• HLI Advisory Board

    Our advisory board provides us with invaluable perspective on the issues, challenges and practice of applied health law. We are grateful for their contributions.

    Diane Berthel
    Senior Consultant, Advanced Capital Group

    Diane Berthel was the principal and co-founder of Berthel Schutter LLC, an institutional investment consulting firm. Over her career, she has served as an outside trustee for numerous public and private institutions. She is currently a member of the HealthEast Care Systems Board of Directors and the Health Law Advisory Board for Hamline University School of Law. Diane has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University as a Bush Leadership Fellow; she also completed an Executive Program in Healthcare from Harvard University.

    "The Health Law Institute is vigilant in their response to the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. It is rewarding to support an organization who offers responsive practical learning to help navigate the many policy, legal and economic challenges inherent in that changing landscape."

    Brian Beutner
    Chair, Board of Directors, MNsure

    Brian Beutner was the CEO of mPay Gateway, Inc., a venture-backed software company providing payment services to physicians and other healthcare providers. Previously, Beutner spent seven years at UnitedHealth Group where he was one of the founders of its consumer finance business and chartered Exante Bank, the first successful bank built by a health care company. He has also served as an executive at Jostens, Inc. and began his career in the private practice of law. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan Law School.

    "The Health Law Institute provides a needed resource to understand the complexities of the legal and regulatory aspects of health care. But more broadly, HLI also helps us understand how healthcare fits into the economy as a whole and how the legal structure of the healthcare environment impacts care delivery and financing in this country."

    Jack Brevlu
    Shareholder, Chair, Health Law Practice Group, Leonard Street and Deinard

    Jack Breviu chairs Leonard, Street and Deinard's Health Law practice group. Breviu represents health plans on contracting, regulatory, financial, compliance and transactional matters. He represents healthcare providers including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physicians and others on transactional, regulatory and credentialing matters. He represents pharmacy benefit managers and health information technology companies, as well. Breviu also advises clients on Medicare and Medicaid regulation, fraud and abuse law, ERISA, and HIPAA issues. Breviu works with clients on state regulatory issues in virtually every state and he works with clients and firm litigators on various litigated matters. Previously, Breviu served as General Counsel of UnitedHealthcare, the health plan division of UnitedHealth Group. He was also an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota.

    "The Health Law Institute provides a unique educational opportunity for students with an interest in the law affecting this dynamic industry."

    Julie Brunner
    Executive, Director, Minnesota Council of Health Plans

    Julie Brunner is the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, an association of Minnesota’s nonprofit health plan companies. The Council’s members provide health coverage for more than 4.3 million people. Before becoming the Council’s executive director in January 2003, Brunner served as the deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health where she managed the development of budget initiatives, legislative proposals and general operations. Her experience also includes serving as the county administrator for St. Louis County, director of child support enforcement for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services and lawyer with the Office of Senate Counsel. Brunner received her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1980.

    “Hamline’s Health Law Institute has built a reputation for helping health law attorneys stay current in the rapidly changing area of health law. Hamline is on top of the most important issues in health law today, such as compliance and health reform, and looking ahead to make sure that health law attorneys have the tools they need to succeed.”

    Keith Halleland
    Shareholder, Halleland Habicht, PA

    Keith Halleland is a founder and shareholder of Halleland Habicht. Halleland chairs the health law practice and focuses his work in the areas of regulatory compliance, business transactions, and health care policy. He serves as general counsel for the Health Care Compliance Association and chairs the Advisory Council of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Halleland's experience in the health care arena also includes mergers and acquisitions of large hospitals, long-term care, and managed care organizations. He has served as general counsel to the largest high risk insurance pool in the country, and previously created an integrated health system involving seventeen hospitals and a health plan with over one million members, as well as an integrated network of community clinics. Prior to HH, Halleland co-founded Halleland Lewis Nilan Sipkins & Johnson PA in 1996.

    "Minnesota has a long history of national leadership on health law issues, as well as a strong and growing bar of health care attorneys. Hamline's Health Law Institute embraces that tradition and is helping tremendously to educate the next generation of legal and compliance professionals."

    Joan Humes
    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Investigations, Medtronic, Inc.

    Joan Humes is vice president and deputy general counsel for Litigation and Investigations at Medtronic, Inc. In that position, she provides strategic direction, leadership and advice on complex litigation matters and government investigations for Medtronic’s Legal Department. Before joining Medtronic, Humes was general counsel for the Public and Senior Markets Group for UnitedHealth Group. Humes was also Assistant United States Attorney and Civil Chief for the United States Attorneys’ Office in the District of Minnesota. While with the Department of Justice, she was awarded the Executive Offices of United States Attorneys’ Director’s Award for Superior Performance, the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Inspector General’s Integrity Award. Humes also has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, William Mitchell College of Law, and Hamline University School of Law. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.

    "Hamline’s Health Law Institute is a valuable resource for students and for health law practitioners. We all benefit from the combined contributions of academic professionals, students specializing in the field, and current practitioners."

    Jim Jacobson
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Medica

    Jim Jacobson joined Medica in 2002 as the senior vice president and general counsel with responsibility for Medica's legal affairs, government relations, and compliance. Before joining Medica, Jacobson served for two years as Chief Deputy County Attorney for Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar. Jacobson supervised all civil litigation and other civil matters in that office. From 1987 to 2000, Jacobson served in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. Among others, he held the positions of manager of the Health Licensing Division, where he represented the Board of Medical Practice and other licensing boards, and manager of the Commerce Division, supervising legal services provided to the Department of Commerce. Before joining the AG’s Office, Jacobson clerked for a federal district judge in Cleveland. He earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984 and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.

    "Hamline’s Health Law Institute has quickly developed into a local and national leader on health policy issues. The Institute plays a vital role in educating students, attorneys and health care professionals on a wide range of health care issues, and its Health Care Compliance program is nationally recognized for its training and certification. I am honored to serve on the advisory board and to contribute to the Institute’s educational and health policy initiatives."

    David B. Orbuch
    Executive Vice President, Optum

    David B. Orbuch is the Executive Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer of UnitedHealthcare Public & Senior Markets Group (PSMG), an operating unit of UnitedHealth Group. Orbuch joined UnitedHealthcare in 2009 after serving as president of Phillips Eye Institute and the Phillips Eye Institute Foundation. Previously, he held leadership positions, including executive vice president of corporate responsibility and chief compliance officer, at Allina Hospitals and Clinics, one of the largest health care providers in Minnesota. Prior to working for Allina, Orbuch was a federal and state prosecutor for more than 10 years. Orbuch is an adjunct professor at Hamline University School of Law and a frequent national speaker on ethics and compliance matters. Orbuch earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and his law degree with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School. He also completed a health care fellowship with the American Hospital Association.

    "The Health Law Institute is an incredible resource for students wishing to jump into the compliance field."

    Neal Peterson
    Partner & Co-Chair of Health Law Group, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    Neal Peterson is a partner in and Co-Chair of the Health Law Group at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Peterson's practice focuses on health care transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and other business relationships between and among payers of health care and providers of health care. His transaction experience covers many segments within the health care industry, including health insurers, HMOs, integrated delivery systems, hospitals, multi-specialty physician groups, home health agencies, infusion therapy businesses, durable medical equipment suppliers, pharmacies and assisted living facilities. Prior to joining Dorsey in 1996, Peterson practiced health law with a firm in Connecticut. He is a graduate of Saint Olaf College and Cornell Law School.

    "Hamline's Health Law Institute provides students a wonderful opportunity to dig into the fascinating world of health law. Stories involving the provision of and payment for health care occupy the news every day. The Health Law Institute equips its students with a deeper understanding of health law generally and allows them to focus in growing areas such as health care compliance. It is an honor to serve on the advisory board and to add my perspective to the Institute's activities."

    Michael Vanselow
    Partner & Chair of Health Care Litigation Practice Group, Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly

    Michael Vanselow joined the Oppenheimer law firm after law school and principally handled drug and medical device products liability litigation. He later moved to the Minnesota Attorney General's Office where he spent 16 years as an assistant and deputy attorney general concentrating on health care litigation and state investigation matters. Vanselow then spent the next two years as a Principal Litigation Counsel for Medtronic managing mass tort litigation and government investigations. Last year, Vanselow rejoined Oppenheimer where he is chair of the firm's Health Care Litigation practice group and also works in the firm's Government and Corporate Investigations group. His health care practice principally focuses on health care fraud matters.

    "One benefit of serving on the Institute's advisory board is the opportunity to discuss cutting edge health care issues with some of the state’s preeminent legal health care professionals."

    Judith Walker
    Vice President, Internal Audit, Risk Management, & Consumer Affairs, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MN

    Judith Walker is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Walker is accountable for providing leadership on regulatory compliance issues and for maintaining the company’s privacy and compliance and ethics programs. She has held several positions at Blue Cross since joining the company in 1989, most recently serving as Deputy General Counsel. Walker is an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University School of Law and serves on the advisory boards of Hamline’s Health Law Institute and the Joint Degree Program in Law, Health and the Life Sciences of the University of Minnesota. Walker received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., and her law degree from Hamline University School of Law.

    "The Health Law Institute is uniquely situated to connect the law school to the Minnesota health care industry, and likewise the various sectors of this incredible resource to the students. It is a great synergy that enhances public policy in the community while informing and enlightening the students."

    Genevieve M. Zimmerman
    Partner, Zimmerman Reed, PLLP

    Genevieve M. Zimmerman is a partner at Zimmerman Reed, PLLP. Zimmerman focuses her practice on representing individuals and families who are injured or lose a loved one as a result of defective prescription drugs, medical devices or medical negligence. Zimmerman earned her bachelor's degree from Macalester College and her law degree from Hamline University School of Law.

    "The Health Law Institute brings together groups with diverging experience with the health care system for conversation and collaboration. Few other groups endeavor to assemble leaders from HMOs and medical device manufacturers alongside representatives of state and local governments as well as individual citizens. Hamline’s Health Law Institute should be commended for gathering such a diverse group to brainstorm about current issues in health policy."

    Tom Pursell
    Partner, Lindquist and Vennumm, PLLP

    Martin Stillman
    Internist, Senior Medical Director of Medicine and Medicine Subspecialties, Hennepin County Medical Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

    Martin Stillman, MD, JD, FACP, FCLM, is a board certified internist and Senior Medical Director of the Medicine and Medicine Subspecialty Clinics at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he also serves as an assistant Chief of Medicine for the Medicine Department. His administrative leadership work involves oversight of 18 clinics and includes aspects of operations, patient quality and experience, population health, and maximizing healthcare value. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and his academic work includes teaching of medical error, malpractice, and risk management to second-year students. Martin is also a qualified mediator for the State of Minnesota. He continues to serve as President of the University of Minnesota Medical School Alumni Board and has served on the Executive Board of the American College of Legal Medicine. He also serves as a Physician Pod Adviser for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Institute for Physician Leadership. Martin graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1993 and the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1997. He completed his training in internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2000 before serving one year as Chief Resident.

    "Hamline's Health Law Institute remains a vibrant educational resource for a wide range of relevant health law issues both locally and nationally."