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H. Theodore Grindal

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Government Relations Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.
100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-339-6900
Fax: 612-339-0981
Selected to Super Lawyers: 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 2012, 2014 - 2022
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Government Relations, Health Care, Legislative & Governmental Affairs
Attorney Profile

Attorney H. Theodore Grindal is a partner at the law firm of Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., with offices in Minnesota and  North Dakota. He is the chair of the firm’s top-notch state government relations team, and provides services pertaining to business regulation, health care, tax law and political law matters. Over the course of his 40 plus year legal career, he has successfully represented nonprofit institutions, professional corporations, trade associations, municipalities and others.

Majoring in political science and communications, Mr. Grindal obtained his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in 1976 from Augsburg University and his J.D.  from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1979. 

Recognized by peers, judges and clients for his reliable and robust services, Mr. Grindal formerly functioned as a Special Assistant Attorney General at the Minnesota Attorney General's Office for three years. He is licensed to practice in Minnesota (1980), the federal courts of Minnesota, the U.S. Court of Appeals for 8th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Honored for his ability and professionalism, Mr. Grindal has been  selected among The Best Lawyers in America. In 2013, he was named the Augsburg University Distinguished Alumni because of his accomplishments. Additionally, he has been  listed in Minnesota’s 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders by Minnesota Physician.

A zestful and exuberant speaker, Mr. Grindal has presented at several continuing legal education (CLE) seminars at the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)’s Health Law Section. He has also authored a number of articles for some of Minnesota’s prominent publications. 

Mr. Grindal gives back to his community by staying active in professional  organizations. He is a proud member of the American Health Lawyers Association,  the American Society of Medical Association Counsel and the Minnesota Government Relations Council. He has served on  the boards of a number of organizations such as  Augsburg University, the Evangelical Good Samaritan Society, the Minnesota Private College Council, the International Hearing Foundation, the  Norwegian-American Historical Association, ForeUs (formerly the Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association)  and The Minikahda Club  – to name a few.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Government Relations
  • 20%Health Care
  • 10%Legislative & Governmental Affairs
Focus Areas

Health & Health Care Law

Selections

28 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 2012, 2014 - 2022

About H. Theodore Grindal

First Admitted: 1980, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.locklaw.com/htgrindal/

Honors/Awards

  • Named a Minnesota Super Lawyer for numerous years by Super Lawyers® and the Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics.
  • Named Augsburg University Distinguished Alumni (Awarded 2013)
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America according to The Best Lawyers in America 1993 – 1994 and 1995 – 1996
  • Named one of Minnesota’s 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders, according to Minnesota Physician, 1993 and 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
  • Whether it's because he leads the largest lobbying firm in the state or because he's genuinely a stand-up guy, virtually every lawmaker went out of their way to sing Ted Grindal's praises. "He's very kind," says a DFL senator. "I've never heard a bad word said about him." "Grindal always comes to mind when it comes to an attractive lobbyist," says another DFL senator. "He does unnecessary fact-searches. And he always double- and triple-hits legislators." The go-to guy for anti-tobacco lobbyist group Clearway Minnesota, Grindal was the driving force behind the Freedom to Breathe Act, which banned smoking in bars and restaurants across the state in 2007. Those who have worked with him credit his low-key, approachable demeanor as the reason for his success. He'll give you both sides of the issue and help you figure out for yourself which is right. "The key is understanding the strengths and weakness of both your clients' and opponents' positions," says Grindal. Of course it doesn't hurt that his firm, Lockridge Grindal Nauen, represents more than 40 of the biggest-name clients in the country, including Microsoft and eBay. "The guy has a lot of connections," says one senator. "And let's be clear: He has the necessary resources to get out his information." Which is a diplomatic way of saying that Lockridge Grindal Nauen is very aggressive when it comes to funding campaigns. Grindal himself contributed about $12,000 to candidates in 2008, mostly to Democrats at both the state and national levels. Therein lies another key to Grindal's effectiveness: his access to federal movers-and-shakers. "I work with his larger firm in Washington, and the things they work on include getting federal money for public transit," says U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota). "Whenever I come back to the district, he always knows what's going on federally. When you combine the state and federal levels, you have a very effective lobbyist.", One of the 10 Most Influential Lobbyists In Minnesota, City Pages, 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Health Law Section Presenter on numerous occasions
  • In the red. All bets are off as the Minnesota Legislature faces a hulking deficit, Minnesota Physician, Volume XXII, No. 10, January 2009, at 1 (with Matt Schafer and Cristina Diaz).
  • Feeling the pain. A face-off on the health and human services budget, Minnesota Physician, Volume XXIII, No. 4, July 2009, at 1 (with Matt Schafer).
  • More Deficit, Further Challenges: 2010 Legislative Preview, Metro Doctors, March/April 2010, at 6 (with Nathaniel Mussell).

Bar/Professional Activity

  • 1980, Minnesota
  • Minnesota Government Relations Council  
  • American Society of Medical Association Counsel
  • American Health Lawyers Association, MSBA (Health Law Section)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Educational Background

  • Augsburg College, 1976, B.A., cum laude
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Office Location for H. Theodore Grindal

100 Washington Avenue South
Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-339-6900

Fax: 612-339-0981

Last Updated: 7/20/2022

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