Karla M. Vehrs

Partner She / Her / Hers

Karla Vehrs handles complex financial litigation on behalf of corporate trustees, lenders, investors, and agribusinesses in state and federal courts across the country. Her work includes loan enforcement, fraud investigation and prosecution, receiverships, loss recovery, and fiduciary and lender-liability defense.

Karla is recognized for her leadership in and outside the courtroom. From case inception through appeal, clients look to Karla for her sound judgment, risk-management advice, and zealous advocacy. And as a trial attorney, Karla leads highly effective teams in advocating for clients’ positions and has obtained significant jury verdicts in complex multi-party cases.


Representative Matters

  • Obtained a seven-figure judgment in case of national significance on behalf of a bond trustee against a borrower, its principal, and numerous related entities following a three-week jury trial on contract, fraud, fraudulent transfer, and veil-piercing claims
  • Representation of a bond trustee in obtaining the appointment of a receiver following discovery of borrower fraud and waste in large multi-family housing matter
  • Represented a commodities-trading firm in obtaining a significant jury verdict related to breaches of a commodities contract

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota Women Lawyers

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (Minneapolis), 2023, 2024

Twin Cities Business, 100 People to Know, 2024

Finance & Commerce, Top Women in Finance, 2021

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Expanding the View from the Top: Women in Leadership 2020," Minnesota CLE In-House Counsel Crash Course, March 6, 2020

Speaker, "Leadership Development for Lawyers," University of Minnesota Law School, February 17, 2020

Speaker, "Best Practices in Legal Operations," an ACC presention, December 5, 2019

Board Memberships & Community Service

Pinky Swear Foundation, Board Chair

Agent for University of Minnesota Law School Partners at Work annual fundraising campaign

Minnesota Women Lawyers, Advisory Board Member



University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2006)
Minnesota Law Review

University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. 2002)






U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit