Minnesota Lawyer Honors Eight Robins Kaplan Attorneys as 2021 Attorneys of the Year

December 20, 2021

Robins Kaplan LLP is pleased to announce that Patrick Arenz, and a team of attorneys including Jeff Gleason, Munir Meghjee, Jamie Kurtz, Nathaniel Moore, Jason Pfeiffer, Haynes Hansen, and Jaime Wing have been named 2021 Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer. This annual award recognizes recipients’ leadership skills, involvement in noteworthy cases, and commitment to public service.

Arenz is recognized for his role as lead trial counsel in a personal injury case wherein his team secured a $27.8 million jury verdict 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. This verdict has been reported as the largest personal injury verdict in Minnesota history. This is the second time that Arenz has been recognized amongst Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year.

The trial team consisting of Gleason, Meghjee, Kurtz, Moore, Pfeiffer, Hansen, and Wing are recognized for their involvement in the RightCHOICE Managed Care, Inc. et al v. Hospital Partners, Inc. case, in which they represented Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri and other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in litigation against defendants who conspired to defraud the healthcare insurers. The defendants and their co-conspirators took control of a Critical Access Hospital in Unionville, MO called Putnam County Memorial Hospital, and used the hospital to bill our clients $18 million for lab tests performed by their laboratory in Colorado. By billing the tests through the hospital, they obtained substantially inflated reimbursements. The Robins Kaplan team secured a jury verdict for compensatory and punitive damages totaling $25.6 million.

All attorneys will be honored at a dinner event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on February 17, 2022.

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