Marlene S. Garvis, MSN, BSN

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Health Care Attorney in Minnetonka, MN

Marlene S. Garvis, LLC
 | 4597 Woodridge Road, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Phone: 612-462-9119
Fax: 952-777-1690
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Health Care (80%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%),
  • Administrative Law (10%),
  • Appellate (0%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (0%)
Attorney Profile

As the principal attorney at her law firm, Marlene S. Garvis serves as a dedicated consultant and advocate for employers and health care professionals in the Twin Cities metro area and throughout Minnesota. Her impressive background led Ms. Garvis to a law practice that ranges from professional licensing and disciplinary proceedings to consultation on health care issues and employment law.

Ms. Garvis earned her Juris Doctor from what is now known as Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Before her legal education, she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the St. Catherine University, and she earned a master’s degree in nursing from Boston University. Ms. Garvis had a successful career as a nurse before starting her career as an attorney. Her varied professional experiences give her the breadth of knowledge to advise clients not only as a lawyer, but she can also advise clients as a former health care professional with insider knowledge.

Before deciding to concentrate on her own practice, Ms. Garvis was a partner at the law firm of Jardine, Logan and O'Brien in Minnesota. She also held many leadership positions in that practice, including chair of the Health Law Practice Group, the Firm Development Committee, and the Mentoring, Library and Technology Committees.

As an former adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and as a frequent speaker on health law and employment issues, Ms. Garvis regularly reinforces her reputation as a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney. Held in high regard by her peers, she holds a rating of AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell. In order to continuously grow her practice, she holds membership in multiple legal organizations, such as the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association and The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Health Care (80%): Hospital Law, Health & Health Care Law

Employment & Labor (10%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Administrative Law (10%): Licensing

Appellate (0%): Appeals

Professional Liability (0%): Professional Malpractice - Other

Focus Areas

Hospital Law, Health & Health Care Law, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Licensing, Appeals, Professional Malpractice - Other

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

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About Marlene Garvis, MSN, BSN

Admitted: 1985, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: www.marlenegarvis.com/marlene-garvis.php

Honors/Awards:

  • “Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota,” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2006-Present
  • President, HCBA, The Hennepin Lawyer, July/August 2005
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Newsletter Spotlight, February 1990 and September 1991
  • Judges Hall of Fame, Silver National Mock Trial Tournament, Hamline University, March 1998
  • 2011 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award from the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Gwen M. Lerner “Excellence in Leadership” Award, Mitchell Hamline Law Review, April 8, 2016
  • Legal Research and Writing TA Fall, 1983, Hamline Univ. School of Law
  • Student Judge, Advocacy & Moot Court Arguments, 1983, Hamline Univ. School of Law
  • Federal Court Internship Judge Robert Renner, 1983, Hamline Univ. School of Law
  • Internat’l Moot Court Jessup Cup Team 1983, Third Place, Midwest Region, Hamline Univ. School of Law
  • Legal Education & Admission to Bar Committee, 1983-1984, Hamline Univ. School of Law
  • School of Law Representative to State Bar Association, Hamline Univ. School of Law
  • Dean's List, 1984, Hamline Univ. School of Law
  • President, Minnesota Women Lawyers, 1991-1992
  • President, Hennepin County Bar Foundation, 2000-2002
  • President, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2005-2006
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to the 2014 & 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers List

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State of Iowa, 2002
  • State of Wisconsin, 1991
  • State of Minnesota, 1985
  • Minnesota School of Business and Globe College, Advisory Board, 2003-2013
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Barrister Committee, Chair, 1999-2000
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Attorney Referral Service Committee, 1993-1998
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Membership Committee, 2003-2005
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Women in the Legal Profession Committee, 2006-Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Legislative Committee, 2005-2006
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Diversity Taskforce, 2005-2006
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Assembly Delegate, 2005-2014
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, General Policy Committee, 2005-2008
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Diversity Implementation Taskforce Co-Chair 2009-2013
  • Minnesota Society for Health Risk Management, Education Committee, 1997-2005
  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, Member, 1997-2014
  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, Governing Council, 1998-2002
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Student–to–Lawyer Mentoring Committee, Co-Chair, 2006-2007
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1984-1987, 1989-1993
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Advisory Board, 2010-Present
  • Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education, Board of Directors, 2004-2010
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2002-2007
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Past President, President-elect, Treasurer, Secretary
  • Iowa State Bard Association, Health Law Section Counci, 2012-2015
  • Federal Bar Association, Health Law Section Chair, 2011-2014
  • Federal Bar Association, Health Law Section, Vice Chair, 2009-2011, 2014-2016
  • ABA-National Conference of Bar Presidents, NCBP Communications & Diversity Committees
  • ABA-National Conference of Bar Presidents, Metropolitan Caucus Executive Committee, 2007-2011
  • ABA Health Law Section, Technology Committee, Vice Chair, 2011-2012
  • ABA Health Law Section, Litigation and Risk Management, Vice Chair, 2008-2011
  • ABA Health Law Section, Health Lawyer Editorial Board, Vice Chair, 2014-Present
  • ABA Health Law Section, Beast Cancer Initiatives Task Force, Vice Chair, 2012-Present
  • Minnesota State Court System Neutral Roster-Mediation, 2000
  • Minnesota State Court System Neutral Roster-Arbitration, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 8th Circuit
  • Iowa Bar Association Health Law Council
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  • American Bar Association, HL Section TF Officer

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • MINNESOTA 100 Program Mentor
  • Great Plains Organization for Perinatal Health Care
  • Association of Women’s' Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing
  • American Society of Law and Medicine
  • The American Association of Nurse-Attorneys (TAANA), Editorial Board, In brief, 1986-1992
  • The American Association of Nurse-Attorneys (TAANA), Acting President of North Central Group, 1990-Present 
  • Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH), Board of Directors, 1985-1989
  • Minnesota Perinatal Organization, Board of Directors, 1994-2000
  • Minnesota Society of Hospital Attorneys, Board of Directors, 1993-1998
  • Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project (BWLAP), Board of Directors, 2008-2014
  • Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project (BWLAP), Board Chair, 2009-2014
  • Hamline University School of Law, Alumni Board, 2005-2010
  • Hennepin County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2004-2010
  • Hennepin County Bar Foundation, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary
  • NCJW-Minneapolis Section, Board of Directors
  • Project OPTIMUM, University of Minnesota, Advisory Board
  • Family Tree Perinatal Education Program, Advisory Committee Chair
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Women’s Health Collective, Advisory Board
  • Deephaven Montessori School, Advisory Board President & Vice President
  • Childbirth Education Association of Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul, President & Vice President
  • Federal Bar Association, Pro Se Project, Panel Board Member
  • Care Providers of Minnesota

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Hennepin Technical College, January 12, 1994. Presentation to License Practical Nursing Students
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, March 1, 1994. Legal and Ethical Aspects of InformedConsent and Paternalism. Presentation to undergraduate Nursing Students
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, April 7, 1994. Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice.Presentation to Senior Nursing Students
  • College of St. Catherine, June 2, 1994. Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • Medical Education Services, Inc., June 27, 1994. Mental Health and the Law
  • University of Minnesota Patient Care Program, July 18, 1994. Legal Issues for the NurseAdministrator. Graduate Program in Nursing Administration
  • National Business Institute, Inc. Course, October 6, 1994. Preventing Lawsuits for WrongfulTermination and Use of Employee Handbooks
  • Upper Midwest Chapter of INS, November 15, 1994. Are You At Risk? Liability Issues In TheIntravenous Administration Of Medications
  • Hennepin Technical College, January 11, 1995. Presentation to Licensed Practical Nursing Students
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, January 17, 1995. Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice.Presentation to Senior Nursing Students
  • PHICO Insurance Company Risk Management Seminar, February 23, 1995. Nursing Liability.Seminar for nurses at St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, February 28, 1995. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Informed Consent and Paternalism. Presentation to Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • Hennepin Technical College, January 11, 1995 Legal Aspects of Nursing. Presentation to NursingStudents
  • St. Luke's Hospital - Duluth, February 23, 1995. Nursing Liability Seminar. Presentation to Hospital Administrators and Management Staff
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, April 5, 1995. Legal Implications of PrescribingMedications. Presentation to Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, April 18, 1995. Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice.Presentation to Senior Nursing Students
  • St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center, May and June 1995. Legal Issues for Nurses. In-Service NursingSeminars
  • St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center, July and August 1995. Operation Improvement. In-Service Nursing Seminars
  • Contemporary Forums, November 4, 1995. Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians.Continuing Education Course for Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Winter Quarter 1996. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Informed Consent and Paternalism. Presentation to Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth, Minn. (PHICO Risk Management Seminar), March 1, 1996. PotentialLiability Issues in Nursing Care. Seminar for Nurses at St. Luke's Hospital
  • College of St. Catherine, March 27, 1996. Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar forGraduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center, Spring 1996. Operation Improvement. In-Service Nursing Seminars
  • Fourth District Nurses Association, April 12, 1996. Nurse Practitioner Career Issues: Liability Issues. Continuing Education Seminar for Nurse Practitioners
  • Rice Memorial Hospital (PHICO Risk Management Seminar), April 16, 1996. Vulnerable Adult ActIssues and Liability Risks. Seminar for Nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar, Minnesota
  • Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, April 17, 1996. Peer Review Information: Is It ReallyProtected. Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, May 10, 1996. Legal Implications for Acutely Ill Children and Adults. Presentation to undergraduate Nursing Students
  • Minnesota Society for Health Care Risk Management, May 17, 1996. Theories of Managed CareLiability. Seminar for Society Members
  • Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, September 18, 1996. Ethics, Constitutional Law & Emerging Theories of Liability. Seminar for Lawyers, Nurses, and Related Disciplines
  • St. Paul Mayor's Conference on Disabilities, October 1, 1996. Employers and the ADA, Employment Connections: A Conference for Employers and for People with Disabilities
  • Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, October 17, 1996. Emerging Theories of Liability Asserted in Medical Malpractice Cases. Seminar for Lawyers and Related Disciplines
  • National Business Institute, January 22, 1997. Current Issues in Nursing Liability and LiabilityInsurance and Nursing. Continuing Education Seminar for Nurses and Risk Managers
  • Jardine, Logan & O'Brien, P.L.L.P., January 23, 1997. Employer Documentation: What Are theEssentials? Seminar on Employment Termination
  • Lorman Education Services, February 28, 1997. Confidentiality of Medical Records: When Consent is Not Required and Practical Aspects of Releasing Records. Seminar for Nurses, Risk Managers, and Related Disciplines
  • Hennepin Technical College, LPN Program, February 14, 1997. Liability Risks in Nursing Practice.Presentation for LPN Students
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, February 27, 1997. Legal and Ethical Aspects ofInformed Consent and Paternalism. Class presentation for Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • College of St. Catherine, April 3, 1997. Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar forGraduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, April 1997. Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice. Class presentation to Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • HealthPartners/Ramsey Integrated Home Care, April 29, 1997. Nursing Practice and Legal Risks. Presentation to Nursing Staff
  • Methodist Hospital September 22, 1997. Legal Issues in Care Delivery. Presentation to Nursing Staff
  • Professional Education Systems, Inc., November 14, 1997. Minnesota Nursing Law '97. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • Minnesota Society for Health Care Risk Management (MnSHRM), December 4, 1997. ASHRM Model I: Risk Management Standards, Statutes, and Regulations. Seminar for Society Members
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Mid-Winter Meeting, February 21, 1998. Legal Rights for Nurses. Seminar for AACN members
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, February 26, 1998. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Informed Consent and Paternalism. Class for Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • College of St. Catherine, April 2, 1998. Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • Institute for Paralegal Education (NBI), April 21, 1998. Using the Paralegal in Negligence Cases. Continuing Education Program
  • Nurse Practitioners in Long Term Care, April 22, 1998. Risk Management for the Nurse Practitioner Practicing in the Long-Term Setting. Annual Continuing Education Program
  • Minnesota Society for Healthcare Risk Management (MnSHRM), July 29, 1998 (Chair). Integrating Quality and Risk Management. Membership Education Seminar
  • Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, October 28, 1998. The Maze of Representing Health Professionals before Administrative Agencies. Cont. Legal Educ. Seminar (Chair)
  • College of St. Catherine, March 12, 1999. Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • Rice Memorial Hospital, April 14, 1999. The New Health Care Directive. In-service Education/Continuing Medical and Nursing Education
  • Minnesota Society for Healthcare Risk Management (MnSHRM), Summer 1999. Employment Law Update. Membership Education Seminar
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, October 20, 1999. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Informed Consent and Paternalism. Class for Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, November17, 1999. Legal Responsibilities For Nursing Practice. Class for Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • Rice Memorial Hospital, November 19, 1999. Nursing Documentation: Are We At Legal Risk? Nursing In-Service Education/Continuing Nursing Education
  • College of St. Catherine, March 16, 2000. Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • William Mitchell College of Law, October 11, 2000. Critical Issues Affecting Nurses. (Nursing Discipline and Nurse Involvement in Lawsuits). Seminar for Nurses
  • Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, October 12, 2000. Emerging Issues for Integrated Health Systems & Providers. (Presented on Legislative Update: Amendments to Statute of Limitations and Vulnerable Adult Act). Continuing Education Seminar
  • Metropolitan State University, October 16, 2000. Legal Issues for Nurses: Scope of Practice. Presentation for Nursing Students
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, October 26, 2000. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Informed Consent and Paternalism. Class presentation for Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • University of Minnesota/Allied Health Nurses, April 28, 2001. Legal Issues Facing Nurses Who Care for Allergy Patients. Seminar for Nurses and Related Disciplines
  • Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, May 4, 2001. Documentation to Achieve Medicare Compliance. Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Lorman Education Services, May 8, 2001. Confidentiality of Medical Records: Production of Medical Records in Response to Subpoenas, Court Orders & Search Warrants. Seminar for Nurses, Risk Managers, and Related Disciplines
  • Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, June 28, 2001. Long Term Care Emerging Issues Part II: Care and Negligence Issues. Chair, Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, October 25, 2001. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Informed Consent and Paternalism. Class presentation for Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, January 10, 2002. HIPPA: Protecting Employer Records.Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • College of St. Catherine, March 21, 2002. Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc., May 14, 2002. Confidentiality of Medical Records: Production of Medical Records in Response to Subpoenas, Court Orders & Search Warrants. Seminar for Nurses, Risk Managers, and Related Disciplines
  • Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, June 28, 2002. Nursing Home Litigation. Seminar Chair and Presenter. Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Bethel College, July 12, 2002. Legal Issues for Nurses. Seminar for Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • Lorman Education Services, July 25, 2002. Documentation Issues and Charting for the Future in Minnesota. Seminar for Nurses, Risk Managers, and Related Disciplines
  • Lorman Education Services, August 27, 2002. Confidentiality of Medical Records: Production of Medical Records in Response to Subpoenas, Court Orders & Search Warrants. Seminar for Nurses, Risk Managers, and Related Disciplines
  • Lorman Education Services, April 14, 1988. Essential Legal Issues. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • Professional Education Systems, Inc., February 9, 1990. Minnesota Nursing Law '90. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • Cayuna Range Hospital, May 4, 1990. Nursing Practice: The Legal Issues. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • University of Minnesota Patient Care Program, July 12, 1990. Legal Liability of Nurse Executives. Graduate Program in Nursing Administration
  • Hamline University School of Law, February 1990. Presentation to Tort Class on Medical Malpractice
  • North Hennepin Community College, October 3, 1990. Legal Accountability in Nursing. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center, August 3, 1990 & September 14, 1990. Legal Issues and Nursing Practice. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, November 20, 1990. Legal Issues For Nurses. Presentation to Nursing Students
  • Minneapolis Community College, November 27, 1990. Legal Accountability in Nursing. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • Third District Minnesota Nurses' Association: South-of-the-River Nurses November 27, 1990. Legal Accountability in Nursing. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • Hazeldon, December 12, 1990. Legal Accountability in Nursing. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • University of Minnesota Medical School, February 2, 1991. Mini-symposium on Medical Malpractice. Program for Medical and Law Students
  • Hamline University School of Law, February 6, 1991. Presentation to Tort Class on Medical Malpractice
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, February 7, 1991. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Informed Consent and Paternalism. Presentation to Nursing Students
  • HUSL Advanced Legal Education Seminar, April 5, 1991. Damages in a Wrongful Death Case. Continuing Legal Education Course for Attorneys
  • St. Paul Regional Blood Services, April 9, 1991. Transfusion Nursing: Trends and Practices for the 1990s. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, May 2 and 9, 1991. Professional Issues in Nursing, for Senior Nursing Students. Presentation to Senior Nursing Students
  • League of Minnesota Cities, May 30, 1991. Loss Control Workshop, Program for LMCIT Members
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Informed Consent and Paternalism. Class presentation for Undergraduate Nursing Students, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, October 24, 2002
  • University of Minnesota Patient Care Program, July 11, 1991. Legal Liability of Nurse Executives. Graduate Program in Nursing Administration
  • Medical Education Services, October 3, 1991. Confidentiality of Medical Records. Seminar for Medical Records Personnel
  • Legal Issues for Nurses. Seminar for Undergraduate Nursing Students, Bethel College, October 28, 2002
  • American College of Health Care Administrators, October 24, 1991. Avoiding Litigation: Are you Prepared? Conference for Health Care Administrators
  • Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students, College of St. Catherine, March 20, 2003
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, November 14, 1991. Legal Issues For Nurses. Presentation to Junior Nursing Students
  • Long Term Care Under Siege. Seminar Chair. Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, April 1, 2003
  • North Memorial Medical Center, November 15, 1991. Professional Liability of Nursing Practice. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • Legal Implications of Nursing Practice in Minnesota. Seminar for Nurses, Risk Managers, and Related Disciplines, Lorman Education Services, April 16, 2003
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College, February 20, 1992. Liability, Documentation and Nurses. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • Confidentiality of Medical Records: Production of Medical Records in Response to Subpoenas, Court Orders & Search Warrants. Seminar for Nurses, Risk Managers, and Related Disciplines, Lorman Education Services, May 23, 2003
  • Creative Nursing Management, March 5, 1992. Red Flags and Avoiding Lawsuits. (Video). Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • Legal Issues for Nurses. Seminar for Undergraduate Nursing Students, Bethel College, July 22, 2003
  • St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center, June 15, 1992. Informed Consent and Informed Refusal. Seminar for Medical Residents
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Informed Consent and Paternalism. Class presentation for Undergraduate Nursing Students, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, October 2004
  • University of Minnesota Patient Care Program, July 16, 1992. Legal Liability of Nurse Executives. Graduate Program in Nursing Administration
  • St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center, September 21, 1992. Confidentiality of Medical Records. Seminar for Medical Residents
  • Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students, College of St. Catherine, March 25, 2004
  • North Central College Health Association, October 9, 1992. Legal Issues in College Health. Conference for College Health Professionals
  • Legal Issues for Nurses. Seminar for Undergraduate Nursing Students, Bethel College, October 25, 2004
  • St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center, December 21, 1992. Duty to Warn. Seminar for Medical Residents
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, January 19, 1993. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Informed Consent and Paternalism. Presentation to Nursing Students
  • University of Minnesota, March 3, 2005, Negotiating a Contract for Employment. Presentation at 10th annual Minnesota NP and NM Student Conference
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, April 23, 1993. Legal Aspects of Nursing. Presentation to Senior Nursing Students
  • St. Olaf College, April 26, 1993. Legal Aspects of Nursing. Presentation to Senior Nursing Students
  • Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students, College of St. Catherine, March 16, 2005
  • Alexandria Technical College, May 5, 1993. Nursing Practice and Litigation. Continuing Education Course for Nurses
  • Delegation: Who is Responsible? Who is Liable? Presentations to Staff Nurses at Inservice Education, HealthEast, October 6, 2005
  • Prenatal Educator Group, May 14, 1993. Legal issues of Concern to Prenatal Educators. Conference for Prenatal & Childbirth Educators, RNs, & other Health Care Professionals
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Informed Consent and Paternalism. Presentation to Undergraduate Nursing Students, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, October 27, 2005
  • College of St. Catherine, May 20, 1993. Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • University of Minnesota Patient Care Program, July 19, 1993. Legal Liability of Nurse Executives. Class for Graduate Program in Nursing Administration (ISP)
  • Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students, College of St. Catherine, March 24, 2006
  • Ross Academy 1993 Seminar, October 27, 1993. Legal Aspects of Documentation (for Obstetrical Nurses). Seminar for Perinatal Health Care Providers
  • Clinic Seminar for Claims and Records Staff, St. Croix Orthopedics, P.A. Management of Medical Records in Minnesota
  • PHICO Insurance Company Risk Management Seminar, December 9, 1993. Nursing Liability. Seminar for Nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar, Minnesota
  • The Basics of Employment Claims, Workers’ Compensation Claims and the Interplay Between the Two in Minnesota. Seminar for Attorneys, HR Directors, Insurance Claims Representatives, and Risk Managers, Lorman Education Services, May 22, 2006
  • St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, December 16, 1993. Practice Management Workshop: Legal Issues. Seminar for Medical Residents
  • Fourth District Minnesota Nurses Association, January 11, 1994. Vicarious Liability and the Nurse. Continuing Education Seminar for Nurses
  • Management of Medical Records in Minnesota. Seminar for Medical Records Directors, Business Managers, Attorneys, and Health Care Providers, Lorman Education Services, June 28, 2006
  • Employment Law and Overlap with Workers’ Compensation in Minnesota. Seminar for Medical Records Directors, Business Managers, Attorneys, and Health Care Providers, Lorman Education Services, July 26, 2006
  • Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Presentation to Senior Undergraduate Nursing Students, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, February 19, 2007
  • Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students, College of St. Catherine, March 15, 2007
  • Health Information Management Update. Seminar for Medical Records Directors, Business Managers, Attorneys, and Health Care Providers, Lorman Education Services, March 30, 2007
  • Electronic Documentation: Legal Implications for Nursing. Seminar for MNA 12th Annual Nursing Practice Summit, Minnesota Nurses Association, April 24, 2007
  • Legal Issues for Nurses. Seminar for Undergraduate Nursing Students, Bethel College, May 9, 2007
  • Disclosure of Protected Health Information: the Impact of HIPAA and other privacy acts. Seminar for paralegals and paralegal assistants, Institute for Paralegal Education, May 23, 2007
  • The Basics of Employment Claims, Workers’ Compensation Claims and the Interplay between the Two in Minnesota. Seminar for Medical Records Directors, Business Managers, Attorneys, and Health Care Providers, Lorman Education Services, June 22, 2007
  • Legal Issues for Nurses. Seminar for Undergraduate Nursing Students, Bethel College, October 1, 2007
  • Legal/Documentation Issues for Nurses. Conference for peri-anesthesia nurses, Minnesota-Dakotas Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses Conference, October 6, 2007
  • Legal Issues for Radiological Nursing Practice. Conference for radiological nurses, American Radiological Nurses Association (ARNA) Fall Meeting, October 7, 2007
  • Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Presentation to Senior Undergraduate Nursing Students, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, November 15, 2007
  • Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students, College of St. Catherine, March 15, 2008
  • Panel on Litigation and Nursing Issues. Presentation for Association members, Minnesota Directors of Nursing Association (MDONA) Annual Meeting, October 10, 2008
  • Legal Issues for Nurses. Seminar for Undergraduate Nursing Students, Bethel College, May 20 and October 20, 2008
  • Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics. Attorney Continuing Legal Education Seminar, National Business Institute, October 31, 2008
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, November 22, 2008. Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Presentation to Senior Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • College of St. Catherine, March 19, 2009. Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • Bethel College, April 1, 2009. Legal Issues for Nurses. Seminar for Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • Bethel College, September 29, 2009. Legal Issues for Nurses. Seminar for Undergraduate Nursing Students
  • Hamline Univ. School of Law, October 6, 2009. Issues in Medical Malpractice. Presentation toTorts II Class
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, November 5, 2009. Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Presentation to Graduate Nursing Students
  • National Business Institute, November 20, 2009. Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics. Attorney Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • College of St. Catherine, March 18, 2010. Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, November 4, 2010. Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Presentation to Graduate Nursing Students
  • College of St. Catherine, March 17, 2011. Legal Issues of Nurse Practitioner Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • ABA-AALNC Joint Webinars. June 13 and July 19, 2011. Elder Abuse and Neglect
  • Care Providers of Minnesota, 2011 Assisted Living & Senior Housing Summit. August 25, 2011. Fact or Fiction: What Does the Nurse Practice Act Require?
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, November 9, 2011. Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Presentation to Graduate Nursing Students
  • National Business Institute. Employment Law BOOT CAMP seminar (webinar), December 5, 2011
  • St. Catherine University, March 28, 2012. Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, October 24, 2012. Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Presentation to Graduate Nursing Students
  • St. Catherine University, October25, 2012. Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • Minnesota CLE Webinar, October 29, 2012. Cancer and Workplace Implications: It’s Time to Talk
  • Minnesota CLE Webinar, April 29, 2013. Legal Assistance for Cancer Patients-Estate Planning Needs 8 Minnesota CLE Webinar, January 21, 2013. Managing Debt for Cancer Patients. Care Providers of Minnesota, 2012 Annual Convention, November 9, 2012. Fact or Fiction: What Does the Nurse Practice Act Require?
  • St. Catherine University, November 14, 2013. Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • Care Providers of Minnesota, 2013 Annual Convention, November 18, 2013. Fact or Fiction: What Does the Nurse Practice Act Require?
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, HealthLaw Section, April 18, 2014.Surrogate Decision Making: Who is in Charge?
  • St. CatherineUniversity, November 6, 2014. Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • Care Providers of Minnesota, 2014 Annual Convention, November 19, 2014. Surrogate Decisions Making: Who Calls the Shots?
  • Garvis, Marlene. "Minnesota and 'Loss of Chance;' New Theory of Causation." Minnesota Physician,February 1992
  • Cole, Phillip and Garvis, Marlene. Articles on Adjuvant Drug Therapy and GAO Report, Relative toBreast Cancer Survival. Medical Malpractice Committee Newsletter (International Association ofDefense Counsel), February 1992
  • Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, Correctional Health Division, 3rd Annual Conference, September30, 2015. Legal Ramifications Facing Nurses Working in Correctional Settings
  • Garvis, Marlene. "Medical Malpractice in the Minnesota Courts: Recent Decisions." MinnesotaPhysician, May 1992
  • Garvis, Marlene. "Do I Need to Purchase Nursing Malpractice Insurance?" Third District NursesUpdate, Fall 1992, 25(1) 7-8
  • Garvis, Marlene. "Nursing Malpractice Distinguished from Nursing Incompetence." Third DistrictNurses Update, Spring 1993, 25(3), 8-9
  • St. CatherineUniversity, November 12, 2015. Legal Issues Facing Nursing Practice. Seminar for Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students
  • Duckett, Laura, Henly, Susan J., and Garvis, Marlene. "Predicting Breastfeeding Duration during the Postpartum Hospitalization." Western Journal of Nursing Research, April 1993, 15(2), 177-198
  • Garvis, Marlene. "Delegation of Nursing Functions--Liability Risks." Third District Nurses Update,Summer 1993
  • Garvis, Marlene and Skoglund, Pat J. “1993 Minnesota Decisions Defining the Scope of Medical Malpractice.” Minnesota Physician, 1994
  • Care Providers of Minnesota, 2015 Annual Convention, November 16, 2015. Fact or Fiction: What Does The Nurse Practice Act Require?
  • Garvis, Marlene. "Nursing Malpractice Distinguished from Nursing Incompetence." Fourth DistrictNurses' Reporter, November 1993
  • Sprague, Katherine E. and Garvis, Marlene S. "Ostensible Agent/Apparent Authority," DoctrinesAnticipated to Affect Minnesota Hospitals. Minnesota Physician, May 1994
  • Garvis, Marlene S. "Holding Managed Care Accountable: Emerging Areas for Malpractice Liability."Minnesota Physician, July 1996
  • Care Providers of Minnesota, 2015 Annual Convention, November 16, 2015. Surrogate Decisions Making: Who Calls the Shots?
  • Garvis, Marlene S. "Peer Review Information: Is it Really Protected." Minnesota Institute for LegalEducation Handbook, April 1996
  • Garvis, Marlene S. "Emerging Theories of Liability Asserted in Medical Malpractice Cases."Minnesota Institute for Legal Education Handbook, October 1996
  • Garvis, Marlene S. "Current Issues in Nursing Liability" and "Liability Insurance and Nursing."National Business Institute, Nursing Law in Minnesota Handbook, January 1997
  • Garvis, Marlene S. "Employer Documentation: What Are the Essentials?" Jardine, Logan & O'BrienTermination Handbook, January 1997
  • Minnesota CLE January 8, 2016. Seminar Co-Chair: Representing Health Care Providers
  • Garvis, Marlene and Boylan, Kristine. "Introducing Magistrate Arthur J. Boylan." Hennepin Lawyer, April 1997
  • Garvis, Marlene S. “Staying Safe When Understaffed.” RN, Vol. 66, No. 12, Dec. 2003.Editor, The Hennepin Lawyer, July-August, 2003; April 2002
  • Garvis, Marlene S. “U.S. Supreme Court Review.” Hennepin Lawyer, Nov.-Dec. 2003
  • Garvis, Marlene S. and Michael, Janet E. “Insurance Issues." Business and Legal Guidebook forNurse Practitioners, TAANA 2005
  • Garvis, Marlene S. and Hatlevig, Elisa M. “The Interplay of the ADA and the WCA.” JLO legalease,Winter 2006
  • Garvis, Marlene. "Law Notes: The Federal Court Finds That A Nurse Specialist Has No Duty To Disclose Information To A Patient."Inside TAANA, March 1990, No. 1, 9-10
  • Garvis, Marlene S. “What’s New in Health Law-Some Surprises in 2006.” JLO legalease, Spring 2006
  • Garvis, Marlene S. and Hatlevig, Elisa M. “Title VII Retaliation Claims after Burlington Northern.” For The Defense, Vol. 48, No. 10, October 2006, 41-46
  • Skoglund, Pat and Garvis, Marlene. "Medical Malpractice in the Minnesota Courts: Recent Decisions - Part II. Minnesota Physician, May 1990, 4(2), 13, 29, 34
  • Garvis, Marlene S. “Fair Labor Standards Act-Impact on Employers Increases.” JLO legalease, Summer 2007
  • Garvis, Marlene S. “Fair Labor Standards Act-Who is Exempt from the FLSA.” JLO legal ease, Fall2007
  • Garvis, Marlene S. “The New Rule 68-Is It An Effective Tool For Litigators.” JLO legalease, Summer 2008
  • Skoglund, Pat and Garvis, Marlene. "Medical Malpractice in the Minnesota Courts: Recent Decisions - Part II. Minnesota Physician, May 1990, 4(2), 13, 29, 34
  • Garvis, Marlene S. Profile on Judge Thomas Sipkins. Hennepin Lawyer, July 2009
  • Garvis, Marlene S. Profile on Judge Karen Janisch. Hennepin Lawyer, September 2009
  • Garvis, Marlene S. “Minnesota Supreme Court to Review Reduction in Force Termination,” JLO legalease, Summer 2011
  • Countryman, Tom and Garvis, Marlene. "Federal Judge Dismisses First Patient Dumping Case in Minnesota." Minnesota Physician, March 1991
  • Garvis, Marlene S. “Minnesota Supreme Court to Review Reduction in Force Termination,” JLO legalease, Summer 2011
  • Aboyan, Nancy & Garvis, Marlene. “Recent Legislative Initiatives Strengthen the Protection ofMinnesota’s Vulnerable Adults,” Minnesota Defense, Winter 2014
  • Garvis, Marlene. "Law Notes: Nurse's Statements to Plaintiff's Father Admissible in Evidence as Hearsay." Inside TAANA 1990
  • Garvis, Marlene S. “Minnesota Recognizes Medical Staff Bylaws to be a Contract.” Federal BarAssociation Health Law Section eNewsletter, Spring 2015
  • Countryman, Tom and Garvis, Marlene. "Law Notes: Patient Dumping - First Case in Minnesota." Inside TAANA, 1991
  • Garvis, Marlene. "Risk Management Tips For Care In The Emergency Department." Minnesota Physician, 1991
  • The Hennepin Lawyer, 2005-06 President’s Column, Writer
  • The Journal of Nursing Law Reviewer, 2005-Present, Writer
  • The Journal of Nursing Law Editorial Board, 1993-95, Writer
  • Minnesota State Bar Association SUMMARY REPORTER, 1993-98, Writer
  • RN Journal, Advice of Counsel, 2003-Present, Writer
  • Adjunct Professor, Hamline University School of Law, Course: Medical Malpractice-Theory & Practice, 1993-2015
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Minnesota School of Nursingg, 1991-2008
  • Case Note, "Gender Discrimination: Males' Fourteenth Amendment Right to Admissionto Female Nursing Program," 6 HAMLINE L. REV. 145(1983), Hamline Univ. School of Law
  • Hamline Law Review, Articles Editor, 1983-1984, Hamline Univ. School of Law
  • Speaker at St. Catherine University

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Hamline University School of Law View Book, 1987
  • Article: "Working Women: In Search Of Success -A Special Focus," Skyway News, March 18, 1997
  • Editor, The Hennepin Lawyer (HCBA), July-August 2003, April 2002, March-April 1988, 1990 & 1993
  • Contributing writer, Summary Reporter (Publication of MSBA)
  • Leading Health Care Attorney, Minnesota Physician, 2005
  • Article: “The Best of Both Worlds, by Nancy Giguere” Minneapolis Star Tribune August 30, 2009

Educational Background:

  • St. Catherine University, B.S. in Nursing
  • University of Minnesota, B.A. in Sociology, Honors: Gopher Award, Dean's List, Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society, Zeta Chapter, M Club Member
  • Boston University, M.S. in Nursing, Honors: U.S. Children's Bureau Grant

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Office Location for Marlene S. Garvis, MSN, BSN

4597 Woodridge Road
Minnetonka, MN 55345

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