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Kate Baxter-Kauf
Kate Baxter-Kauf

Up & Coming: Kate Baxter-Kauf

It’s a matter of when, not if, your data gets hacked.

That’s the opinion of Kate Baxter-Kauf, and she should know, with an active practice in the area including class actions involving household names such as Target and Home Depot.

Data breaches involving health care records are even more worrisome because the information in there doesn’t change. And, although there is protection for consumers, “the harder question is what happens five years from now when there is information [hacked] that you can’t change, like your social security number,” Baxter-Kauf said.

An associate at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, Baxter-Kauf also practices antitrust and other class actions. Her first big case was against Symantec, where class members will get back as much as they paid, or more, for extended download insurance that was automatically added to their carts when they bought software. The case settled for $60 million.

Her other claim to fame is with the local debate community. She chairs the Minnesota Urban Debate League Young Professionals Board, which facilitates debate programs in more than 20 schools. It results in increased grades and literacy and a 100 percent on-time graduation rate for participants. She has an active pro bono practice as well.

Whether you are for the affirmative or the negative, you want Baxter-Kauf on your team.

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