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Kaitlyn E. Hennessy


Kaitlyn E. Hennessy


Practice Groups

Consumer Law Defense, Organizational Liability for Sexual Misconduct/Abuse, Insurance Coverage

Industry Groups

Credit and Collection, Non-Profit Organizations, Insurance


Ms. Hennessy focuses her practice in the areas of consumer law defense, professional liability, insurance coverage, organizational liability, and construction.

Prior to joining Bassford Remele, Ms. Hennessy served as a law clerk for the Honorable Celeste F. Bremer for the Southern District of Iowa. Ms. Hennessy graduated magna cum laude from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. During law school, she gained experience litigating in state court while working for the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office. She also gained valuable experience within the federal judicial system while advocating for clients in the law school’s Federal Commutations Clinic.

Ms. Hennessy was awarded the Mission Award for Scholarly Engagement and Societal Reform for her work with victims of sex-trafficking, and her attempts to reform clemency legislation in Minnesota. She is a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers.

Education & Admissions


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2019
    • Dean's Award, Lawyering Skills
    • Dean's List, 2017-2019
    • Dean's Scholarship Recipient, 2016-2019
    • UST Law Lawyering Skills, Writing Fellow, 2017-2018
    • UST Law Outstate Practice Cooperative, Representative, 2016-2019
    • UST Law Journal; Senior Editor, 2018-2019; Associate Editor, 2017-2018
  • University of St. Thomas, B.A., summa cum laude, 2013
    • Dean's List, 2012-2016
    • Aquinas Scholars Honors Program
    • Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society, President, 2015-2016
    • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society
    • Pi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Judicial Clerkships

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer, 2019-2020

Professional & Civic

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society

Civic Involvement

  • Crossings Youth & Community Center, 2008-present


  • The Minnesota Pardon Process: The Way Forward, essay submitted to Minnesota Governor Walz in support of legislative reform, 2019