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.
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
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
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.
Iowa (inactive), 2003
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota