Bar Admissions
2011, Minnesota
University of Minnesota Law School, 2011, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif Macalester College, Communications Studies B.A., magna cum laude
Court Admissions
Minnesota U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Ms. Baxter-Kauf’s practice is concentrated in the firm’s data breachantitrust lawbusiness litigation, and securities litigation practice groups. She represents individuals, consumers, financial institutions and small businesses in litigation to protect their rights and, most often, the rights of the class members they seek to represent. Ms. Baxter-Kauf is a 2011 magna cum laude and Order of the Coif graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. In 2018, she was one of only five attorneys nationally named a Rising Star by Law360 in the area of Cybersecurity & Privacy, was recognized as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer magazine in 2016, and for each of 2015-2021, has been named one of Minnesota’s Rising Stars by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Baxter-Kauf clerked for the Honorable Alan C. Page, the Honorable Helen M. Meyer, and the Honorable Christopher J. Dietzen, Associate Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Before law school, Ms. Baxter-Kauf was an award-winning coach of high school and college policy debate teams across the country and facilitated debate teams at Twin Cities urban middle and high schools. She coached the 2003 National Forensic League policy debate national champions.

Representative Cases

  • City of Hollywood Firefighters’ Pension Fund v. Inspire Medical Systems, Inc., No. 23-cv-3884 (D. Minn.) – appointed local counsel
  • In re Regents of the University of Minnesota Data Litigation; No. 27-cv-23-14056 (Hennepin Cty. Dist. Ct.) – appointed member of Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee
  • In re: Apple Data Privacy Litigation, No. 22-cv-07069 (N.D. Cal.) – appointed member of Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
  • In re: BPS Direct, LLC, and Cabela’s LLC, Wiretapping, No. 23-md-03074 (E.D. Pa.) – appointed Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel
  • Johnson et al. v. Cornerstone National Insurance Co., No. 22-cv-04135-WJE (W.D. Mo.)  – appointed Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel
  • Holmes et al. v. Elephant Insurance Co. et al., No. 3:22-cv-00487 (E.D. Va.) – appointed Interim Co-Lead Counsel
  • In re: Geico Customer Data Breach Litig., No. 1:21-cv-002210-KAM-SJB (E.D.N.Y) – pre-approved member of leadership team in conjunction with co-lead counsel appointment
  • Baker v. ParkMobile, LLC, No. 21-cv-2182 (N.D. Ga.) – appointed member of Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
  • Beck v. Austin, No. 19-cv-01453 (D. Minn.) – appointed settlement class counsel
  • In re EpiPen ERISA Litig., No. 17-cv-1884 (D. Minn.) – appointed liaison counsel
  • In re Netgain Technology, LLC, Consumer Data Breach Litigation, No. 21-cv-01210 – appointed chair of Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee
  • Zimmerman v. Riverplace Counseling Center, Inc., No. 02-cv-19-6522 (Anoka Cty. Dist. Ct.) – appointed settlement class counsel
  • Lutzke v. Metropolitan Council and Metro Transit, No. 27-cv-19-14453 (Henn. Cty. Dist. Ct.) – primary defense counsel
  • Adkins v. Facebook, Inc., No. 18-cv-05982 (N.D. Cal.)
  • Baysal v. Midvale Indemnity Company et al, No. 21-cv-00394 (W.D. Wis.)
  • Park v. American Family Life Insurance Company et al., No. 22-cv-171 (W.D. Wis.)
  • Greenstate Credit Union v. Hy-Vee, Inc. No. 20-cv-00621 (D. Minn)
  • Greenstein et al. v. Noblr Reciprocal Exchange, No. 21-04537 (N.D. Cal.)
  • Stallone v. Farmers Group, Inc. et al., No. 2:2021-cv-01659 (D. Nev.)
  • In re: Capital One Consumer Data Security Breach Litigation, No. 1:19-md-2915 (E.D. Va.)
  • In re Premera Blue Cross Customer Data Security Breach Litig., No. 15-2633 (D. Or.)
  • Johannessohn et al v. Polaris Industries, Inc. No. 16-cv-03348 (D. Minn.)
  • In re Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. Litigation, Case No. 1:17-mi-55555 (N.D. Ga.)
  • IN RE: EQUIFAX, INC., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, Case No. 1:17-md-02800-TWT (N.D. Ga.)
  • Veridian Credit Union v. Eddie Bauer LLC, Case 2:17-cv-00356-JLR  (W.D. Wash.)
  • Bellwether Community Credit Union v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Case 1:17-cv-01102-WJM-SKC (D. Colo.)
  • In re: Yahoo! Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2752 (N.D. Cal.)
  • First Choice Federal Credit Union et al v. The Wendy’s Company et al, Civil No. 2:16-cv-00506 (W.D. Pa.)
  • In re: Target Corporate Customer Data Breach Security Litigation, MDL No. 2522 (D. Minn.)
  • In re: Supervalu, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2586 (D. Minn.)
  • In re: The Home Depot, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2583 (N.D. Ga.)
  • In re: Community Health Systems, Inc., Customer Security Data Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2595 (N.D. Ala.)
  • Soderstrom et al v. MSP Crossroads Apartments LLC et al, Civil No. 16-cv-02784-SHM-dkv (W.D. Tenn.)
  • Khoday v. Symantec Corp., Case No. 11-cv-180-JRT-TNL (D. Minn.)
  • In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, A15-0858 (Minn.)
  • In re Regions Morgan Keegan Open-End Mutual Fund Litigation, Master File No. 2:07-cv-02784-SHM-dkv (W.D. Tenn)
  • In re Wholesale Grocery Products Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2090 (D. Minn.) – member of trial team
  • Turnidge et al v. TruGreen Limited Partnership, Case No. 27-CV-14-14711 (Henn. Cty. Dist. Ct.)
  • UrbanWorks Architecture LLC v. Hunt Associates et al, Nos. 27-CV-14-8415 & 27-CV-16-10241 (Henn. Cty. Dist. Ct.)


Professional Associations

  • Sedona Working Group 11: Data Security and Privacy Liability (Steering Committee Member)
  • Federal Bar Association (Class and Mass Action and MDL Committee Co-Chair)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Appellate Practice Section and Participant, Public Defender Appellate Pro Bono Project)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers (Community Action & Advocacy Committee Member)
  • National Association of Shareholder and Consumer Attorneys
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society


Professional Recognition

  • Named a Minnesota Super Lawyer for Class Action and Mass Torts in 2022 & 2023 Super Lawyers®.
  • Named a Minnesota Rising Star from 2015-2022 by Super Lawyers®.
  • Named an ‘Up & Coming Attorney’ by Minnesota Lawyer for 2016.
  • Named a Top Lawyer Under 40 by Law360 in the area of Cybersecurity & Privacy for 2018.
  • Named a ‘North Star Lawyer’ by the Minnesota State Bar Association for 2015-2023 in recognition of pro bono work.
  • Recognized for HCBA Centennial Pro Bono Challenge Completion in August 2020.

Kate M. Baxter-Kauf

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Community Involvement

  • Minnesota Urban Debate League Advisory Board
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota Foundation Past President and Board Member (2014-2022)
  • American Constitution Society
  • Randolph Heights PTA (Past President)
  • Macalester-Groveland Community Council (Inclusivity Task Force)


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