Karla M. Vehrs

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Karla M. Vehrs
  • Overview
  • Experience
  • Media & Presentations
  • Professional & Community
2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.2449
F 612.371.3207
Amy G. Jones
T 612.752.1065
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Karla Vehrs is a business litigator and appellate lawyer with expertise in franchises, trade relationships, real estate, construction, and contract disputes. Known for her leadership and professionalism, Karla works to resolve disputes in common-sense ways that both achieve legal goals and make good business sense. Karla knows that her clients have worked very hard to get where they are, and that her role is to find ways for them to continue doing what they do best.

Karla is one of Lindquist's representatives to TAGLaw, a Chambers “Elite” global alliance of more than 150 member firms in 87 countries, and co-chairs the TAGLaw Litigation & ADR section. In addition, Karla volunteers as a pro bono lawyer for immigrants who have been the victims of crimes, human rights abuses, and trafficking.

Awards & Recognition
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota (2016)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2012-2016)
  • Minnesota Lawyer, Up and Coming Attorney (2013)
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2014)
  • Leonard E. Lindquist Pro Bono Award (2008)
Experience
  • Led a trial team to a successful $0 defense verdict in jury trial on behalf of manufacturing client facing multi-million-dollar claims from foreign sales agent.
  • Won a judgment in excess of $1 million following federal trial against borrowers for mortgage fraud, and successfully defended result in subsequent appeal.
  • Prevailed on behalf of property owner clients in complex bankruptcy adversary proceeding and appeal involving issues related to alleged post-petition transfers and violations of the automatic stay.
  • Succeeded in obtaining dismissal of tort claims against commercial loan broker over allegations that failed loan application caused would-be borrower substantial penalties with existing lender.
  • Obtained dismissal of putative consumer class action claims targeting utility fees paid by residential tenants, and defended and strengthened favorable ruling on appeal.
  • Represented bank client in multi-faceted matter involving international check and wire fraud.
  • Obtained appellate ruling upholding trial court judgment in boundary and title dispute case.
  • Obtained successful trial ruling dismissing mechanic’s lien claims of former construction project manager.
  • Successfully advocated for national liquor retailer in obtaining local liquor licenses in Minnesota over vocal objections by competitors.
  • Obtained dismissal of numerous franchise-related claims on behalf of purported franchisor clients in disputes over establishment of would-be franchisees’ businesses.
  • Prevailed on behalf of telecommunications client in zoning and environmental-related appeal challenging client’s ability to construct important addition to its infrastructure.
  • Obtained ideal outcome in boundary-dispute trial in case involving interpretation of 19th century plat and complex historical record.
  • Obtained favorable summary judgment ruling from federal district court on behalf of manufacturer plaintiff in complex commercial breach-of-warranty dispute.
  • Authored amicus brief on behalf of PhD economists in successful federal appeal involving application of antitrust laws to name-brand and generic pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Media & Presentations
News Releases
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Media Mentions
Legal Alerts
04.01.13
Lindquist Gets Real: Real Estate Tips from Lindquist & Vennum
Events
05.01.15
"Cross-Border Dispute Resolution," TAGLaw Panel, Edinburgh, Scotland
06.01.14
“Mid-Year Real Property Case Law Update,” Hennepin County Bar Association
05.01.12
“Creating Distribution Networks that Work! Managing Franchise, Dealership, Distributorship and Sales Representative Relationships,” Minnesota CLE
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Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Professional & Community

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member

Community Involvement

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Legislative Committee, Member (2007-2013)
  • Leadership Twin Cities, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce (2010-2011)
  • The Advocates for Human Rights, Intern (2004-05), and Pro Bono Volunteer
  • Minnesota AIDS Project, Volunteer (2006)

Languages

  • German
  • Spanish

 

 

2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.2449
F 612.371.3207
Amy G. Jones
T 612.752.1065
  • University of Minnesota Law School

    (J.D., magna cum laude, Minnesota Law Review, 2006)

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    (B.A., 2002)

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

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