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Kathryn H. Bennett

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Robins Kaplan LLP
800 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-333-9573
Fax: 612-333-9579
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2022
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 2011
Practice Areas: Civil Rights, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

A partner at the national trial law firm Robins Kaplan LLP, Kathryn H. Bennett divides her practice between civil rights violations and personal injury litigation. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she provides effective advocacy for clients throughout the state. Admitted to practice in Minnesota since 2011, Ms. Bennett is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and before the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota.

Ms. Bennett's civil rights practice entails lawsuits against municipalities and other government entities on behalf of people who have been injured or killed as a result of the negligence or intentional acts of these authorities. Her cases have involved jail suicides, excessive force and police shootings, and she has been able to obtain significant compensation through negotiated settlements and jury awards. Some of Ms. Bennett's representative results include a $2 million award on behalf of a client who was attacked by a Saint Paul police officer and police dog, and $1.45 million in a wrongful action involving a suicide at a county jail.

In her personal injury practice, Ms. Bennett represents people who have been harmed as a result of the negligence of other parties. Her experience in this regard has encompassed toxic torts, motor vehicle crashes and defective products, and she has been successful both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. One indication of the high regard in which Ms. Bennett is held by her colleagues is her having been named to the Minnesota Lawyer's annual list of "Attorneys of the Year" in 2014. After attending St. Olaf College, where she was the captain of the women's varsity hockey team, she obtained her legal education at what was then known as William Mitchell College of Law and graduated in 2011.

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

Police Misconduct, Personal Injury - Plaintiff


8 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2022

About Kathryn H. Bennett

First Admitted: 2011, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • $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
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Office Location for Kathryn H. Bennett

800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-333-9573

Fax: 612-333-9579

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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