Kristi K. Brownson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Brownson PLLC
 | 225 South Sixth Street, Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-512-0211
Fax: 612-332-4025
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2008
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (50%),
  • Insurance Coverage (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    As the Managing Shareholder of the Brownson PLLC law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, attorney Kristi K. Brownson brings more than 25 years of experience to the table in the areas of insurance coverage litigation, insurance fraud defense, asbestos defense litigation and other similar matters.

    Regarded as one of the leading female attorneys in her field, Ms. Brownson represents insurance providers throughout the state and across the country. She brings a fresh perspective on her clients' issues and strives to provide innovative, effective strategies aimed at helping them achieve the favorable outcomes they seek. Driven by her passion for the law as well as her intensely competitive nature, Ms. Brownson has achieved notable success defending the rights and interests of her clients, and she has earned numerous awards and honors for her professionalism and service.

    Among her most notable accolades, Ms. Brownson holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and Attorney at Law Magazine featured her in its 2016 Women in Law issue. She has also received many positive reviews and referrals from her satisfied clients.

    Along with maintaining a successful legal practice, Ms. Brownson has written extensively and conducted lectures and seminars across her region and throughout the nation on a variety of legal topics. She has also served as an adjunct legal professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and Mitchell Hamline School of Law as well as director of the National Moot Court.

    A 1991 summa cum laude graduate of Concordia College, Ms. Brownson attended the University of Minnesota Law School, where she obtained her Juris Doctor cum laude in 1995. She holds her license to practice in Minnesota and North Dakota, and she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the District of North Dakota as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

    Ms. Brownson is highly active in her legal community, and she is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, the State Bar of North Dakota, the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

    *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
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
    • 50%Personal Injury - Products: Defense
    • 40%Insurance Coverage
    Focus Areas

    Products Liability, Insurance, Insurance Defense


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2008

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    About Kristi Brownson

    Admitted: 1995, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Rising Star, SuperLawyers 2008 edition
    • National Moot Court, Director
    • University of Minnesota Law School, Adjunct Professor (1998-2014) Service Award
    • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Featured in Attorney at Law Magazine, 2016 Women in Law Issue, November, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA)
    • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
    • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
    • North Dakota, 2004
    • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • State Bar of North Dakota (SBAND)
    • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2005
    • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003
    • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1996
    • Minnesota, 1995
    • Ms. Brownson was a moderator at the national Perrin Diversity & Inclusion Conference, widely attended, in Philadelphia, PA on November 1, 2018. 

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Ms. Brownson and the law firm of Brownson PLLC, have been proud sponsors of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Animal Humane Society Walk for Animals. The firm also supports other local and national organizations, such as Home For Life Animal Sanctuary and SMRLS (Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services).  As Managing Shareholder, Ms. Brownson is committed to the firm’s ongoing philanthropic opportunities, including efforts to assist those that are homeless and in need of assistance within the Minneapolis-St. Paul communities.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Ms. Brownson is a Co-author of Current and Historical American and Selected State Asbestos Regulations, 2020 Update, Brownson PLLC.  Ms. Brownson has also presented on topics of Personal Jurisdiction to the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA), as well as Women Managing Partners: Leading and Succeeding, for the Women in the Law Committee of the MDLA.  Ms. Brownson was also an invited Moderator for the 2018 Perrin Diversity & Inclusion Conference, held in Philadelphia, PA on November 1, 2018., Co-author of Current and Historical American and Selected State Asbestos Regulations, 2013 Update, Brownson PLLC, 2020.
    • Adjunct Professor, Mitchell/Hamline School of Law, teaching Lawyering:  Advice and Persuasion


    • APM, LLLP v. TCI Insurance Agency, Inc., 2016 ND 66, 877 N.W.2d 34, County of Cass. North Dakota Supreme Court affirmed summary judgment in favor of insurance agency in professional liability case
    • Steven Shelquist v. Black Gold Farms, et al., County of Kidder, North Dakota District Court, Case No. 04-C-53 (N.D. 2006) Obtained summary judgment in favor of national farming operation in serious injury motor vehicle claim
    • Janet Phelps v. Pembina County Memorial Hospital, United States District Court, District of North Dakota, Northeastern Division, File No. 2:05-cr-65 (D.N.D. 2006) Obtained dismissal of HIPAA claim against hospital by former employee, finding no private right of action under HIPAA, and dismissal without prejudice of employment claims for lack of federal subject matter or supplemental jurisdiction
    • Jeffrey Wotzka v. Minndakota Limited Partnership, d/b/a Radisson Hotel Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota District Court, Case No. 08-2011-CV-01867 (N.D. 2014). Obtained favorable jury verdict in innkeeper negligence case, resulting in dismissal of all claims and award of costs to client
    • APM, LLLP v. TCI Insurance Agency, Inc., Cass County, North Dakota District Court, Case No. 09-2014-CV-12885 (N.D. 2015). Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurance agency in professional liability case
    • Juelich v. Yamazaki Optonics Corp., 682 N.W. 2d 565 (Minn. 2004)
    • Conwed Corp. v. Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Co., Inc., 634 N.W. 2d 401 (Minn. 2001)
    • Michael P. McGill and Tatyana McGill v. Conwed Corporation, U.S.D.C., District of Minnesota, Civil No. 17-01047 (SRN/HB), 2017
    • Appletree Square I Limited Partnership, and Business Consultants, Inc., as Liquidating Agent for Appletree Square I Limited Partnership v. O’ Connor & Hannan, et. al., 575 N.W.2d 102 (Minn. 1998)

    Representative Clients:

    • Ms. Brownson has represented insurance clients, including serving as regional Panel Counsel for Allianz, formerly Fireman’s Fund, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and the Selective group of insurance companies.   Ms. Brownson also represents major national corporations in asbestos personal injury litigation. , 2019

    Educational Background:

    • Concordia College, BA, Summa Cum Laude, Honor: Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society, 1991
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    225 South Sixth Street
    Suite 4800
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Phone: 612-512-0211

    Fax: 612-332-4025

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