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—Christianna L. Finnern
 
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Christianna L. Finnern

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Education
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2001
Wartburg College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1998
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Experience
Christianna Finnern is a shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., practicing in the firm's health care and insurance regulatory groups. Christianna has a commercial litigation background that makes her uniquely suited to navigating the complex regulatory world of health care and insurance.

Health Law
Christianna represents health providers and health care businesses in a variety of capacities, including litigation and enforcement proceedings, health care licensing board investigations and compliance and regulatory matters. She serves as outside general counsel to health care professionals and practice groups, where she advises them on, among other issues, state and federal privacy laws, including data breaches; fraud, waste and abuse, anti-kickback and Stark; credentialing, privileging and peer review processes; and employment issues. Christianna also routinely works with health care providers and practice groups to conduct internal compliance investigations in an effort to identify potential compliance risks, and ensure that appropriate procedures and training are in place moving forward. She has particular deep expertise in the behavioral health industry, including state and federal regulatory compliance considerations and 42 CFR Part 2 privacy considerations.

Insurance Regulatory and Insurance Litigation
Christianna represents insurers in conjunction with their interactions with state insurance departments, Attorneys General, revenue departments, and other state and federal regulators. She works with industry clients in conjunction with market conduct examinations and investigations, civil investigative demands and enforcement actions. Christianna also handles a wide variety of insurance litigation, including coverage disputes in all lines of insurance, unfair and deceptive business practices, and bad faith and unfair claims handling. 

Administrative and Regulatory Law
Christianna routinely represents clients before legislative bodies, and state and federal regulators. She has experience advising clients in conjunction with their oversight by, or interaction with, among others, the Minnesota Office of Attorney General (consumer, non-profit and charitable organization), Minnesota Office of the Governor, Minnesota Legislature, Department of Administration (data practices, contracts and procurement), Department of Commerce (insurance, real estate brokers and appraisers, securities, debt collectors), Department of Health (licensing, registration), Department of Human Services (licensing, Office of Inspector General), as well as the Boards of Pharmacy, Medical Practice, and Nursing. Christianna also has unique expertise representing health care companies in connection with state involuntary receivership matters.

Christianna is an active leader at the firm and in the community. She has participated in the firm’s Recruiting and Marketing Committees, and currently sits on the firm’s Technology Committee.  She serves on the board of directors for the Women's Health Leadership Trust, and is a former member of the Corporate Sponsorship Committee for the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.  She is also a former board member for Faith's Lodge.  Christianna’s passion for the law and promoting women professionals makes her a great mentor for young attorneys, and she currently mentors two women through the firm’s mentorship program.  

Raised in Madelia, Minnesota, Christianna lives in Edina with her husband, also an attorney, and their two children.

Bar Admissions
Iowa (inactive), 2003
Minnesota, 2001
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Ho-Chunk Nation


Representative Cases

Health Care

  • Represented a large provider group in connection with its acquisition of a complementary provider group.   
  • Served as regulatory counsel for a behavioral health care provider in connection with its acquisition by a private equity sponsor.   
  • Conducted internal investigation for a large physician provider group regarding potential billing and coding issues, reviewing and revising internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance.   
  • Conducted internal investigation for a large physician provider group regarding disruptive physician issues, drug diversion issues and physician fitness for duty concerns.  
  • Conducted more than twenty internal investigations and record-keeping audits for large behavioral health providers regarding state and federal regulatory compliance issues.  
  • Represented a behavioral health provider in connection with an administrative license revocation appeal. Successfully resolved the license revocation appeal through informal resolution on favorable terms to the provider.
Insurance Regulatory
  • Represented a title insurer in litigation with a mortgage company. Obtained an Order to dismiss the Plaintiff’s Complaint for failure to state a cause of action. The court held that issues involving apparent, implied, and sub-agency did not change the fact that it was the conduct of the mortgage company, not of the title insurer, that resulted in the mortgage company’s apparent loss. In addition, the court awarded the title insurer Rule 11 sanctions against the mortgage company and its attorney. The parties eventually settled out of court in a settlement that the client found favorable.   
  • Represented a group of six former officers and directors of a failed bank in connection with an FDIC demand for civil damages against the former officers and directors of almost $3,000,000.  Two bank officers, which Winthrop & Weinstine did not represent, had been charged with criminal acts in connection with their employment with the failed bank.  Successfully negotiated a complex settlement of all claims within the policy limits, which included allocations for civil damages, civil defense costs and criminal defense costs.   
  • Represented a group of seven former officers and directors of a failed bank in connection with an FDIC demand for civil damages against the former officers and directors of almost $6,500,000 for a settlement amount of $465,000.  Developed a very productive working relationship with outside counsel for the FDIC, which directly contributed to the ability to negotiate very favorable settlement terms.  
Administrative and Regulatory Law
  • Represented a health care real estate investment trust in connection with an involuntary receivership action brought by the Minnesota Department of Health against the operator of a nursing facility.  Negotiated a satisfactory resolution that allowed for the nursing home to continue operating without having to relocate its residents.  
  • Represented a health care real estate investment trust in connection with an involuntary receivership action brought by the Minnesota Department of Health against the operator of three nursing facilities.  Assisted the health care real estate investment trust in marketing the facilities for sale to other nursing home operators.
Business and Consumer Litigation
  • Represented a large mental health care provider in litigation against its former electronic data hosting vendor.  Secured injunction preventing vendor from restricting access to the provider’s electronic medical record and billing software.  

Community Involvement

  • Women's Health Leadership Trust, Board of Directors (2014-Present)
  • Faith's Lodge, Board of Directors (2011-2016)
  • Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Corporate Sponsorship Committee (2011-2014)
  • Advisory Board, Medical Devices Group (2013-2014)
  • Mentor, University of Minnesota Minority Mentorship Program (2010-2012)
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Development Committee (2010-2012)
  • Faith’s Lodge, Hope Rocks Committee (2010-2011)
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Honors & Awards

  • "Under 40 Hot List," Benchmark Litigation, 2016
  • "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2017
  • "Dream Team," Leaders in Health Care Award, Minnesota Business, 2014
  • “40 Under Forty” honoree, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2014
  • "Future Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2010-2015
  • Minnesota Rising Stars, Super Lawyers®, 2008-2016
  • Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2011
  • Van Oosterhout Moot Court Competition, 1999-2000
  • Member, Journal of Corporation Law, 1999-2000
  • Articles Editor, Journal of Corporation Law, 2000-2001

Articles & Presentations
Qtd. Perna, Gabriel. “Study: Patients Healthier with Female Physicians.” Physicians Practice. 23 December 2016.

Co-Presenter. "Emerging Roles for Physician Executives Warrant Careful Governance Practices." Integrated Healthcare Strategies. 28 July 2016.

Speaker. Representing Health Care Providers: Key Issues and New Developments. "Mid-Level Providers - Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, Dental Therapists." Minnesota CLE. 8 Jan. 2016.

Co-author. "Hackers Want Your Medical Data." Minnesota Business Magazine. 3 Dec. 2014.

Co-author. "Importance of Open Payments Website to Drug and Medical Device Manufacturers.Minnesota Business Magazine. 4 Nov. 2014.

Qtd. Richert, Catharine. "Minn. Businesses Struggle with ACA Employer Mandate." MPR News. 16 Aug. 2013. 

Co-author. "Final Rule on the 'Sunshine Act': Be Ready to Comply." Minnesota Physician. May 2013.

Co-author. "Sunshine and Scrutiny: Managing Compliance with the ACA's Sunshine Provisions from a Provider Perspective." Minnesota Physician. Nov. 2012.

Presenter. "Worker Classification: Employees vs. Independent Contractors." Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. 17 Oct. 2012.

Co-author. "Closing Protection Letters Offer Peace Of Mind." Commercial Mortgage Insight. Nov/Dec. 2009: 18-19. Republished: MBA News. 16+.

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