As a young attorney, Kay Tuveson got used to being called a “girl lawyer” and being told that she would be best off working on wills and divorces. In fact, part of the reason she went to law school was that the gender inequities of the day all but mandated it for someone with her ambitions.
“My first job out of college was working for Dave Durenberger in the U.S. Senate,” she recalled. “During that time, I learned I needed a law degree if I wanted to keep working in Washington. At that time, a woman needed a law degree to be equal with a man who had a B.A.”
But while in law school, Tuveson got her first taste of building something meaningful, helping to develop a legal practicum at the then-William Mitchell College of Law. That led to a job at Ramsey Clinic, a 200-physician group, where she was given the freedom to create an in-house practice that suited both her and the clinic.
Years later, she’s senior counsel with HealthPartners, where she’s been since 1998. There, she covers professional health care liability, litigation, health care ethics, professional state licensing board matters, other medical/legal issues.
Unusual for an in-house attorney, Tuveson is actively involved in litigation, associating with outside defense counsel and independently handling cases.
“My favorite thing about what I do is how wonderful the people here are,” she said. “I’m honored to work with a tremendous group in the law department, and the health care providers I represent.”
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