Contact Attorney Lindsay Rinholen
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A lot of people wake up in the morning and dread going to work. But some say if you do a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. It’s cliché, but I really believe that’s true. I don’t work at Pritzker Hageman—I do what I love.
I decided to become a lawyer because I have always felt a strong sense of advocacy—a drive to fight for the “little guy” against a system designed to take advantage of those without resources. But I wasn’t raised in a place where there were a lot of lawyers. I didn’t even know a lawyer as a kid. Most of what I knew about attorneys came from TV and movies. Before I started law school, I dreamt of being like Vincent Gambini in the movie “My Cousin Vinny”—keeping the wrongly accused out of prison with a smart mouth and a leather jacket. I wanted to be a criminal defense lawyer that won the case on the battlefield of the courtroom.
But as I made my way through law school, I found myself drawn to something I had literally never heard of before I started classes: “tort law.” In all honesty, I didn’t even know what “tort” meant before I went to buy the book—I had to Google it.
What lawyers call “tort law” forms the basis for most personal injury claims. The bedrock of tort law is the idea that wrongdoers should be financially responsible for the harm they cause to innocent people. This concept has been part of the United States legal system since the time the states were English colonies. Though our society has changed dramatically over that time, tort law has remained a fundamental part of our justice system.
Every day, I get to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves. I help my clients get through difficult situations and onto the rest of their lives by holding wrongdoers accountable. Insurance companies, courts, medical bills, funeral expenses—all of these things can be overwhelming, especially for clients who are recovering from an injury or illness or grieving the loss of a loved one. The last thing my clients’ need is stress from dealing with a lawyer. I get to know my clients well so I can make sure they feel comfortable with the process.
I am incredibly proud of the results the Pritzker Hageman team has achieved for clients. We work tirelessly with experts, doctors, trial consultants, and other lawyers to get the job done. But money tells only a small part of the story. Our clients are real people whose lives have been upended. For example, I was part of team of lawyers who got a $7.5 million dollar jury verdict for a girl with permanent kidney damage. Now I know she will be able to get top-notch medical care for the rest of her life to stay healthy enough to do things like go to college, build a career, fall in love, and start a family, if she wants. That’s the real success.
Outside the office, I spend my time wrangling my two daughters, Natalie (5) and Charlotte (6 mo.), a herd of 5 horses, and a rescue mutt named Clark, along with my husband Charlie. When I find the time, I enjoy running, cooking (really just eating), and traveling to visit friends and family.
I have volunteered for the Minnesota Women Lawyers’ Mentorship Program and the University of St. Thomas School of Law, as a moot court coach and for the alumni giving campaign, because I think it is important that young people who want to be lawyers have access to the tools they need to make it happen.
“Every day I get to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves.”
$7.5 million verdict for a girl who developed permanent kidney damage as a result of an E. coli infection.
$325,000 for the family of a man who who died in a house fire.
$100,000 policy limits for a man who sustained back, neck, and wrist injuries when his motorcycle was struck by a drunk driver.
$100,000 for the family of a woman who died in a single-vehicle semi crash after the insurance company denied coverage.
$47,500 on behalf of a young man who was slapped by a police officer.
$16,000 for a man who injured his wrist in an auto collision.
BA – Psychology – University of Minnesota – 2012
JD – cum laude – University of St. Thomas School of Law – 2015
Minnesota Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Minnesota State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Author, Miller-Shugart Agreements: Avoiding Avoidable Pitfalls, Minnesota Trial, Volume 41, Fall 2016.
Chair, Dram Shop & Other Alcohol Related Claims, Minnesota Association for Justice, March 2016.
Presenter, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, A One Horse Race: Legal and Practical Considerations for Horse Cloning, May 2015.
Minnesota Women Lawyers Mentor Program
University of St. Thomas Law Board of Advocates – Moot Court Coach
University of St. Thomas Law Alumni Giving Campaign
United States District Court for the District of Minnesota