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Managing Associate

Cody M. Zustiak

When it comes to government, I help people know what their rights are and what we can challenge.

My Approach

When clients first call me, it is often the worst day of their professional lives: they have been contacted by a licensing board or regulatory agency, and their license is on the line or they have been disqualified from working in their chosen profession. Whether it is a doctor or dentist being investigated or an assisted living or home care agency whose license application was denied, I help clients navigate through the often convoluted regulatory process and make sure they understand their rights, which includes an understanding of the timeline and the key staff within certain state agencies and boards.

I assist individuals and entities with health law, in matters such as responding to complaints by a regulatory board, audits, and proposed discipline against a professional license, and counsel them to help take away the uncertainty of what to expect. With my years of experience at the Attorney General’s office, I understand the process of administrative law, including at the Office of Administrative Hearings, and Fair Hearings before the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and their strict deadlines, and work diligently to use that process to my clients’ advantage.

Groundbreaking Moment in my Career

Before I joined Winthrop & Weinstine, I served as Assistant Attorney General, leading litigation and enforcement and regulatory actions for the Minnesota Department of Health, health licensing boards (including the Minnesota Boards of Nursing, Pharmacy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, and others), and the Minnesota Departments of Veterans Affairs and Corrections. I have always wanted to help people, and thought that I would be in public sector forever. But after being at the AG's office for four years, I realized that I could more directly fight for people's rights by representing them on the other end.

Honors & Awards

MSBA North Star Lawyer

Pro Bono Service, 2018

Associations & Memberships

Minnesota State Bar Association

Administrative Law Section
Health Law Section

Hennepin County Bar Association

American Society for Pharmacy Law