Michelle Kuhl, Lommen Abdo Law Firm

Michelle K. Kuhl

Areas of Practice: Appeals, Litigation, Insurance Defense Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Professional Liability

Office Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Direct612.336.9328 / Emailmkuhl@lommen.com 

Michelle K. Kuhl / Biography

Michelle is a litigation attorney with a practice focusing on appeals. She has experience handling all aspects of appeals including briefing, oral arguments, appellate motions, and petitions for review. Before joining Lommen Abdo, Michelle clerked at the Minnesota Supreme Court where she gained valuable insight into the process by which appellate courts decide cases. Michelle also handles complex motions in a variety of other litigation areas, including professional liability, commercial litigation, insurance defense, insurance coverage and subrogation. 

She is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© Ones to Watch for her appellate practice and is listed as a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers. 

Leadership + Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association 


  • “Extraordinary Writs, Interlocutory Appeals, Emergency Proceedings: What Every Appellate Practitioner Should Know,” Eighth Circuit Bar Association, May 2022
  • “Demystifying Extraordinary Writs,” Appellate Practice Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2022
  • “Making Post-Trial Motions and Initiating Appeals,” Civil Litigation A to Z, Minnesota CLE, September 2021
  • Adjunct Professor at University of St. Thomas School of Law – Lawyering Skills III, 2020
  • “When CAN You Speak to a Represented Party?” HCBA, June 2020

Published Articles

  • “Appellate Arguments by Zoom,” The View, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, November 2020
  • “Review by Extraordinary Writ in Civil Cases,” Chapter 20, 2020 Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Deskbook
  • “Minnesota Amends its Rule of Professional Conduct Authorizing a Lawyer Admitted in Another Jurisdiction to Provide Legal Services in Minnesota,” Minnesota Lawyer, June 2019


  • University of Minnesota, B.A., with high distinction, 2013
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2022

News + Articles

Minnesota’s Collateral Order Doctrine Turns 20

Minnesota’s Collateral Order Doctrine Turns 20

Twenty years ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court formally adopted the collateral order doctrine in Kastner v. Star Trails Ass’n, 646 N.W.2d 235 (Minn. 2002). In the years since then, the appellate courts have applied the doctrine several times, but it remains a...

The Rare Remedy of Writs

The Rare Remedy of Writs

The appellate rules specifically list the types of trial court decisions that can be appealed. Usually this requires a final judgment, which occurs at the very end of the litigation in the trial court. But on rare occasions, a trial court may make a decision that is...

How to Proceed When Dying Doesn’t Kill Your Case

How to Proceed When Dying Doesn’t Kill Your Case

One of the important but often overlooked Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is Rule 25, which allows for substitution when a party has died. This Rule was recently addressed by the Eighth Circuit in Benacquisto v. Am. Express Fin. Corp., 2022 WL 3133437 (8th Cir. Aug....

The Long Road to Reversal (or Affirmance)

The Long Road to Reversal (or Affirmance)

One consideration in deciding whether to appeal is how long it will take to obtain a decision from the appellate court. Luckily, most appeals in Minnesota follow a fairly predictable timeline, so it is possible to plan ahead. Ordering Transcripts The first step after...

Counting Down to Your Appeal Deadline

Counting Down to Your Appeal Deadline

Whenever you are considering appealing a district court decision, it is crucial to immediately calculate the appeal deadline. Unlike some other court deadlines, the appeal deadline generally cannot be extended or waived the court. If you miss the deadline, you lose...