Michelle Kuhl Brings a Bird's Eye View of the Minnesota Appellate Process to Lommen Abdo
Michelle Kuhl has joined Lommen Abdo as a litigation associate, where she will work on a wide variety of cases including professional liability, commercial litigation and transportation-related litigation. She will also continue her emphasis on appeals. Michelle is shown above (at left) with our appellate lawyers, Kay Nord Hunt and Bryan Feldhaus. Michelle clerked at the Minnesota Supreme Court this past year (2016-2017), where she worked closely with the appellate judges on a variety of criminal, civil and administrative matters. She brings a creative yet pragmatic approach to her practice, always with an eye toward achieving the best outcome and providing maximum value to her clients.
Legal Storytellers: Barry O'Neil and Kay Nord Hunt
The ability to make the complex simple and clearly understood is a valuable trait for a litigator. That ability is one of the reasons why Kay Nord Hunt has been selected as Best Lawyers® 2018 Minneapolis “Lawyer of the Year” for her appellate practice and why Barry O’Neil has been added to the 2018 list of Best Lawyers in Litigation (real estate). Kay and Barry are both great lawyers and great storytellers; attorneys who understand how juries and judges look at cases, who know both your story and the law, and who focus on making your story as persuasive as possible. Lommen Abdo congratulates Kay on being recognized as the Appellate Attorney of the Year in Minneapolis and Barry on joining the list of the firm’s Best Lawyers. Perennially on the list of Best Lawyers are Lommen Abdo attorneys Phil Cole (complex litigation), Bob Abdo (corporate) and Roger Stageberg (corporate). Each were again recognized in the Best Lawyers 2018 edition in their practice areas. Watch for more about all of the firm’s lawyers on the 2018 Best Lawyers list in the next newsletter.
Employers Can Expect an Increase in Minnesota Whistleblower Claims
The Minnesota Supreme Court has expanded the rights of whistleblowers under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act by removing the requirement that a reporting employee act with the purpose of exposing an illegality. Pursuant to the Supreme Court’s new case, Friedlander v. Edwards Lifesciences LLC., whistleblowers are now held to a new good faith standard under the law which includes any report as long as it is “not knowingly false or in reckless disregard of the truth.” Previously, whistleblower protections were limited to reports that fit the definition of “good faith,” which required that the whistleblower act with the purpose of exposing an illegality. The decision eliminates the exclusion from the previous definition of those employees whose job it is to report such offenses, such as lawyers, or where the employer was already aware of the illegal practices.
Vaccine Law: Where it Came From, How it Works.
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program after lawsuits against manufacturers threatened to cause vaccine shortages. In an effort to maintain a supply of vaccines, as well as develop new ones, this unique program was created. Read the Minnesota Lawyer article by Kathleen Loucks, which discusses preemption and jurisdiction, when a vaccine or administrator or manufacturer may be sued, which vaccines are covered and what compensation is due.
From here to there, but so much happens in between. Let our transportation attorneys help.
The transportation lawyers at Lommen Abdo understand the moving landscape of transportation law. They provide legal advice from the board room to the loading dock on issues unique to the industry as well as those issues crossing industry borders. Through our affiliation with attorneys all over North America, the Lommen Abdo transportation lawyers can work through almost any transportation issue facing your business. Shown above are Lommen Abdo attorneys Jason Engkjer (left) and Mike Glover (right) with Mel and Russ Simon from Styer Transportation. Other attorneys in our transportation group: John Crawford, Stacey DeKalb, Bryan Feldhaus, Kay Nord Hunt, Brent Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Reid Lindquist, Lauren Nuffort and Barry O’Neil.
Lommen Abdo professional liability team garners recognition.
Lommen Abdo has been selected as the Professional Liability Litigation Law Firm of the Year – Minnesota, US (2017) by The Lawyer International. Lommen Abdo’s professional liability team has been handling the most serious and complex claims professionals face for over 75 years. We defend attorneys, trustees, CPAs and law firms in claims involving negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, licensing disputes and insurance coverage. The professional liability team has won hard fought battles in courtrooms, in ADR forums and in appellate courts in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.