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.
Licensed since 1999
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|MN||Authorized to practice||1999||04/19/2015|
|Attorney||Nichols Kaster, PLLP||2010 - Present|
|Manager, Complex Litigation Division||Office Of The Minnesota Attorney General||2008 - 2010|
|Attorney||Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP||2006 - 2008|
|Attorney, Litigation Division, Office of General Counsel||Federal Election Commission||2005 - 2006|
|Attorney||Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP||1999 - 2005|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Hennepin County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Consumer Advocates||Member||N/A|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, Consumer Litigation Section||Board Member||N/A|
|Consumer Law in Minnesota||Course Chair||N/A|
|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|
|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 Evidence||2000|
|University of Minnesota Law School||N/A||J.D.||1999|
|Minnesota House of Representatives Civil Law Committee||Testified regarding Senate File No. 429 relating to consumer enforcement litigation and other social justice matters||2012|
|Minnesota CLE||Consumer Law In Minnesota, Course Chair||2011|
|Minnesota Attorneys General Training & Research Institute||Contemporary Issues in Consumer Law||2010|
|National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute||Mortgage Foreclosure Training, Panelist||2009|