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Maria P. Brekke


Maria P. Brekke


Practice Groups

Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Products Liability

Industry Groups

Agribusiness, Technology


Ms. Brekke focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, appellate law, products liability, intellectual property litigation, and trust and estates litigation.

Prior to joining Bassford Remele, Ms. Brekke served as a law clerk on the Minnesota Supreme Court for Justice Natalie E. Hudson and Justice Margaret H. Chutich. Ms. Brekke graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. During law school, she gained experience litigating cases in federal court and immigration court through the law school’s Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic.

Ms. Brekke serves as co-chair of Minnesota Women Lawyers’ New Lawyers Affinity Group, RISE.

Education & Admissions


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2018
    • “A” Average Dean’s List 1L, 2L and 3L year
    • Mondale Hall Engagement Award
    • Stein Scholar
    • Minnesota Justice Foundation Public Service Award
    • Book Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice Capstone
    • Legal Writing Honors
    • Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, Student Director
    • Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality, Lead Managing Editor
    • Women’s Law Student Association, Community Service Coordinator
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude and with distinction, 2014

Bar Admissions

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

Judicial Clerkships

  • Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Natalie E. Hudson and Justice Margaret H. Chutich, Judicial Law Clerk, 2018-2019

Professional & Civic

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    • New Lawyers Committee, 2020-present

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
    • Eighth Circuit Certworthy, Co-Reporter, 2020-present
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
    • RISE, New Lawyers Affinity Group, Co-Chair, 2018-present
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society

Civic Involvement

  • National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Minnesota 4-H
  • Loft Literary Center


  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2020


  • Proceed with Caution: Data Collection and Connected Cars, author, American Recovery Association, June 2021
  • Is it Just Dessert? Female Recruits Don't Get Their Share of the Pie: The Marine Corps Fights Gender Integration of Basic Training, Violating Equal Protection Standards and Cultivating a Culture Where Female Marines are Left out of the Brotherhood, author, 36 Law & Inequality 117, 2018
  • "Elements of Privilege: Made in Confidence" in Attorney-Client Privilege: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, co-author, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2018


  • Building Resilience in the Face of Adversity, panelist, Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter, University of Minnesota Student Chapter, and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, April 15, 2021
  • Celebrating Trailblazing Women Attorneys, moderator, New Lawyers Committees and Sections of Minnesota Women Lawyers, Minnesota State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter, and Hennepin County Bar Association, March 4, 2021