Katherine S. Barrett Wiik
Katherine "Katie" Barrett Wiik is a litigator with extensive experience handling federal and state appellate matters and complex employment and financial disputes, particularly for clients in the insurance and health care industries. Katie has more than 15 years of experience serving as lead attorney in dozens of appeals and securing favorable outcomes for clients in cases before the Sixth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the Minnesota Court of Appeals. In addition to her courtroom work, Katie capitalizes on her strong writing skills to resolve matters by way of strategic motions.On the civil litigation side of her practice, Katie represents clients in disputes involving breach of contract as well as non-compete agreements and other employment issues.
Katie also handles business torts and cases involving securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other types of financial litigation. She also draws on her appellate experience to monitor trial court proceedings to ensure that issues are adequately preserved for potential appeals.Katie is driven by a passion for equal access to justice, and she is particularly committed to initiatives that support diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession and community. She handles pro bono cases involving transgender rights, reproductive rights, and other forms of discrimination, and serves as appellate counsel to non-profits representing survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Before earning her J.D. from Harvard Law School, Katie studied at Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland as a British Marshall Scholar, where she earned a master’s degree in comparative ethnic conflict and an L.L.M. in human rights law.