Lommen Abdo News You Can Use
November/December 2015
Business to business liability
Understanding Successor Liability
Issues relating to whether one company or individual can be held liable for the debts of another company are frequently encountered by businesses. There is a presumption of corporate separateness that precludes companies from liability for the debts of other companies. Read the article by Keith Broady.
2016 Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions
The federal estate and gift tax exemption will increase to $5.45 million in 2016 (up from $5.43 million in 2015). This is the total amount a person can gift during their lifetime and leave to others at death.  Read the article by Karen Schlotthauer.
Resolving Property Damage Insurance Claims
Image of hail damage on a metal roof.This year has again brought us countless hail and extreme weather events. It's an unfortunate fact of life that where there is property damage, insurance claims and disputes soon follow.  Fortunately, property owners in Minnesota and Wisconsin have a powerful tool available to help them obtain full recovery from their insurer - mandatory binding appraisal.  Read the article by Mike Moline.
When it Comes to Estate Planning, DIY = SOL
One of the more frequently used sayings about the use of a lawyer is that "DIY = SOL," meaning that many people try to forego the use of a lawyer to save on costs, only to have something happen later that results in a greater cost than if the person had just used a lawyer to assist in the first place. This is particularly applicable when it comes to estate planning.  Read the article by Jeff O'Brien.
Kate Westad describes the NVICP in this ReelLawyers video Kate Westad

We've been featuring videos about Lommen Abdo attorneys and our practice areas. In this edition Kate Westad discusses the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).

Firm News
Deb Swenson of Lommen Abdo with SamuraiDeb Swenson Rejoins Lommen Abdo
Deb Swenson rejoined Lommen Abdo as a shareholder on September 15th. Deb works with clients to preserve their rights in bankruptcy through an active motion practice and defense of adversary proceedings, including preference actions, and other commercial litigation. Her clients include companies involved in the transportation, staffing, financial, petroleum and service industries who find themselves in bankruptcy-related disputes. More.
Jury Finds for Plaintiff in Transplant Case
A Hennepin County jury recently found the University of Minnesota Physicians and Dr. Ty Dunn negligent in accepting a pancreas for transplantation where the cause of the donor's death was unclear. More.
Appellate Win Featured in Minnesota Lawyer
A family law appellate victory obtained by Kay Nord Hunt was featured in Minnesota Lawyer recently. "[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.
Getting Your Final Paperwork in Order
Karen Schlotthauer contributed to a Thrivent Magazine article, "Sign Here, With Love" on helping your loved ones get their estate planning paperwork in order.
Brad Wicklund receiving his Unsung Legal Hero awardBrad Wicklund Selected as an
Unsung Legal Hero
Brad Wicklund was honored by Minnesota Lawyer as an Unsung Legal Hero at a luncheon on September 10th.  Read the article which appeared in Minnesota Lawyer.  Brad is shown at right receiving his award.  Get more information on the honor.
Lommen Abdo Case Featured in St. Paul Pioneer Press
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."
Five Attorneys Named 2016 Best Lawyers
Five Lommen Abdo attorneys have been named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers in America is the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S., and is widely recognized as the gold standard for accuracy and integrity. Corporate Counsel Magazine calls it, "The most widely respected, thorough, reliable and valuable resource for all who seek the best in the legal profession." More.
Client Highlights
Book cover Don't Pee on My Sofa!
Co-Founder of Aging But Dangerous Authors Book
Our clients from Aging But Dangerous have a new book, "Don't Pee on My Sofa! and Other Things to Laugh About." It launched 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.
   Entertainment Buzz
Lommen Abdo participated in GRAMMYs in My District Day
Lommen Abdo a Part of National "GRAMMYs in My District Day"
Joe Mailander of The Okee Dokee Brothers (2012 GRAMMY Winners for Best Children's Album); Todd Fitzgerald, Producer, Winterland Studios; Adam Gislason, Record 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.
Home Free Collaborates with The Oak Ridge Boys
Our client Home Free has collaborated with the legendary Oak Ridge Boys on a remake of their classic song, 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.  
Icepack Event in Los Angeles by the Minnesota Film & TV Board
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. More. 
Lommen Abdo's Music Clearance Work on the Pope's Visit
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. More.
   News on Tap
Lommen Abdo Hoppy Hours
Our October Hoppy Hour combined Oktoberfest and Bob Abdo's birthday celebration.  Sidhe Brewing provided delicious beer!
Our September Hoppy Hour featured Day Block Brewing, located in downtown Minneapolis. Owner Jeff Hahn brought along favorites such as the Frank's Red Ale and Berliner Weiss. 
Our August Hoppy Hour featured our most recently opened brewery client, F-Town Brewing, in Faribault. F-Town's Travis Temke talked about the brewery while pouring some great beer! More.
August, September and October Hoppy Hours at Lommen Abdo

Kathleen Culhane and Rosemary Kosmatka; Sideh Brewing Company; Jeff Hahn, Day Block Brewing, and Jeff O'Brien; and Jeff O'Brien and Travis Temke, F-Town Brewing

Watch Jeff's Presentation on Raising Investment Capital for Your Brewery
Jeff O'Brien spoke at the Midwest Craft Brewers Conference, presenting "Show me the Money: How to Raise Investment Capital for Your Brewery...Legally."  Watch the presentation.
Jamie Johnson Presented on Preparing Personal Injury Cases
Jamie Johnson presented at an NBI webcast, "Personal Injury From Start to Finish for Paralegals."
Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference
Jeff O'Brien, Stacey DeKalb and Thomas Dougherty spoke at the 2015 Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference presented by Minnesota CLE.
Kay Hunt on Handling Appeals
Kay Hunt spoke at the Minnesota CLE webcast, "Handling Appeals (and Building an Appellate Practice in the Process)."  
Mike Moline Spoke on Appraisal Awards
Mike Moline spoke at the Premier Midwest Construction Defect & Dispute Conference on "Strategies to Perfect, Present and Preserve Appraisal Awards after Quade."
Kay Hunt Speaks on the Pfeiffer Case
Kay Hunt spoke at the 2015 Medical Malpractice Conference on "Pfeiffer: How Does it Impact Expert Review Practice?"
Tim Matson Speaks on Termination of Copyrights
Read more about seminars our attorneys are presenting.

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