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Pat Lundvall Receives President’s Award from National Board of Trial Advocacy

McDonald Carano congratulates Pat Lundvall, Chair of our Commercial & Complex Litigation Practice, on receiving a President’s Award from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Pat is one of only eight attorneys selected from across the U.S. to receive a President’s Award in 2023. Her award recognition is available on the NBTA website here.

The President’s Awards recognize NBTA members for “exceptional and noteworthy work and unique accomplishments and efforts … we have come to realize that among the best of the best there are causes and actions which deserve additional recognition. They represent the gold standard of a Board Certified Legal Specialist.” Pat has been Board Certified by NBTA in Civil Trial Law and Civil Practice Advocacy since 2001. She is one of only three attorneys in Nevada certified in Civil Practice Advocacy and one of only four certified in Civil Trial Law. NBTA is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in legal advocacy through a national program certifying specialists with demonstrated competence and integrity. Pat is also the first attorney Board Certified as a Civil Advocacy Specialist by the State Bar of Nevada.

President’s Award Criteria
Pat received a President’s Award in the category of “Legal Field” described as “An accomplishment or outcome that will affect the legal field. It may be a new strategy, a verdict with an impactful outcome, creating an awareness of an issue, set a standard, right a wrong. etc. It should have an impact that extends beyond a local area or specific case.”

Pat’s Recognized Jury Verdict Victory
Pat’s President’s Award recognizes her success in Fremont Emergency Services (Mandavia), et al. vs. UnitedHealth Group, Inc. et al., a case for which she served as Nevada litigation counsel that resulted in a jury verdict awarding $60 million in punitive damages and $2.65 million in compensatory damages to her client, plus attorneys fees and costs. The victory is the largest in Nevada and largest in Contract Law in the Western U.S. region in ALM’s “Top Verdicts & Settlements” report. This national bellwether trial had an impact beyond the case itself; the jury sent a powerful message that it is time to correct an unconscionable humanitarian wrong and fix a gross business inequity. The verdict upended the national out-of-network healthcare reimbursement system and generated national news coverage that created awareness of an issue facing emergency rooms across the country.

Pat’s clients, three Nevada-based ER practice groups, sued UnitedHealthcare for underpaying out-of-network ER healthcare providers. After five days of jury selection, Pat presented opening statement before Eighth District Court Judge Nancy Allf in Las Vegas. After three weeks of testimony and two days of deliberation, the jury unanimously found UnitedHealthcare liable for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and unfair insurance practices. As the largest healthcare insurer in the U.S., UnitedHealthcare’s loss is a landmark victory for ER providers subject to EMTALA, the federal Act obligating these providers to perform stabilizing care regardless of ability to pay to every patient who presents health emergency. While these first responders perform frontline functions in communities across our nation, certain insurers lowballed reimbursement rates to these providers. Pat’s victory is a first step to help stop that practice.


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