Kevin McCarthy focuses his practice in the areas of professional liability, product liability, and catastrophic personal injury, as well as insurance matters, such as coverage disputes and claims of bad faith.
Kevin holds leadership roles in both the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, where he serves on the Events Committee, and in the Defense Research Institute, where he is the acting Chair of the Young Lawyers Seminar Planning Subcommittee.
Kevin graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law, where he was the class salutatorian, finishing second in his class.
During his undergrad studies at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, Kevin played NCAA Division I varsity basketball and rowed for the varsity crew team. He was also an active member of the Student Athlete Council.
Outside of his practice, Kevin enjoys visiting his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, and spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
Class Ranking: 2nd
Charles H. King Scholars Program
100% Trustee Scholarship
Jurisprudence Awards in Securities Regulation, Advocacy, and Moot Court Class
Lehigh University, B.A.
United States District Court, District of Minnesota
Legal Leadership Network (LLN)
Founder and Vice President
Contributor, LLN Bi-Weekly Newsletter
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
First Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Seminar Planning Subcommittee (2020-2021)
Marketing Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Committee (2019-2020)
Liaison to Young Lawyers, Commercial Litigation Committee
Member, Artificial Intelligence Working Group, Issues and Advocacy Committee
Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Membership Subcommittee (2019-2020)
Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Sponsorship Subcommittee (2018-2019)
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA)
Chair, New Lawyers Committee (2019-2021)
Law Student Mentor Program Outreach Coordinator (2018)
Leadership Saint Paul, Class of 2018
Minnesota State Bar Association
Ramsey County Bar Association
North Dakota Bar Association
Wyoming State Bar Association
Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (2020-2022) (recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Minnesota under the age of 40, or in practice 10 years or less)
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list (2021-2023) (distinction awarded to lawyers who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice)
MDLA Deb Oberlander New Lawyer Award (2020)
Rising Star Award, DRI Young Lawyers Committee (2019)
Amicus Brief Award, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (2019)
Seminars & Publications
Author, “COVID-19 Immunity Statutes: An Overview and Legal Implications,” Professional Liability Defense Quarterly (June 2022).
Presenter, MDLA Medical Malpractice Committee, “Jury Trials During COVID” (June 2021).
Presenter, MSBA Health Law Section, Council Community & Coffee Chat, “COVID-Era Trials” (May 2021).
Presenter, DRI Business Litigation Super Conference, “Preparing to Defend Your Client in a 30(b)(6) Deposition” (May 2019).
Panelist, USLAW Fall Conference, “Blockchain Technology – What You Need to Know for Your Business” (September 2018).
Co-presenter, EC Defense Network Webinar Series, “Consequences of a Wrongful Refusal to Defend” (July 2018).
Author, Brief of Amicus Curiae on Behalf of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association in Uptown Drink, LLC v. David Lee Henson, et al., discussing the continued viability of the doctrine of primary assumption of the risk.
Author, “Unanswered Legal Issues: Blockchain ‘Smart Contracts,’” For the Defense, DRI (March 2018).
Exemplar Trial List
Napper v. Suburban. Post-partum stroke. Defense verdict.
Niemela v. WMC. Brain injury with $14M life care plan. Verdict: $62,000.