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2017 Five-State Midwest Law Update Webinar – Wednesday, October 25

October 17, 2017

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

Evenson Recent MSBA Lawyer Professional Responsibility Board Nomination

September 29, 2017

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.

Jensen Led Panel Presentation at PLDF Annual Meeting in Chicago

September 28, 2017

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 Selected to Edit and Update Workers’ Comp Chapter of the MN Insurance Law Deskbook

September 19, 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.

Sharpen Your Skills Seminar – Wednesday, Sept 20, 2017

September 11, 2017

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 →

Tim Jung Appointed Chair of Workers’ Compensation and Employer Liability Comittee

August 31, 2017

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 Published in the Defense Research Issue’s For the Defense

July 21, 2017

Tom Jensen's Article "Building a Successful Mediation Practice" was published in this months edition of the DRI's For the Defense.

Twelve Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson Attorneys Named Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

July 7, 2017

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 Nomination to MSBA Assembly

May 15, 2017

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 Nominated to Serve as President-Elect for Mitchell Hamline School of Law Alumni Association Board

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 →

LJSP Recognized for Contributions to Operation Gratitude Service Project During DRI’s Toxic Tort Seminar

May 4, 2017

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 →

Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. Attorneys Obtain and Defend Dismissal of MGDPA Claim

April 27, 2017

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 →

Bill Davidson spoke on a panel discussion concerning Minnesota’s “informal conference” statute relating to medical malpractice claims.

April 21, 2017

Bill Davidson spoke on April 20, 2017 on a panel discussion concerning Minnesota’s “informal conference” statute relating to medical malpractice claims. The panel addressed what the future holds for informal conferences in light of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s recent decision in Howard v. Svoboda, 890 N.W.2d 111 (Minn. 2017). The 2017 Medical Malpractice Conference was sponsored by the Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association and the Minnesota Association... Read more →

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently sided with the arguments of Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson and denied further review of a summary judgment ruling in favor of a regional mental health center.

April 19, 2017

Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center (HVMHC) had been sued for negligence and other claims arising from the death of a woman in 2013. The decedent’s next of kin argued that HVMHC breached a duty to the decedent and failed to provide services that may have avoided her death. Attorneys Tim Jung and Matt Sloneker argued to Judge Mary C. Leahy of the Winona County District Court that HVMHC did not owe a duty and therefore could not be held negligent. Judge Leahy agreed and granted summary... Read more →

Timothy Jung Nomination

March 29, 2017

Timothy Jung has been nominated to serve as Chair of the Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Committee of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, and to serve in that capacity for 2017-2018.  

Tom Jensen Launches New Website and Blog

March 27, 2017

Tom Jensen has launched a website and blog at www.malpracticedefense.org that focuses on professional liability, breach of fiduciary duty and malpractice insurance coverage developments in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Brotten to Moderate Panel at DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Seminar

March 23, 2017

Shareholder Elizabeth Sorenson Brotten will moderate a panel at the Defense Research Institute’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Seminar on March 23-24, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The panel, titled “Science as a Second Language: How to Teach the Jury About Uncertainty and Science,” will include Robert Bettler, Ph.D., of DecisionQuest and Christina Marinakis, J.D., Psy.D., of Litigation Insights. The panel will compare the responses of actual mock jurors to those of the audience... Read more →

Fredrickson and Goerke Win Motion For Summary Judgment

March 17, 2017

LJSP partner Mark Fredrickson and associate Grant Goerke successfully persuaded Scott County (MN) Judge Rex Stacey to grant summary judgment to their client ISD #719. Plaintiff sustained a bad broken ankle and leg when she went to pick up her daughter from a after school daycare facility run by the district at an elementary school building. The accident happened on a non-school day during the first winter weather of the year. Fredrickson and Goerke successfully argued that Minnesota’s mere... Read more →

Tom Jensen Webinar on Chiropractic Risk Management

February 20, 2017

Tom Jensen addressed chiropractic educators in a webinar on the subject of chiropractic risk management sponsored by NCMIC Insurance Company that aired on February 15 and will continue on April 12.  Tom Jensen analyzed optometric malpractice claims in the current issue of Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, published by Professional Liability Defense Federation.

Thomas Evenson Selected to Serve as a Chair on a Lawyers Board Panel for the LPRB

February 8, 2017

On February 1, 2017, Thomas J. Evenson, a Shareholder at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, PA, was selected to serve as a Chair on a Lawyers Board Panel for the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.

Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. is very happy to welcome recently retired Hennepin County District Court and former Chief Judge James T. Swenson to Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson.

February 6, 2017

Judge Swenson will be continuing his ADR practice in his Of Counsel role, and we look forward to using his many years of practical experience on the bench to assist us in continuing to provide our clients with the highest quality litigation services. Judge Swenson’s ADR practice includes adjudicative work as an arbitrator and consensual special magistrate, evaluative mediation and moderated settlement conferences, and service as a special master. Although his recent focus has centered on... Read more →

Thomas J. Evenson Appointed to the Compensation Council

January 26, 2017

On January 11, 2017, Governor Mark Dayton appointed Thomas J. Evenson, a Shareholder at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, PA, to the Compensation Council. The Council assists the legislature in establishing compensation for constitutional officers, justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court, judges of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and District Courts, and the heads of state and metropolitan agencies specified in statute. The appointment is effective January 15, 2017.

Brotten Featured in Bench & Bar of Minnesota’s Colleague Corner

November 23, 2016

Elizabeth Brotten was recently featured in Bench & Bar of Minnesota, the official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Brotten, who recently spoke at a CLE on what new lawyers can do to set themselves up for success early in their career, provided advice geared toward newer lawyers in the November 2016 edition of the publication. In her article, Brotten advises new attorneys to take ownership over career trajectory, build a solid reputation, and make and maintain... Read more →

Brotten Publishes Article on Ovarian Cancer and Talcum Powder Litigation in Minnesota Defense

Elizabeth Brotten recently published an article addressing talcum powder litigation, in which a growing number of women nationwide have alleged that their use of talcum powder has caused them to develop ovarian cancer. Brotten’s article was published in Minnesota Defense, the publication of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA). While ovarian cancer talcum powder claims are relatively new in Minnesota, plaintiffs in St. Louis, Missouri courts have won verdicts of $72 million, $55... Read more →

Congratulations to Lauren

October 7, 2016

Lauren received three favorable orders today for her pro bono clients. She represented a Laotian woman in seeking unpaid wages from her former employer in Hennepin County Conciliation Court. The referee awarded Lauren’s client $5,700. She also represented a homeless man seeking expungement of two criminal convictions. These convictions were preventing the client from finding work or housing. Lauren was able to obtain expungements of both convictions in separate orders, in Hennepin County... Read more →

Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson P.A. Pro Bono Program Featured in Federal Bar Association News Letter

September 30, 2016

Kudos to the Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson P. A. Attorneys who are featured in the most recent edition of the Federal Bar Association Bar Talk Newsletter MN Chapter. Lead by Pro Bono Chairperson Jack Moore, LJSP attorneys have handled over 90 Pro Bono matters in the last six years. See attached article below. fba-bar-talk-article-september-2016

Bill Davidson & João Medeiros Prevail on a Plaintiff’s Appeal Challenging a District Court Victory By Jason Prochnow

August 18, 2016

The Minnesota Building Code means what it says, the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled, affirming a summary judgment ruling obtained by Jason Prochnow. The construction-defect case involved a lawsuit by a general contractor who sued a masonry subcontractor for installing a single layer of 15-pound felt behind stone veneer siding that the subcontractor had installed on a house in Minnesota. A district court judge dismissed the lawsuit last year after finding that the 15-pound felt was... Read more →

Eric Steinhoff & João Medeiros Secure Dismissal of Interest Claim

Interest does not accrue on money that is paid before it was due. That was the common-sense ruling recently obtained by Eric Steinhoff and João Medeiros in a lawsuit against a homeowners’ insurance company. The insurance company had helped the insured homeowners rebuild after their house had been damaged in a fire. Then, after a disagreement over the amount of the final payment, the insurance company and the homeowners asked a panel of appraisers to value the loss. The insurance company... Read more →

Timothy Jung Appointed Chair-Elect

July 27, 2016

For 2016-2017, Timothy Jung has been appointed Chair-elect of the Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Committee of TIPS - the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association.

Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson Successfully Moved to Dismiss a Personal Injury Action Based on a Recent Change to Minnesota’s “hip pocket” Service Rule

July 21, 2016

Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson successfully moved to dismiss a personal injury action based on a recent change to Minnesota’s “hip pocket” service rule, defeating a 7.5-year-old claim for more than $50,000 in damages. The plaintiff had alleged that he slipped and fell on a staircase at the defendant’s apartment complex in December 2008. The plaintiff did not serve his summons and complaint on the owner until December 2014, mere days before the six-year statute of limitations... Read more →

Amber Garry Elected as a Shareholder of Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A.

July 12, 2016

Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. is very pleased to announce that Amber Garry has been elected as a firm shareholder. Amber focuses her practice on representing businesses and individuals against professional liability and malpractice claims, and advises hospitals and clinics on compliance with federal and state privacy laws. She also represents healthcare providers in their dealings with professional licensing boards. Amber has successful pre-trial dispositive motion practice... Read more →

LJSP Congratulates Connie Armstrong

July 1, 2016

Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. congratulates Connie Armstrong for her election as President of the Minnesota Women Lawyers. A copy of the MWL press release can be found here : MWL Press Release

Eric Steinhoff and João Medeiros Obtain Dismissal of Malpractice Lawsuit

Minnesota law protects members of specialized professions such as doctors, lawyers, or accountants from frivolous malpractice lawsuits by requiring plaintiffs to submit a declaration from an expert in the professional field attesting that the claim has merit. Attorneys Eric Steinhoff and João Medeiros recently invoked this law to obtain dismissal of a legal malpractice suit brought against a local divorce attorney. The plaintiff was a client who had asked the attorney to represent her in a... Read more →

Brian Wood and João Medeiros Obtain Dismissal of So-Called “Gross Negligence” Claim Against Health Club

Minnesota common law does not recognize a separate claim of “gross negligence.” That is the conclusion reached by a district court judge in dismissing a lawsuit brought against a local health club represented by attorneys Brian Wood and João Medeiros. Instead, Minnesota courts only apply the concept of “gross negligence” when required to do so because the legislature has use the term in a statute or the parties have used the term in a contract. The plaintiff was a member of the health... Read more →

Jack Moore and Amber Garry Named North Star Lawyers by the MSBA

June 17, 2016

Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson is proud to announce that Jack Moore and Amber Garry have been named North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association. This honor recognizes the strong commitment that each of these attorneys made to providing legal services to those in need in 2015. The Minnesota State Bar Association’s North Star Lawyer program recognizes attorneys who provided a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono services to the community in a one-year period.

Tom Jensen and Liz Brotten to Speak at FETTI Conference in Chicago

June 14, 2016

Lind Jensen Shareholders Tom Jensen and Liz Brotten will speak at the Forum on Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) conference to be held September 21-23, 2016 at the Union League Club in Chicago. Their presentation will address the rapidly growing litigation in which female plaintiffs allege that they have developed ovarian cancer as a result of their use of products containing talcum powder. Jensen and Brotten will address disease data, scientific findings, litigation strategies, and... Read more →

Thomas Evenson Presenting at IASA Annual Education Conference

May 19, 2016

Thomas J. Evenson along with David Riley from Schechter Dokken Kanter will be presenting “I’ve Been Damaged – I Want Money” at the IASA Annual Education Conference and Business Show in San Antonio, Texas on June 14, 2016.

Jury Renders a Defense Verdict in Abuse Case

Jack Moore recently successfully defended a case in Hennepin County District Court where plaintiff sustained a serious injury when his girlfriend drove over his foot with her car while backing out of the driveway. A few moments earlier the two got into an argument during which plaintiff’s mood turned ugly. Based on prior physical abuse, the girlfriend feared that plaintiff might soon hit her, so she ran to her car to get away. Plaintiff was standing next to the car and pounding on the window... Read more →

Minnesota Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Claim Against a Church and its Pastors

April 28, 2016

Tim O’Connor and Bill Davidson recently were successful in defending St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church and two of its pastors against defamation claims from two excommunicated church members. The Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of the lawsuit, agreeing with both the district court and the Court of Appeals “that the First Amendment prohibits holding an individual or organization liable for statements made in the context of a religious disciplinary proceeding when those... Read more →

Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. Submitted an Amicus Brief to the Minnesota Supreme Court Addressing a Pregnancy Discrimination Claim in Support of the Employer

April 22, 2016

Bill Davidson and Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. represented the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association as an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court” in a recently-filed brief with the Minnesota Supreme Court. The case, LaPoint v. Family Orthodontics, P.A., A15-0396, addresses a claim of pregnancy discrimination. Following a court trial, the district court found that the dental clinic did not discriminate against a job applicant. The Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed, 872... Read more →

2016 Five-State Midwest Law Update Webinar

April 20, 2016

On April 19, 2016, Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. presented a live online webinar which provided a summary of current law and updates on law developments in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The webinar consisted of 5 separate 20 minute presentations summarizing law updates in the areas of civil litigation relevant to your practice, including updates on topics such as negligence, indemnification, contract, and other law developments... Read more →

Attorneys Armstrong, Brotten, and Garry Recognized as “Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota”

April 8, 2016

Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson is pleased to announce that three of its women attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers® as among the 2016 “Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota.” The list includes Connie Armstrong, Elizabeth Sorenson Brotten and Amber Garry. The selections were made from the women attorneys who were selected as 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers and  Rising Stars and were featured in the April 2016 issues of Twin Cities Business and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. Super... Read more →

Tim O’Connor and Elizabeth Brotten Win Motion for Summary Judgment for Insurance Client in Declaratory Judgment

An insurance company client represented by Tim O’Connor and Elizabeth Brotten was recently dismissed via summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.  Lind Jensen’s client asserted that the homeowners policy it issued did not provide coverage for personal injuries arising out of its insured’s operation of a John Deer Gator utility vehicle owned by a vineyard.  The accident at issue happened on the vineyard’s property. ... Read more →

Matt Sloneker Awarded Gold Gavel Award By Westfield Insurance Group

March 10, 2016

Matt Sloneker was recently awarded a Golden Gavel award by Westfield Insurance Group for obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a general contractor client in a multi-million dollar construction defect case.

Brotten Authors North Dakota Chapter for DRI’s Duty to Defend Compendium

March 4, 2016

Elizabeth Sorenson Brotten, a shareholder at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. authored the North Dakota Chapter for the 2016 Edition of the Defense Research Institute’s Duty to Defend Compendium.  The Duty to Defend Compendium analyzes whether an insurer has a duty to defend its insured and the extent of that duty.  The Compendium surveys the law and provides guidance for insurance professionals to navigate through these issues under the law of every jurisdiction in the... Read more →

Paul Peterson and Amber Garry Obtain Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

February 18, 2016

Mr. Peterson and Ms. Garry obtained a defense verdict following an eight-day jury trial in Hennepin County. The plaintiff sued the defendant neurologist and neurology clinic alleging defendants failed to diagnose an infection in her spine, resulting in permanent paraplegia. Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $6 million. The jury returned a defense verdict, finding no negligence.  

Amber Garry Won a Grant of Asylum for Refugee Client

Ms. Garry won a grant of asylum for a refugee client from Mexico and her two daughters. Ms. Garry handled the case on a pro bono basis through The Advocates for Human Rights.  

Tim Jung Speaking at ABA Midwinter Workers’ Compensation Conference

February 16, 2016

Tim Jung will be speaking at the American Bar Association Midwinter Workers’ Compensation Conference (Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section) in New Orleans, LA on March 12th.   He will lead a panel discussion concerning medical marijuana and its impact on the work place including workers’ compensation.