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Maria P. Brekke

Attorney

Maria P. Brekke

Attorney

Practice Groups

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

Industry Groups

Agribusiness, Technology, Credit and Collection

Overview

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

Ms. Brekke defends and prosecutes lawsuits involving trademark and copyright infringement, as well as lawsuits alleging defective products and toxic torts. Ms. Brekke regularly advocates for clients in appeals and has successfully argued before the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Also experienced in trusts and estates litigation and employment law, Ms. Brekke works with trust beneficiaries, trustees, and other fiduciaries in resolving will and trust conflicts. In her employment practice, Ms. Brekke has defended discrimination claims in court and with various administrative agencies.

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’ Emerging Lawyers Affinity Group, RISE, and is also an active member of the Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter. Ms. Brekke participates on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Recruiting Committee, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Team. She is passionate about her pro-bono work, which includes representing asylum seekers in immigration court proceedings.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • 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
    • Digital Communications Committee, Co-Chair, 2021-present
    • 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

Accolades

  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2020

Publications

  • 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

Seminars

  • Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: Past Breaches, Current Law, and Issues on the Horizon, speaker, In the Alphabet Soup with Bassford Remele, August 18, 2021
  • 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