Cassandra has a broad litigation practice. Her pragmatic and client-centered approach to the practice of law is informed by the decade of practical experience she gained working as a litigation assistant and paralegal before entering law school. This experience gives Cassandra boots-on-the-ground insight into the mechanics of litigation that she applies to each case she handles.
Cassandra is involved in all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation demands through initial pleadings, discovery, negotiated resolution, motion practice, trial, and appellate work. Cassandra also helps clients successfully navigate through alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration, and is often retained as local counsel to guide litigants through Minnesota courts. Her practice includes the representation of corporations and individuals in corporate contractual and partnership disputes; customs, imports, and trade matters; real estate and leasing issues; and litigation related to leases and guaranties, commercial transactions, and disputes. Cassandra also has experience working with employers as they navigate issues of employment law, particularly harassment or discrimination allegations.
In 2020 and 2021, Cassandra was selected as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers. This distinction recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys and is awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of practicing attorneys in Minnesota. Cassandra maintains an active pro bono practice and received the North Star Lawyer distinction from the Minnesota State Bar in 2019, which recognizes Minnesota lawyers who have provided more than 50 hours of pro bono legal service to the community.
Before joining the firm, Cassandra was a judicial extern to the Honorable Magistrate Judge Steven E. Rau, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. She was also a summer associate in the firm’s Minneapolis office in 2017 and continued as a law clerk for the Business Litigation department during her last year of law school. She is deeply involved in the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, serving as the co-chair of the Law School Outreach Committee for 2019-2020 and co-chair of the Newer Lawyers Committee for 2020-2021.
Cassandra earned her undergraduate degree from Hamline University and her law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and serves as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.