Barbara Podlucky Berens

Top rated business litigation attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Berens & Miller, P.A.
Barbara Podlucky Berens
Berens & Miller, P.A.

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Employment litigation, Antitrust litigation; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1990

Education: University of Minnesota Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2001 - 2004, 2006, 2008 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 1999, 2001

Berens & Miller, P.A.

3720 IDS Center
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


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

Business litigation, Employment litigation: defense, Antitrust litigation, Civil litigation: defense, Intellectual property litigation, Securities litigation

Focus areas

Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Employment law - employer, Antitrust & trade litigation

  • 40% Business litigation
  • 20% Employment litigation: defense
  • 10% Antitrust litigation
  • 10% Civil litigation: defense
  • 10% Intellectual property litigation
  • 10% Securities litigation

First Admitted: 1990, Minnesota

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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
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)
  • 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
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 

Office location for Barbara Podlucky Berens

3720 IDS Center
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-349-6171


21 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2001 - 2004, 2006, 2008 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 1999, 2001

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