Katie Maechler is a member of Maslon's Litigation Group. She has successfully represented major manufacturers, business entities, and individuals in an array of complex commercial and business litigation matters in state and federal courts, with particular experience in product liability claims, business torts and fraud actions, and breach of contract claims.

Since joining Maslon in 2012, Katie has helped defend a number of product liability matters in federal and state courts throughout the country. Katie has experience with federal preemption and claims involving FDA-approved medical devices as well as other dispositive motion practice. She also has significant experience deposing key witnesses and health care providers, and has successfully leveraged such testimony to develop theories of alternative causation. Katie takes a strategic approach to discovery issues, and works to negotiate early, reasonable settlement offers when possible, and to aggressively defend each action when not.

Katie received her law degree, with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, and her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. During law school Katie interned for The Honorable Priscilla Owen of the Texas Supreme Court, who now serves as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Selected Experience

  • Defend litigation related to various implanted and external medical devices for world-leading medical device company in state and federal courts (2012-present).
  • Elizabeth Brunstad, et al. v. Medtronic, Inc., et al., 314-CV-00255 (W.D. Wisc.). Authored Rule 12(c) motion for judgment on the pleadings and supporting brief that resulted in early dismissal of plaintiffs' consumer protection claims arising under California and Wisconsin state statutes.
  • In re American Medical Systems, Inc., CV-11-3933 (Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota). Defended thousands of consolidated state court actions alleging multiple tort theories against American Medical Systems related to female mesh products.
  • Select Comfort Corporation v. The Sleep Better Store. LLC, No. 0:11-cv-00621-JNE-JSM (D. Minn.). Represented defendant in a trademark infringement/false advertising action involving specialty retail mattresses.

Professional Activities

Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers

Community Involvement

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity: Volunteer

Publications

"Company's Web Site May Subject it to a Lawsuit in Another Forum," co-author, Houston Business Journal, Winter 2007
"When Tenants Sell Luxe Knock-offs, Landlords May Pay the Price," co-author, Houston Business Journal, Fall 2006

Recognition

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Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2010
Texas, 2005
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota, 2012
  • E.D. Texas, 2005
  • N.D. Texas, 2005
  • S.D. Texas, 2005
  • W.D. Texas, 2005
Education
University of Texas School of Law
J.D., with honors, 2005
Trinity University
B.A., magna cum laude, 2002
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