Karla M. Vehrs

Partner She / Her / Hers

Karla M. Vehrs is a partner in Ballard Spahr's Litigation Department and Managing Partner of the Minneapolis office. Karla represents financial institutions and other interested parties in disputes involving mortgage-backed securities, municipal and corporate bonds, and other complex matters. She works with clients to determine the prudent course of action for balancing business interests with litigation risks.

Karla's practice also encompasses complex commercial litigation on behalf of clients in other industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications, and real estate. Karla combines strong advocacy skills with a common-sense approach to clients' business needs to shape effective litigation strategies. Clients also turn to Karla for advice and advocacy on challenging operations issues before they reach the litigation stage.

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, 2023

Finance & Commerce, Top Women in Finance, 2021

Named to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 2019 "40 Under 40" list, in recognition of professional excellence and outstanding community involvement

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, Chair of Strategy and Governance Committee

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

Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Legislative Committee, 2007-2013

Leadership Twin Cities, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2010-2011

The Advocates for Human Rights, Intern, 2004-2005, and Pro Bono Volunteer

Minnesota AIDS Project, volunteer, 2006



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