Barbara Podlucky Berens

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Berens & Miller, P.A.
 | 3720 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-349-6171
Fax: 612-349-6416
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2001 - 2004, 2006, 2008 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 1999, 2001
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Securities Litigation (10%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Antitrust Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    As majority shareholder of Berens & Miller, P.A., Barbara Podlucky Berens represents clients throughout the country in complex litigation cases. This includes civil litigation, securities litigation, antitrust litigation, intellectual property litigation, employment litigation and business litigation. With over three decades of experience, she holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell for her high ethical standards and long list of successful results.

    Ms. Berens is admitted to practice in the state of Minnesota, and before the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. In 1975, she graduated magna cum laude from State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in Major Philosophy. At the University of Minnesota Law School, the also earned her Juris Doctor, and was Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review.

    She then attended the University of St. Thomas, where she earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. A member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, she is also actively involved with the American Bar Association and is the former vice-chair of the immunities & Exceptions Committee of the Antitrust Section of the organization.

    A member of the American Inns of Court, Ms. Berens is also former chairperson of Lex Alumnae, the University of Minnesota Law School’s Women’s Alumni Organization. She also served for six years on the Advisory Committee on Local Rules for the United States District Court of Minnesota. Along with her extensive experience as a successful attorney, she worked as a former reinsurance broker and stockbroker before getting her law degree and has her Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses.

    * AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Business Litigation
    • 20%Employment Litigation: Defense
    • 10%Securities Litigation
    • 10%Intellectual Property Litigation
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
    • 10%Antitrust Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer, Antitrust & Trade Litigation


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 19 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

    Super Lawyers: 2001 - 2004, 2006, 2008 - 2021 Rising Stars: 1999, 2001

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    About Barbara Berens

    Admitted: 1990, Minnesota

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    • AV® Preeminent™ rated (5.0/5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Series VII Securities License, New York, 1976 
    • Magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, University of Minnesota Law School
    • Managing Editor, Minnesota Law Review 1989 - 1990

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association, Vice-Chair of Immunities & Exceptions Committee of Antitrust Section 
    • Member, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota Advisory Committee on Local Rules, 2001 - 2007
    • Former Vice-Chair of Immunities & Exceptions Committee of Antitrust Section of the ABA
    • U.S. District Court of Minnesota, 1990
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Former Chairperson of Lex Alumnae (Women's Alumni Organization at the University of Minnesota Law School)
    • Minnesota, 1990
    • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
    • American Inns of Court (Douglas K. Amdahl, Minneapolis, MN)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, "Defendant's Rights to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews with Treating Physicians in Drug or Medical Device Cases", 73 Minn. L. Rev. 1451
    • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Law Review: Minnesota Law Review, Managing Editor, 1989 - 1990 

    Educational Background:

    • M.S., Course Work, Counselling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, 1994-1995
    • B.A., Major Philosophy, State University of New York at Buffalo, Honor: magna cum laude, Member, Phi Beta Kappa, National Merit Scholarship, 1975
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    Office Location for Barbara Podlucky Berens

    3720 IDS Center
    80 South Eighth Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Phone: 612-349-6171

    Fax: 612-349-6416

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