As a longtime investigative reporter, Lockridge Grindal Nauen associate Rick Linsk knows all about the research and keen ear it takes to be a good lawyer.
“I was used to dealing with lawyers and using court records,” said Linsk, whose practice involves health care, insurance, employment, and products liability litigation. “It seemed like it would be fun to be on that side of it rather than on the outside looking in.”
Linsk worked in journalism for more than two decades and decided on a career change at 44. “When I was a teenager, I knew I would do one or the other — law or journalism,” he said. “After 26 years. I needed a fresh start.”
Linsk has defended Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) claims and plan administrators, insurers, and employers against claims for payment of group life, health, and disability insurance benefits. He has also often represented and counseled health care practitioners in litigation, regulatory and licensing matters.
He has also worked on behalf of plaintiffs, working on the product liability litigation portion of In re DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a case involving defective hip implant products. That case to this point has resulted in settlements of more than $2.5 billion for plaintiffs. Linsk has also represented class-action plaintiffs in data breach cases, as well as consumers in cases involving defective home-improvement products and ethically shaky insurance policies.
“An elderly gentleman had been sued by a company that lent him money to buy $20 million in life insurance,” Linsk recalled, describing “stranger-oriented” policies that lure elderly people with cash or other incentives to sign up for a plan. “Those policies are often a scam. We helped him get a fair shake in litigation.”
Despite those wins, Linsk spends about two-thirds of his time on the defense side, and has no plans for a second career change.
“There’s always a story in employee benefits cases,” he said.