Catherine M. LaGrange

Associate She / Her / Hers
As a commercial finance attorney, Katie advises on legal matters related to financial services, particularly with respect to secured and acquisition financing. Katie represents senior and mezzanine lenders, family offices, borrowers, and private equity groups in all aspects of leveraged financings, agricultural lending, project financings, syndicated loan transactions, mezzanine and structured financings, and other related loan transactions. Katie provides legal guidance spanning industries such as agriculture, consumer goods, food, professional services, manufacturing, technology, and utilities. She also regularly counsels holding companies and banks on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, regulatory matters, and capital-raising transactions.


Representative Matters

Community Bank Acquisition Transactions

  • Represented Security Bank & Trust Company in the acquisition of State Bank of Hamburg from Hamburg Financial, Inc.
  • Represented Citizens Alliance Bank in the acquisition of Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Sacred Heart.
  • Represented MidCountry Acquisition Corp. in the acquisition of MidCountry Bank.
  • Represented the Bancorp Bank in the acquisition of McMahon Motors, Inc. and McMahon Motors, Inc., thereby expanding the bank’s portfolio of fleet leasing.

Community Bank Sale Transactions

  • Represented Ormsby Bancshares in the sale of its subsidiary bank, Ormsby State Bank, by merger to Citizens Bank Minnesota.
  • Represented Western Holding Company of Wolf Point in its merger with and into Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. and the merger of Western Bank of Wolf Point with and into Opportunity Bank of Montana. The Transaction was valued at $14,970,000.
  • Represented sale of Big Muddy Bancorp's subsidiary bank, The State Bank of Townsend to Eagle Bancorp. The transaction was valued at $16,400,000.
  • Represented Malta Banquo, Inc. in the sale of its subsidiary banks, First Security Bank of Malta and Valley Bank of Glasgow to The Bridger Company.
  • Represented Klein Bank in the sale of three branches to Wings Financial Credit Union.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Katie maintains an active pro bono practice. Since 2017, Katie has helped more than 150 individuals prepare tax returns, through her work with Prepare + Prosper, a nonprofit dedicated to helping low- to moderate-income people build financial health and providing free access to quality tax preparation and financial services. Katie also serves as a volunteer mediator for the Ramsey County Harassment Court. Her efforts help an already beleaguered court system conserve precious resources, while teaching community members to resolve future issues of conflict without the violence, threats, or escalating behaviors that often lead to these disputes in the first place.

Judicial Clerkship

Hon. Franklin L. Noel, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Professional Activities

Member of Ballard’s Pro Bono Committee

Member of Summer Associate Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota Bar Association, 2020

Named to Minnesota Lawyer's 2019 "Up and Coming Attorneys" list



Mitchell Hamline School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2016)
National Moot Court Team

Seton Hall University (B.S., cum laude, 2008)