Nilan Johnson Lewis Expands Health Care Practice With New Shareholders Susan Kratz and Heidi Neff Christianson

MINNEAPOLIS (Aug. 13, 2012) – Progressive Minneapolis law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis (NJL) announces the addition of two shareholders, Susan Kratz and Heidi Neff Christianson, to its health care group. Both bring a depth of knowledge about health care-related legal issues and experience representing health care providers, as well as nonprofit organizations such as colleges and universities, foundations and associations.

Kratz and Christianson come to NJL from St. Paul-based Moore, Costello & Hart P.L.L.P.

Kratz served as partner and chair of both the firm’s health law practice and tax-exempt bond financing group. She has nearly 20 years experience serving major health care systems, hospitals, physician clinics and other providers in the health care area on issues including governance and compliance, health care reform, physician compensation, joint ventures, and other arrangements involving health care providers. Kratz has also represented tax-exempt schools and universities in financing transactions.

She served as the chair of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce in 2010, chaired the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Health Law section, and served as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline’s Health Law Institute. Kratz attended the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1994, and received her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Minnesota, majoring in economics.

Christianson brings extensive health care and non-profit experience to NJL. In addition to her work with health care providers, Christianson has represented a variety of nonprofits including schools, colleges and universities, corporate and private foundations, and associations on matters including compliance with state and federal statutes and rules, tax matters, charitable contributions, joint ventures, mergers, corporate governance and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Moore, Costello & Hart, in 2004, Christianson served as an assistant attorney general in the Charities Division of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office for six years. She attended the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995, and earned her bachelor’s degree, graduating summa cum laude, from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

“We are excited to grow our health care practice with the valuable addition of Susan and Heidi,” said Matthew Damon, president of Nilan Johnson Lewis. “Their extensive health care expertise will add significantly to the team, while also delivering value to our clients through their deep, industry knowledge.”

About Nilan Johnson Lewis
Founded in 1996, Nilan Johnson Lewis has built its reputation by putting clients first, building a practice centered on excellence and value, defining the next generation of law firm. The firm’s practice focuses on five areas: product liability/mass tort litigation, commercial litigation, labor and employment, health care, and business law.

Nilan Johnson Lewis’ health care team consists of experienced attorneys who guide clients through the maze of organizational and regulatory complexities that define the health care field. It provides expertise in a variety of areas, including: Medicare/Medicaid, compliance, privacy, fraud and abuse, insurance regulation, ERISA, litigation, labor and employment, and health care transactions. Several of the firm’s attorneys have served as in-house counsel to both hospitals and health plans, providing unique experience and perspective in meeting clients’ needs. The team combines its knowledge of cutting-edge health care trends with a specialized legal practice that services the diverse needs of a variety of health care organizations.

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