Grim Howland is a graduate of St. Olaf College, holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and is an honors graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to joining Lindell & Lavoie, Grim was primarily a defense lawyer practicing in the areas of catastrophic injury defense and construction defect litigation. Since joining the firm, his practice has focused on Plaintiff’s personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Grim has also established a niche practice in representing clients whose insurance companies have attempted to deny the existence of insurance coverage after an accident.
Grim has been successful at trial and before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, relying on his thoughtful and scholarly approach to persuade both judges and juries. Through his thorough and dogged approach to litigation, Grim has earned the respect of his opponents and the esteem of his clients. His superb communication skills and empathetic nature contribute to his success as an advocate.
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.
Slip and Fall – Snow and ice covered parking lot results in a 27 year old man falling and suffering a spinal injury. Result: $450,000 settlement.
Areas of Practice
Defective Product Injuries
U.S. District Court
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
When a 49 year old woman went to her doctor for treatment of a cough and cold she never imagined that her life would change forever because of the doctor’s negligence. Many years before, the plaintiff had suffered a gunshot wound to the head which left her without a portion of her skull near her left ear. The defendant physician was well informed of the plaintiff’s prior injury and vulnerability. Unfortunately, in treating the plaintiff’s cold and cough, the defendant physician ordered an ear lavage which introduced water and contaminates through the defect in her skull and into her brain. She was found hours later suffering a seizure and was ultimately diagnosed with meningitis, hydrocephalus, and a cerebral spinal fluid leak. Despite emergency brain surgery, she spent the next year and a half in a coma. While she has made a miraculous recovery, she remains profoundly disabled and requires daily care and assistance with all of her personal needs. Grim Howland and Ben Lavoie started a lawsuit on the plaintiff’s behalf and shortly thereafter the defendant’s insurer offered its $4,000,000 policy limit. Represented by Ben Lavoie and Grim Howland. Result – $4,000,000 settlement.
A 34 year old man was being transported by Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputies from Duluth to St. Paul to serve a short workhouse sentence for a probation violation. The deputy driving the transport van was driving in excess of 70 miles per hour when he missed his exit and slammed on the brakes, throwing the un-seat belted, handcuffed prisoner face first into the dividing screen. The plaintiff suffered a serious neck injury, which required surgery to repair. Ramsey County denied liability for the injuries, claiming that the prisoner was not injured and was claiming injury in order to obtain narcotic prescription medication. A Ramsey County jury disagreed and found in favor of the plaintiff. Result – $131,972.21 jury verdict. Post-verdict settlement of $169,400.
A 58 year old caretaker was assisting his employer’s son in moving equipment the son stored on his mother’s property. The employer’s son improperly set the lock on a jack stand supporting a heavy wood chipper. When the plaintiff was assisting the son in connecting the chipper to a trailer hitch, the unlocked stand collapsed striking his leg and pinning his foot. He suffered a serious compartment syndrome injury to his leg, which required multiple surgeries to repair. The homeowner’s son was insured by both homeowner’s and auto liability policies which are normally mutually exclusive. Grim recovered damages from both policies, as well as from the plaintiff’s own auto policy. Result – $350,000 settlement.