Kathryn H. Bennett

Top rated Civil Rights attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Robins Kaplan LLP
Kathryn H. Bennett
Robins Kaplan LLP

Practice Areas: Civil Rights, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2011

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2023

Robins Kaplan LLP

800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402


Serving clients across Minneapolis, Minnesota, from the law firm of Robins Kaplan LLP, Kathryn H. Bennett focuses her practice on:

  • Federal civil rights: Use of deadly force, prison suicides, unconstitutional takings, arrests and seizures
  • Catastrophic injuries: Premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents and wrongful death

Earning her bachelor’s degree in English from St. Olaf College in 2008, Ms. Bennett went on to pursue her legal studies at the William Mitchell College of Law. During law school, she was selected as the captain of the university’s hockey team and chosen to be a member of the MIAC Women’s All-Conference. She graduated with her Juris Doctor in 2011 and was admitted to practice in Minnesota the same year. She is also admitted before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. 

Ms. Bennett defends her clients against powerful adversaries like large insurance companies and police departments. She takes pride in fighting for the rights of her clients who are marginalized and discriminated against. An understanding and compassionate attorney, Ms. Bennett strives to get them the justice and compensation they deserve.

Ms. Bennett has attained several multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for her clients, including a $20 million settlement against the Minneapolis Police Department. Recognized by her peers in the legal community, she is listed in The Best Lawyers in America publication and in the Rising Stars of the Plaintiffs Bar list by the National Law Journal. She also was named as the Attorney of the Year for 2014 by the Minnesota Lawyer.

A licensed practitioner for more than a decade, Ms. Bennett plays an active role in many legal organizations such as the Minnesota Women Lawyers association, the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association. She is also a part of the Law360’s Access to Justice Editorial Advisory Board. 

Practice areas

Civil Rights, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct

  • 70% Civil Rights
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2011, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.robinskaplan.com/professionals/b/katie-bennett

  • $1.45 million; Baxter-Knutson v Stearns County & MEnD Correctional Care, et al. U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2016)
  • $1.75 million; Sieff v. City of Chaska, et al. U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2017)
  • $2 million; Baker v. City of St. Paul, et al. U. S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2017)
  • $2 million; Nass v. Cass County U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2019)
  • $350,000; Olsen v. Roddy U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2018)
  • $20 million; Ruszczyk v. Noor, et al. U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2019)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers (Leadership Committee 2014-2015; Equity Committee 2016-2019; Co-Chair of Equity Committee 2019)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • Minnesota
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Four-Time Letter Winner and Former Captain, St. Olaf College hockey team
Educational Background:
  • B.A., St. Olaf College, 2008 Major: English
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • United States District Court, District of North Dakota (2014) United States District Court, District of Minnesota (2012) Minnesota (2011)
  • The selection committee selected 39 honorees based on the following criteria: leadership in the profession, involvement in major cases, other newsworthy events, excellence in corporate or transactional services and public service. The nominations were submitted by judges, bar groups, clients and attorneys. Your fellow honorees come from diverse practice groups including criminal law, litigation, public service, intellectual property and in-house counsel.  Kathryn was part of trial team, including Robert Bennett, Jeffrey Montpetit and Andrew Noel, that received this honor for their work on a jail suicide case in Koochiching County (Kucera v. Koochiching County, et al) and recieved a $2,000,000 settlement for the family of Kathryn Schneider., Lawyer of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2015-2019
  • “Attorney of the Year”, Minnesota Lawyer, Kucera Trial Team

Office location for Kathryn H. Bennett

800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-333-9573


9 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2023

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