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Managing Associate

Kyle R. Kroll

I think as a person of action and act as one of thought.

My Approach

There’s nothing I enjoy more than advocating for others and presenting their best case. My practice is focused on representing clients in business matters, especially in banking, food and beverage, manufacturing, insurance, technology, and energy sectors. These business clients trust me to work on their complex cases involving trade practices, false advertising, intellectual property and more—in both trials and appeals.

My goal is to work harder and smarter than anyone else for my clients, and to do so in accordance with the highest standards of quality and excellence. My business education helps me quickly grasp clients’ challenges and interests, as well as informs my case strategy and advice. I proactively watch out for my clients’ interests by keeping abreast of new developments affecting their businesses. I also frequently publish and present to local and national audiences. Utilizing my knowledge, resourcefulness, creativity, and connections, I provide my clients with up-to-date advice and the answers they need.

Prior to joining Winthrop & Weinstine, I clerked for The Honorable Joan N. Ericksen in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. I learned how to scrutinize legal arguments, write with precision, present arguments persuasively, and navigate complicated court systems. I developed a useful perspective on judicial decision-making that informs my advocacy today.

I am a people person and active in my communities, including serving as a leader in state and national bar associations. In my free time, I enjoy wine tasting, golfing, biking, and traveling.

Groundbreaking Moments in My Career

In 2020, I had the privilege to represent a large public utility in Minnesota’s first appeal involving electric vehicles. Special interests challenged the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s approval of innovative pilot programs the utility had proposed for offering infrastructure and electric service to charge electric vehicle batteries. The appeal involved new and thorny questions of statutory interpretation, jurisdiction, and agency authority. I gladly took on the challenge! I thoroughly researched Minnesota statutes and precedent and devised numerous creative arguments in support of the Commission’s approvals. I was instrumental in drafting persuasive briefing in the appeal and preparing for oral argument. The Minnesota Court of Appeals agreed with our arguments. I am proud that this ruling has enhanced access to electric vehicle charging in Minnesota.

In 2019 and 2020, I was lead attorney on a pro bono constitutional case for violations of the First Amendment. I represented a civilly-committed person whose access to the public library through the U.S. mail had been unjustly cut off. I formulated the case strategy, lead a case team, directly advised the client, successfully opposed the defendant’s motion to dismiss, and aggressively pursued discovery. We worked with witnesses and compiled documents to creatively build our case, and I even found a pro bono expert witness. By the time of the mediation facilitated by the Court, we had a major advantage, and the case settled with my client achieving his goals. I am proud to have helped defend the Constitution on behalf of those in need.

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America© Ones to Watch

Appellate Practice, 2023
Commercial Litigation, 2023

Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2022

Notable Emerging Star in Law

Twin Cities Business, 2022

Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year

Minnesota State Bar Association, 2020

Up & Coming Attorney

Minnesota Lawyer, 2021

Star of the Quarter

American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2021

MSBA North Star Lawyer

Pro Bono Service, 2019-2021

Committee Leader of the Year

MSBA New Lawyers Section, 2020 & 2021

Top Author - Trademarks

JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards, 2019

President’s Student Leadership and Service Award

University of Minnesota, 2015 & 2016

FBA StepUp Pro Bono Challenge Honoree

Pro Bono Service, 2020

HCBA Centennial Pro Bono Challenge Honoree

Pro Bono Service, 2020

Associations & Memberships

Minnesota State Bar Association

Council Member, Appellate Practice Section, 2021-present
Assembly Representative, Appellate Practice Section, 2022-present
Council Member, Civil Litigation Section, 2022-present
New Lawyers Section, Networking & Engagement Committee, 2019-present
Public Utilities Law Section, 2019-present

Federal Bar Association

Treasurer, 2021-2023
Co-chair, Newer Lawyers Committee, 2018-2020
Intellectual Property Committee, 2020-present
Golf Tournament Committee, 2021-present

American Bar Association

Minnesota’s Young Lawyer to the House of Delegates, 2021-present
Assembly Representative, Young Lawyers Division, 2020-2022
National Conferences Team, Young Lawyers Division, 2021-2022
Membership Board, Young Lawyers Division, 2020-2021

Hennepin County Bar Association

Co-chair, Wine Club, 2018-2021

Eighth Circuit Bar Association

Education Committee, 2020-present

University of Minnesota Student Legal Service Board of Directors

Hennepin County Representative, 2017-present

University of Minnesota Law School

Adjunct Professor, ABA Moot Court Team, 2021-2022
Adjunct Professor, Legal Writing, 2018-2021

The Minneapolis Club

Young Professionals Group, 2022-present
Member, 2019-present

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Cybersecurity Committee, 2022-present
Technology Committee, 2020-2021

American Mock Trial Association

Volunteer Judge, 2013-present

City of Minneapolis Ethical Practices Board

Chair, 2021-2022
Vice Chair, 2021