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Kai H. Richter is an experienced attorney who has fought for the rights of everyday people throughout his legal career. As a member of Nichols Kaster’s Consumer Class Action Team, he is currently handling a number of cases on behalf of consumers who have been victimized by unfair, deceptive and unlawful trade practices.


Prior to joining Nichols Kaster in April 2010, Kai managed the Complex Litigation Division of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, where he supervised and handled a large number of consumer enforcement cases. For example, in June and September of 2009, Kai co-chaired a three-week trial involving claims for fraudulent sales of annuities and legal plans to over 1,200 Minnesota senior citizens, and won a favorable judgment from the trial court. In addition, he also spearheaded a significant enforcement action against Sprint Nextel relating to wrongfully-imposed contracts and early termination fees.


Kai also has several years of prior experience representing plaintiffs in private practice, including two landmark class actions. For example, in Braun v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a statewide wage and hour class action against Wal-Mart, Kai briefed and successfully co-argued the issue of class certification and significantly participated in the three-month trial of the case, paving the way for a multi-million dollar payout to Wal-Mart’s Minnesota workers. In addition, Kai was one of only three plaintiff trial attorneys in Grutter v. Bollinger, a landmark class action lawsuit against the University of Michigan Law School that was decided by the United States Supreme Court in 2003.


Kai received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1999 and received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1995. He also has taught legal writing at Hamline University and previously served as a co-director of the Robert F. Wagner Moot Court Program at the University of Minnesota Law School.


Practice areas


  1. Consumer Protection: 50%
  2. Class Action: 50%
    5 years



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Nichols Kaster, PLLP

80 S Eighth St #4600
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-2242


MNAuthorized to practice199907/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyNichols Kaster, PLLP2010 - Present
Manager, Complex Litigation DivisionOffice Of The Minnesota Attorney General2008 - 2010
AttorneyMaslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP2006 - 2008
Attorney, Litigation Division, Office of General CounselFederal Election Commission2005 - 2006
AttorneyMaslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP1999 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar Association, Consumer Litigation SectionBoard MemberN/A
Consumer Law in MinnesotaCourse ChairN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Braun v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2003 WL 22990114 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Nov. 3, 2003)N/A
Grutter v. Bollinger, 123 S.Ct. 2325 (2003)N/A
State v. Sprint Nextel Corp., No. 27-CV-08-07201 (Minn. 4th Dist.)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
27 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 687 (Co-author with Laurie Kindel)Spoliation of Evidence: Will the New Millennium See a Further Expansion of Sanctions for the Improper Destruction of Evidence2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1999
Dartmouth CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Minnesota House of Representatives Civil Law CommitteeTestified regarding Senate File No. 429 relating to consumer enforcement litigation and other social justice matters2012
Minnesota CLEConsumer Law In Minnesota, Course Chair2011
Minnesota Attorneys General Training & Research InstituteContemporary Issues in Consumer Law2010
National Attorneys General Training & Research InstituteMortgage Foreclosure Training, Panelist2009