William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
University of Minnesota, B.A., Journalism & Mass Communication, 2009
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.
Practicing Regulatory & Government Relations
Successfully received a dismissal of proposed disciplinary action brought by the Minnesota Department of Commerce against a licensee at the Office of Administrative Hearings.
Responded to multiple Minnesota Attorney General Civil Investigative Demands on behalf of various charities and other businesses.
Matter of Griepentrog, 888 N.W.2d 478 (Minn. Ct. App. 2016): The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a challenge to the constitutionality of a statutory requirement that an applicant be supervised by a licensed Minnesota body-art technician because the requirement was not an unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority; it did not violate the Equal Protection Clause; and it did not impermissibly burden interstate commerce in violation of Dormant Commerce Clause.
In re Admin. Penalty Order of Fay’s Homestyle Catering, No. A15-0967, 2016 WL 1619230 (Minn. Ct. App. Apr. 25, 2016): The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health’s decision to issue the maximum administrative penalty order to a caterer for failing to obtain a license to provide catering services and causing a foodborne illness outbreak because the commissioner did not act arbitrarily or capriciously in reaching a final decision.
Astramecki v. Minnesota Dep’t of Agric., et. al, Ramsey County District Court, File No. 62–CV–13–8018 (2014): The District Court granted the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s motion to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of Minnesota Consolidated Food Licensing Law’s requirements that home bakers be licensed if they sell outside of community events or farmers’ markets and the imposition of an annual sales limit.
Practicing Health Law
Minnesota Health Licensing Boards:
Received dismissal of complaints on behalf of licensees before the Minnesota Boards of Dentistry, Nursing, Medical Practice, and Pharmacy.
Obtained positive results for clients through negotiating agreements for corrective action and stipulation and consent orders.
Minnesota Home Care and Assisted Living Facilities:
Guided an assisted living facility through a licensing dispute with the Minnesota Department of Health.
Matter of Unity Health Care, No. A16-0682, 2017 WL 745740 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 27, 2017): The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health’s decision revoking the provider’s home care license, refusing to renew its home care license, and imposing fines. The Court of Appeals held that the home-care-licensure statute was not unconstitutionally vague; the home-care-licensure statute was not unconstitutionally overbroad; revocation of home care provider’s home care license did not violate its Fourteenth Amendment right to substantive due process; revocation of health care provider’s home care license did not violate the provider’s procedural-due-process rights; decision to revoke home health care provider’s license did not result in an unconstitutional taking; and the Commissioner did not abuse its discretion.
Also experienced in
Business & Commercial Litigation
Attorney General Investigations & Enforcement Actions
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