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Marianne Short
Marianne Short

In-House Counsel 2020: Marianne Short

Although some areas of the law can be adversarial, being an in-house counsel lends itself to collaboration with those who hold the same role at other companies. That’s never been on display more than right now during a pandemic, said UnitedHealth Group Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Marianne Short.

From the start of the coronavirus situation, Short began contacting in-house counsels at other health care organizations, and by mid-March, those had turned into daily conference calls.

“We absolutely have to all work together, not just for our own members and employees, but as a larger community,” said Short. “In-house counsels can play a major part in navigating through a crisis like this and looking for answers. Connecting with each other helps us stay true to our mission to do good work.”

Short certainly has the background to be a leader. From 1988 to 2000, she was a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, authoring more than 900 opinions in both civil and criminal law, before going into private practice.

After leaving her position as managing partner at Dorsey & Whitney, Short joined UnitedHealth in 2013 and quickly developed a larger legal organization within the $200 billion company. Her department has effectively managed litigation, regulatory disputes, and numerous acquisitions.

She brings that experience and accomplishments into play to help UnitedHealth, its members, and the entire health community during this incredibly turbulent time.

“Our focus on health has always been meaningful to me,” she said. “I feel fortunate to be part of a community that comes together and works together for our future.”

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