News about Lommen Abdo and Its Clients

Check out what is happening in the news relating to the firm and our clients.


March 13, 2017
Lauren Nuffort received the attorney’s oath of office and pledge and was sworn in to the Bar of North Dakota. In addition to being admitted in Minnesota, Lauren is now admitted to practice law in the State of North Dakota.


March 10, 2017
Lauren Nuffort was elected Co-Chair of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP). NASP was established in 1998 as a non-profit association with membership open to anyone interested in the promotion and development of the subrogation industry. The mission of NASP is to enhance the stature and effectiveness of subrogation and recovery professionals through education, training and the exchange of information. Contact Lauren for more information on NASP or the Minnesota Chapter.


December 21, 2016
Read Jeff O’Brien’s Minnesota Lawyer blog post, “Changes on Tap: What’s Next for Law Changes in the Craft Beverage Industry?


December 16, 2016
Jeff O’Brien appeared on the Mackey & Judd Show on 1500 ESPN to discuss the legal issues surrounding the suspension of ten Gopher football players.  Listen to the segment.


December 11, 2016
Stacey DeKalb was quoted in a Star Tribune article, “Business Forum: Laws will protect the workplace.”  The article discusses the potential for a new paradigm of acceptable behavior in the workplace with the election of Donald Trump.


November 1, 2016
“Who says the law has to be dry?” That’s the end line of the November December Hennepin Lawyer article on “Jeff O’Brien’s Winning Practice” (page 44).


October 19, 2016
Jeff O’Brien is part of the “Wednesday regulars” on The BS Show, a podcast hosted by Bob Sansevere (, and he is occasionally joined by a notable client.  Recently Vikings legend Carl Eller appeared on the show and read a very powerful message to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick regarding his ongoing national anthem protest (note:  Mr. Eller co-created the NFL’s national anthem protocol), and Insight Brewing Co-Founder Brian Berge was in studio on the October 19th show.  The October 19th show also featured a phone interview with Jeff’s former boss, retired U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger (1978-1995) covering issues with the Affordable Care Act and Senator Durenberger’s thoughts as to possible reforms of the law.


Tommy-Kramer-and-Carl-Eller-500xOctober 9, 2016
Two of Lommen Abdo’s legendary Vikings clients played a role in pregame festivities ahead of the Vikings’ victory over the Houston Texans as part of the team’s alumni weekend. Quarterback Tommy Kramer (1977-89) sounded the Gjallarhorn, and Defensive End Carl Eller (1964-1978) was re-inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor along with other former inductees.


October 7, 2016
Jeff O’Brien was interviewed for a Finance & Commerce article, “St. Paul council considers later beer, liquor hours.”


October 5, 2016
Jeff O’Brien was interviewed for a City Pages article, “Is Minnesota brewing a craft beer bubble?”


Jamie-Johnson-2016-Dancing-with-the-Hudson-Stars-1000xSeptember 17, 2016
There’s a new mirrorball winner in Wisconsin! Our friend and Lommen Abdo Attorney Jamie Johnson and his dance partner, Jill, competed in Hudson’s Dancing with the Stars fundraiser and captured first place with their routine to “When Doves Cry.” Jamie gets kudos for his dancing, but even more so for having the kahunas to wear that puffy shirt.



September 1, 2016
Mike Glover wrote an article which appeared in the September 2016 issue of Trucking Minnesota magazine, “Sick and Safe in Minneapolis.”


August 18, 2016
Mike Glover was elected as a new board member of the Minnesota Trucking Association. More.


August 1, 2016
Stacey DeKalb wrote an article which appeared in the August 2016 issue of Trucking Minnesota magazine, “New Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Leave Became Effective July 1.”


July 20, 2016
Adam Gislason was interviewed for a news story on Kare 11’s Breaking the News show on music licensing by political campaigns.  Watch the news story, “Sour note? Political campaigns and music rights.”


July 13, 2016
Jeff O’Brien appeared on Bob Sansevere’s BS Blog Show. On this anniversary edition the talk was on a variety of topics including whether it is counter-productive for protestors to shut down major highways.  Dan Schwarz of Lift Bridge also appeared.


June 27, 2016
Jeff O’Brien and Christian Dixon of Summit Brewing appeared on the Minnesota BeerCast and had some distillery talk.

May 18, 2016
In this episode of Bob Sansevere’s BS Blog Show, Pro Football Hall of Famer Carl Eller shares stories about the artwork he created to honor Prince and the several ceramic pieces he created that will be displayed at the Vikings’ new stadium. He talks football, life and about his pottery studio, Carl Eller Studios, too. Also joining in are the Pioneer Press’s Kevin Cusick and Eller’s attorney, Jeff O’Brien.


April 6, 2016
Jeff O’Brien appeared on Bob Sansevere’s BS Blog Show engaging in a lively beer discussion with Kevin Cusick of the Pioneer Press and Terri Traen’s daughter, Abby Pawelk.


March 24, 2016
Jeff O’Brien appeared on the Mackey & Judd Show on 1500 ESPN to discuss the jury verdict in the Hulk Hogan/Gawker lawsuit and its implications. Listen to the segment.


March 23, 2016
Phil Cole was named “Professional Liability Litigation Attorney of the Year – Minnesota, USA” by M&A Today in their Global Awards – 2016 Edition.  Read about the honor (page 6) or view Phil’s profile page (page 96).


March 16, 2016
Looking into the financing of the new St. Paul soccer stadium, City Pages recently looked back over some secret and sordid history related to the St. Paul Port Authority. In its news story, City Pages quoted Lommen Abdo Attorney Keith Broady relating to the firm’s representation of 876 Bondholders against the Port Authority. In 2011 and after five years of litigation, including a favorable Minnesota Supreme Court decision, a settlement was reached under which the Port Authority will pay out over $30 million more to bondholders than the Port Authority was expecting to pay out under its petitions filed in court in 2006. Read the story.


February 26, 2016
Barrier1 discussed Super Bowl cybersecurity in a KSTP News article, “Minn. Company that Oversaw Super Bowl Cybersecurity Looks Ahead to 2018.”


February 16, 2016
Jeff O’Brien appeared on the Mackey & Judd Show on 1500 ESPN to talk legal issues in sports, including the Vikings-Wells Fargo lawsuit and the recent news story involving a past lawsuit involving Peyton Manning. Listen to the segment.


Ken-Abdo-Caitlin-Kowalke-ELI-Luncheon-2016February 13, 2015
Ken Abdo, ELI Program Chair and our Entertainment Practice Chair, recognized ELI Competition winner Caitlin Michelle Kowalke onstage with a certificate at The 58th GRAMMY® Awards Entertainment Law Initiative at Fairmont Miramar Hotel on February 12, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. Ms. Kowalke is a Mitchell Hamline law student — so this was a great Minnesota moment at the 2016 GRAMMY event.


February 11, 2016
Ken Abdo was quoted in a Wired Magazine article, “Surprise, Surprise: The RIAA Gets Streaming All Wrong.”


January 21, 2015
Jeff O’Brien is authoring a chapter in the LLC Deskbook being published this spring by Minnesota CLE.  His chapter is titled, “Sales, Mergers & Conversions.”


Jeff-OBrien-Tommy-Kramer-Valhalla-article-350x-72January 13, 2015
Jeffrey O’Brien has become a go-to-guy for Vikings legends. In the aftermath of another heartbreak, he shares some fun stories about Team Purple in a North Wright County Today article, “Albertville Attorney at Home in Valhalla.”I’m fond of saying that it’s hard to call what I do work. Not only do I have the distinct privilege of representing some of Minnesota’s finest breweries and distilleries, but over the past several years I have established in niche in representing a handful of retired Minnesota Vikings legends.

Jeff O’Brien is shown at left with his original “Valhalla” client and childhood hero, Tommy Kramer



December 18, 2015
Lommen Abdo is proud to represent the following 2016 GRAMMY nominees:

  • Best Improvised Jazz Solo: John Scofield, soloist for “Past Present”
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield for “Past Present”
  • Best Blues Album: John Primer & various artists for “Muddy Waters 100” (for the estate of Muddy Waters)
  • Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: various artists for “Selma” (for Jason Moran, composer)


December 17, 2015
Jeff O’Brien wrote an article which appeared in Simply Residential Property Management Magazine on “Common Eviction Mistakes to Avoid: Dealing with Abandoned Property After an Eviction.”


December 10, 2015
Minnesota Lawyer included a recent Lommen Abdo case in an article titled, “Notable Verdicts: organ transplants gone wrong, botched surgeries, bad priests.”  The plaintiff underwent a pancreas transplant at the University of Minnesota and within the year was dead from a rare form of cancer. Investigation revealed that the same disease had killed the organ donor. The Hennepin County jury awarded the woman’s heirs $1.2 million. Kathleen Loucks represented the patient’s heirs.


November 16, 2015
Jeff O’Brien’s article on the New Minnesota Revised Limited Liability Company Act was included in the November 2015 ABA’s LLC & Partnership Reporter. Read the article


November 9, 2015
A family law appellate victory obtained by Kay Nord Hunt was featured in Minnesota Lawyer. “[The Ertl] case illustrates the importance that the QDRO issued conform to the Judgment and Decree,” said Kay Nord Hunt in the article. “In this case the QDRO as ordered by the trial court omitted the word ‘retirement’ before the word ‘benefits’ in a situation where the Judgment and Decree decreed a division only of retirement benefits. It’s helpful to have a published decision that makes it clear that the QDRO must conform to the judgment and decree. If it doesn’t, you can get it amended because it is an enforcement order,” she said. Read the article.


Christie-Healey-at-ICEPAC-11-9-15-with-Norma-Acland-Kent-Matsuoka-and-Walea-ConstantinauNovember 9, 2015
Christie Rothenberg Healey attended the Icepack Event in Los Angeles on November 9th. The Icepack Event is hosted annually by the Minnesota Film & TV Board in Los Angeles during the American Film Market to promote Minnesota as a production location and the Snowbate tax rebate program as an important incentive. This popular party is an important networking opportunity for Minnesota film and media makers and LA-based industry professionals. Shown at right are Norma Acland, The Carsey-Werner Company; Christie Rothenberg Healey, Lommen Abdo, Vice Chair of Minnesota Film & TV Board; Kent Matsuoka, Producer and Location Manager, Hawai’i; Walea L. Constantinau, Film Commissioner, Honolulu Film Office.



Bryan-Feldhaus-at-the-2015-Judge's-SocialOctober 28, 2015
The Hennepin County Bar Association had record-setting registrations for this year’s Judges Social, held last evening at Windows on Minnesota. The room was filled with great conversations between the bench, the bar, and law students. Below, in the middle, is Lommen Abdo’s Bryan Feldhaus enjoying the event.



Don-t-Pee-on-My-Sofa-175x-72dpiOctober 22, 2015
Our clients from Aging But Dangerous have a new book, “Don’t Pee on My Sofa! and Other Things to Laugh About.” It will launch on Amazon on October 27th with “Tips & Strategies for Embracing Life After 50.” Through refreshing honesty, unexpected points of view and edgy humor, the extensive collection of essays will inform, inspire, empower and challenge women over 50 (and younger) to live their lives to the absolute fullest.





GRAMMYs-in-my-DistrictOctober 14, 2015
Joe Mailander of The Okee Dokee Brothers (2012 GRAMMY Winners for Best Children’s Album); Todd Fitzgerald, Producer, Winterland Studios; Adam Gislason, Recording Academy member and presiding Chair of the MSBA Arts & Entertainment Section; and Ken Abdo, member of the national Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy, met with Rep. Keith Ellison as a part of “GRAMMYS in My District Day.”



September 30, 2015
Our client Home Free has collaborated with the legendary Oak Ridge Boys on a remake of their classic Elvira.  Home Free’s new album, Country Evolution, was released on September 18 and hit #4 on the Billboard country chart by September 30. Watch the Elvira video or read the Entertainment Weekly article or the article on the Huffington Post.


September 22, 2015
Lommen Abdo was engaged by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to clear music rights for works being performed during the Masses in New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia celebrating Pope Francis’ U.S. visit. John Simson brought USCCB to Lommen Abdo and Tim Matson with Christie Rothenberg Healey undertook the clearance work. Through the firm’s well-established relationships with major publishers who represent the songwriters, the team cleared over 100 songs being performed for the Pontiff.


Brad-Wicklund-Unsung-Legal-Hero-Luncheon-photoSeptember 16, 2015
Brad Wicklund, our Office Administrator, was selected as a 2015 Unsung Legal Hero.  More




August 22, 2015
Kathleen Loucks’ case concerning the death of a 34-year-old man who was assaulted in a St. Paul bar was featured in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, “A year after son’s mysterious death, East Side family wants closure.”


Tommy-Kramer-Charity-Golf-Classic-2015August 22, 2015
Lommen Abdo attorneys Jeff O’Brien and Adam Gislason participated in the Fourth Annual Tommy Kramer “I’m Gonna Win” Cancer Charity Golf Classic. Mr. Kramer, who played for the Vikings from 1977-1989, is a client of the firm, and his daughter is a lymphoma survivor. The tournament raises funds for leukemia and lymphoma research. Joining Team Lommen Abdo was Viking legend Chuck Foreman.


August 18, 2015
Bob Donnelly provides no nonsense information about getting songs placed that is both eye-opening and essential business information. Read the article which appeared in the Educated Songwriter Newsletter, “Pitching or Catching? The Way Synchs Work in the Real World.”


August 4, 2015
BringMeTheNews, LLC has sold it’s Minnesota-based local digital and broadcast news curation operation to Northern Lights Broadcasting, a subsidiary of the Pohlad Companies. Dan Young was the legal advisor to BringMeTheNews in the sale.  Read the press release.



July 14, 2015
Lommen Abdo once again sponsored the Minnesota NHL Alumni Association golf classic at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury.  Attorneys Tim Matson and Jeff O’Brien led Team Lommen Abdo and their celebrity fifth, Minnesota Viking legend Matt Blair.





July 13, 2015
Lead by Adam Gislason, Lommen Abdo was honored and proud to be a sponsor of The Sanneh Foundation’s fifth annual Golf 4 Goals.


July 1, 2015
Ken Abdo contributed to an ABA Journal article on a recent decision on termination rights concerning the hit song “YMCA.” Read the article, “Jury sides with ‘the cop’ in copyright question over a Village People hit.”


July 1, 2015
Jeff O’Brien wrote an article outlining the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions for North Wright County Today, “Making Sense of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Recent Decisions, 2015 Edition.”  Read the articles: Part I and Part II.


Christie-and-Adam-MN-TV-Film-Board-2015June 26, 2015
Lead by Minnesota TV & Film Board Member, Christie Rothenberg Healey, we were honored to be Premiere Sponsors at their Great Big Minnesota BBQ. Pictured: Adam Gislason, Christie, Jimmy Gildea, and Mark Nystrom.





June 23, 2015
Adam Gislason was elected chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Arts and Entertainment section in June.He also chaired the section’s program “Selling Smart, Not Selling Out: Music Publishing and Synch Licenses” with Steve Nalbert (Round Hill Music), who heads up Round Hill’s Synchronization Licensing department and handles pitching, negotiating and license drafting for a wide range of film, TV, video game, and advertising clients, and Christie Rothenberg Healey, who spent much of her career working as a Business Affairs executive for motion picture studios – Tri Star, Warner Bros. Columbia Pictures and is now vice chair of the Minnesota Film & TV Board and handles entertainment, media, business and legal affairs at Lommen Abdo.


June 4, 2015
Ken Abdo was was chosen for an Alumni Feature by William Mitchell College of Law.


June 3, 2015
Jeff O’Brien, who represents several retired Vikings players, was interviewed for a KARE 11 news story, “Star RB Adrian Peterson returns to Minnesota Vikings.”


Bent-Brewstillery-Nordic-Blonde-Ale-350xMay 18, 2015
Lommen Abdo sponsored a happy hour at the Attractive Nuisance Tour on Friday, May 15th at the Crooked Pint in Minneapolis.  Guests of the tour were able to enjoy one free glass of Bent Brewstillery’s Nordic Blonde craft beer. The Attractive Nuisance Tour is a benefit concert to help local organizations provide legal services to the disadvantaged. Each band at the tour is made up of members of the legal community.  Ken Abdo and his sons, Matt and Jake – The Original Abdomen – performed at the event.




March 16, 2015
Bob Donnelly was quoted in a NY Times article, “Radio Broadcasters Seek Changes in Disclosure Rules for Paid Programming.”


March 1, 2015
Ken Abdo appeared with Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition winner, Brian Oliver, on the cover of the Spring 2015 Grammy Foundation®/MusiCares Foundation® newsletter, Unleashing the Power of Music.


Adam-Gislason-Ken-Abdo-Scott-Goldman-Bob-Donnelly-2015-Grammy-Awards-1200xFebruary 8, 2015
Music attorneys Adam Gislason, Ken Abdo and Bob Donnelly attended the 57th Annual GRAMMY® Awards in Los Angeles on February 8th. The three are shown at right with Scott Goldberg (second from left), Vice President of the GRAMMY® Foundation and MusiCares. Ken Abdo is serving on the Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees, representing the Chicago (Midwest) region.Lommen Abdo is proud to represent eight 2015 GRAMMY nominees:

  • Best Jazz Vocal album: Dian Reeves ne Reeves for “Beautiful Life” (winner).
  • Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Joe Lovano for “Recorda Me.”
  • Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Brad Mehldau for “Sleeping Giant.”
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Jason Moran for “All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller.”
  • Best Latin Jazz Album: Conrad Herwig Featuring Joe Lovano for “The Latin Side of Joe Henderson.”
  • Best Arrangement, Instrument and Vocals: Vince Mendoza for “Goodnight America.”
  • Best Children’s Album: The Okee Dokee Brothers for “Through the Woods.”
  • Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: David Krakauer & A Far Cry for “Dreams & Prayers.”



Ken-Abdo--Adam-Gislason-with-ELI-Recipients-2015February 7, 2015
Ken Abdo, ELI Program Chair, presented five scholarship awards at the GRAMMY® Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative luncheon.  Shown at right are Adam Gislason (second from left) and Ken Abdo (right) with the five writing scholarship recipients: Brian Oliver, Joseph Pomianowski, Lara Barton, Michelle Gilzenrat Davis and Brady Ryba. More.



January 3, 2015
Kay Hunt was interviewed in a Star Tribune article, “Malpractice lawsuit revived in case of woman given cancer-riddled pancreas.”


Toys-for-Tots-2014-1200x-72dpiDecember 22, 2014
Lommen Abdo’s employees donated 104 toys and $313.38 to the Toys for Tots drive this year to help create happy holidays for kids in our communities! Most of the cash came from a Penny War battle. Lommen Abdo’s Toys for Tots team members are Bryan Feldhaus, Mike Leonard, Jenny Olson and Kathy Soucek.



December 1, 2014
Ken Abdo was listed as one of 100 People to Know in 2015 by Twin Cities Business. More.


November 12, 2014
Tom Dougherty was quoted in a Star Tribune article, “Taxpayers challenge Minnesota residency rules at their own peril.”


October 27, 2014
Stacey DeKalb’s ReelLawyers video on how employers can implement a performance appraisal system was shared by Blois Olson in his daily Business Take email.


Judges-Social-2015October 23, 2014
Lommen Abdo’s Keith Broady, Bryan Feldhaus and Tim Matson were among the more than 300 attorneys that filled the ballroom at Radisson Blu Minneapolis on October 23 to meet and mingle with the HCBA’s honorable guests at this year’s Judges Social. The event brought together over 50 members of the bench for a night of socializing with the practicing bar.



Ken-Abdo-and-Okee-Dokee-Brothers-300x-72dpiOctober 20, 2014
Shown at right: Ken Abdo (center) with Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander – the GRAMMY® winning client Okee Dokee Brothers – at the Musical Instrument Museum World Music Festival in Phoenix, Arizona.