After working as a substitute teacher in the Minneapolis school system for three years, Christine Kain decided it was time for a career change. She figured her classroom skill sets and natural inclinations would translate to a legal career. “I talk a lot and I like to boss people around,” she explains wryly.
Kain didn’t take the leap right away. But after putting in two years as a paralegal, she brushed off advice from lawyer friends who told her business school was a better move and headed off for the University of Minnesota Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Nine years later, Kain, now a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, is glad she trusted her instincts. A member of the firm’s product liability practice group, Kain defends pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers and food industry clients. A career high point came last summer when she was part of the Faegre team that zeroed out the plaintiff in an artificial hip suit after a four-week trial in state court in Illinois — “a very plaintiff-friendly venue,” she notes.
On the pro bono side, Kain does immigration asylum work on behalf of unaccompanied youth, represents foster kids in child-protection hearings, and staffs several legal clinics, where clients seek help for a wide range of troubles. “As a products liability lawyer, I often don’t have the answer, but I usually know people who do,” says Kain.
With two young children of her own, Kain says she spends a lot her spare time “picking up socks” but also wedges as much leisure reading and tennis as she can.