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Spencer Fane Adds Kimberly Slay Holmes, Former MN Governor General Counsel, to Litigation Group

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Kimberly Slay Holmes has joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group as an of counsel attorney in the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Holmes is a litigator who has successfully represented corporations, governmental entities and individuals for over 30 years. Serving as an experienced trial and appellate attorney, she regularly represents clients in governmental relations, commercial litigation, environmental law, insurance coverage and state tax controversy.

“Our clients will greatly benefit from the addition of such a seasoned attorney with a deserved and well-earned reputation in the Minnesota legal community,” said Don Heeman, Office Managing Partner in Minneapolis. “Spencer Fane remains committed to addressing the emerging legal needs of a growing client base not just here in our market but also throughout the firm’s footprint. Kimberly brings a unique skillset that will serve us well in addressing novel and complex litigation matters.”

Most recently, Holmes served as General Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith. In that role, she developed a deep understanding of governmental operations and developed relationships with key stakeholders. Holmes leans on this valuable experience to effectively guide clients through a variety of governmental and environmental issues such as permitting natural resource operations, including mining, water quality and air quality.

In addition, Holmes also has experience in a variety of insurance coverage disputes and related litigation and state tax law. She previously spent time as Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the chief legal officer for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. In both roles, she was responsible for managing civil and criminal tax litigation for the state and uses this experience to guide corporations and individuals through the process of resolving their tax disputes.

Holmes completed her undergraduate studies at Drake University and earned her Juris Doctor at the Southern University Law Center.