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From the President

Kendra Brodin

About 2017-2018 MWL President Kendra Brodin:

Kendra Brodin serves as Client Development Manager at the intellectual property law firm of Merchant & Gould. In her role, Kendra connects with current and future clients of the firm to help them determine how to best protect their great ideas and innovations. Kendra also provides business development coaching and direction to the firm's 110 attorneys, eight regional offices, and the firm’s practice and industry groups as they develop and deepen trusted relationships with current and prospective clients.

Prior to joining Merchant & Gould, Kendra served as the Executive Director of a leading staffing and recruiting firm in Minneapolis. Before that, Kendra served as Director of Career and Professional Development at St. Thomas School of Law. For several years prior to that role, Kendra provided private coaching and consulting services related to issues impacting law firms and lawyers with a focus on supporting women lawyers. Kendra has also served as the director of a local non-profit and a candidate for the state legislature, in addition to practicing law.

Kendra has been published in local and national legal publications, including the National Association of Women Lawyers’ “Women Lawyers Journal” and the American Bar Association’s publications “The Woman Advocate” and the “ABA Journal”.

Kendra received her law degree with honors from the University of Minnesota School of Law and her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania where she served as President of the graduate student body. Kendra received her bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors.  Kendra is married to the Rev. Dr. Ryan Brodin and together they have three children born on three different continents who have joined their family through the miracles of both birth and adoption, so she hopes to be raising future members of Minnesota Women Lawyers, the Minnesota Asian Pacific Bar Association and the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association. Kendra is a Girl Scout troop leader, performs in community musical theater, and is a classically-trained pianist, so you may hear her tickling the ivories with fellow lawyer musicians at various MWL and other local events.


For more information about MWL's leadership, view: MWL Welcomes it's 2017-2018 Board of Directors.



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