Kathleen Loucks

Kathleen M. Loucks

Areas of Practice: Business Litigation, Catastrophic Injury, Construction Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Professional Liability Defense, Vaccine Injuries, Wrongful Death, Insurance Defense 

Office Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota / Hudson, Wisconsin 

Direct: 612.336.9348Email: kloucks@lommen.com 

Kathleen M. Loucks / Biography

In her career, Kathleen has championed individuals and businesses in state and federal courts throughout the region, including general contractors in construction defect cases, individuals in insurance coverage disputes, and plaintiffs and defendants in general litigation matters. She also provides general risk management and legal counsel to individuals and corporations. 

“I have significant experience on both the defense and plaintiff side of simple and complex litigation all the way through jury verdict. My clients have learned to appreciate this about my advocacy,” says Kathleen. “This insight enables me to make wise choices about when to be collaborative with opposing counsel, and when to be a strong advocate for my clients. My clients want more than a one-size-fits-all approach to their case – they deserve a seasoned and wisdom-driven advocate with a full spectrum of tools, who will talk with them candidly and straightforwardly about their options, and who will choose the best tools available to serve their interests. That’s how I practice and that’s what I’m committed to delivering to every client I have the privilege of serving.” 

She started her career in the courtroom, cutting her teeth in criminal court as a prosecutor. Before joining Lommen Abdo in 2014, Kathleen spent seven years at Hellmuth & Johnson, building a solid reputation as a skilled and tough, yet fair-minded, legal advocate and negotiator, and an attorney with character and integrity. Prior to that, Kathleen practiced with Gislason & Hunter, representing doctors, nurses and hospitals in medical malpractice actions in state, federal and appellate courts; representing doctors and nurses in state board licensure actions; representing insurance companies in coverage disputes and declaratory judgment actions in state, federal and appellate courts; representing general contractors and subcontractors in construction defect litigation; and representing plaintiffs and defendants in general litigation matters. Her litigation experience includes jury and court trials, as well as arbitrations and mediations. Kathleen and her co-counsel, Edward Milstein, successfully obtained a $1 million verdict for the plaintiff in a 2015 organ transplant case. 

Kathleen is certified as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. She is listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer and was listed as a Minnesota Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers from 2006 to 2008 and in 2011. She received a Client Satisfaction 10 Best Female Attorneys Award by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2016 and 2017. She was honored as one of the 10 Best Female Attorneys in Minnesota by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. She was recognized for excellence in litigation law by the Association of America’s Top Lawyers in 2019. 

Leadership + Activities

  • Vaccine Petitioners Bar Association 
  • Court of Federal Claims Bar Association 
  • Hennepin County Bench & Bar Committee 
  • Hennepin County Bar Association 
  • Minnesota State Bar Association 
  • Innocence Project of Minnesota, Advisory Board, 2010 to 2016 

Community + Pro Bono Work

Project Family Connect; United Gospel Mission 


Kathleen Loucks provided excellent legal counsel to our association in a complex construction defects lawsuit. Kathleen is a superb communicator who provides sound counsel that is clear, comprehensive and understandable to clients. She is an experienced, effective, straightforward, pragmatic and responsive attorney whom I recommend without reservation.

Larry B., Golden Valley 

I have had the pleasure of working with Kathleen on several occasions and would highly recommend her as legal counsel to anyone. While working with Kathleen, I was impressed by her depth of knowledge, prompt follow-up, ability to quickly resolve matters, the ability to clearly articulate matters so that those without a legal background understand and, moreover, her compassion for what she does as a legal professional. Throughout my career I have worked with many lawyers and Kathleen has proven to be one of the finest. 

Deborah H., Property Manager and CEO 

Kathleen defended our company on a products defect case. We were very pleased with her defense of the case including her diligent and thorough investigation of the facts, knowledge of the law, and effective negotiation strategy. Kathleen was very prompt in her communications to us and made the matter a priority. 

General Counsel at a Wisconsin manufacturing company 


  • Shierts v. University of Minnesota Physicians et al. – medical malpractice wrongful death verdict $1,200,000 
  • Jane and John Doe v. Minnesota Clinic – medical malpractice wrongful death settlement $687,500 
  • Campbell v. Falcon Ridge, et al. – settlement of catastrophic injury claim $750,000 
  • Wildman v. Coyers – settlement of catastrophic injury claim $225,000 
  • Jane Doe as Trustee v. Midwest Clinic – wrongful death settlement arising out of suicide 1.75 million 
  • Vaccine settlements: 
    • Shoulder Injury (SIRVA) following flu shot $ 60,254 
    • Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) following tetanus shot $450,000 
    • Shoulder Injury (SIRVA) following flu shot $75,000 


Vaccination CLE – Vaccination Law 101 – Annual Meeting of the 18th District Bar Association – 2021 

Published Articles

  • “COVID-19 Countermeasures Receive Broad Immunity,” Minnesota Lawyer, May 2020
  • “When Attorneys Are Sued by Non-Clients: The Immunity and Privilege Rule,” Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, September 2019
  • “Shoulder Injuries from Vaccines? Separating Fact from Fiction,” Mitchell Hamline Law Review Blog, February 2019
  • “Drilling Down: The Vaccine Act,” Mitchell Hamline Law Review, May 2018
  • “Rule Changes for Homeowner Associations,” Minnesota Lawyer, September 2017
  • “Vaccine Law: Where it Came From, How it Works,” Minnesota Lawyer, May 2017
  • “When a Client Dies During…Litigation,” Hennepin Lawyer, March/April 2016
  • “Notable Verdicts: Organ Transplants Gone Wrong, Botched Surgeries, Bad Priests,” Minnesota Lawyer, 2015
  • “Judicial Ride-Along Program: Another Look,” Hennepin Lawyer, 2011


  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 1995
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1999
  • Wisconsin, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2016

News + Articles

Do You Have a Shoulder Injury From a Vaccination?

Do You Have a Shoulder Injury From a Vaccination?

It is common to experience side effects like a sore arm or a low grade fever from a vaccination. However, you should be aware that vaccines can cause shoulder injury related to vaccination (SIRVA) when administered incorrectly. Common Contributing Factors The most...

Lommen Abdo Packs at the Park

Lommen Abdo Packs at the Park

Lommen Abdo team members recently got out in the community and participated in the Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Pack at the Park event. This is the first year Lommen Abdo employees have packed food but they look forward to making this an annual event! Feed My...

Hearsay Objections Abound in Depp/Heard Trial

Hearsay Objections Abound in Depp/Heard Trial

The widely watched, live-streamed, defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has riveted many people, spending hours tuning into the stream to keep up. In summary, Depp is suing his ex-wife, Heard, over an article she wrote, where she described herself as a...

Why are COVID vaccine injuries treated differently?

Why are COVID vaccine injuries treated differently?

Kathleen Loucks authored an article which appeared in the March 17, 2022 Minnesota Lawyer on COVID vaccines, "Why are COVID vaccine injuries treated differently?" There are significant differences in the process and compensation for those injured from the COVID-19...

COVID-19 Countermeasures Receive Broad Immunity

COVID-19 Countermeasures Receive Broad Immunity

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) passed a Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act effective as of February 4, 2020 through October 1, 2024. Manufacturers are protected from legal liability for additional 12 months...