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NJL People: Kathleen K. Curtis

Kathleen is a skillful advisor and advocate who works collaboratively with clients to understand their business and protect their interests in litigation. Her wealth of experience across sectors of product liability, personal injury, construction litigation, professional malpractice, and insurance coverage allow her to adeptly manage cases from pre-suit investigation all the way through appeal. She has successfully tried multiple cases where her skill and preparation have helped her connect with juries and obtain favorable verdicts for her clients. Kathleen’s breadth of knowledge coupled with her compassion and dedication provide unique insight into complex matters.

When approaching a case, Kathleen prioritizes open and authentic communication with her clients. She works alongside her clients as partners to understand their every need, and they value her careful skill and attention to their concerns. Kathleen’s dedicated approach allows her to balance the client’s best interests with the goals of litigation.

In her spare time, you can find Kathleen spending time with her family or working on her pollinator garden.

Key Practice Experience

  • Product liability
  • Construction litigation
  • Professional liability
  • Premises liability
  • Fire and explosion cases
  • Business torts
  • Contract, warranty, and UCC disputes
  • Personal injury
  • Arbitrator

Key Industry Experience

  • Automotive and trucking
  • Transportation litigation
  • Component part manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Food and beverage
  • Property damage
  • Construction
  • Medical and dental

Recognitions and Honors

  • Named to Super Lawyers
    • Minnesota Rising Stars list, 2016 – 2020
    • Super Lawyers list, 2021 –  2022
  • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators, 2020
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, 2019

Publications and Presentations

  • “Unusual and Specialized Vehicles in Minnesota,” 2022 Motor Vehicle Accident Cases in Minnesota: Handling the Tough Issues, Presentation & Deskbook, June 1, 2022
  • Great Outdoors: Cabin Law, “Liability, First-Party Property and Other Common Insurance Coverage Issues Related to Cabin Property,” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, August 4, 2020
  • “The Supreme Court’s Attack on Domestic Violence Legislation—Discretion, Entitlement, and Due Process in Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales,” Vol. 32 Wm. Mitchell Law Review, p. 1181, 2006
  • “Accidents Involving Motorcycles, Buses, Rental Cars, and Other ‘Specialized’ Vehicles,” Chapter 10 of Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, Sixth Edition, June 5, 2019
  • “Litigating Sports Concussions: What You Need to Know About the Science and the Law,” Bench & Bar Magazine, August/September 2017

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court

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