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Christianna L. Finnern

Interacting with government is an art, and as with any art, experience is key to being effective.

My Approach

The regulatory and administrative process can seem like a huge impediment to the goal of serving your customers and patients, whether in health care, insurance, or other regulated industries. I represent clients as they deal with federal and state regulatory compliance issues and provide counseling to proactively address issues before they arise.

I don’t see my clients as the current project, and then moving on to the next. I love getting to know each client’s business, weighing their strengths and weaknesses, and figuring out how to navigate the current and future landscape to help them grow and expand. When I do internal investigations or a contested case hearing, I use my background in litigation to dig into the facts, do discovery, review documents and interview employees to piece together not only what happened, but also to prevent any further issues down the line.

A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career

I had recently been named shareholder at the firm in the litigation practice, but the economy was still recovering from the recession and I wasn’t as busy as I like to be. Together, my partner, David Aafedt, and I decided to create a new practice area focused exclusively on health care regulatory compliance and I wholly threw myself into it. I learned that there's no magic to developing a practice like that; just years of hard work, persistence, and the support of a great team.

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America©

Health Care Law, 2021-2024

Minnesota Super Lawyers®

2017-2019, 2023

Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2008-2016

Benchmark Litigation

Under 40 Hot List, 2016
Local Litigation Star, 2016-2024
Future Star, 2010-2015

"Dream Team" Leaders in Health Care Award

Minnesota Business, 2014

40 Under Forty

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2014

Up & Coming Attorney

Minnesota Lawyer, 2011

Associations & Memberships

Women's Health Leadership Trust

Board of Directors, 2014-2017

Faith's Lodge

Board of Directors, 2011-2016
Hope Rocks Committee, 2010-2011

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Corporate Sponsorship Committee, 2011-2014

Medical Devices Group

Advisory Board, 2013-2014

University of Minnesota Minority Mentorship Program

Mentor, 2010-2012

Minnesota Women Lawyers

Development Committee, 2010-2012

Care Providers of Minnesota

Member, Regulatory Forum Committee

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Ramsey County Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association

American Society for Pharmacy Law

Minnesota Pharmacists Association

Minnesota Child Care Association

Accra Home Care

Board of Directors, 2023-present

American Health Law Association

Vice Chair - Member Engagement, Behavioral Health Practice Group, 2023-2025