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Kiralyn J. Locke

Attorney

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Kiralyn J. Locke

Attorney

Practice Groups

Business and Commercial Litigation, Consumer Finance, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, Employment, Professional Liability/Claim Prevention, Trust and Estate Litigation

Industry Groups

Credit and Collection Industry, Financial Services Industry, Non-Profit Organizations Industry

Overview

Kiralyn Locke maintains a practice with a focus on professional liability, employment law, trust and estates litigation, and commercial litigation.

In her professional liability practice, Kira counsels lawyers and law firms on various professional liability claims, including legal ethics, legal malpractice, and employment disputes related to legal professionals. In addition to her professional liability practice, Kira conducts employment investigations and represents her clients in employment litigation and trust and estate litigation.

Prior to attending law school, Kira worked as a litigation paralegal, focusing on employment investigations/counseling and products liability. During law school, she represented plaintiffs in EEOC mediations as a certified student attorney at the Mitchell Hamline Employment Discrimination Clinic.

Kira graduated summa cum laude from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor of the Mitchell Hamline Law Review. Kira serves as the vice chair of the Accountants, Fiduciaries and Financial Professionals Committee for the Professional Liability Defense Federation.

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
    • Mitchell Hamline Employment Discrimination Clinic, Student Director and Certified Student Attorney
    • Mitchell Hamline Law Review, Articles Editor
  • University of St. Thomas, B.A.

Bar Admissions

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

Judicial Clerkships/Legal Residency

  • Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Gordon Moore, Legal Resident, Spring 2022

NEWS & EVENTS

Kiralyn Locke to Present on Ethical Behavior for All

Bassford Remele Attorney Kiralyn Locke will present "Ethical Behavior for All: Developing a...

Bassford Brief: Why Spring Cleaning Should Extend to a Lawyer's Wellbeing

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 13, No. 5 | May...

Steve Sitek and Kiralyn Locke to Present at Minnesota Probate Seminar

Bassford Remele Shareholder Steve Sitek and Attorney Kiralyn Locke will co-present "Ethics" at the...

Bassford Brief: The Corporate Transparency Act

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 13, No. 4 | April...

Women in the Law | Kiralyn Locke

Celebrating Women in the Law | Kiralyn Locke Have you faced any gender-related challenges in your...

Bassford Brief: Your Client's Trustee

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 13, No. 3 | March...

Bassford Brief: Artificial Intelligence

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 13, No. 2 | February...

Bassford Brief: License to Practice Law

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 13, No. 1 | January...

Bassford Brief: Earned Sick and Safe Time

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 12, No. 12 |...

The Work Week with Bassford Remele | MN Legislative Update | 5/23/23

The Work Week with Bassford Remele May 23, 2023 Welcome to another edition of The Work Week with...

Danielle Fitzsimmons and Kiralyn Locke Publish Article on Employment Disputes at Law Firms

Bassford Remele Employment Practice Group Co-Chair Danielle Fitzsimmons and and Attorney Kiralyn...

Aram Desteian and Kiralyn Locke Publish Article on Steps to Take if Faced with an Ethics Complaint

General Counsel Aram Desteian and Attorney Kiralyn Locke recently published "Don't Panic: First...

The Work Week with Bassford Remele | Legislative Update | 4/3/23

The Work Week with Bassford Remele April 3, 2023 Welcome to another edition of The Work Week with...

Aram Desteian and Kiralyn Locke to Present on Legal Ethics: Multijurisdictional & Cyberattacks

Bassford Remele General Counsel Aram Desteian and Attorney Kiralyn Locke will present “Legal...

Patrick Newman and Kiralyn Locke to Present on Safeguards Rule

Bassford Remele Consumer Law Defense Practice Group Co-Chair Patrick Newman and Attorney Kiralyn J....

Bassford Brief: When Is A Mistake Legal Malpractice?

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 12, No. 11 |...

Bassford Brief: Assessing Capacity

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 12, No. 10 | October...

Bassford Brief: Ameliorating Legal Malpractice Malaise

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 12, No. 9 |...

Bassford Brief: Tips for Minimizing the Risk of a Law Firm Data Breach

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 12, No. 8 | August...

Bassford Brief: The Flat Fee Fable

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 12, No. 7 | July...

Bassford Brief: Help! My Client Isn't Paying Me!

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 12, No. 6 | June...

Bassford Brief: Employment Disputes at Law Firms

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 12, No. 5 | May...

Bassford Brief: First Steps to Take if Faced With an Ethics Complaint

The Bassford Brief: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine | Vol. 12, No. 4 | April...

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Civil Litigation Section
    • Professionalism and Ethics Section
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Probate, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • ACA International, Inc.
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
    • Accountants, Fiduciaries, and Financial Professionals
      • Chair, 2024-present
      • Vice Chair, 2023-2024
    • Young Professionals
      • Chair, 2024-present
  • Defense Research Institute

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, 2023-present

Publications

THE BASSFORD BRIEF: Legal Issues for Lawyers | Attorney at Law Magazine

Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company | The View

The Work Week with Bassford Remele

Seminars

  • Ethics, co-presenter with S. Sitek, Minnesota Probate Process from Start to Finish Seminar, May 29, 2024
  • Advanced Ethics – The Intersection of Gender, Stress, and Ethics, presenter, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education and Minnesota Women Lawyers, May 23, 2024
  • Flying High: ARM Industry Legal Eagles’ Insights, presenter, 2024 Great Lakes Credit and Collection Association Conference, May 10, 2024
  • Complying with New Developments in Ethics and Professional Responsibility, co-presenter with A. Desteian, 2024 Civil Litigator’s Annual Update, March 12, 2024
  • The Ethics Compass – Guiding Principles for New Lawyers, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association New Lawyers Seminar, November 3, 2023
  • How to Avoid Common Ethical Mistakes Made by Criminal Attorneys, co-presenter with A. Desteian, Minnesota Criminal Justice Institute 2023, August 23, 2023
  • Pleadings - How to Manage the Rules, Keep Track of the Timelines and Tell Your Client's Story, co-present with A. Desteian, How to Navigate Your First (or Next) Civil Case in Minnesota State Court, August 21, 2023
  • Ethical Implications of Employment Investigations, presenter, Bassford Remele The Work Week Annual Employment Seminar, July 20, 2023
  • Ethics: Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity, presenter, Probate and Trust Law Section Conference, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, July 18, 2023
  • Complying with New Developments in Ethics and Professional Responsibility, presenter, Civil Litigator's Annual Update, Minnesota CLE, April 27, 2023
  • Legal Ethics: New Developments in Multijurisdictional Practice and Law Firm Cyberattacks, presenter, 2023 Midwest Legal Conference on Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, February 7, 2023
  • Hot Topics and Common Ethical Issues in Estate Planning, co-presenter with A. Desteian and Amy Morris Hess, Bassford Remele A Loss of Trust: What Trust and Estate Litigators Think Estate Planners Need to Know, January 24, 2023
  • Safeguards Rule, presenter, Bassford Remele In the Alphabet Soup, January 12, 2023
  • The Privacy Police Are Watching, presenter, American Recovery Association, November 9, 2022