Cassie Lewandowski, Counsel

cassie lewandowski st. louis missouri health law care medical malpractice attorney

About

As a trusted advisor with more than 8 years of experience, Cassie has first and second chair trial experience in state and federal court in both Missouri and Illinois. Cassie represents a variety of healthcare and medical-defense clients, including hospital systems, skilled-nursing facilities, and individual providers in a broad range of litigation matters involving contracts, licensing and regulatory issues, compliance, and professional malpractice. Cassie focuses her legal career on medical malpractice litigation, defending nurses, doctors, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other providers in the healthcare industry facing catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims. She has also advised clients on healthcare regulatory matters and represented clients before various state administrative boards. In addition to her healthcare practice, Cassie has significant experience in business and commercial litigation, as well as product liability and toxic tort.

Representative Experiences

  • Obtained verdict and 41 months of back pay on First Amendment retaliation claim
  • Drafted appellate brief on behalf of doctor and medical group accused of medical battery – case reversed and remanded for new trial on all points on appeal
  • Successfully defended proprietary career college in five-week jury trial for consumer fraud claims brought by former students
  • Obtained multiple bench trial victories for long-term care facility
  • Obtained significant defense victories as member of multiple trial teams in complex exposure cases alleging various subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma was caused by PCBs
  • On the eve of arbitration, discovered that plaintiff had falsified evidence supporting her claim and confronted her with the evidence causing plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss her case with prejudice hours before the arbitration was to begin
  • Represented long-term care facility on various regulatory matters involving residents (including guardianship, discharges, HIPAA, patient safety) in front of Administrative Board and in court
  • Forced plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss case by proving that client complied with FDA regulations for dispensing medication and therefore the case had no merit
  • Advised various healthcare organizations on meeting state and federal regulatory requirements and communicated with state government agencies and the FDA to maintain compliance and obtain appropriate licensure
  • Counseled client that its employee-training manual was not in compliance with state and federal law. Drafted entire compliance manual to address these deficiencies.
  • Defended multiple banks against claims arising out of a Ponzi scheme, including alleged violations of RICO, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and negligence
  • Managed, coordinated, and oversaw the review of over 1.2 million documents and the production of approximately 200,000 documents in 6 separate cases over an 8-month period

Background

Education

After double majoring in Biopsychology & Cognitive Science and Sociology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Cassie performed medical research (studying Alzheimer’s Disease) for a number of years at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She then earned her Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2008. During law school, she served as the Editor of the Seventh Circuit Review.

Professional Activities

Cassie currently serves as the Chair of BAMSL’s Pro Bono Committee. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Defense Research Institute and The Missouri Bar.

She was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as an “Up & Coming Lawyer” and “Law Firm Leader” in 2015 and was named to the Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame in 2012.

Cassie is licensed to practice law in the states of Missouri and Illinois and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Missouri.

Publications

“Issues and Trends in Drug Product Labelling,” Inside the Minds, Recent Developments in Food and Drug Law, 2012

“Caution! Government Intrusion May Be Closer Than It Appears: The Seventh Circuit Considers GPS Devices Under the Fourth Amendment,” Seventh Circuit Review

BIOGRAPHY

Cassie Lewandowski joined Sandberg Phoenix in 2016 as a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group.  As an experienced litigator, Cassie has represented clients in jury trials in state and federal court in both Missouri and Illinois.  Cassie focuses her legal career on medical malpractice litigation, defending nurses, doctors, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other providers in the healthcare industry.  She has also advised clients on healthcare regulatory matters and represented clients before various state administrative boards.  In addition to her healthcare practice, Cassie has significant experience in business and commercial litigation, as well as product liability and toxic tort.

“As I looked to further hone my skills in medical malpractice defense and health care regulatory work, the opportunity to join the incredible health law team at Sandberg Phoenix was too good to pass up,” Cassie says.

Working with clients, Cassie first considers the big picture, setting goals with clients for case outcomes and overall impact to their business or practice. Organized and with a strategic plan, she works toward those initial goals, focusing on every detail to ensure her clients’ expectations are met or exceeded.

“I thrive on being in court, taking depositions, and meeting with clients.  I enjoy pursuing my clients’ best interest in every aspect of litigation,” says Cassie.

Outside her legal practice, Cassie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, attempting to be a good cook, and trying to maintain a regular running routine.

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