CML
  • Cecilie M. Loidolt
  • Attorney
  • Co-Chair - Professional Liability
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5986  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

  • cmloidolt@arthurchapman.com
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Cecilie has spent the last 29 years defending medical providers in claims of medical malpractice. She is a recognized leader in the industry for her work defending those wrongfully accused of malpractice, having tried over fifty cases to a jury. Many of these cases have involved claims of birth injury.

Cecilie earned recognitions from The Best Lawyers in America for medical malpractice, Minnesota Lawyer of the Year 2012, and has been listed as a Minnesota Law & Politics’ Super Lawyer® for the last twenty one years. She is a Senior Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. Cecilie proudly received the 2019 Superior Volunteer Service Award, the highest National Guard award to a civilian. Her husband, Neal, and their son, Sam, have both served this country in the military.

Cecilie and her family have lived most of their life in Minnesota and enjoy traveling, biking, hiking, running, and spending time at their cabin.


Education

Hamline University School of Law, J.D. (Honors: cum laude, Merit Scholarship, Silver Gavel Honor Society), 1992
University of Minnesota, B.S., 1985


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Cecilie has spent the last 29 years defending medical providers in claims of medical malpractice. She is a recognized leader in the industry for her work defending those wrongfully accused of malpractice, having tried over fifty cases to a jury. Many of these cases have involved claims of birth injury.

Cecilie earned recognitions from The Best Lawyers in America for medical malpractice, Minnesota Lawyer of the Year 2012, and has been listed as a Minnesota Law & Politics’ Super Lawyer® for the last twenty one years. She is a Senior Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. Cecilie proudly received the 2019 Superior Volunteer Service Award, the highest National Guard award to a civilian. Her husband, Neal, and their son, Sam, have both served this country in the military.

Cecilie and her family have lived most of their life in Minnesota and enjoy traveling, biking, hiking, running, and spending time at their cabin.

Representative Cases/Exemplar Trial and Verdict List

  • Faulhaber, Ramsey County, Court File No. Court File No: 62-CV-20-1160; May 6 – 25, 2022; Medical Malpractice. This case alleged a pain specialist was negligent for the over-prescription of opioid medications leading to addiction over the course of twenty-three years. Plaintiffs’ counsel requested a verdict in excess of 8 million. This is the first trial of its kind in Minnesota in which a physician has been sued for prescribing opioid medication, and allegedly causing addiction in the patient.  An interesting highlight is that the defendant was located in Hong Kong during the trial due to Covid. He attended the trial and testified via zoom; Defense Verdict.

  • Daugherty, Ramsey County, Court File No. 62-CV-20-3947; February 14 – 28, 2022; Medical Malpractice. This case alleged that the anesthesia team was negligent for failure to evaluate limited neck extension and for negligent intubation during low back surgery, resulting in massive disc herniation at C5-C6, and paralysis. Plaintiffs’ counsel requested a verdict in excess of 12 million; Defense Verdict.

  • Rose, Hennepin County, Court File No. 27-CV-18-19570, September 13 – September 24, 2021; Medical Malpractice, claim of negligent application of excessive downward traction during shoulder dystocia delivery, resulting in permanent brachial plexus palsy; Defense Verdict.

  • Lowe, Hennepin County, Court File No. 27-CV-19-4326, July 19 – July 2, 2021; Medical Malpractice; claim of negligent knee arthroscopy resulting in tibial nerve injury; Defense Verdict.

  • Watkins, Hennepin County, MN, Court File No. 27-CV-18-12185, July 29 – August 2, 2019, Wrongful death of infant; claim of failure to diagnose diabetic ketoacidosis of mother resulting in death of 27-week old infant; Defense Verdict.

  • Van, Hennepin County, MN, Court File No. 27-CV-17-848;  April 23-May 1, 2018; Medical Malpractice; claim of failure to diagnose and treat post-partum hemorrhage resulting in uterine atony, DIC, and hysterectomy; Defense Verdict.   

  • Allinger Hennepin County, MN, Court File No. 27-CV-16-12; December 4-8, 2017; Medical Malpractice: claim of negligent failure to diagnosis a post total knee arthroplasty complication resulting in pain and suffering, and the need for a revision surgery; Defense Verdict.

  • McReynolds, Hennepin County, Minnesota, Court File No. 27-CV-16-11236; October 30-November 2, 2017; Medical Malpractice; claim of negligent performance of laminectomy and discectomy; Defense Verdict.

  • Domina, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. CV-15-13034; July 24-31, 2017; Medical Malpractice; claim of negligence in LASIK surgery, and lack of informed consent; Defense Verdict.

  • Kelemen, Hennepin County, Minnesota, Court File No. 27-CV-16-10404; July 17-19, 2017; Medical Malpractice; Res Ipsa Loquitor; claim of retained foreign body; Directed Verdict for Defendant.

  • Gould; Anoka County, Minnesota; Court File No. 02-CV-15-1129; March 28-April 4, 2016; Medical Malpractice; claim of delay in diagnosis of cancer, resulting in stage IV breast cancer and reduced chance of survival; Defense Verdict.

  • Damgaard, United States District Court, District of Minnesota; Court File. No. 13-CV-2192; February 16-March 7, 2016; Medical Malpractice; claim of “birth injury”; Defense Verdict.

  • Walsh, Big Stone County, Minnesota; Court File No. 06-CV-14-33; February 9-11, 2015; Medical Malpractice; Trial on damages only, for a full thickness cautery burn which occurred during a c-section, resulting in pain, disfigurement, embarrassment, emotional distress, and loss of consortium; Damages Only.

  • Cornelius, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-12-20581; January 12-21, 2015; Medical Malpractice/    Wrongful Death; Represented dermatopathologist in this death case alleging failure to diagnose melanoma on tissue    removed from Mr. Cornelius’s cheek, and failure to order deeper sections of the tissue block, which revealed the presence of melanoma; Defense Verdict.

  • MacKinney, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-13-10555; October 20-29, 2014; Medical Malpractice; case alleges error in diagnosis of urinary tract infection and error in treatment of the same with prescription of Ciprofloxacin, resulting in adverse reaction to Cipro including tendinopathy, myalgias, arthralgias; Defense Verdict.

  • Novack, Ramsey County, Minnesota; Court File No. 62-CV-12-4940; June 16-July 1, 2014; Medical Malpractice; claim of failure to properly treat preterm premature rupture of membranes; specifically, failure to properly prescribe antibiotics, failure to provide patient with information necessary to give informed consent regarding discharge from hospital and improperly discharging patient from hospital with ruptured membranes; Defense Verdict.

  • Karedla, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-10-19754; April 21-30, 2014; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to properly treat severe preeclampsia, resulting in maternal stroke; Defense Verdict.

  • Adams, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-12-20871; December 9-18, 2013; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to properly install hip implant resulting in a leg length discrepancy; Defense Verdict.

  • Klinkhamer, Washington County, Minnesota; Court File No. 82-CV-12-4080; June 24-28, 2013; Medical Malpractice; claim of failure to diagnose and treat glaucoma in a three-year-old child resulting in blindness; Defense Verdict.

  • Riley, Washington County, Minnesota; Court File No. 82-CV-10-1377; September 24-October 9, 2012; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to diagnose tumor in spine on CT scan, resulting in progression of curable cancer to not curable multiple myeloma; Defense Verdict.

  • Selding, United States District Court, District of Minnesota; Court File No. 10-CV-675; April 30-May 7, 2012; Medical Negligence; case alleging negligent treatment of peripheral vascular disease with a stent, resulting in a clot formation and ultimately below-the-knee amputation; Defense Verdict.

  • Plank, Dakota County, Minnesota; Court File No. 19HA-CV-10-3747; January 23-February 1, 2012; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; case alleging failure to diagnose and treat serious bacterial illness in a seven-month-old unimmunized child, resulting in H. flu b meningitis and death; Defense Verdict.

  • Fienagha, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-08-23140; April 26-May 3, 2010; Medical Malpractice; case alleging excessive traction used during delivery of shoulder dystocia, resulting in brachial plexus injury to infant; Defense Verdict.

  • Hawkins, Ramsey County, Minnesota; Court File No. 62-C9-06-4383; March 2010; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; case alleging failure to diagnose and treat pulmonary embolism during a clinic visit one day after being seen and diagnosed with pneumonia, resulting in death; Defense Verdict.

  • Cain, Dakota County, Minnesota; Court File No. 19HA-CV-08-2218; September 14-17, 2009; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; case alleging failure to treat recalcitrant hypertension during breast surgery in patient with undiagnosed pheochromocytoma, resulting in death; Directed Verdict.

  • Keeley, Morrison County, Minnesota; Court File No. 49-CV-08-627; March 2-6, 2009; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; case alleging failure to deliver baby via C-section; shoulder dystocia resulting in death; Defense Verdict.

  • Milich, St. Croix County, Wisconsin; Court File No. 06-CV-887; December 9-11, 2008; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to diagnose fracture of the distal phalanx of the right thumb on x-ray; delayed diagnosis; Defense Verdict.

  • Asfeld, PA, Meeker County, Minnesota; Court File No. 47-CV-07-25; September 10-18, 2008; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to recognize and treat bleeding complication during LAVH, resulting in blood transfusion and uretero-vaginal fistula; Defense Verdict.

  • Schroeder, Washburn County, Wisconsin; Court File No. 06-CV-132; January 8-11, 2008; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; case alleging failure to diagnose unstable angina, resulting in MI and death; Defense Verdict.

  • Schwanke, Stearns County, Minnesota; Court File No. 73-C7-06-0499; September 18 - October 11, 2007; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to timely deliver baby by C-section for signs of fetal distress, resulting in birth injury and cerebral palsy; Defense Verdict.

  • Irvin, St. Croix County, Wisconsin; Court File No. 05-CV-600; March 12-19, 2007; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to diagnose and treat necrotizing fasciitis resulting in infection and loss of tissue; Defense Verdict.

  • Solis, Lyon County, Minnesota; Court File No. 42-C3-05-853; February 5-15, 2007; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to timely deliver baby by C-section for signs of fetal distress, resulting in birth injury and cerebral palsy; Defense Verdict.

  • Filkins, Pierce County, Wisconsin; Court File No. 04-CV-195; June 5-7, 2006; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to administer post-operative antibiotics following appendectomy, resulting in abscess; Defense Verdict.

  • Bates, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-04-018572; February 21-March 7, 2006; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to give prophylactic anticoagulants following knee arthroscopy, resulting in deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism; Defense Verdict.

  • Kulsrud, Goodhue County, Minnesota; Court File No. 25-C7-04-001388; August 8-19, 2005; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to prevent fall during x-ray, resulting in traumatic brain injury; Defense Verdict.

  • Brooks, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-04-000444; March 7-11, 2005; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to recognize post-sinus surgery complication resulting in blindness; Defense Verdict.

  • Johnsen, Ramsey County, Minnesota; Court File No. CX-03-5530; May 10-13, 2004; Medical Malpractice; case alleging a failure to recognize wrist fracture on x-ray resulting in surgery and complications; Defense Verdict.

  • Rosenquist, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. WD-01-14544; March 8-12, 2004; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; case alleging failure to timely deliver baby by C-section for signs of fetal distress, resulting in death; Defense Verdict.

  • Machacek, Rice County, Minnesota; Court File No. C8-03-863; January 6-12, 2004; Medical Malpractice; case alleging negligent treatment of wart with wart accident, causing corneal abrasion; Defense Verdict.

  • Ananda-Owens, Rice County, Minnesota; Court File No. C6-02-477; November 4-13, 2003; Medical Malpractice; case alleging negligent placement of IV in concert pianist, resulting in tendonitis; Defense Verdict.

  • Kahn, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-01-7267; January 27-31, 2003; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to diagnose rib fractures in emergency room, causing death; Defense Verdict.

  • Deshayes, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. WD-00-8045; September 10-13, 2001; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; case alleging failure to timely deliver baby by C-section for signs of fetal distress, resulting in death; Defense Verdict.

  • Otterstetter, Crow Wing County, Minnesota; Court File No. 18-C9-00-1345; June 5-7, 2001; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to diagnose retinal detachment, resulting in blindness, one eye; Defense Verdict.

  • Ryan, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-99-14409; April 2-13, 2001; Medical Malpractice; case involving negligent performance of hysterectomy resulting in fistula; Defense Verdict.

  • Klug, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-99-016234; January 8-12, 2001; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to detect abnormality on mammogram, resulting in delay in diagnosis of breast cancer; Defense Verdict.

  • Beugen, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-99-7978; July 25-31, 2000; Medical Malpractice; case alleging negligent performance of hernia surgery resulting in complications including need for additional surgery; Defense Verdict.

  • Borscheid, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. WD-98-11917; January 24-28, 2000; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; case alleging failure to perform C- section for breech presentation, resulting in death; Defense Verdict.

  • Rush, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-98-003197; January 25-29, 1999; Medical Malpractice; case alleging negligence in performance of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, resulting in complications and need for additional surgery; Defense Verdict.

  • Miller, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-96-006523; June 9-13, 1997; Medical Malpractice; case alleging failure to remove sponge after episiotomy repair; Defense Verdict.

  • Weisenberger, Ramsey County, Minnesota; Court File No. CX-92-014909; September 26-October 6, 1994; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; Negligence in prescribing of headache medication, resulting in addiction and death; Defense Verdict.


Education

Hamline University School of Law, J.D. (Honors: cum laude, Merit Scholarship, Silver Gavel Honor Society), 1992
University of Minnesota, B.S., 1985


Bar Admissions

Minnesota
North Dakota
Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
U.S. Supreme Court


Professional Associations and Memberships

Bar Associations
Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association
State Bar Association of North Dakota

State Bar of Wisconsin

Professional Associations
Defense Research Institute
Diversity Law Institute, Member
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
Minnesota Hospital Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers - Partner Leadership Council
North Dakota Hospital Association
Order of Centurions, Barrister
Order of Certus, Advocate
Trial Law Institute, Member

Civic Involvement
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, childcare volunteer

Professional Achievements
Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
Professional Liability Defense Federation, Fellow


Licenses

Minnesota
North Dakota
Wisconsin

Practice Areas


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