Mary P. Foarde

(612) 436-1025


527 Marquette Avenue South Suite 1925

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Mary is an experienced lawyer and legal adviser with extensive credentials in the health care industry. She helps hospitals, clinics, physicians, physician groups, health care systems and other providers in a broad range of legal matters, including complex transactions, mergers and acquisitions, patient care legal issues, credentialing and other medical staff issues, regulatory compliance, tax exemption and governance. She also has an interest in health care policy.


Mary has helped health care providers settle regulatory violations for a fraction of exposure, managed antitrust investigations of acquisitions, and achieved favorable resolutions to IRS tax-exempt audits. She uses a collaborative and engaging counseling style to help clients craft customized solutions to legal and business disputes. When unexpected crises arise, Mary helps clients manage potential liability as well as avoid negative and potentially damaging media exposure.


In addition to her work in private practice, Mary has 20 years of in-house counsel experience. As a result, she has developed a keen sense of the issues facing health care executives and gained the analytical, transactional and management skills required to meet these challenges.


Mary’s extensive in-house experience in the health care field has made her acutely aware of the unique budgetary pressures facing members of this industry. She understands that effective legal counsel, delivered with a strong commitment to client service and an eye toward restraining costs, is a key contributor to the success of any business.




Mary has been named a Super Lawyer in Health Care by Minnesota Law & Politics on multiple occasions.


She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and the American Corporate Counsel Association. She is a member of the Health Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and has served on its Governing Council. She previously served as chair of the In-House Counsel Committee of the Minnesota Hospital Association.


Mary served as Practitioner-In-Residence at Hamline University School of Law in 2009, where she taught Health Care Reform and the Legislative Process, and lectured on leadership for lawyers and practical counseling skills. She regularly speaks and serves as a panelist at industry and legal conferences and seminars, addressing topics ranging from board member training, governance and conflict resolution to stark and Anti-Kickback law issues. Recently, Mary and Kit taught a class in health care mergers and acquisitions at Hamline University Law School.




Mary is an active volunteer for several health-related charitable organizations and recently served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North and South Dakota.


Mary likes to spend her leisure time studying classical piano, playing bridge and attending yoga classes. She also loves to cook and entertain for her large and expanding family.




Creighton University B.A., magna cum laude, Sociology, 1975


University of Minnesota School of Law J.D., cum laude, 1980


Mary is admitted to practice in Minnesota.