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  • Cecilie M. Loidolt
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  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Cecilie has spent the last 27 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. 

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.

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


Cecilie has spent the last 27 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. 

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 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.

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

Presentations

  • So, Now What? A Candid Look at the Progress of Women in the Practice of Law, presenter, Litigation Counsel of America, 2019 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows, Bluffton, SC, October 25, 2019
  • Embracing the Reptile: Defending Medical Providers at Trial, presenter, North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association, Bismarck, ND, September 19, 2019
  • Co-Chair, 2019 Medical Malpractice Conference, HCBA/MNAJ/MDLA, Minneapolis, MN, June 6, 2019
  • Pretrial Motions and Trial Strategies, presenter, DRI Reptile Seminar, Chicago, IL, June 13, 2018
  • Co-Chair, 2018 Medical Malpractice Conference, HCBA/MNAJ/MDLA, Minneapolis, MN, April 12, 2018
  • The Seemingly Seamless Presentation of Evidence: How to Make Your Expert Look Like a Genius, presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Techniques Seminar, Duluth, MN, August 18, 2017
  • Faculty, 2017 Medical Malpractice Conference, HCBA/MNAJ/MDLA, Minneapolis, MN, April 20, 2017
  • Informed Consent - The Latest Trend in Medical Malpractice Claims, presenter, HealthPartners In-Service, November 24, 2016
  • Gender Equality and Lawyers: A Conversation Starter, presenter, Minnesota National Guard Joint Leadership Board, Rosemount, MN, November 2, 2016
  • Minimizing the Risk of Malpractice Lawsuits: Informed Consent, Negligent Nondisclosure, and the “Reptile” Theory, presenter, ENT SpecialtyCare of Minnesota, August 24, 2016
  • What I Learned from Trying My Biggest Case, presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, April 21, 2016
  • Working with Experts, presenter, Continuing Education Seminar, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, December 2, 2015
  • Illuminating the Path: Scaling the Obstacles on Your Way, panel member, 14th Annual MDLA Women Lawyers’ Breakfast, Minneapolis, MN, July 9, 2015
  • Reducing the Risk of Malpractice Lawsuits, presenter, Surgical Specialists of Minnesota, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN, June 24, 2015
  • Own It: Seizing your Power and Choosing your Path, presenter, 11th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, April 24, 2015
  • Glass Ceilings and Glass Slippers, presenter, Litigation Counsel of America, 2015 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows, Newport Beach, CA, April 16, 2015
  • Faculty, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy [National Institute for Trial Advocacy], University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, January 10-12, 2013; January 7-9, 2010; and January 9-10, 2009
  • Getting the Plaintiff on the Special Verdict Form for Contributory Negligence, presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Medical Liability and Health Care Committee Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, November 14, 2012
  • Cross Examination of Experts; an Exercise in Wordsmithing, presenter, Litigation Counsel of America 2010 Fall Conference and Induction of Fellows, Naples, FL, October, 2010
  • The Art of Jury Selection, presenter, Midwest Medical Insurance Company Board of Directors Claim Committee Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, May 4, 2009
  • Strategies for Preparing and Defending Witnesses in Depositions and at Trial, presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference, Duluth, MN, February 8, 2009
  • The Unsatisfied Patient: What Attorneys Know that Physicians Should, presenter, Emergency Physicians, P.A. Conference: Patient Satisfaction, Minneapolis, MN, January 14-15, 2009
  • The Art of Jury Selection, presenter, Midwest Medical Insurance Company All Claim Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, January 8, 2009
  • Minimizing the Risk of Malpractice Lawsuits in Labor and Delivery, presenter, Labor and Delivery Leadership, OB/Gyn Department, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN, July 29, 2008
  • Technology in the Courtroom: The Electronic Presentation of Evidence, presenter, Litigation Counsel of America Spring 2008 Conference, Miami Beach, FL, May 1-2, 2008
  • Technology in the Courtroom - What Works for Me?, presenter, Medical Malpractice Conference, Co-sponsored by: Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Minnesota Association for Justice, Minneapolis, MN, April 17, 2008
  • MMIC Group Practice Symposium: Recent Trends in Medical Malpractice Litigation, presenter, Midwest Medical Insurance Company, The Northland Inn, Brooklyn Park, MN, September 17, 2004
  • Northfield Hospital In-Service: Minimizing the Risk of Litigation, presenter, Northfield, MN, February 17, 2004
  • Closing Argument, presenter, Civil Trial Practice Institute, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Minneapolis, MN, June 11, 2002
  • Communicating with Clients, presenter, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, March 7, 2002
  • Managed Care and Medical Records, presenter, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Earle Brown Center, Brooklyn Park, MN, May 4, 2001
  • The Shea Case - The Role of Managed Care Incentives in Malpractice Litigation, presenter, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Calhoun Beach Club, Minneapolis, MN, April 6, 2001
  • MMIC Breast Cancer Seminar: Defending Breast Cancer Claims, presenter, Midwest Medical Insurance Company, Bloomington, MN, February 22, 2001
  • Drug and Medical Device Liability: Duty to Warn, presenter, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Earle Brown Center, Brooklyn Park, MN, September 27, 2000
  • Medical Malpractice Liability of HMOs and Their Physicians: Recent Developments, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Health Law Section, Minneapolis, MN, April 21, 2000
  • Obtaining and Reviewing Medical Records and Working with Medical Experts, presenter, Personal Injury Practice for Paralegals, Half Moon Agency, December 17, 1999
  • MMIC Managed Care Liability Seminar: Claims, Risk Management and Underwriting Issues, presenter, Midwest Medical Insurance Company, September 29, 1998
  • MMIC Managed Care Liability Seminar: Management Issues, presenter, Midwest Medical Insurance Company, April 9, 1998
  • Punitive Damages Claims: Do They Have a Place in Medical Malpractice Actions?, presenter, Liability and Litigation in Medical Malpractice, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, October 17, 1996
  • Statute of Limitations Applicable to Medical Malpractice Claims and Implications for Integrated Delivery Systems, written materials only, Allina Compliant/Claim Management Workshop, October 1994

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
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
Minnesota Hospital Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers - Partner Leadership Council
North Dakota Hospital Association

Civic Involvement
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, childcare volunteer

Professional Achievements
Litigation Counsel of America, Barrister, Order of Juris
Professional Liability Defense Federation, Fellow


Licenses

Minnesota
North Dakota
Wisconsin

Representative Cases/Exemplar Trial and Verdict List

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. Verdict: 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; Damages Only.

Cornelius, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-12-20581; January 12-21, 2015; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; Defense Verdict.

MacKinney, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-13-10555; October 20-29, 2014; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Novack, Ramsey County, Minnesota; Court File No. 62-CV-12-4940; June 16-July 1, 2014; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Karedla, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-10-19754; April 21-30, 2014; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Adams, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-12-20871; December 9-18, 2013; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Klinkhamer, Washington County, Minnesota; Court File No. 82-CV-12-4080; June 24-28, 2013; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Riley, Washington County, Minnesota; Court File No. 82-CV-10-1377; September 24-October 9, 2012; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Selding, United States District Court, District of Minnesota; Court File No. 10-CV-675; April 30-May 7, 2012; Medical Negligence; Defense Verdict.

Plank, Dakota County, Minnesota; Court File No. 19HA-CV-10-3747; January 23-February 1, 2012; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; Defense Verdict.

Fienagha, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-08-23140; April 26-May 3, 2010; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Hawkins, Ramsey County, Minnesota; Court File No. 62-C9-06-4383; March 2010; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; Defense Verdict.

Cain, Dakota County, Minnesota; Court File No. 19HA-CV-08-2218; September 14-17, 2009; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; Directed Verdict.

Keeley, Morrison County, Minnesota; Court File No. 49-CV-08-627; March 2-6, 2009; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; Defense Verdict.

Milich, St. Croix County, Wisconsin; Court File No. 06-CV-887; December 9-11, 2008; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Asfeld, PA, Meeker County, Minnesota; Court File No. 47-CV-07-25; September 10-18, 2008; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Schroeder, Washburn County, Wisconsin; Court File No. 06-CV-132; January 8-11, 2008; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; Defense Verdict.

Schwanke, Stearns County, Minnesota; Court File No. 73-C7-06-0499; September 18 - October 11, 2007; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Irvin, St. Croix County, Wisconsin; Court File No. 05-CV-600; March 12-19, 2007; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Solis, Lyon County, Minnesota; Court File No. 42-C3-05-853; February 5-15, 2007; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Filkins, Pierce County, Wisconsin; Court File No. 04-CV-195; June 5-7, 2006; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Bates, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-04-018572; February 21-March 7, 2006; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Kulsrud, Goodhue County, Minnesota; Court File No. 25-C7-04-001388; August 8-19, 2005; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Brooks, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-04-000444; March 7-11, 2005; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Johnsen, Ramsey County, Minnesota; Court File No. CX-03-5530; May 10-13, 2004; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Rosenquist, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. WD-01-14544; March 8-12, 2004; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; Defense Verdict.

Machacek, Rice County, Minnesota; Court File No. C8-03-863; January 6-12, 2004; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Ananda-Owens, Rice County, Minnesota; Court File No. C6-02-477; November 4-13, 2003; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Kahn, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. 27-CV-01-7267; January 27-31, 2003; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Deshayes, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. WD-00-8045; September 10-13, 2001; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; Defense Verdict.

Otterstetter, Crow Wing County, Minnesota; Court File No. 18-C9-00-1345; June 5-7, 2001; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Ryan, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-99-14409; April 2-13, 2001; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Klug, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-99-016234; January 8-12, 2001; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Beugen, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-99-7978; July 25-31, 2000; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Borscheid, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. WD-98-11917; January 24-28, 2000; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; Defense Verdict.

Rush, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-98-003197; January 25-29, 1999; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Miller, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Court File No. MP-96-006523; June 9-13, 1997; Medical Malpractice; Defense Verdict.

Weisenberger, Ramsey County, Minnesota; Court File No. CX-92-014909; September 26-October 6, 1994; Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death; Defense Verdict.

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