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Jody Ward-Rannow

Of Counsel   |   Minneapolis

Prior to re-joining Ogletree in 2021, Jody spent six years as in-house dispute resolution and employment counsel for an integrated health system. In this role, Jody provided strategic advice to all levels of company leaders, such as presidents and frontline supervisors on maintaining compliance with employment laws. During her time in-house, Jody also earned a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on health systems operations and health equity to provide even greater strategic advice to the business.

Back at Ogletree, Jody applies that same commitment to understanding her clients’ business in order to provide strong, strategic advice. On a daily basis, she uses her understanding of client needs and operations to provide immediate assistance that does not require in-house clients to do additional work before communicating internally.

Jody also zealously advocates for her clients in all aspects of dispute resolution, including attorney demand letters, charges of discrimination, arbitration, and litigation. Jody understands that her clients have a number of business factors determining their litigation strategy and partners with clients to obtain successful results that meet their business goals.

Substantively, Jody has extensive experience in many areas of employment law with a special focus on healthcare clients, including Physician/Provider employment contracts, Section 1557 compliance, HIPAA and state law patient/member privacy, and other niche issues impacting healthcare, health plan, and life sciences entities. She provides advice and defense on matters involving all types of discrimination and retaliation, the Family and Medical Leave Act, workers’ compensation retaliation claims, noncompete/nonsolicitation, and unfair competition claims, breach of contract claims, and whistleblower retaliation claims. Jody also advises regarding employment policy development and revisions and routinely conducts workplace investigations.

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