Catherine LaGrange

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 firms in all aspects of leveraged financings. Katie has experience with asset-based loans, 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.


Borrower Representations

  • Represented a private equity and management advisory firm in senior and mezzanine financing of its $18.5 million equity investment in a manufacturer of automated test equipment.
  • Represented a leading M&A advisory firm in increasing and amending its credit facility in connection with a $22 million add-on acquisition.
  • Represented a national food processor in a $40 million asset-based loan from a national bank.

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 Externships

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

Professional Activities

Member of Summer Associate Committee

Member of Ballard Spahr’s Pro Bono Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Banking and Finance Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2024

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2017-2023

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

Board Memberships & Community Service

Board Member, Bloomington Early Learning Advisory Council



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

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