Best & Flanagan is pleased to announce that Katherine Barrett Wiik has joined the firm as a Partner in the firm’s Appellate and Litigation practice groups.
An accomplished appellate and trial lawyer with more than a decade of practice experience, Katie focuses her practice on appellate advocacy and strategic motions. She is the current Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section Council, and serves on the Executive Board of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers.
Katie has presented numerous appellate oral arguments, and has argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Ninth Circuits. She is a former law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Katie also frequently writes and speaks on issues of appellate law and procedure.
In her appellate as well as her trial court litigation matters, Katie represents individual and business clients with a diverse range of legal issues. She has handled financial litigation and breach of fiduciary duty matters, breach of contract and employment disputes, and business torts, as well as individual and mass torts. Katie is also deeply committed to providing pro bono legal services, particularly relating to issues of social and gender justice and human and civil rights.
“We’re very proud to welcome Katie to our great team of trial and appellate lawyers,” said Sarah Crippen, Managing Partner at Best & Flanagan. “Katie brings unique, focused appellate expertise and a wealth of litigation experience to our practice and clients. We’re also very excited to add another dynamic, talented woman partner to our ranks, in keeping with our commitment to building a diverse team of lawyers who reflect our community and our clients.”
Prior to joining Best & Flanagan, Katie was a principal at Robins Kaplan in Minneapolis. Katie was named a “Woman Worth Watching” in 2018 by Profiles in Diversity Journal and was a recipient the Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year award in 2016 for helping to launch a pro se appeals clinic at the Minnesota Court of Appeals with other appellate attorneys and the state law library staff. Katie is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Macalester College.