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Katherine M. Swenson

Up & Coming: Katherine M. Swenson

Justice is no game to Kate Swenson. But it is a competition.

Long before the Minneapolis attorney learned that idea from a law school professor, she was imbued with a competitor’s spirit. It came to her through her mother, an avid athlete who was a high school senior when Title IX passed.

“Until then she did not earn a varsity letter — because women and girls couldn’t earn varsity letters,” Swenson said. “That was something that was a real justice that was done for her.”

Swenson, who joined Greene Espel in 2012, is an avid competitor — inside and outside the courtroom. A former University of Minnesota Gophers women’s hockey player, she still plays tennis, hockey and softball. If you’re not intimidated yet, she’s also a two-time 2007 Jeopardy champion.

Noted for her incisive communication skills and formidable courtroom presence, Swenson is establishing herself as one of Minnesota’s most experienced appellate lawyers. She has briefed and argued cases at every level in the state and federal courts. That includes an amicus brief she co-authored for the NIFLA v. Becerra First Amendment case decided in June by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Swenson credits her success to two primary factors: clarity and perseverance. She strives to make her briefs and oral arguments as clear as possible and prepares like crazy. “Maybe that’s something that all good attorneys have,” she said. “If so, I hope to join their ranks.”

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About Kevin Featherly

Kevin Featherly, who joined BridgeTower Media in mid-2016, is a journalist and former freelance writer who has covered politics, law, business, technology and popular culture for publications and websites in the Twin Cities and nationally since the mid-1990s.

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