Katherine BloomquistAttorney Ms. Bloomquist is recognized as a leader in animal law and equine law. She is a frequent speaker at the National Equine Law Conference in Kentucky, the Equine Law Conference in California, and is regularly published on this subject. Her presentation at the 2010 Conference in Kentucky discussed the history of equine helmet legislation. In 2009, Ms. Bloomquist authored a chapter in the American Bar Association book "Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers" on the use of expert witnesses in equine litigation. In 2005, she was the first speaker on equine law at the American Bar Association in Chicago, Illinois. Ms Bloomquist was the chair of the Animal Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar for two consecutive years 2005-2007 and chaired the first ever Animal Law Conference sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association in April 2006. She represents equine clients throughout the world.
Ms. Bloomquist is also heavily active in civic matters. She is a past president of Christmas in May, a past president of Chaska Rotary, and current chair of the Rotary STRIVE program at Chaska High School. She also assisted her daughter in forming the Rotary Interact program at Chaska High School.
She received her B.A. degree in 1986 from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. degree from the University Of Oregon School Of Law in 1989. She was a member of the National Moot Court Team, earning recognition as the top regional female oral advocate.
Experience: Litigation and Corporate
Ms. Bloomquist has a combination of litigation and corporate counsel experience, which provides her with a unique and expansive view of matters. She has litigated matters involving equine, employment, corporate, commercial, contract, tax, police excessive force, prosecution, and officer/director liability. Her litigation experience involves jury trials, court trials, appeals, arbitrations, and ADR proceedings. She has managed litigation as an in-house corporate attorney. Ms Bloomquist has handled diverse corporate and transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and a variety of commercial contracts. She has also handled numerous governmental and regulatory investigations, international advertising, employment, and contractual matters. She established innovative in-house counsel guidelines, litigation budgets and value billing fees, policies, and procedures. Reported cases include: Gross v. Victoria Station Farms, 578 N.W.2d 757 (1998). She recently litigated precedent-setting equine cases in Texas Federal Court and California Federal Court on product liability matters and the Minnesota Supreme Court on a workers’ compensation case.
Admitted to the Minnesota Bar 1989.
Admitted to the U.S. District for Minnesota 1989.
Admitted to Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals 1989.
Ms. Bloomquist has been a member of the Chaska Rotary since 1994, serving on the Board and as an officer from 1998-2002, serving as president in 2001. She also served on the Christmas in May Board as an officer and director from 1997-2000, serving as president in 1999. She has participated on the Heart Gala Corporate Outreach Committee and was a member of the Affiliate Development Committee of the American Heart Association. Ms. Bloomquist has served on the Board of Directors of the St. Francis Foundation during the years of 1997-1999.
For the last twenty-five years Ms. Bloomquist has received numerous awards in recognition for her consistent professional, civic, and community service.