Cozen O’Connor: Berman, Kari

Kari Berman



(612) 260-9008

(612) 260-9080

Kari is an accomplished attorney with more than two decades of experience as lead counsel in complex commercial litigation, business law, regulatory law, and corporate governance. She represents businesses across a broad range of industries through all phases of litigation in jurisdictions nationwide and abroad. Her experience encompasses class action and multidistrict litigation defense, employment law and litigation, environmental law, tax litigation, products liability litigation, healthcare law, FDA counsel for medical device manufacturers, and business torts of all kinds. She also serves as FDA counsel for medical device manufacturers and advises them on regulatory matters internationally. Kari routinely represents clients in shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, restrictive covenants, trade secret violations, intellectual property issues, fiduciary breaches, and other similar matters. She has handled SEC and FINRA investigations and frequently represents companies and their governing boards with both litigation and corporate strategic issues.

Kari is also a trusted adviser of companies in the structure, negotiation, and drafting of commercial agreements with third parties, along with assisting business teams in meeting business needs while complying with legal corporate and administrative requirements. She has litigated many cases in federal courts across the country involving non-competition agreements and alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. Kari regularly assists clients with implementing corporate policies, prevention of employment-related claims, and lawsuit avoidance by ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. This encompasses unlawful employment practices prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as well as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) False Claims Act, Stark Law, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and other state and federal laws. She also represents clients at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, the Minnesota Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Minnesota Department of Revenue, Internal Revenue Service, and other state and federal government departments.

Her practice also includes representing clients in connection with various regulatory compliance issues, Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) issues, and tax disputes with the IRS and Minnesota Department of Revenue. Kari also provides legal counsel and defense in connection with claims arising under HIPAA, Stark Law, and state and federal anti-kickback laws.

In addition to her busy legal practice, Kari is on the board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House, Upper Mid-West and is an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at the University of St. Thomas Law School (in Minneapolis). She is also a long time contributing editor for the Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook.

Kari has state-wide recognition in Minnesota, where she served as a governor-appointed member of the Minnesota Sentencing Guideline Commission and as a governor-appointed commissioner of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which administered a $207 million annual budget, with oversight of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and its numerous reliever airports.

Kari graduated from Columbia University, Barnard College with a degree in English literature and from Hamline University School of Law. 



Kari Berman: An Agent of Change

September 05, 2019

Kari Berman was featured in the Attorney at Law Magazine in regards to her joining the Cozen O'Connor firm in January 2019, while bringing with her 20-plus years of experience as a commercial litigator and counselor in complex business and regulatory matters.

Cozen O’Connor Continues to Expand its Presence in the Midwest by Adding Business Litigator Kari Berman to its Minneapolis Office

January 07, 2019

Berman brings Nearly Three Decades of Experience Handling Bet-the-Company Disputes

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2019 In-House Counsel CLE Series

September 17, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN


  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D.
  • Columbia University, Barnard College, B.A.
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association.
  • William Mitchell College of Law: National Security Forum, Past Advisory Committee Member