Kimberly A. Lowe

Attorney

e. klowe@jux.law   t. (612) 584 3403

Kim partners with entrepreneurs, executive management, boards of directors, multi-generational families, shareholders and investors on all aspects of the business life cycle from formation to operation to exit.

Kim advises social ventures, for-profit enterprises, nonprofit organizations and cooperatives on complex structures, general business matters, corporate governance, financing and securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, IRS compliance, business strategy, joint ventures and complex reorganizations. Kim advises public charities, private operating foundations, private foundations, social enterprises, churches, trade associations, schools, athletic, recreational and community organizations on all aspects of the nonprofit or social enterprise business life cycle including entity selection, formation, obtaining and maintaining tax-exemption, board governance, investigations, financing, sustainable revenue strategies, joint ventures, reorganizations, mergers and dissolutions. Kim is a local and national leader in the creation and expansion of benefit corporations and other hybrid entities. Kim brings her extensive leadership experience to the table for all clients, regardless of sector, purpose or goals.

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Primary Practice Areas

  • Nonprofit
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Start Up & Emerging Businesses
  • Cooperatives & Democratic Business Models
  • Business & Tax Planning
  • Securities

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1998

Education

  • Juris Doctor degree, Boston College Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, English & Economics, University of Detroit-Mercy

Awards

  • Minnesota Lawyer, Attorney of the Year, 2011, 2014 (Circle of Excellence)
  • Minnesota Business Magazine, The (REAL) Power 50 Award, 2014
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, North Star Lawyer, 2012-2015
  • BestPrep, Volunteer of the Year Award, 2006
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation, Outstanding Service Award, 2006

Professional Associations

  • Uniform Law Commission (ULC), Commissioner (2016)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • President (2015-2016)
    • President-Elect (2014-2015)
    • Treasurer (2013-2014)
    • Finance and Planning Committee Chair (2013-2014)
    • Secretary (2012-2013)
    • Board of Directors (2011-present)
    • Finance and Planning Committee Member (2009-present)
    • Finance and Planning Committee Bylaws Subcommittee Chair (2011-2012)
  • Hennepin County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors (2012-present)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association – Business Law Section
    • Executive Council Member (2015-present)
    • Nonprofit Organizations Committee Member
    • Chapter 302A Drafting Committee Member
    • Chair Beneficial Corporation Drafting Committee (2012-present)
    • Legal Education Task Force Member (2014-2015); Chair Subcommittee, State of Legal Education
    • Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly Member (2013-2016)
  • ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Liaison
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
    • Pro Bono Committee, Chair (September 2015-present)
    • Nonprofit Organizations Committee, Leadership Member
    • Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Subcommittee, Co-Chair
    • Social Enterprise and Social Benefit Entities Joint Subcommittee, Co-Chair
  • Hamline University School of Business – Master in Nonprofit Management Program, Law of Nonprofit Organizations, Adjunct Professor (2011)
  • Hamline University School of Law – Small Business and Non-Profit Clinic; Law of Nonprofit Organizations, Adjunct Professor (2004-2015)
  • College of St. Catherine – Business Law, Adjunct Professor (2005-present)

Other Professional Experience

  • Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron (2003-2016
  • Associate, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly (1999-2003)

Publications & Presentations

2016

2015

  • Moderator, “Hot Topics in Business Law: M & A in the Nonprofit World,” Hamline University School of Law, November 6, 2015
  • Dialogue (Spring-Summer 2015, Vol.18, No.2)
  • Panelist, “Practicing Good Nonprofit Governance & Steps to Becoming a Nonprofit,” Sister Cities International 2015 – 59th Annual Conference, July 17, 2015
  • “Business Law Pro Bono: How Business Law Lawyers Contribute to Economic Justice,” ABA Center for Pro Bono Exchange Blog, July 8, 2015
  • Mentor Participant, “Shape Your Story:  Women’s Mentorship Event,” presented by the Minnesota Global Shapers, in partnership with the Minnesota Cup, sponsored by the Bush Foundation, April 11, 2015
  • Panelist, “Hamline Women’s Legal Caucus Panel of Women Lawyers,” Hamline University School of Law, April 2, 2015
  • Presenter, Core Business Concepts: Entrepreneurs and Experts Share Tips on Creating and Growing A Successful Social Enterprise, Panelist, MN Cup Event, Social Entrepreneurship Series, supported by Carlson and Bush Foundation, March 24, 2015
  • Presenter, Caux Roundtable Event on Benefit Corporations, Presenter, University Club, St. Paul, March 10, 2015
  • “The Final Season of Parks And Recreation: An Argument for Benefit Corporations,” co-written with Matthew Norris, Growth & Justice Blog, February 27, 2015
  • Presenter, Business Formation Process, Presenter, Business Law Series:  Corporations & LLCs Deskbook, Minnesota CLE Live Webcast, Minneapolis, February 20, 2015
  • Presenter, Benefit Corporations & Cooperatives, co-Presenter with John Kreitler, Agri-Mark Dairy Cooperative, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives 86th Annual Meeting, San Diego, LTA Conference, February 13, 2015
  • Presenter, Purchase and Sale of a Business – Drafting the Purchase Agreement, Presenter, Minnesota CLE, February 5, 2015
  • Presenter, Is the Public Benefit Corporation Right for Your Business?, Presenter, Women’s Business Matters Seminar, Counsel for Women, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis, January 27, 2015
  • “Are Public Benefit Corporations a New Model for For-Profit Colleges?,” co-written with Matthew Norris, Growth & Justice Blog, January 26, 2015
  • Presenter, “Selecting and Forming Corporate Entities,” New Lawyer Experience, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, 2009-2015

2014

  • Presenter, The 6th Annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge, Judge, University of St. Thomas, November 21, 2014
  • Faculty Planner and Committee Member, “The Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference: Highlights of the New Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act” – Snapshot Presentation; “The New LLC Statute: What Now?” (Moderator), Minnesota CLE, October 21, 2014
  • “The State of Social Enterprise as it Relates to Legal Considerations,” Minnesota Business Magazine, October 9, 2014
  • Chair, Faculty & Moderator, “Understanding & Using Minnesota’s New Public Benefit Corporation Act,” Minnesota CLE, August 28, 2014
  • Presenter, “The Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act,” Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, July 22, 2014
  • Quoted in “No Single Path,” by Sarah Lutman, Twin Cities Business, June 20, 2014
  • Presenter, “The Public Benefit Corporation is Here; Now What Do We Do?,” Ramsey County Bar Association CLE, Ramsey County Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 17, 2014
  • Faculty Member & Presenter, “Ancillary Activities,” Minnesota CLE, Churches and Other Religious Organizations, June 16, 2014
  • Presenter, “The Public Benefit Corporation is Coming!,” Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, Hennepin County Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 15, 2014
  • Debate Participant, “Future of Doing Good and How We Should Fund Good Works,” bushCONNECT, Regional Leadership Conference powered by the Bush Foundation, Guthrie Theater, May 12, 2014
  • Faculty Planner and Presenter, “2014 Business Law Institute: Public Benefit Corporations,” outline and presentation, Minnesota CLE and MSBA Business Law Section, May 5, 2014
  • Presenter, Accelerating Business Innovation and Entrepreneurism:  Social Enterprise, Public Benefit Corporations, Presenter, Forum on Business Innovation & Entrepreneurism, University of Minnesota, April 24, 2014
  • Presenter, Multi-Level & Cross-Border Nonprofit Structures:  Principles, Traps and Unexpected Consequences, Presenter (Moderator), American Bar Association, Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Los Angeles, April 12, 2014
  • Presenter, “2014 Non-Profit Law Conference: Public Benefit Corporations,” outline and presentation, Minnesota CLE and MSBA Business Law Section, March 12, 2014
  • “Minnesota Should Enact Public Benefit Corporations,” StarTribune, co-written with Jeffrey Ochs, Founder of Cornerstone Stories, a Minnesota social business, and a board member of Social Enterprise Alliance-Twin Cities, February 7, 2014
  • “Nonprofit Revitalization Act Impacts New York Nonprofits and Organizations Registered to Solicit Contributions in the State,” ABA Nonprofit Organizations Committee Newsletter, Fourth Quarter 2013, co-written with Matthew Norris, J.D. Candidate, 2014, University of Minnesota Law School

2013

  • “Nonprofit Revitalization Act Impacts New York Nonprofits and Organizations Registered to Solicit Contributions in the State,” ABA Nonprofit Organizations Committee Newsletter, Fourth Quarter 2013, co-written with Matthew Norris, J.D. Candidate, 2014, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Presenter, “The Public Benefit Corporation Comes to Minnesota”, outline and presentation, William Mitchell College of Law Alumni Series, Webcast Only, December 5, 2013
  • Faculty Planner and Presenter, “The 3rd Annual Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference: Future Legislation: The Coming New Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation (Snapshot Session)” outline and presentation, Minnesota CLE, October 29, 2013
  • Faculty Planner and Presenter, Minnesota CLE and the MSBA Business Law Section, Business Law Institute, 2009-2013
  • Presenter, “Business Law 101: Demystifying the Entity Selection,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, July 2013
  • Faculty Advisor and Presenter, the Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference, “Capitalizing the Small Business,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, January 2011-2013

Blog

Pro Bono, Civic & Charitable Activities

  • LegalCORPS, Board of Directors
  • Growth and Justice, Board of Directors, Vice-Chair
  • BestPrep, Board of Directors (2008-2013)
  • YWCA of Minneapolis, Board of Directors (2005-2010)
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, Corporate Secretary (2005-2015)
  • Volunteer Legal Network, Board of Directors (2014-2015)
  • Girl Scouts River Valleys Women of Distinction 2014 Steering Committee member, Co-Chair Sponsorship Committee

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