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NJL People: Maria P. Brekke

Maria is a litigator who represents businesses in disputes concerning contracts, intellectual property, data privacy, and personal injuries. She has the ability to learn quickly and be nimble – able to learn a client’s product and business while rolling with what the other side throws at her client. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients and colleagues and prides herself on being an efficient communicator.

Prior to entering private practice, Maria clerked for Justice Natalie Hudson and Justice Margaret Chutich on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

In her spare time, Maria enjoys reading, cross country skiing, and spending time with her family.

Key Practice Experience

  • Commercial/business litigation
  • Trademark and copyright infringement
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Appellate work
  • Personal injury claims
  • Toxic torts

Key Industry Experience

  • Agriculture
  • Banking
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing

Publications and Presentations

  • Author, “Proceed with Caution: Data Collection and Connected Cars,” American Recovery Association, 2021
  • Speaker, “Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: Past Breaches, Current Law, and Issues on the Horizon,” In the Alphabet Soup, 2021
  • Panelist, “Building Resilience in the Face of Adversity,” Federal Bar Association, 2021
  • Moderator, “Celebrating Trailblazing Women Attorneys,” Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2021
  • Author, “Is it Just Dessert? Female Recruits Don’t Get Their Share of the Pie,” 36 Law & Ineq. 117, 2018
  • Author, “Elements of Privilege: Made in Confidence,” Attorney-Client Privilege: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, Minnesota CLE, 2018

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Digital Communications Committee
    • Member, New Lawyers Committee
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
    • Co-chair, Emerging Lawyers Affinity Group
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Attorney, National Immigrant Justice Center

Recognitions & Honors

  • Notable Emerging Star, Twin Cities Business, 2022
  • Listed in Minnesota Rising Stars, 2022
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2020 and 2021

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