How to Avoid Liability Arising from the Employment Relationship: Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between!
Too often managers and other company officials have insufficient legal knowledge and experience regarding claims that can arise out of the employment relationship. On April 18th Lommen Abdo attorney Stacey DeKalb is speaking at a BBB seminar in Bloomington, Minnesota. She will provide management and human resources professionals with a general overview of state and federal laws that are commonly implicated throughout the employment relationship, including discrimination, breach of contract, whistleblower, retaliation, defamation, and tortious interference with contract, as well as practical information on how to reduce the risk of liability arising during employment. Stacey will also address how to conduct performance appraisals properly so that they can be an effective management tool. READ MORE
Technological Literacy: The New Normal for Legal Practice
The Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct now require a lawyer to maintain technological literacy in legal practice. Such technological literacy is critical because lawyers are attractive, and increasingly frequent, targets of cyber criminals. To develop technological literacy, a lawyer is required to know, understand, and assess the benefits and burdens of utilizing legal technology in an attorney-client relationship, and to discuss those benefits and burdens with clients. This article examines the importance of technological literacy in legal practice based on cybersecurity trends, and analyzes the ways in which a lawyer can satisfy his or her obligation to become technologically literate. Read the article by Bryan Feldhaus which appeared in the January/February 2018 Hennepin Lawyer. READ MORE
Estate Planning: Check Things Twice Before Moving on to 2018 Resolutions
Estate planning may not be at the top of most people’s minds during the holidays. But it is important to check things twice before moving on to 2018 New Year’s resolutions. For many of us, this includes updating our estate plans, figuring out what’s happening with taxes, determining whether to take a distribution from your IRA or deciding if you should go to a warmer climate to escape Minnesota’s winters. Check out the series of articles authored by Cameron Kelly and Jesse Beier to help you navigate these issues. READ MORE
Supervisory Training: Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Recent sexual harassment headlines should be a reminder to employers of their need to be proactive in preventing, as well as appropriately responding to, workplace harassment claims. Employers face significant financial exposure from unlawful harassment litigation as well as a demoralized workforce. Lommen Abdo offers supervisory training covering the steps employers must take to reduce the risk of such conduct occurring and how to foster a workplace culture where all employees can reach their full potential. Properly trained supervisors can be your company’s first line of defense should such unlawful conduct occur in your workplace. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE