At Lindell & Lavoie, LLP, we provide experienced personal injury, workers’ compensation and medical malpractice representation to clients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, throughout the Twin Cities metro and across the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin. We’ve handled cases in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa as well. We have a proven record of success obtaining results for people like you, and we have a reputation among insurance companies and our colleagues as lawyers who are excellent in the courtroom. We are lawyers who know how to try cases and that matters.
Grim Howland has been successfully building a litigation practice since joining Lindell & Lavoie, LLP in 2009. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College, holds a master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to joining the firm, he was primarily a defense lawyer practicing in the areas of catastrophic injury defense and construction defect litigation. Now his practice is exclusively plaintiffs' personal injury and workers' compensation. His superb communication skills and empathetic nature contribute to his success as an advocate. Grim's scholarly and thorough approach to litigation, and dogged representation of his clients have rightly earned him the respect of his opponents and the esteem of his clients.
In 2012-2014, Grim was selected as a Minnesota "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers. This accolade is awarded to only 2.5 percent of practicing attorneys in Minnesota who are either under 40 years old or have been practicing for less than 10 years. Grim is also selected as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" in 2014.
Like other members of the firm, Grim is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and camping.
Medical Malpractice - Doctor's negligent administration of a routine procedure results in catastrophic injury to a 49 year old woman. Result: $4,000,000 settlement.
Automobile - Ramsey County Sherriff's Deputy causes injury to prisoner during transport. Result: $131,972.21 jury verdict.
Negligence - Caretaker's leg injured when an improperly locked jack stand collapses. Result: $350,000 settlement from homeowners and auto insurers.
Defective Product InjuriesDog BitesMedical MalpracticePersonal InjuryWorkers’s CompensationWrongful Death
Current Employment Position(s)
MinnesotaU.S. District Court
Minnesota Association for Justice (Member) Minnesota State Bar Association (Member) Hennepin County Bar Association (Member)
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 2004
Honors: with HonorsUniversity of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1996
M.Ed.,St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1994
Rising Star - Minnesota Super Lawyers 2012-2014Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Jim Lavoie, a longtime resident of the Twin Cities and Milaca, Minnesota, exclusively representing persons who have been injured or who have lost loved ones. He has represented people with all degrees of injuries and loss, devoting his sincere attention and best efforts to all. He takes pride in offering clients the personal attention everyone wants and needs during the difficult time of a life altering injury or loss of a family member.
He attributes his success to his diverse experiences and qualifications, including:
Army helicopter pilot, 101st Airborne Div., Vietnam, 1970-71
Ag helicopter crop duster
Labor experiences in jobs such as truck driving, commercial debris hauling, truck and passenger tire service, concrete landscape product finishing, and mechanics
University of Minnesota honors graduate from both undergraduate school and law school
Mille Lacs County Attorney 1978-1985
Volunteer High School Mock Trial Coach and judge, Minnesota State Bar Association mock trial program
Volunteer Board Member, Milaca Scholarship Foundation
Member, Pagosa First, community organization, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Mr. Lavoie began his practice as a prosecutor, serving as Mille Lacs County Attorney, successfully prosecuting all levels of crime, including murder, rape, child sexual abuse, and financial crime. He went into private practice in St. Cloud in 1985, concentrating on civil litigation. In 1991 he moved his practice to Minneapolis where his work has been exclusively on behalf of injured people and families.
Still residing and active in Mille Lacs County, Jim is proud to say that a great many of his clients come from the central Minnesota region, as well as the metropolitan area.
Mr. Lavoie is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He's been voted a Super Lawyer® in the area of personal injury in annual polls of Minnesota lawyers conducted by Minnesota Law & Politics and Mpls/St. Paul magazine. His is also qualified as a neutral arbitrator and mediator.
Besides the firm's main office in Minneapolis, Jim maintains an office in Milaca, MN.
Jim Lindell (University of Minnesota, 1977) is a litigator focused on personal injury cases, including product liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, liquor liability and workers' compensation. He is a certified civil trial specialist and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is past dean of the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota. Lindell feels his broad work experience prior to law school, including construction, firefighting, teaching, and service in the U.S. Army, allows him to relate well to his clients of highly varied backgrounds. He practices in Wisconsin as well as Minnesota and is a qualified arbitrator and mediator.
Ben has been an associate with Lindell & Lavoie, LLP, since 2004, and he law clerked at the office in the two summers prior to that. Since that time, he has become an integral piece in the firm's ongoing success. He has a varied practice, primarily focusing on personal injury and workers' compensation cases, but he loves appellant work and has a special interest in Section 1983 Civil Rights cases.
He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients over that period and has been significantly involved in notable and important cases. In 2012, Ben partnered with his friend and colleague, Grim Howland, to successful resolve a $4 million dollar medical malpractice claim on behalf of his disabled client. That same year, he partnered on a ground breaking workers' compensation civil penalties case with Jim Lindell, successfully arguing at the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit that the district court erred in granting summary judgment to the defendants and that Plaintiff could prove that the defendants intentionally obstructed her workers' compensation benefits in violation of Minnesota law. See Nunn v. Noodles & Company, and Zurich American Ins. Co., 674 F.3d 910 (8th Cir. 2012). Soon after that decision, Ben and Jim were able to resolve that case for their client, earning her an extraordinary but confidential settlement.
Ben believes that many of the skills he acquired during his years of bartending and teaching English abroad prior to law school have helped immensely in his law practice. He prides himself on making people feel comfortable when explaining to him their problems and concerns, just like he did from behind the bar. Ben is also excellent at distilling complicated legal issues into language and examples that permit his clients to fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of their cases. Ben's clients feel comfortable knowing they have the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves and they have a friend and fine attorney on their side until the end.
Ben has been consistently recognized by his colleagues for his work, successes and devotion to his clients, earning the distinction as one of Minnesota's Rising Stars, by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. This accolade is awarded to just 2.5 percent of attorneys under the age of 40 or who have been practicing less than 10 years. The selection process is peer nominated and reviewed.
Motor Scooter Crash - Vespa rider who was knocked off scooter by van while changing lanes proves she suffered a brain injury that changed her life. Result - $1,350,000
Medical Malpractice - Doctor's negligent administration of a routine procedure results in catastrophic injury to a 49 year old woman. Result - $4,000,000 settlement.
Personal Injury - Bicyclist hit by car, sent to collections for car damage, gets the final say on fault. Result - $100,000 settlement.
Slip and Fall - Strip mall's icy sidewalk causes bad fall. Result - $105,000 after Mediation.
Workers' Compensation - Worker's lung condition linked to auto body job. Result: $175,000 plus Medical Benefits left open.