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Lynne Tauer
Lynne Tauer

2022 Unsung Legal Heroes: Lynne Tauer

RB Legal, LLC

After several decades as a writer and editor for special-interest publications, Lynne Tauer made a career change to paralegal work, and she has found those well-developed skills in high demand at her employer, Golden Valley-based rb LEGAL, LLC.

After earning a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota in 1987, Tauer wrote for and edited several specialty publications and worked in corporate communications for Miracle-Ear, the Edina-based hearing aid manufacturer. Working for the Class I medical device maker provided her first exposure to legal work, which had been one of her longstanding interests.

After she earned a paralegal certificate in 2016, Tauer went to work for a small New Brighton-based law firm, spending much of her time on mass tort and data privacy cases. She brought her communication skills to rb LEGAL the following year.

One of the most appealing aspects of Tauer’s current position is the variety of cases and clients she works with. One memorable tort case was helping represent farmers who had been wrongly assured by seed company Syngenta that corn grown from its seed had been approved for purchase in China.

Tauer says one of her constant objectives is to “always improve the client experience by making sure they are not intimidated by us, and they have an understanding of what we are doing or trying to achieve. That makes it easier for them.”

That is particularly important when assisting clients with estate planning, an area Tauer enjoys as a way to directly help make clients’ lives better. “We want to use our experience of understanding what the client goes through to make the law and legal processes more accessible.”

She often formulates operating agreements, liability waivers and other documents for the firm’s small business clients. She enjoys “helping people tell their story, organizing information so the flow makes sense to the reader, and it is easier to retain.”

Tauer is also a major supporter of worthy causes. At Tauer’s request, her employer has written her annual salary increase in the form of checks to several nonprofits that she supports, rather than to her bank account.

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