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William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997
Pomona College, B.A., Government, 1992
U.S. District Court, D. Minn.
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Cir.
I served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Minnesota Attorney General’s office until 2003, when I joined Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
While at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, I served as counsel to the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Department of Health, and represented the State of Minnesota, the Governor, the Attorney General, and various state agencies in business, consumer and charities litigation, investigations, market conduct examinations, and civil enforcement proceedings. I was also heavily involved in numerous Attorney General audits and consumer investigations pursuant to the Office’s consumer and charitable organization oversight.
Since joining Winthrop & Weinstine, my practice mirrors my practice while at the Attorney General’s Office. I use my extensive experience to advocate on behalf of clients in a wide range of settings in all 50 states, including state and federal regulatory matters, business, consumer and charities litigation, as well as state and federal investigations, market conduct examinations, and unclaimed property audits.
While working at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and in my cases since joining Winthrop, they all present with unique legal issues coupled with unique public policy issues. I counsel clients as to the best strategic approach to engage with – or respond to – state and federal regulators.
I was recognized by Best Lawyers in America© as “Lawyer of the Year” for Administrative/Regulatory Law in 2017 and 2019, and have also been listed in Insurance Law. I have also consistently been selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list for Administrative and Regulatory Law.
I also serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota, as Immediate-Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel (“FORC”), and have served as Chair of the Executive Councils for both the Health Law and Administrative Law Sections of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
I am also a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.
My wife and I live in Edina with three kids, a Black Lab, and a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Following law school, I took my father’s advice and applied for – and got hired – as a law clerk, a summer associate, and then as Assistant Attorney General with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. I am grateful every day that I did. While there, I was exposed to people, the regulatory, investigative, and enforcement processes, and areas of the law that I would have otherwise never had the opportunity to experience. I could not have asked for a better foundation for a practice. With that background, I am able to use the deep knowledge of government to the benefit of my clients.
At the Attorney General’s Office and now in private practice, I have represented many hundreds of clients before state and federal regulators, as well as legislative bodies. I also advise clients in conjunction with their oversight by, or interaction with, among others, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office (consumer and charities enforcement ), Minnesota Office of the Governor, Minnesota Legislature, Department of Administration (data practices, contracts and procurement), Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce (insurance, real estate brokers, agents, and appraisers, securities, debt collectors), Department of Health, Department of Human Services (licensing, Office of Inspector General), Department of Labor and Industry (OSHA and Construction Codes and Licensing), Department of Natural Resources, Pollution Control Agency, Department of Public Safety, Public Utilities Commission (energy and telecommunications), as well as the Boards of Medical Practice, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy.
I formerly represented the Minnesota Department of Health’s Managed Care, Health Facilities Complaints, Health Economics, and Environmental Health divisions, as well as the Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with health care litigation, audits and investigations, and enforcement actions.
I now represent medical and dental providers, trade associations, and health care businesses in a variety of capacities, including litigation and enforcement proceedings, health care licensing board investigations, compliance and regulatory matters, as well as federal, state, and private payer billing audits and investigations. I also serve as outside general counsel to many dozens of individual health care professionals and practice groups, where I advise them on, among other issues, the purchase or sale of a medical or dental practice or business; general corporate governance, management, and employment issues; public and private payer reimbursement issues; fraud, waste and abuse, anti-kickback and Stark; credentialing, privileging and peer review processes; state and federal privacy laws, including data breaches. I also routinely work 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.
I also serve as an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where I teach Current Legal Issues for the New Dentist to the fourth year dental students.
Minnesota Business, 2014
Administrative and Regulatory Law, 2011-2021
Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2021
Minnesota Business, 2014
Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2017, 2019
Insurance Law, 2013-2022
Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2017-2022
Benchmark Litigation, 2012-2014
Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2003-2009
Board of Directors, 2020
Board of Directors, 2010-present
Chair of the Board, 2013-present
Vice-Chair of the Board, 2012-2013
Executive Committee, 2011-present
Finance Committee (past)
Chair, Board of Directors, 2012-present
Board of Directors, 2013-2017
Chair, 2005-2006 and 2008-2009, 2014-2015
Executive Council Member, 2004-present
Vice Chair, 2016-2017
Executive Council Member, 2011-present
Planning Committee, 2012, 2017-2021