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Laura Nelson
Laura Nelson

2021 Up & Coming Attorneys: Laura Nelson

Health care has an enthusiastic advocate in Laura Nelson.

Nelson joined Stinson almost eight years ago, becoming a partner at the beginning of 2020. As part of the firm’s health care and life sciences division, Nelson represents and counsels health care providers, including hospitals, physician and dental groups, nursing homes, assisted living communities, and nonprofit organizations. That might mean helping a client comply with HIPAA or other regulatory requirements, advising a nonprofit board on a tax exemption question, or guiding a hospital through a merger. Stinson works with clients across the industry and has special expertise in issues unique to rural health care providers.

“They provide services that are critical to their communities,” Nelson said. “They face significant challenges, but their commitment and creativity make them fun and interesting clients.”

Empathy is important to her practice.

“Put yourself in your client’s shoes to understand their needs, goals, and constraints,” she said. “Understand the business goal they’re trying to achieve through what they’re asking you to do.

“I’m inspired by my clients and their devotion to patient care, particularly how they find innovative ways to provide critical services in their communities.”

Nelson is also part of the Health Law Section Governing Council for the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Nelson knew she wanted to be a lawyer since she was a little kid. “I was the kind of kid where parents say, ‘You should be a lawyer,’ because I argued so much,” she said.

Outside of work, Nelson has served in volunteer leadership positions with Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, an organization supporting people with cancer, and St. Catherine University.

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