Kimberly Lowe

Top rated Business & Corporate attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Avisen Legal, P.A.
Kimberly Lowe
Avisen Legal, P.A.

Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Nonprofit Organizations, Closely Held Business; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1998

Education: Boston College Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2006

Avisen Legal, P.A.

901 Marquette Avenue
Suite 1675
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


Kimberly Lowe is an attorney at Avisen Legal, PA, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. Lowe focuses her practice on business and commercial law, handling matters involving contracts, entity formation, and more for nonprofit organizations and other clients throughout the Minnesota region.

Ms. Lowe has more than 20 years of experience. In addition to her practice, she serves on law drafting initiatives on a local and national basis, including the Minnesota Business Corporation Act, Minnesota Nonprofit Corporation Act and the Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act.

Staying active in her legal community in numerous ways over the years, Ms. Lowe has served on committees and in leadership roles for the Hennepin County Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s business law section, the National Council of Farmer Cooperative and the Uniform Law Commission.

Dedicated to giving back to her community, Ms. Lowe sits on the board of directors of Growth & Justice, a research and advocacy organization that develops public policy proposals. She is a former board member of organizations, including BestPrep, LegalCORPS and the YWCA Minneapolis.

Honored for her many accomplishments, Ms. Lowe was named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association several years in a row. Minnesota Business magazine and the Minnesota Justice Foundation are also organizations recognizing her for her contributions to the legal profession.

Ms. Lowe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy with bachelor’s degrees in English and economics. She received her law degree from Boston College Law School and obtained her license to practice law in Minnesota in 1998.

Practice areas

Business/Corporate, Nonprofit Organizations, Closely Held Business, Tax: Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance

Focus areas

Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations, Contracts, Limited Liability Companies, Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations, Partnership, Securities Law, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Tax Law

First Admitted: 1998, Minnesota

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • 2019 Nonprofit Law Conference, Organizational Changes: Mergers, Dissolutions and Conversions, 03/09/2019
  • The Business Lawyer and Rule of Law - The Rule of Law is Our Business, ABA, Business Law Today, author Kimberly Lowe, 06/29/2021
  • Twin Cities Startup Week Event: An overview of the global B Corp certification as well as local PBC legal entity formation for socially driven enterprises, Collaboration between MN B Local and Social Enterprise MSP, 09/20/2021
  • ImpactSKU Class #1: Legal Structure Presentation, 06/01/2021
  • Panelist, American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, "Raising Funds Without Raising Eyebrows: Best Practices for Commercial Co-Ventures a/k/a Cause Marketing," 04/21/2021
  • Moderator, MSBA Business Law CLE, "You, Your Clients and Imminent Beneficial Owner Reporting to FinCEN," 03/10/2021
  • The 2021 New Lawyer Experience, What Every New Lawyer Needs to Know About Forming and Selecting Entities, 01/22/2021
  • Benefit Corporations or B-Corp Certification: Differences, Pros and Cons. "Benefit Enterprises in Access to Justice" Presented January 8, 2021 to the Self-Represented Litigation Network's Justice Tech Entrepreneurs Working Group
  • Panelist, “Tackling Racism With Sharp Wit Illusion Theater’s Same Difference,” Twin Cities Diversity in practice Minneapolis, November 2008
  • “Minnesota Business Law Deskbook - Corporations and LLCs 1stEdition,” Editor, July 2010
  • Presenter, “How to read a Financial Statement,” 2009 Family and Closely Held Business Conference, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis August 2009
  • Moderator and Presenter, "Managing & Growing People: Health, Comp., Stock & More," the Collaborative - Innovative Series Panel Discussion, Minneapolis, August 2012
  • "Minnesota Business Law Deskbook - Corporations and LLCs, 1st Edition," Editor, July 2010
  • Presenter, "The Business Cradle to Grave: The ABC's of Limited Liability Company Organization" outline and presentation, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, November 2010
  • Presenter, "Tax Exempt Organizations from Start to Finish -- Incorporation Process and Unrelated Business Income Taxation," National Business Institute, Minneapolis, May 2011
  • "Governance Best Practices for Nonprofit Organizations: Creating a Structure that Allows for Responsible Leadership," Kimberly A. Lowe, Author, Bureau of National Affairs: Corporate Accountability Report, August 2011
  • Presenter, "So Your Client is a Small Business Owner: What You Need to Know," The Small Business Conference, Minnesota State Bar Association and MN CLE, November 2011
  • Presenter, "LLC or Inc.? Entity Selection for a Small-to-Medium Sized Business: S Corporations in Detail" and "LLC Taxation Considerations," National Business Institute, Minneapolis, May 2012
  • Faculty Planner and Presenter, Minnesota CLE and the MSBA Business Law Section, Business Law Institute, 2009-2013
  • Chair, Moderator and Presenter, "Concussion in Amateur Sports: Legal Risks and Options for Nonprofit Athletic and Recreational Organizations," American Bar Association/Business Law Section, Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 2012
  • Presenter, "Advising the Family Business Owner About Succession and Estate Planning Issues: Setting Reasonable Expectations for Family Business Succession," Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, August 2012
  • Presenter, "Structured Settlement Transfers: Liquidation of Structured Settlements," 2012 Minnesota District Judges Association/ Minnesota District Judges Foundation Annual Fall Conference, Minneapolis, September 2012
  • Co-Presenter, "VC and Angel Financing in a Challenging Economy; Tax Credits and more," the Collaborative's 26th Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference, Minneapolis October 2012
  • Presenter, "Entity Selection for a Small-to-Medium Sized Business: Taxation and S Corporations in Detail," National Business Institute, Rebroadcast November 2012
  • Presenter, "Structuring Cooperative," National Business Institute, Teleconference Seminar, December 2012
  • Presenter, "How to Keep Tax Exempt Organizations in Compliance: Intermediate Sanctions and Current Case Law and Legislative Updates Impacting Tax-Exempt Organizations," National Business Institute, Teleconference Seminar, December, 2012
  • Presenter, "Business Law 101: Demystifying the Entity Selection," Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, July 2013
  • Faculty Advisor and Presenter, the Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference, "Capitalizing the Small Business," Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, January 2011-2013
  • Debate Participant, "Future of Doing Good and How We Should Fund Good Works," bushCONNECT, Regional Leadership Conference powered by the Bush Foundation, Guthrie Theater, May 12, 2014
  • Faculty Planner and Presenter, "The 3rd Annual Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference: Future Legislation: The Coming New Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation (Snapshot Session)" outline and presentation, Minnesota CLE, October 29, 2013
  • Presenter, "The Public Benefit Corporation Comes to Minnesota", outline and presentation, William Mitchell College of Law Alumni Series, Webcast Only, December 5, 2013
  • Presenter, "Selecting and Forming Corporate Entities," New Lawyer Experience, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, 2009-2014
  • Nonprofit Revitalization Act Impacts New York Nonprofits and Organizations Registered to Solicit Contributions in the State, ABA Nonprofit Organizations Committee Newsletter, Fourth Quarter 2013, co-written with Matthew Norris, J.D. Candidate, 2014, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Minnesota Should Enact Public Benefit Corporations, Star Tribune, co-written with Jeffrey Ochs, Founder of Cornerstone Stories, a Minnesota social business, and a board member of Social Enterprise Alliance-Twin Cities, February 7, 2014
  • Presenter, "2014 Non-Profit Law Conference: Public Benefit Corporations," outline and presentation, Minnesota CLE and MSBA Business Law Section, March 12, 2014
  • Faculty Planner and Presenter, "2014 Business Law Institute: Public Benefit Corporations," outline and presentation, Minnesota CLE and MSBA Business Law Section, May 5, 2014
  • "The State of Social Enterprise as it Relates to Legal Considerations," Minnesota Business Magazine, October 9, 2014
  • Presenter, "The Public Benefit Corporation is Coming1," Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, Hennepin County Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 15, 2014
  • Presenter. "The Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act," Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, July 22. 2014
  • Presenter, "The Public Benefit Corporation is Here; Now What Do We Do?" Ramsey County Bar Association CLE, Ramsey County Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 17, 2014
  • Faculty Member & Presenter, "Ancillary Activities," Minnesota CLE, Churches and Other Religious Organizations, June 16, 2014
  • Chair. Faculty & Moderator. "Understanding & Using Minnesota's New Public Benefit Corporation Act," Minnesota CLE, August 28, 2014
  • The Purchase and Sale of Small Businesses: Employment/Employee-Related Issues in the Sale of Small Businesses, Minnesota CLE, 2/26/2018
  • Faculty Planner and Committee Member, "The Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference: Highlights of the New Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act" - Snapshot Presentation; "The New LLC Statute: What Now?" (Moderator), Minnesota CLE, October 21, 2014
  • University of St. Thomas Non-Profits Talk, 9/7/2017
  • Twin Cities Startup Week at Impact Hub: Social Enterprise Structuring and The Future of Nonprofit Fundraising: Developing a Hybrid Business Model, 10/9/2017
  • MN CLE - Significant Changes for Minnesota LLCs: Panel Discussion of Transition Hypotheticals, 10/30/2017
  • Off the Record Career Conversation Series, Mitchel Hamline 10/17/2017
  • Nonprofits and Social Enterprises, University of Minnesota, 11/29/2017
  • The New Lawyer Experience, MM CLE, 1/18/2018
  • Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 05/21/2018
  • ConnectUP! MN: How to Structure Your Social Enterprise for Crowdfunding 02/22/2018
  • Lessons Learned: Bitcoin/ICOs, 02/21/2018
  • 2018 MN CLE Nonprofit Conference, State Law Update, 3/13/2018
  • Meet the Expert 2018 James J. Hill Center, 05/21/2018
  • Mitchell Hamline SBE Class Speaker, 06/14/2018
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law – Adjunct Professor, Business Associations (2018)
  • ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting 2018 Austin, TX: Board Transitions Voluntary and Otherwise 09/14/2018
  • ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting 2018 Austin, TX: What's the Latest with Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants, and How Can We Help? 09/14/2018
  • Twin Cities Startup Week at Impact Hub: Social Enterprise Structuring 10/11/2018
  • Social Enterprise Executive Education Session, Legal Considerations of Pursuing a Social Enterprise Model, 11/27/2018
  • The 2019 New Lawyer Experience: Selecting and Forming Corporate Entities Breakout Session, 1/17/2019
  • College of St. Catherine - Adjunct Professor - Business Law
  • Hamline University School of Law - Adjunct Professor - Small Business and Non-Profit Clinic; Law of Nonprofit Organizations (2004 – 2016)
  • Hamline University School of Business - Adjunct Professor - Master in Nonprofit Management Program, Law of Nonprofit Organizations
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • National Council of Farmers Cooperative, Legal Tax and Accounting, Vice Chair- Securities Committee (2010-2016)
  • American Bar Association, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Member of (2017 – present), Business Law Section Liaison (2014 – 2017)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Treasurer (2013-2014)
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member, Nonprofit Organizations Committee, Member, Corporate Governance Committee, Co-Chair, Social Entrepreneurship and Social Benefit Entities, Co-Chair, Governance Nonprofit Organization, The Business Lawyer, Editorial Board Member (2018-Present), Business Law Today, Content Director (2018-Present), Business Law Section, Pro Bono Committee, Chair (2015-2018)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Section Council, Executive Committee Member, Nonprofit Corporations, Committee Member, Business/Professional Corporations, Committee Member, Partnerships/Limited Liability Companies, Committee Member, Beneficial Corporation Drafting Committee (2012-Present), Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association's Legal Education Task Force Member, (2014-2016), Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly Member, (2013-Present), Member Investment Committee (2018-Present)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Finance and Planning Committee Chair (2013-2014), Secretary (2012-2013), Board of Directors (2011-2017), Finance and Planning Committee Member (2009-2016), Finance and Planning Committee Bylaws Subcommittee Chair (2011-2012), Board of Directors, Hennepin County Bar Foundation (2012-2016)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, President-Elect (2014-2015)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Immediate Past President (2016-2017)
  • Uniform Law Commission, ULC Drafting Committee on Management of Funds Raised through Crowdfunding Efforts
  • Minnesota, 1998
  • Uniform Law Commission, Minnesota Appointed Commissioner (2016-Present)
  • President of the Hennepin County Bar Association.  , 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Girl Scouts River Valleys Women of Distinction 2014 Steering Committee member, Co-Chair Sponsorship Committee
  • Board of Directors -LegalCORPS
  • Board of Directors - Growth and Justice (2006-Present), Board Chair (2016-Present)
  • Board of Directors - BestPrep (2008-2013)
  • Corporate Secretary - Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (2005-2015)
  • Board of Directors - YWCA of Minneapolis (2005-2010)
  • BestPrep's Minnesota Business Venture Advisory Committee and Curriculum Development Board
Educational Background:
  • University of Detroit, Honors B.A. in English and Economics, summa cum laude
  • Named as one of Minnesota's Attorneys of the Year for work on helping to change Minnesota's transfer of structured settlement laws.  , Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyers , 2011
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation, Outstanding Service Award, 2006
  • BestPrep, Volunteer of the Year Award, 2006
  • Minnesota Business Magazine, The (REAL) Power 50 Award, 2014
  • Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer, 2012-2017 
  • Named as one of Minnesota's Attorneys of Year for leading the effort to draft and pass Minnesota's Public Benefit Corporation Act. Also named as a member of the Circle of Excellence as a repeat awardee.  , Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyers , 2014
Industry Groups:
  • Social Enterprise

Office location for Kimberly Lowe

901 Marquette Avenue
Suite 1675
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-263-7770


5 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2006

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