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Insurance & Financial Services

Experience, Value & Results

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., provides exceptional legal representation to our clients in insurance and financial services matters.
We have proven experience in complex problems in insurance regulatory, legislative, litigation and corporate matters in every kind of insurance.

Our attorneys strive toward efficiency, responsiveness and value to achieve results for our clients. With the world of insurance and financial services changing daily, we navigate legal changes and stay on top of emerging challenges.

Areas of expertise include:
Regulatory and Legislative
  • Government relations and legislative solutions
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Compliance and enforcement proceedings
  • Market conduct examinations
  • Certificates of authority and licensing
  • Producers and agents
  • Trade practice regulation
  • HIPAA and privacy
  • Opinions
  • Multi-state surveys
  • Insolvencies and rehabilitation
  • Guaranty associations
  • Coverage litigation in all lines of insurance
  • Claim analysis and counseling
  • Litigation monitoring
  • Administrative hearings
  • Sales practice liability
  • FINRA arbitration
  • Unfair claims and business practices
  • Commission issues
  • Bad faith
  • Fraud claims
  • Class actions
  • Excess
  • Reinsurance
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Surplus lines
  • Environmental and asbestos
  • Workers compensation programs

  • Product compliance
  • Insurance review and coverage analysis
  • Program analysis and development
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Sale agreements
  • Servicing agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Marketing
  • Agencies
  • Joint ventures
  • Holding companies
  • Captives
  • Officer and director liability
  • Sarbanes-Oxley compliance

We offer a comprehensive array of legal resources in the insurance and financial services arena. We combine the depth of services of a large firm with attentive, personal service of a small firm. Our professionals have proven experience, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and based on sound legal principles.

When dealing with insurance regulators or the legislature, transacting insurance business, facing federal or state courts at the trial or appellate level, or participating in mediations and arbitrations, we know the way to results. It's what our clients have come to expect and demand.

Click on the link for additional information on our Insurance Litigation practice.





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Ryan K. Crayne
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John A. Knapp
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David P. Pearson
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Brooks F. Poley
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Press Releases

November 01, 2017
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List

March 13, 2017
David Aafedt Elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel

November 01, 2016
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List

November 02, 2015
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Four Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List

August 25, 2015
David Aafedt Re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota

November 04, 2014
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Three Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List

February 07, 2014
Christianna L. Finnern Chosen as One of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's "40 Under 40"

November 01, 2013
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Three Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List

January 21, 2013
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. Attorney David M. Aafedt Elected to National Board of Directors

November 01, 2012
“Best Lawyers” Ranks Multiple Winthrop & Weinstine Practice Groups as Top Tier

January 17, 2012
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces 2012 Board of Directors

November 21, 2011
Best Lawyers Ranks Multiple Firm Practice Groups as Top Tier

September 13, 2011
Seventeen Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®

August 18, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Recognized as One of the "Best Places to Work" for 6th Time

May 23, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Helps Local Food Bank Raise Funds

March 21, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces 2011 Board of Directors

December 21, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Celebrates This Holiday Season with the Help of Local Talent

November 22, 2010
Sixteen Shareholders Named to Best Lawyers in America

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May 02, 2012
Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL)

April 06, 2011
Chambers and Partners

April 02, 2011

March 15, 2011
Best Lawyers in America®

January 05, 2011
State Law Resources

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