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Katherine A. Johnson

Your business goals are bigger than the deal – I help you succeed by understanding both.

My Approach

Clients come to me when they have a problem keeping them awake at night, and they need a creative solution to achieve their business goals. Whether that means helping with a complex real estate issue, advising on an M&A transaction, or discussing a campaign finance question with a non-profit organization, I work with all my clients on resolving their concerns in a way that is right for their businesses. I don’t believe that cookie-cutter problems or solutions exist – every business has its unique goals and obstacles – so it is imperative to me that I understand your unique situation  to strike the right balance between risk and reward. In addition, I never lose sight of the fact that each business transaction has other sides, and operate in a way that is respectful of all parties involved to ultimately drive the deal to closing. My goal is to exceed my clients’ expectations and achieve not just any solution, but the right one for you.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America©

Real Estate Law, 2023-2024

Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2022-2023

The Best Lawyers in America© Ones to Watch

Real Estate Law, 2021-2022

MSBA North Star Lawyer

Pro Bono Service, 2015, 2017-2020, 2022-2023

Associations & Memberships

Hennepin County Bar Association

President, Eminent Domain Section Committee, 2018-2019
Vice Chair, Eminent Domain Section Committee, 2017-2018
Secretary, Eminent Domain Section Committee, 2016-2017

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women


Minnesota Women Lawyers

NAIOP Minnesota

(Commercial Real Estate Development Association)


Volunteer attorney

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Alumni Mentor

University of Minnesota Minority Mentorship Program