Katherine S. Barrett Wiik

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Best & Flanagan LLP
60 South Sixth Street, Suite 2700
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-341-9710
Fax: 612-339-5897
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2005
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas: Appellate (60%), Business Litigation (20%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%), Civil Litigation: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Guided by a dedication to excellence and equality, Katherine (“Katie”) S. Barrett Wiik focuses her practice on appellate strategy and advocacy and strategic motions. Katie has served as the primary author of dozens of appellate briefs to state and federal appeals courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Katie has also argued numerous appeals. She has argued before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the Minnesota Supreme Court. Her appellate experience covers a diverse range of issues, including antitrust standing and jurisdiction, state and federal pleading and claims sufficiency, and civil rights protection. Her successes on behalf of individual, institutional, and corporate clients demonstrate her unyielding commitment to justice, rigor, and the exacting demands of appellate representation. She also has an active business and general litigation practice.

White Papers

  • Appellate Columnist - Frequent author of appellate-focused columns for Minnesota Lawyer

About Katherine S. Barrett Wiik

Admitted: 2005, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.bestlaw.com/Professionals/Katherine-Barrett-Wiik

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-moderates quarterly appellate CLE webcasts, Moderator and Speaker, Appellate Webcasts, Minnesota CLE
  • Co-author of chapter on Standards and Scope of Review., Chapter Author, Eighth Circuit Practice Manual, Minnesota CLE, 2020
  • Course chair (lead attorney) who worked with Minnesota CLE staff to plan the day-long annual appellate seminar, Course Chair, Appellate Practice Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2018

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board Member, Our Justice
  • Board Member, The Infinity Project
  • Volunteer Attorney, The Jeremiah Program
  • Volunteer Attorney, Advocates for Human Rights

Representative Clients

  • Best Buy
  • TENA Companies
  • Graco

Educational Background

  • Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland L.L.M. in Human Rights Law, with distinction, 2002
  • Macalester College B.A. with double major in Communication Studies and Women's & Gender Studies Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, 2000
  • Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict, 2001
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, 2005


  • All Star recognition for devoting more than 50 hours of pro bono legal services each year for all eight years since the MSBA's "North Star Lawyers" program has been in existence. , Pro Bono All Star, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2020
  • , Band 2, Appellate Litigation, Chambers, 2020
  • , Up and Coming Attorney, Appellate Litigation, Chambers, 2019
  • , At-Large Attorney Member, Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection, 2020
  • Featured as a "Woman Worth Watching" for 2018, Woman Worth Watching, Profiles in Diversity, 2018
  • Selected as a member of the Merit Selection Panel for a magistrate judge opening in the District of Minnesota, Member, Merit Selection Panel for Federal Magistrate Judge, District of Minnesota, 2018
  • Named an Attorney of the Year for 2016 with other appellate attorneys for launching the Pro Se Appeals Clinic at the Minnesota Appellate Courts, Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
  • Recognized by Robins Kaplan LLP as an oustanding mentor for newer firm lawyers., Mentoring Award, Robins Kaplan LLP, 2016
  • Received a Marshall Scholarship to attend graduate school at Queen's University Belfast from 2000-2002, fully-funded by the British Government., Marshall Scholar, British Government, 2000

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Board Member, Eighth Circuit Bar Association, 2020
  • Past-Chair, Appellate Practice Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2020
  • Board Member, Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, 2020
  • Executive Board Member, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, 2020
  • Executive Board, ABA's Council of Appellate Lawyers, 2020

Industry Groups

  • Commercial
  • Financial
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Technology
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Office Location for Katherine S. Barrett Wiik

60 South Sixth Street
Suite 2700
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Last Updated: 4/20/2021

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