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Nurse attorney Teresa Fariss McClain utilizes her legal and medical knowledge and experience to achieve justice for her clients. Prior to graduation from William Mitchell College of Law, she practiced as a registered nurse in the areas of obstetrics and adult critical care. Following law school, Ms. McClain clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Ms. McClain is committed to serving as an advocate for her clients, listening to their stories, researching their cases and effectively representing their stances to achieve just outcomes.  In addition to her trial practice, Ms. McClain is a qualified civil neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.

Ms. McClain is Immediate Past President of Minnesota Women Lawyers, is a Director of Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation, and is a member of the Minnesota State and Ramsey County Bar Associations, and Minnesota Association for Justice, and serves in several professional and civic groups. She is a former adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, teaching Legal Writing and Representation.   Ms. McClain has been named a 2014 Lawyer of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer, a 2014 Super Lawyer in the area of Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice, and formerly was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, an honor bestowed to only 2.5% of Minnesota lawyers.  She represents clients in Minnesota,  North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Ms. McClain lives in Shoreview, Minnesota, with her husband, Gary. They have twin boys and two adult children.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 34%
    14 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 33%
  3. Birth Injury: 33%
    14 years



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Robins Kaplan LLP

2800 LaSalle Plaza
800 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-2015


MNAuthorized to practice200106/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2014 Attorneys of the YearMinnesota Lawyer2015
Super Lawyers Medical Malpractice- PlaintiffMinnesota Super Lawyers2015
Super Lawyers Medical Malpractice- PlaintiffMinnesota Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyRobins Kaplan LLP2015 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorWilliam Mitchell College of Law2008 - 2010
Trial AttorneyHallberg & McClain PA2004 - 2014
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States Courts of Appeal, Eighth Circuit, Judge Donald P. Lay2002 - 2003
Associate AttorneyMackenzie & Hallberg, P.A.2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota Women Lawyers FoundationBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Warren E. Burger American Inn of CourtMaster2009 - Present
Minnesota Women LawyersBoard of Directors2008 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2002 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Minnesota Association for JusticeMember1996 - Present
Minnesota Women LawyersMember1996 - Present
Ramsey County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Minnesota Women LawyersPresident2013 - 2014
Minnesota Women LawyersPresident-Elect2012 - 2013
Minnesota Women LawyersTreasurer2011 - 2012
Minnesota Women LawyersTreasurer2011 - 2012
Minnesota Women LawyersSecretary2010 - 2011
Minnesota Association for JusticeCo-chair Women's Section2007 - 2009
Ramsey County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2007 - 2009
Minnesota Women Lawyers, Community Action CommitteeCo-chair2005 - 2008
Minnesota Association for JusticeCo-chair New Lawyers Section2004 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
P.M. v. Health care corporationVerdict for Plaintiff $1,200,000.
Plaintiff v. Health Care Provider1,100,000
KC v. Medical Center$475,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
William Mitchell Law ReviewMolloy v. Meier Extends Genetic Counseling Duty of Care2005
Minnesota LawyerNo Harm, No Foul, No Accrual?2005
Minnesota LawyerThe expert affidavit statute, unsheathed.2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2001
Metropolitan State UniversityNursingOther - Bachelors1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Handling Medical Negligence ClaimsMedical Negligence2007
Nursing Law in MinnesotaNursing law2005
Medical Malpractice ConferenceNo Harm, No Foul, No Accrual? Statute of Limitations2004
Medical Malpractice SeminarThe Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death: Four Years or Two?2002