Practice Group | Bassford Remele

Health Care

These are extraordinary times in health care. At Bassford Remele, our team has been serving medical practitioners of all sizes, from solo providers and managed care companies to long-term care facilities and major hospital systems, for four decades. As regular presenters and participants in regional and national health care law conferences, we have stayed in front of today’s rapidly changing health care environment, and we are recognized by peers as leaders in health care law.

We are the “go-to” firm for major health care organizations in the Twin Cities and beyond. We have far-reaching experience that has earned us a reputation as well-prepared, professional, and committed to every health care case we handle. Our experience ranges from privacy concerns and patient care issues including CMS and Joint Commission investigations, to medical malpractice, credentialing disputes, licensing board matters, and more.

Representative Cases

Represented a health system, obtaining a decision in a case of first impression, where the Minnesota Supreme Court clarified the extent of good-faith immunity under the Minnesota Commitment and Treatment Act. Binkley, 877 N.W.2d 547 (Minn. 2016).

Represented two major Twin Cities health systems, obtaining decisions on their behalf in separate credentialing disputes with members of the systems’ medical staff.

Defended a health system at trial, obtaining a defense jury verdict in a physical therapy injury case.

Comments from clients and the legal community:

Bassford is an excellent partner to us. Typically, Bassford is working on sensitive malpractice issues with us that require a delicate touch with providers who have been sued. I appreciate that to a person, Bassford's attorneys are well aware of these sensitives, and keep that in mind when working with our providers, for whom these cases are exceptionally stressful. (Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel, Health Care Provider)

Few firms in the Twin Cities can match Bassford Remele's expertise in the practice of medical malpractice defense. When I need guidance on a clinical risk issue, whether pre-suit or when litigation has commenced, I am confident that when I reach out to the Bassford attorneys I will get solid, practical advice to assist in my management of the matter. I view Bassford Remele's medical malpractice team as a trusted partner on which our in-house team can always rely. (General Counsel, Health Care Provider)

Jessica Klander, Sarah Hoffman, and Kelly Putney of Bassford Remele are fantastic advocates.

Bassford Remele malpractice team, and specifically Mark Whitmore as lead, has been a true partnership. Top notch legal defense is expected and the goal, but they have take the representation beyond those expectations. They understand the values of our organization, and live them out in the representation -- including our mission to de-stigmatize the disease of substance use and mental health disorders. (General Counsel, Health Care Provider)

Bassford Remele has consistently provided my organization with responsive and thoughtful counsel. Its attorneys are well-versed and tapped into issues facing the industry, and they truly care about the organizations they work with.

I have the highest degree of trust and confidence in the attorneys at Bassford Remele when it comes to medical malpractice defense. They are able to investigate claims thoroughly and efficiently and posture matters well for settlement or trial.

As an attorney, I am a very difficult and demanding client. My expectations of outside counsel sets a high bar and the med mal counsel at Bassford clear that bar each and every day. They understand my company. They understand our business. They understand and respect our culture. They are smart lawyers. The Bassford med mal team is truly "The Best." (Senior Counsel, Health Care Provider)

I have worked with the Bassford Remele firm for over 30 years in defense of medical malpractice claims. I have always found them to be the best in terms of knowledge and skill sets for handling these matters. They are very proactive in meeting my needs in terms of communication and updates on pending matters. Could not ask for better representation of our clinicians.

We've been a long-term client of Bassford Remele and have had several very important malpractice[s] cases with Mark Whitmore and the malpractice team over the last several years. It's important that we have a firm that understands and comports their behavior as a reflection of our foundation's values and mission. Mark and team do just that! They are appropriately empathic and professional with our staff but also with our former patients. They are comfortable owning a mistake and facilitating a way of "making it right" as much as that is possible, as they are putting up a necessary defense. I've become increasing frustrated with firms not giving an opinion or seeming to be afraid to actually litigate a claim. That is not the Bassford Remele malpractice team! Finally, I admire the way that partners teach, support, and endorse the associates in a way that is visible to clients. I know the associates working on my case by name, and it gives me the confidence that this team is going to continue to thrive and excel into the future.

Bassford Remele does amazing work and has been a preferred and trusted partner for years.

The overall best and most knowledgeable attorneys to work with.

At Bassford Remele we got the correct trial result in cases where millions were at stake.

Bassford Remele is an outstanding firm. I trust the attorneys to handle matters on behalf of our organization because I know they are smart, thorough and appreciate the budget constraints I have in a legal department within a non-profit. When I hand off a matter, I need to know that it's going to be taken care of without significant oversight by me, a legal department of two. I can do that with Bassford Remele and have been very pleased with the results. (General Counsel, Health Care Provider)

I depend on the malpractice team at Bassford Remele for a quick response when we've got a difficult situation. They are always quick to act and provide practical, sound advice on which I can rely. I go to them as the "experts" in the field and can feel confident that the information they are providing is what [my company] needs. (General Counsel, Health Care Provider)

The attorneys at Bassford Remele are knowledgeable, professional, and practical problem-solvers. I would not hesitate one bit to refer a colleague to this team.

These comments were collected as part of the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" research process.