Why I Am Proud To Be A Lawyer For NursesMay. 9, 2018

Happy Nurses Week

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)?Apr. 26, 2018

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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 StandApr. 16, 2018

Judge Miles Lord, Golden Gloves Boxer

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?Apr. 5, 2018

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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 »

What Should I Do If I Am Over-Burdened in My Nursing Home Work Environment?Mar. 15, 2018

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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?Nov. 29, 2017

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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 PranksterOct. 31, 2017

Miles Lord and daughters

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 PracticeOct. 25, 2017

minneapolis injury law firmTHE PEOPLE'S JUDGE

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 RescuingOct. 13, 2017

Judge Miles Lord on the radio

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 PossibleOct. 3, 2017

Judge Miles and Maxine Lord

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 »

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