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Up & Coming: Erin E. Knapp

Erin E. Knapp

Erin E. Knapp

Dorsey & Whitney

It’s only her seventh year of practice, yet you’d think that Erin Knapp had been around forever.

Knapp graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2007. After a clerkship with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel between 2008 and 2011, Knapp joined Dorsey & Whitney in 2011. Today, as an associate in their Finance & Restructuring group, she represents clients in bankruptcy proceedings, loan defaults, workouts and other financial matters, with venues in Minnesota, New York, Delaware, California, Iowa and Nevada.

“I like the problem solving,” Knapp said. “It’s a practical area of law where you handle specific problems and come up with workable solutions.”

Knapp complements her practice with work for an array of professional organizations, including acting as co-chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Women in the Legal Profession Committee between 2012 and 2014. She led the redrafting of MSBA’s Self-Audit for Gender Equity Best Practices during that time, and has written, edited, or contributed to numerous publications, newsletters and the MSBA’s Bankruptcy Bulletin. “I enjoy my writing, and that’s good, because I’m doing a lot of it,” she said.

As though that weren’t enough, she’s also a member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Minnesota Women Lawyers, the Turnaround Management Association and the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association.

“One thing I really love about Minneapolis is the thriving arts community,” Knapp said. She’s been a board member for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association and was on the host committee for the 2014 Northern Spark event.

But Knapp doesn’t neglect her pro bono work. She logged more than 160 hours in 2013, mostly providing legal advice and services for clients through the Brian Coyle Clinic and the Housing Court Project. She said she appreciates the stakes of tenant-landlord conflicts. “I like being able to help with immediate problems,” she said.

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