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Kate L. Homolka


Kate L. Homolka


Practice Groups

Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation

Industry Groups

Agribusiness, Health Care


Ms. Homolka focuses her practice in commercial litigation, employment law, intellectual property litigation, and appellate law.

Ms. Homolka represents professionals and businesses in shareholder disputes, non-compete, and other contract disputes. She also defends clients in a variety of intellectual property matters including trademark claims and counterclaims. When court victories need to be preserved or courts need to be persuaded in another court’s error, Ms. Homolka helps clients navigate the appellate process. She recently argued and won an appeal, affirming the district court’s grant of summary judgment to her client.  

Ms. Homolka served as a law clerk with the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and as a legal extern with the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She is a magna cum laude graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. Ms. Homolka currently serves as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Education & Admissions


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
    • William Mitchell Law Review, Editor and staff member, 2011-2013
  • University of Iowa, B.A., 2010

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Judicial Clerkships

  • Minnesota Court of Appeals, The Honorable Francis J. Connolly, Law Clerk, 2013-2015
  • Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Law Clerk, 2012-2013
  • United States District Court, Federal Magistrate Judge Tony L. Leung, Legal Extern, 2012


Representative Cases

Obtained appellate victory in which the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s grant of summary judgment to client.

Obtained dismissal of all claims against client with prejudice in personal injury case where plaintiff refused to comply with the court’s discovery orders.

Part of appellate team that obtained permission to file a successive Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, on behalf of pro bono client.

Professional & Civic

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • Diversity Committee, Co-Chair, 2018-present
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Civic Involvement

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Torts, 2016-present
  • Minneapolis Music Company, Board Member
  • Everybody Wins! Literacy and Learning Program, volunteer
  • William Mitchell College of Law Mentor Program, mentor


Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2017-present
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  • Employment Law: Solutions for Top Complexities, presenter, NBI, Inc. national webcast CLE, March 20, 2019
  • Whose Appeal Is It Anyway?, co-presenter with Judge Diane B. Bratvold and Bradford W. Colbert, Appellate Practice Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 24, 2017
  • New ADA Title III Website Regulations: Advising Businesses, presenter, NBI, Inc. national webcast CLE, February 2, 2016


  • Special Verdict Forms and Jury Instructions, co-author, Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Ch. 19, 2018