Paul M. Torgerson

Independent Contractor - Of Counsel
Minneapolis P +1 (612) 492-6424 F +1 (612) 340-2868


Paul M. Torgerson is a partner in Dorsey's Health Group. His practice involves the full range of issues related to health care and tax-exempt organizations. His practice is focused on M&A transactions involving health care providers, integrated health care delivery systems, and tax-exempt organizations generally, as well as regulatory advice with respect to such organizations, and counseling in connection with physician-hospital relationships.

In addition to more than 25 years at Dorsey, Mr. Torgerson served as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Fairview Health Services, a very large, diverse provider of integrated hospital and health care services and served on its most senior leadership teams. In those capacities, Mr. Torgerson participated in the oversight of the entire organization and was deeply involved in all aspects of strategic planning, human resources, risk management, public policy, process improvement, compliance, marketing and communications, research, as well as the full array of legal issues challenging the industry.

News & Resources

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis

Select Presentations

  • “Financing Strategic Healthcare Facilities: The Growing Attraction of Alternative Capital,” Healthcare Financial Management, May 2013
  • “The Ongoing Debate in the Valuation Community Heightens Stark Legal Risk,” Willamette Management Associates Insights: Health Care Regulatory and Compliance Insights, Winter 2013
  • "Procedural Issues for Dealing with the IRS: What Really Happens with Applications, Returns, Rulings and Audits?” American Health Law Association, Tax Issues for Healthcare Organizations, October 2-4, 2011
  • "Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions," Hamline University School of Law,
    June 6-9, 2011
  • "Financial Relationships and Fair Market Value," The 2010 Health Law Institute, Minnesota State Bar Association, June 11, 2010
  • "Compensation in the Non-Profit World: FMV, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans," Joint Annual Meeting of the TE/GE Councils,
    February 5, 2010
  • "Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions," Hamline University School of Law,
    June 22-25, 2009
  • “Economic Integration . . . What’s Happening in the Market Place?” VHA Sr. Operating Officer/Physician Leaders Joint Affinity Group Meeting,
    November 6, 2008
  • “Future Models of Physician Engagement,” VHA Gulf States Inc. Executive Leadership Conference, October 11, 2008
  • “IRS New Form 990 . . . Implications for Tax-Exempt Healthcare Providers,” VHA CEO Affinity Teleconference, August 19, 2008
  • “Future Models of Physician Engagement,” VHA Southeast Trustee & Physician Conference, September 27, 2007
  • “Future Models of Physician Engagement,” VHA Central Atlantic Executive Educational Retreat, June 14, 2007
  • “The Perils and Opportunities of Hospital-Physician Relationships,” The 2007 Health Law Institute, Minnesota State Bar Association, June 7, 2007
  • “Tax-Exempt Entities, Politics and the IRS,” Hamline University School of Law Health Law Institute, December 13, 2006
  • “Winning Off the Field,” The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Workshop, December 1-2, 2006 

Industries & Practices

Healthcare Transactions & Regulations
Non-Profit & Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Healthcare Transactions & Regulations
  • Non-Profit & Tax Exempt Organizations

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, American Health Law Association and Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Serves on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee for Tax Exempt Organizations (TE/GE Council/Great Lakes Area)
  • Member, Luther College Board of Regents


  • Named a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2003-2005, 2008-2013
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate - Juran Institute, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota (2004)
  • BTI Client Service All-Star Team 2007 - one of only 113 lawyers nationally recognized for outstanding client service
  • Certified Public Accountant (1976) currently inactive license