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Lindquist & Vennum Welcomes New Partner Paul C. Thissen to Health Law Group


Lindquist & Vennum LLP is pleased to announce that Paul Thissen has joined the firm’s Minneapolis office as a partner beginning January 9, 2012.  Thissen joins the firm’s health law practice where his experience in health care policy and reform, business strategy, and commercial dispute resolution will benefit the group’s fast-growing portfolio of health care clients.  A member of the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2002 and current House Minority Leader, Thissen has played a critical role in health care policy and reform—including advocating for children’s access to health care and leading the successful passage of the 2008 Minnesota Health Reform Act.  He was recognized as one of the 100 most influential Minnesotans in Health Care by Physician Magazine.  Prior to joining Lindquist & Vennum, he practiced law with the firm of Briggs and Morgan.

David Melloh, partner and chair of Lindquist’s Health Law Group remarks, “Paul’s background and experience in the health care arena, business intelligence and long record of legal successes make him a tremendous asset to Lindquist & Vennum, our health law practice and our clients.”

Thissen, on joining Lindquist & Vennum, “I am so pleased to be working with lawyers recognized nationally for their expertise and good judgment in representing health care providers and others in the industry as they navigate the rapidly changing world of health care.  It is a time of great opportunity, and I am excited to have a chance to work with clients to seize those opportunities.”

Prior to his selection by his colleagues in the Minnesota House as Minority Leader in November 2010,  Paul was Chair of the Health Policy and Oversight Committee for four years.  He also served as a member of the Health Care Access Commission and on Governor Tim Pawlenty's Health Transformation Taskforce.

In 2006, Paul was selected as one of the Twin Cities’ "Forty Under 40" top professionals by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and was named one of the Twin Cities "Best Brains" by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine.

Paul is active in pro bono work and has served on the Minnesota Justice Foundation’s board of directors and founded the Access for Persons with Disabilities Program.  He is active in several community organizations.

Paul received his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University.  He received his law degree with honors from the University of Chicago and served as editor for the University of Chicago Law Review.  Following law school, Paul clerked for the Honorable James B. Loken of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit.

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