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 

Feedback

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 

Experience

  • 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 

Presentations

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

Education

  • 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

Vaccine law: where it came from, how it works

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program after lawsuits against manufacturers threatened to cause vaccine shortages. See 42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to -34. In an effort to maintain a supply of vaccines,...

Vaccine Law 101

Vaccine Law 101

Did you know that for vaccine injuries, while you need a lawyer who is admitted to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and a member of the Vaccine Bar, your lawyer does not need to be admitted in the same state where the injury occurred.  This means that Lommen Abdo can...

When a Client Dies During…Litigation

At common law, a personal injury action abates with the death of either party.  The Supreme Court in Johnson v. Consolidated Frieghtways, Inc.discussed the rationale behind the common law: The old non-survival rule sprang from the medieval view of torts as a form of...