Kristi Adair Zentner



(612) 260-9005

(612) 260-9085

Kristi is a transactional attorney who represents clients in general business, supply chain management, as well as tariff, customs, and trade matters.

Kristi regularly serves as outside general counsel for businesses, working closely with firm clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their business and business objectives. She routinely provides focused, cost effective, client centered legal advice on issues confronting clients on a daily basis. This includes, but is not limited to, commercial contract negotiation and review, corporate governance matters, employment matters, intellectual property matters, and real estate transactions. Acting as a strategic adviser to firm clients, Kristi works effectively across practices to implement thoughtful, innovative solutions. 

Contractual framework for supply chain management, manufacturing relationships, and distribution networks are necessary for the smooth operation of many businesses. Kristi has extensive experience in supporting these transactions in many major industries. Her primary focus is to draft and negotiate contracts that meet a client’s business objectives, with an eye toward avoiding potential disputes and litigation by drafting in an unambiguous manner. She provides comprehensive advice to manufacturing clients on the development, production, and distribution of their products and assists clients with matters such as manufacturing and supply agreements, distribution agreements, compliance issues involving government and regulatory agencies, warranties, sales contracts, pricing, intellectual property protection, and antitrust compliance.

Dovetailing the cross border transactions and distribution experience, Kristi also regularly counsels clients regarding all aspects of import compliance, from classification to valuation, and country of origin designation to marking requirements, among other things. Careful planning can ensure that businesses avoid unanticipated duty expenses, and can result in significant duty savings. Importer clients have successfully received advice from Kristi regarding reasonable care requirements, responses to requests for information and notices of action, protests, and Customs audits. In all matters, Kristi stresses the importance of preventative planning and proactively works with firm clients to create systems, internal controls, and compliance programs to minimize duties and avoid problems upon importation.




Cozen O'Connor: Women in Leadership

December 04, 2019

Four of Cozen O'Connor's Minneapolis-based attorneys - Heather Marx, Barbara Muller, Tina Syring and Kristi Zentner - are highlighted in a Women in Law leadership feature in Attorney at Law Magazine.

Cozen O’Connor Opens Minneapolis Office with the Addition of Eight Lateral Attorneys

June 04, 2013

The firm announced it is opening a Minneapolis office with transactional and commercial litigation attorneys from Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP. Thomas Wallrich, Steven Silton, Thomas Kane, Peter Crema, Nadia Hasan, Heather Marx, Joel Nesset and Kristi Zentner are all joining the firm as members.


USTR Announces New Exclusion Process for Section 301 Tariffs on U.S. Imports from China

July 16, 2019

Kristi Zentner, Tom Wallrich, and Joel Nesset discuss the process for applicants to request that specific Chinese goods be exempted from the recently imposed additional 25 percent tariff.

Section 301 Tariff on List 3 Increases; Exclusion Process Proposed [Alert]

May 28, 2019

Tom Wallrich and Kristi Zentner discuss the USTR’s May 9 announcement that results in a 25 percent increased duty rate on all relevant goods that are exported from China on or after May 10, 2019, or that enter the United States after June 1, 2019.

Minnesota Human Resources Manual [American Chamber of Commerce]

January 20, 2015

Heather Marx, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, and Kristi Zentner, a member in the Business Law Department, co-authored the “Minnesota Human Resources Manual” for the American Chamber of Commerce. This comprehensive human resources manual explains, in plain English, the duties of the employer during the entire employment process – everything from pre-hire through post-termination. It covers more than thirty primary topics and includes practical advice on what should be done, solid advice on how to do it and a complete explanation of why it is important.

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  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • University of St. Thomas, B.A., 1996
  • Minnesota