plaintiff failed to evidence a defect to support claims for products liability and failed to disclose an expert who would opine to the alleged mechanical defect in the firearm. The Court also ruled that Plaintiff had failed to adequately support claims for abnormally dangerous activity, stemming from the manufacturing and distribution of the... Read more →

Jack Moore and Nicholas Rauch Granted Favorable Judgements

Attorneys Jack Moore and Nicholas Rauch were granted summary judgment on landowner liability claims against an apartment complex. The Court ruled that the apartment complex did not have a duty to maintain an adjacent lot, which contained an injury causing condition. All claims against the apartment complex were dismissed, with prejudice. AWK, a minor, by his father and natural guardian of Travis Klein v. Robert Hanson and Steven Mahacek; 19HA-CV-19-1970 (Nov. 12, 2019; Dakota Cty.)

Shareholder Timothy Jung Presented At Federated Insurance

October 22, 2019

On October 22nd Timothy Jung presented an educational program at Federated Insurance in Owatonna, MN on the subject of PTSD claims and traumatic brain injuries.  

There are Still Spots Open for Today’s Sharpen Your Skills Workers’ Compensation Seminar

September 26, 2019

Winter is here, but there are still a few spots available for Thursday’s (9/26) workers’ compensation Sharpen Your Skills seminar! Food, drink, and parking are provided. We hope to see you there. 2019 Seminar Topics Law of the New Realm – One Year In Arising Out Of, Mythical/Magical Falls, and Unexplained Injuries Queen of Forms Cannabis: The Ale of the Twenty-First Century Dr. Kristin Zeller: Words from the Maester An Update on Pain, Drugs, and... Read more →

Susan Stokes Presenting at Women Caring for the Land Seminar on September 26th

September 25, 2019

Shareholder Susan Stokes will be presenting 'Conservation Provisions in Agricultural Leases' at Women Caring for the Land event tomorrow.  See attached information WOMEN CARING FOR THE LANDAgendaStillwater2019Sept26     WomenCaring2019Sept26