Mary understands that effective legal counsel, delivered with a strong commitment to client service and an eye toward restraining costs, is a key contributor to the success of any health care business.


Mary’s comprehensive health care practice channels over 30 years’ experience in health care law to focus on complex transactions, patient care and medical staff issues, regulatory compliance, tax exemption and governance. When problems arise, she helps health care providers achieve their business and patient care goals while minimizing regulatory and liability exposure.

In the highly regulated, high-risk business of health care, Mary uses a collaborative and engaging counseling style to help clients craft customized solutions to legal and business problems. When unexpected crises arise, Mary helps clients manage potential liability as well as avoid damaging media exposure. Mary previously served as general counsel of a large nonprofit health care system, giving her a keen sense of the issues facing health care executives, the analytical, transactional and management skills required to meet these challenges, and an appreciation of the unique budgetary issues facing businesses in the health care industry.


Mary has represented critical access hospitals in affiliations with larger health systems and assisted hospitals in integration transactions with physician groups, involving both professional services agreements (PSAs) and clinic acquisitions.

She has helped restructure health care entities of different sizes and provider types, in order to better meet their strategic, financial and patient care goals.

Mary has provided governance education and support to newly-formed non-profit health care entities and worked with multiple parties in a community to redesign the delivery of health care services and align their interests.

She handled multiple engagements with hospital medical staffs in medical staff governance, bylaw and peer review and also represented physicians and other providers in medical staff matters.

Mary represented a critical access hospital in response to an EMTALA violation and prepared and filed a Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol submission following internal investigation of Stark law violation.

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Speaking Engagements

"Hot Topics for Medical Staff Leaders and their Counsel," Minnesota CLE, Health Law Institute, Minneapolis, MN, June 2019

"New Developments in Director Liability," Minnesota Hospital Association, Summer Trustee Conference, July 2017

"Legal Issues in Dealing with Impaired Physicians," Fairview Physician Associates Fall Meeting, October 2016

"Negotiating your Employment Contract," Minnesota Nurse Practitioners, Fall Conference, October 2016

"Collaborating without Consequences: The Application of the Anti-Kickback Law to Non-Acute Care Providers," Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Care of the Aging Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2014



Selected to the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in America©

Designated a Super Lawyer in Health Care by Minnesota Law and Politics, 2003-2005

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Health Lawyers Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

American Corporate Counsel Association

Minnesota State Bar Association, Health Law Section

Minnesota Hospital Association, In-House Counsel Committee, Past Chair

Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC), Board Member and Vice Chair-Elect

Care Providers of Minnesota Foundation, Board of Trustees


  • Minnesota


University Minnesota, J.D., cum laude, 1980

Creighton University. B.A., magna cum laude, 1975 

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