Kari Berman is a partner in the Minneapolis office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. With over 25 years of experience in commercial litigation, Kari has significant experience in corporate governance, complex business transactions, contract negotiations, internal investigations, investigations by government agencies, merger and acquisition including due diligence and related issues, and advising clients’ senior executives on legal issues as they arise. Kari also has experience in professional liability defense, including, legal and accountancy malpractice claims. She has successfully represented clients in SEC and FINRA investigations and frequently represents companies and their governing boards with both litigation and corporate strategic issues.

Kari routinely represents clients in shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, restrictive covenants, trade secret violations, intellectual property issues, fiduciary breaches, and other similar matters. Additionally, she advises companies on lawsuit avoidance by ensuring compliance with various federal and state laws, including but not limited to unlawful employment practices prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act(ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Fair Labor Standards Act(FLSA), (HIPAA), (False Claims Act), (Stark Law), and other state and federal laws. Kari has also provided advice and counsel to clients facing litigation involving alleged BIPA violations as this complex body of law evolves.

Kari serves as FDA counsel for medical device manufacturers and advises them on regulatory matters internationally.

Publications

  • Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook, 1st Edition
  • Public Accounting Report
  • Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook, 2nd Edition
  • Business Insurance Magazine

Pro Bono & Philanthropy

  • Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House, Upper Mid-West
  • Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy, University of St. Thomas Law School
  • Contributing Editor, Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook
  • Commissioner, Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC)
  • Past Advisory Committee Member, William Mitchell College of Law, National Security Forum
  • Past Commissioner, Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission

Professional Presentations

  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) Webinar, 2021 Update: Biometric Information Privacy Act, February 10, 2021

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Minnesota

Admissions

MN

Awards & Honors

  • Policy Fellows Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Rising Stars in the Legal Profession, Minnesota Law & Politics, January 2000
  • Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR)
  • Resolution No. 2081 Commendation, Metropolitan Airports Commission
  • P.A. Women At The Table, Briggs and Morgan

Education

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Juris Doctor

Columbia University, Barnard College

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature

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