Dorsey & Whitney Comments on Appointment of Marianne D. Short at
MINNEAPOLIS -- November 20, 2012
The international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that its
managing partner Marianne D. Short will join UnitedHealth Group as Executive
Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, effective January 1, 2013.
Dorsey & Whitney is one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States.
Dorsey lawyers and staff serve clients in more than 60 areas of legal practice
from 19 offices across the United States and in Canada, Europe and the
Asia-Pacific region. Dorsey’s diverse client base includes more than one-third
of Fortune 100 companies.
Ms. Short joined Dorsey & Whitney in 1977, left to serve the State of
Minnesota as an appellate judge from 1988 to 2000, and returned to Dorsey as a
partner in 2000. In 2007, Short was named global Managing Partner of the Firm.
Under Ms. Short’s leadership, the Firm has enjoyed some of the most
financially successful years in its century-long history while remaining
committed to extensive pro bono and other service to the community. The Firm
also has continued to make strides in bringing women and other diverse groups
into its ranks, regularly being recognized as one of the best law firms for
women and as a leader in workplace flexibility.
Ms. Short said, “As the Firm enters its second century of service, it is in a
strong position – qualitatively, strategically, financially and culturally.
The Dorsey Firm is blessed with exceptional attorneys and support staff, a
robust client following and legendary core values. While it is difficult to
leave the law firm that I grew up in and love and respect, I am excited about
joining UnitedHealth Group’s leadership team, and the opportunity to be a part
of this highly successful and diversified health care services provider.”
Former Vice President and senior Dorsey counsel Walter Mondale stated,
“Marianne Short has been a magnificent and respected leader of the Dorsey law
firm, which is one of our nation’s most successful legal partnerships. It is a
measure of the high esteem in which she is held throughout our community that
she will now lead the legal department of one of our nation’s most successful
companies, UnitedHealth Group.”
Mr. Mondale commented, “In her new position, Marianne will continue to work
with Dorsey as a client, continuing a relationship between our Firm and
UnitedHealth Group that extends to the very beginning of the company. On a
personal note, Marianne has been a close friend, partner and mentor to many.
We will all miss her here but it is great to know that we will be working with
her in her new capacity in the years ahead.”
Richard Davis, President & CEO of U.S. Bancorp, commented, “I am very excited
for Marianne and know that she will provide UnitedHealth Group with impressive
expertise and advocacy. She has proven herself as a very committed community
partner and has fully engaged in programs that will improve the future of our
region. She has served in many leadership roles throughout the Twin Cities and
is recognized as a thought leader among her peers.”
Mr. Davis added, “Last year US Bank celebrated the 100th anniversary of our
partnership with Dorsey & Whitney and we applaud the depth and quality of this
critical law firm. Under Marianne's leadership, Dorsey has expanded its role
as a key partner with leading companies in Minnesota and across the country.
Marianne leaves a strong legacy of legal leadership at the Firm, and it will
be great to see her future impact on the success of one of our most important
Bill Berens, Chairman of Dorsey’s board, said, “Marianne has provided superb
leadership to the Firm over the last six years. Through tough economic times,
she kept us financially healthy, client-focused and on a steady course. I
speak for the entire Firm in thanking Marianne for her tremendous
contributions and in offering our congratulations and support for her new role
at UnitedHealth Group. Fortunately, Dorsey & Whitney has many strong partners
throughout the Firm, and we look forward to selecting a new Managing Partner
who will lead us to continued success.”
About Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Clients have relied on Dorsey since 1912 as a valued business partner. With 19
locations in the United States, Canada, Europe andthe Asia-Pacific region,
Dorsey provides an integrated, proactive approach to its clients' legal and
business needs. Dorsey represents a number of the world's most successful
companies from awide range ofindustries, including leaders in the financial
services, life sciences, technology, agribusiness and energy sectors, as well
asmajor non-profit and government entities.
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