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Christine E. Hinrichs


Christine E. Hinrichs


Practice Groups

Appellate Practice, Professional Liability/Claim Prevention

Industry Groups

Health Care


Ms. Hinrichs represents health care systems and individual providers in professional liability and board licensing matters.

Ms. Hinrichs represents clients in trial and appellate courts, licensing boards, and mediation venues. Her recent experience includes defending claims brought under the Minnesota Health Records Act, advising a 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 is active in the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Health Law and Appellate Practice sections and 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

Part of appellate team that obtained reversal of a district court’s summary-judgment order on behalf of agribusiness client, and resulted in the reinstatement of a significant subrogation claim; Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. Co. v. PGI Int’l, 882 N.W.2d 512 (Iowa Ct. App. 2016).

Primary draftsperson of amicus curiae brief submitted on behalf of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association regarding expert-affidavit requirements in professional liability claims; Guzick v. Kimball, 869 N.W.2d 42 (Minn. 2015).

Ziemer v. GovDelivery, Inc., A13-0644 (Minn. Ct. App. Dec. 23, 2013), addressing the interpretation of Minnesota’s unemployment insurance statutes and treatment of settlement proceeds in calculating benefits. 

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, Council Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
    • Eighth Circuit Certworthy Reporter
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota Hospital Association

Civic Involvement

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


Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2015-present
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Amicus Award, 2016


  • You've Been Served With a Subpoena. Now What?, co-author, Minnesota Medicine, May/June 2016
  • Off the Tracks: How a Train Accident Derailed Article III Power, co-author, 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1434 (2010)
  • Flying Under the Radar or an Unnecessary Watchdog? A Review of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, author, 35 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 5109 (2009)


  • Understanding the Opiod 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