Robins Kaplan Recognized in The National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts List For 2021

August 9, 2022

Robins Kaplan LLP is pleased to announce that a $27.8 million verdict secured on behalf of Dr. Richard Tholen, a top Twin Cities plastic surgeon who endured an amputated leg after Assist America refused to evacuate him for proper medical care, has been ranked among The National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts for 2021.

Dr. Tholen suffered a traumatic knee dislocation while ziplining in Mazatlán, Mexico in 2015. As a member of the American Medical Association, he was the beneficiary of emergency medical evacuation services provided by Assist America—the nation’s largest provider of global medical emergency services with over 40 million members. Yet Assist America denied Dr. Tholen evacuation out of Mexico.

As a result, Dr. Tholen was left to arrange for his own medical care in Mexico as well as transportation back to the United States. Without Assist America’s assistance, he received poor medical care and his return to the United States was delayed. This delay led to an above-the-knee amputation. The Robins Kaplan trial team, led by Patrick Arenz with Emily Niles and Jessica Gutierrez, secured the verdict in November 2021.

Find the full list of The National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts here.

Patrick M. Arenz


Chair, Recruiting/Hiring Committee

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