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Christine E. Hinrichs


Christine E. Hinrichs


Practice Groups

Appellate Practice, Professional Liability/Claim Prevention

Industry Groups

Health Care


Ms. Hinrichs defends health care systems and individual providers faced with professional liability, privacy, and board licensing matters. She also represents colleges and universities in Title IX and student-misconduct litigation.

Ms. Hinrichs has significant experience representing clients in trial and appellate courts, licensing boards, and mediation venues. She also provides risk-management advice and consult for various health care providers. Her recent experience includes successfully defending a claim brought under the Minnesota Health Records Act, providing guidance to health care clinic on the requirements of informed consent for minor medical procedures, and representing a large hospital system in a delayed-diagnosis case.

Ms. Hinrichs graduated summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law and served as a law clerk for Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks and Judge Michelle Larkin at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She serves on the Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Health Law Section, and she regularly speaks on health care professional liability topics.

Education & Admissions


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2009
    • William Mitchell Law Review, Assistant Editor, 2008-2009
    • Journal of the National Security Forum, Executive Editor, 2008-2009
  • St. Olaf College, B.A., magna cum laude, Pi Sigma Alpha, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • Minnesota

Judicial Clerkships

  • Minnesota Court of Appeals, The Honorable Michelle A. Larkin, Law Clerk, 2011-2012
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals, The Honorable Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, Law Clerk, 2009-2011


Representative Cases

Successfully argued for affirmance of district court’s dismissal of a Minnesota Health Records Act Claim at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Obtained favorable verdict as second chair of trial team in a products liability lawsuit alleging several million dollars in personal-injury damages.  

Obtained partial summary judgment on claim of medical malpractice due to failure of expert witness to establish causation.  

Draftsperson of amicus curiae brief to the Minnesota Supreme Court outlining policy position regarding physician liability for informal consultations. Warren v. Dinter, 926 N.W.2d 370 (Minn. 2019).

Primary draftsperson of amicus curiae brief to the Minnesota Supreme Court outlining policy position for application of expert-affidavit requirements in professional liability claims. Guzick v. Kimball, 869 N.W.2d 42 (Minn. 2015).

Obtained reversal of district court’s summary-judgment order as part of appellate team resulting in reinstatement of significant subrogation claim.  Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. Co. v. PGI Int’l, 882 N.W.2d 512 (Iowa Ct. App. 2016).

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, Barrister

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Health Law Section, Council Member
    • Animal Law Section, Chair
    • Appellate Law Section, former Council Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
    • Eighth Circuit Certworthy Co-Reporter, 2014-2019
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota Hospital Association

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, 2014-2018
  • Pet Project Rescue, Board Secretary, 2013-present


Honors & Awards

  • Amicus Award, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2015-present
Christine E. Hinrichs
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  • Warren v. Dinter, presenter, 2019 Medical Malpractice Conference, HCBA/MNAJ/MDLA, Minneapolis, MN, June 6, 2019
  • The Implications of Warren v. Dinter, panelist, Bassford Remele, Minneapolis, MN, May 29, 2019
  • Understanding the Opioid Epidemic and its Impact on Litigation, co-presenter, 2018 Medical Malpractice Conference, HCBA/MNAJ/MDLA, Minneapolis, MN, April 12, 2018
  • Case Law Update, presenter, 2017 Medical Malpractice Conference, HCBA/MNAJ/MDLA, Minneapolis, MN, April 20, 2017
  • Boost Your Persuasiveness: Judge Renee L. Worke and Judge Heidi S. Schellhas Offer Reflections on Effective Advocacy, moderator, MSBA Appellate Practice Section Annual Dinner, St. Paul, MN, June 9, 2016
  • Case Law Update, presenter, MDLA/MNAJ/MSBA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Minneapolis, MN, October 1, 2015
  • Reducing the Risk of Malpractice Lawsuits, presenter, Surgical Specialists of Minnesota, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN, June 24, 2015