How to Purchase and Safely Ride Your Motorcycle

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From our e-newsletter

Whether buying your first motorcycle, upgrading or just interested in a safer ride, keep these safety tips in mind before hitting the road:
Don't buy more bike than you can handle. When shopping for a bike, start with one that fits you. When seated, you should easily be able to rest both feet flat on the ground without having to be on tiptoes. Handlebars and controls   […]   Read More »

Partner Melissa Heinlein named Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers

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Lord + Heinlein is pleased to announce that partner Melissa Heinlein has been selected to the 2019 Minnesota Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high   […]   Read More »

Biking Safely in Winter

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

As winter approaches and the snow begins to blanket the familiar streets, city bicycle commuters must be even more vigilant for their safety as roadways can be slippery and visibility limited. During winter weather conditions, it is more important than ever to bike defensively on city streets. Motorists may be less likely to spot bikers during snow storms and may be unable to stop quickly   […]   Read More »

Should I Obtain Professional Liability Insurance?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

I am amazed at how few licensed nurses, social workers, and other licensed professionals obtain and carry a personal professional liability insurance policy. If you are wondering about whether obtaining your own professional liability insurance is worth it, the answer is always a resounding YES! Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions I hear as a professional license defense attorney.

Doesn't my employer   […]   Read More »

Tips for Bicycles and Cars to Safely Share the Road

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

Minneapolis and St. Paul are very bicycle friendly cities. In our world where bicycles and cars often share the same road, key safety measures should be taken to guarantee the safety of all commuters. As drivers we must be mindful of our cycling friends and as bicyclers must also pay attention to the rules of the road. If either vehicle fails to take the rules   […]   Read More »

Minnesota Loses a Legend

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By Priscilla Lord, Esq.

Friends, I am sad to pass along that my friend since college, Diane Sims Page, has passed away from breast cancer. She was a real force for good in this world. She and her husband, Alan Page, have dedicated their lives to family, justice and helping thousands of students of color receive college scholarships derived from the Page Education Foundation.

Diane was a   […]   Read More »

Distracted Driving is Still a Huge Problem

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

We have spoken in the past about how Minnesota tried to pass a "hands-free" cell phone bill that would prevent anyone who is operating a vehicle from accessing their phones or other electronic devices without the use of a "hands-free" adaptor such as Bluetooth. Even if this bill never passes through the Minnesota state legislature, it goes without saying that we should all remain diligent   […]   Read More »

Help Stop our Administration’s Policy of Separating Families at the Border


By Priscilla A. Lord, Esq.

Since April 19, 2018, the current administration has been forcibly removing children from their parents when they apply for asylum at Mexican border ports of entry. This is a part of the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. There have been reports that while the parents are being processed, border patrol officers lie to parents, telling them that they are taking their children to be   […]   Read More »

Five Ways To Protect Your Therapist or Social Worker License

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

In my practice as a Minneapolis licensing board lawyer I often see allegations of professional boundaries violations. Not surprisingly, boundaries violations are most prevalent in the fields of social work, counseling, and therapy. Working in a profession where clients may be struggling to have their basic needs met while also dealing with mental health diagnoses and/or chemical dependency issues often presents licensed social workers and   […]   Read More »

Minnesota Legislature Considers Bill to Reduce Distracted Driving

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By Priscilla Lord, Esq.

You may have heard about the "hands-free" cell phone bill that was introduced by the Minnesota legislature this year. Dozens of family members who have lost loved ones due to distracted driving from cell phones have been gathering at the state capital urging legislators to pass the measure. Although texting while driving is already illegal in Minnesota, the bill would make Minnesota the 17th state   […]   Read More »

Why I Am Proud To Be A Lawyer For Nurses

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

Nurses are amazing and I am so proud to be a lawyer that defends nurses and their licenses. In honor of National Nurses Week, I wanted to take a few moments to share just a few of the many ways my life has been impacted by the kindness and caring of nurses.

As a mother of two, I have such gratitude for the compassion and   […]   Read More »

What Can I Expect If I Report to the Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP)?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

When I am contacted by a licensed professional who is having issues with their employer or their board surrounding mental health or chemical dependency, the Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP) will always come up in our first conversation.

The Health Professionals Services Program was put in place over two decades ago to protect Minnesota citizens by providing confidential monitoring for health care workers who have   […]   Read More »

Lessons Learned From My Father, Miles Lord: Courage to Take a Stand

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By Priscilla A. Lord, Esq.

It took a lot of courage throughout his life and career for Miles to stand up to some pretty powerful people and organizations. In many ways, he had been training for his future career as a federal judge ever since he was a young boxer in northern Minnesota. As a golden gloves champion, he learned to have the courage   […]   Read More »

What Happens During a Board of Nursing Investigation?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

Being served with a letter of allegations by the Minnesota Board of Nursing or other professional licensing board can be overwhelming. As a lawyer for nurses faced with allegations, I am often asked about the investigation and settlement process of matters that are brought before the Minnesota Board of Nursing and how my law firm will help them through that process. Here are the five   […]   Read More »

Should I Bring My Young Child Along to the Dog Park?

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By Priscilla Lord, Esq.

Just like Minnesota has some of the most beautiful state parks and trails, the Twin Cities and surrounding areas have some excellent dog parks. I know there are plenty of tough Minnesotans out there who take their pups to the parks all winter long, but for many of us (including me and our office dog, Diva), we like to hit the   […]   Read More »

What Should I Do If I Am Over-Burdened in My Nursing Home Work Environment?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

Lately I have been working with Minnesota nurses including RNs, LPNs, and CNAs who describe their work environments as hectic, under-staffed, and offering poor supervision. Often, these are descriptions of our work environments at our Minnesota nursing homes and assisted living facilities. You nurses have a demanding job, both physically and emotionally. We appreciate your work and want to be sure that you   […]   Read More »

I Think my Colleague Violated the Nurse Practice Act: Am I Obligated to Report it to the Minnesota Board of Nursing?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

If you are a licensed professional in the state of Minnesota and you believe that a colleague has violated the professional rules of practice, you may be required to report that information to your licensing board immediately. Although you may have developed a friendship with this colleague, and reporting their violation may be uncomfortable for you as a licensee of a Minnesota health regulatory board,   […]   Read More »

Lessons Learned From My Father, Miles Lord: How to Be a Prankster

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By Priscilla A. Lord, Esq.

Miles always had a lot of fun. Although he was a very hard worker and taskmaster, he loved to play. Those who worked for him said that when he would give them work to do, he did not stand looking over their shoulder or try to micro-manage their work. He let them go at their own speed, but would be happy to   […]   Read More »

Remembering Miles Lord: In Print, On Film, and In Practice

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Widely known as, "The People's Judge," Miles Lord earned a reputation as a black-robed champion for the underdog-protecting individuals from dangers fueled by corporate greed. This passion for justice was amplified by his larger-than-life personality and candid court decisions, frequently delivered with eloquent disdain.

MILES LORD: THE   […]   Read More »

Lessons Learned From My Father, Miles Lord: Empathy Leads To Rescuing

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By Priscilla A. Lord, Esq.

My dad could step into someone else's shoes easier than any one I ever met. Miles was always looking for a way to help people in distress. The mother of a friend once told me that when she was nineteen years old, and driving home with friends late at night, they were hit by a drunk driver. Right behind that   […]   Read More »

Lessons Learned From My Father, Miles Lord: All Things Are Possible

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By Priscilla A. Lord, Esq.

Growing up with Miles, we kids noticed that, unlike us, he had boundless energy and did not need much sleep. Behind his back we would call him the "whirling dervish." He really believed that he could do just about anything and everything if he just put his mind to it and he taught us that we could do the same. He would try to   […]   Read More »

Lessons Learned From My Father, Miles Lord: Standing Up For "The Little Guy"

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By Priscilla A. Lord, Esq.

My father died on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Since that time, I have been reading books and articles about him and thinking about how his life has influenced my life. Like him, I practice law and love advocating for my clients. This is my first post of a five-week blog series titled "Lessons learned from my father." He truly was a one of a   […]   Read More »

Why is My Practice Under Investigation by the Minnesota Board of Nursing?

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Medical Practice Under Investigation?  

By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

As a Minnesota nurse license lawyer, my clients often ask me why they are being investigated by their licensing board. Many people don't realize that Minnesota licensing boards are complaint-driven. In other words, your licensing board does not go out looking for improper behavior on its own. Rather, your board relies on others to alert it to improper practice or behavior.   […]   Read More »

What Should I Do If I am Injured by a Dog Bite?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

During summertime in Minnesota we emerge from our winter hibernation to soak in some vitamin D and spend some precious time outside enjoying the warm and sunny season. As a dog lover, I enjoy the opportunity to spend more time outdoors with my dog, Lucky and our office pup, Diva. But, I am always reminding myself that just because I am a dog lover, this does not mean   […]   Read More »

What Should I Do if I am Injured in a Bike Accident?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

I love bicycling in Minneapolis with my family! Minneapolis and St. Paul are two of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States, thanks to our local government's investment in amazing bicycle trails, boulevards and public transit. We are also very resilient here in the Twin Cities; blizzards and below zero wind chills will not deter us from commuting via   […]   Read More »

How Long Will it Take to Get Compensated for Injuries Sustained in a Car Crash?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

One of the most challenging things for someone who has been injured in a car crash due to the fault of another is the time it takes to get compensation from the at-fault party. Often times, my clients are not only suffering physically from an injury, but they are also missing work and incurring numerous expenses. As an accident victim, it is important you do your best   […]   Read More »

Five Things to Avoid if Your Are In a Car Accident

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

We hope that you or a loved one is never injured in a car accident. But if you are, there are some things you should be aware of in the event of a car accident in Minnesota. I want to bring your attention to five things you should avoid in the event you or a loved one are injured in a car accident in Minnesota:

1) DO NOT LEAVE   […]   Read More »

I am a Nurse Accused of Drug Diversion by the Minnesota Board of Nursing: What Should I Do?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

Drug overdose is currently the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, deaths from opioid overdose (this includes deaths from prescription painkillers and heroin) have more than quadrupled over the last 15 years. In 2015, 572 deaths due to drug overdose were recorded in Minnesota alone. As a nurse attorney that represents nurses and other licensed professionals before   […]   Read More »

Should I Hire a Nursing License Lawyer if I am Under Investigation by the Minnesota Board of Nursing?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

I can't tell you how many times I have been asked this question by prospective clients who call for a consultation after they have been notified by the Minnesota Board of Nursing that their nursing license is under investigation. When you receive allegations from your licensing board, it can be scary, confusing, stressful and create feelings of uncertainty about your future, both professionally and financially. Hiring   […]   Read More »

New name. New look. New website.

Join us in celebrating our new name, new branding and our new responsive website.

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Lord & Associates is now Lord + Heinlein in recognition of the valuable contributions of attorney Melissa Heinlein.

Our new logo and branding better reflect who we are while reinforcing our role as your powerful legal voice.
And, our   […]   Read More »

Ways a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You

personal injury lawyer mnMost people hope they will never need the assistance of an attorney. Most people do not like to admit that there are some things that they are unable to do themselves. Unfortunately, fighting with an uncooperative insurance company is one of those things that is very difficult, if not impossible, to   […]   Read More »

Frequently Asked Questions about Dog Bite Law

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Did you know that approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S.? Although dogs are often viewed as mans best friend, they can also be dangerous animals. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a dog bite, it is important   […]   Read More »

Dos and Don'ts of Hiring an Accident Attorney

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When hiring a Minneapolis accident attorney, there is a lot to consider. You want someone you can trust who can give you the representation you deserve. Here are few dos and donts to help you make the right decision.

Do hire an attorney. Whether you have been injured by   […]   Read More »

The Difference between Mediation and Arbitration

Mediation and arbitration are similar situations in which a neutral third person is brought in to preside over a legal dispute and bring the disputing parties to an acceptable agreement outside of court. We at Lord & Associates can understand why the two can be confusing to those not familiar with these two methods of settlement involving legal issues. But that's why we're here: To give you a better understanding and   […]   Read More »

Ways to Cope With Anxiety or Depression after Your Accident

Unfortunately, accidents are a common occurrence in life. Accidents happen daily, whether as a result of motor vehicle , falls, or mistakes. Often times, people are able to recover from these accidents and move on with their lives. However, those who have suffered a great deal of pain or have been unable to work for a long period of time are more likely to experience anxiety and depression after an accident,   […]   Read More »

What Should You Do after an Auto Accident?

Nobody leaves the house in the morning thinking that they are going to get into an accident. However, we all know that accidents do happen and it's what you do after the accident that can change your life. If an accident occurs, you should be sure to call a car accident lawyer in Minneapolis immediately. Here are 3 other things that you need to do that can make your life easier going   […]   Read More »

What Should You Do after a Motorcycle Accident?

There are many different safety precautions that motorcyclists have to take that regular car drivers may not have to think about. We at Lord & Associates know that nobody leaves their home in the morning thinking that they will get in a motorcycle accident. However, we also know that it happens. If it does, here are 5 things that your personal injury lawyer in Minneapolis, MN thinks you should do afterwards to   […]   Read More »

What Is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Being injured in an accident can be distressing. Often, you are left physically, emotionally, and psychologically traumatized. Knowing the law, and what it can do for you, is crucial to get the right compensation and pay the medical bills, if any, associated with your injury. Because the offender can sometimes refuse to resolve the matter in an amicable manner, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer to assist you in   […]   Read More »

Steps You Should Take after a Dog Bite

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As Minneapolis personal injury lawyers, we deal with a lot of people who have been attacked by dogs. They might be considered man's best friend, but it can feel like a strange relationship when you are on the victim end of a dog attack. If you are ever bit by someone else's dog,   […]   Read More »

Involved in a Drunk Driving Accident? We Can Help

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One of the most important things that you can do for yourself after being involved in a drunk driving accident is to call a qualified Minneapolis personal injury attorney. Working with a lawyer who can serve as your advocate through your next steps and throughout the process will be your best chance at getting   […]   Read More »

5 Factors for Considering the Worth of Your Injury Case

minnesota personal injury compensationAfter getting hurt in a car accident or other incident where another person or party caused it, you can work with your Minneapolis injury lawyer to get financially compensated. One of the most common types of payments that people receive in these cases is for compensatory damages. This means that the court will award you the monetary amount   […]   Read More »

Get Serious About Student Loan Debt

(This article about the Student Loan Debt was written by Melissa Staudinger, an Associate in our office at Lord & Associates. It was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Tuesday, November 2, 2015.
Counterpoint: Don't be so dismissive of young people's frustration with student loans
Interest rates really are too high, and job prospects really are too low. This ought to be a top priority on the campaign   […]   Read More »

Concerns at the U of M Regarding Gender Equity

University of Minnesota releases interim report on gender equity in athletics

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Officials say they have taken steps to ensure compliance with the law.

By Maura Lerner, Dan Browning and Emma Nelson Star Tribune

October 3, 2015 12:38am

Aaron LavinskyUniversity of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, shown earlier in the month,   […]   Read More »

Bair Hugger Warmer Device Litigation

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Serious Infection or Amputation Can Result from Joint Implant Surgeries Using Bair Hugger Warmer Device

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Lord + Heinlein  is now accepting cases involving post-surgical infections where the patient has undergone hip, shoulder, knee replacement surgery where the Bair Hugger was used   […]   Read More »

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses are No Longer Required to Work Under the Direct Supervision of a Physician

Lord & Associates has successfully defended licensed professionals before their boards for several years. Over this past year, Priscilla Lord moderated a meeting between a coalition of Minnesota physicians and the Minnesota Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) Coalition to help the groups reach an agreement on what language recommendations to make to the Minnesota legislature to amend then-existing law to allow APRNs to practice more independently. The legislature accepted most of   […]   Read More »

Safe staffing ratios between nurses and patients makes sense for minnesota

professional nursing license defenseAs attorneys that regularly defend nurses who are faced with investigations by the Minnesota Board of Nursing, there is one common factor we see in nearly all cases that involve mistakes in patient care or less than perfect charting and documentation by nurses: understaffing and high patient ratios. This is why the medical license defense attorneys at   […]   Read More »

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