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%)
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

Focus Areas

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

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

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About Marlene Garvis, MSN, BSN

Admitted: 1985, Minnesota

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

Honors/Awards:

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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Minnesota Society for Health Risk Management, Education Committee, 1997-2005
  • ABA Health Law Section, Health Lawyer Editorial Board, Vice Chair, 2014-2017; Breast Cancer n/k/a Cancer Advocacy Interest Group Vice Chair 2014-Present.
  • Iowa Bar Association Health Law Council
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Diversity Taskforce, 2005-2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 8th Circuit
  • ABA Health Law Section, Technology Committee, Vice Chair, 2011-2012
  • Federal Bar Association, Health Law Section Chair, 2011-2014
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Membership Committee, 2003-2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Past President, President-elect, Treasurer, Secretary
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association, Health Law Section, Vice Chair, 2009-2011, 2014-2016
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1984-1987, 1989-1993
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, Member, 1997-2014
  • ABA Health Law Section, Beast Cancer Initiatives Task Force, Vice Chair, 2012-Present
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Assembly Delegate, 2005-2014
  • State of Iowa, 2002
  • ABA Health Law Section, Litigation and Risk Management, Vice Chair, 2008-2011
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Women in the Legal Profession Committee, 2006-Present
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • ABA-National Conference of Bar Presidents, NCBP Communications & Diversity Committees
  • Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education, Board of Directors, 2004-2010
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Barrister Committee, Chair, 1999-2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • Minnesota School of Business and Globe College, Advisory Board, 2003-2013
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Advisory Board, 2010-Present
  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, Governing Council, 1998-2002
  • State of Minnesota, 1985
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Diversity Implementation Taskforce Co-Chair 2009-2013
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, General Policy Committee, 2005-2008
  • State of Wisconsin, 1991
  • Minnesota State Court System Neutral Roster-Arbitration, 1999
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Legislative Committee, 2005-2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
  • ABA-National Conference of Bar Presidents, Metropolitan Caucus Executive Committee, 2007-2011
  • Iowa State Bard Association, Health Law Section Counci, 2012-2015
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Attorney Referral Service Committee, 1993-1998
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2002-2007
  • American Bar Association, HL Section TF Officer
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Student–to–Lawyer Mentoring Committee, Co-Chair, 2006-2007
  • Minnesota State Court System Neutral Roster-Mediation, 2000
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

Other Outstanding Achievements:

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

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

Industry Groups

  • and Smail Employers
  • Employees
  • Health Care Entities
  • Health Care Licensed Professionals
  • Health Care Unlicensed Individuals
  • Home Care and PCA Entities
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4597 Woodridge Road
Minnetonka, MN 55345

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