Kaitlin M. Pals

Kaitlin M. Pals

New Ulm, Minnesota

Kaitlin practices primarily in the areas of estate planning and probate, corporate and business law, banking law, adoption, assisted reproductive technology, and guardianships. It may sound like an odd combination of specialties, but Kaitlin finds the most rewarding part of her practice to be helping clients grow and protect their families and the businesses and farms that support them.

Kaitlin is a regular contributor to Gislason and Hunter 's agricultural law newsletter, Dirt; the banking newsletter; and the family and estate law sections of the firm 's Law Blog.  She also frequently presents on estate planning and farm succession issues for both lawyer and non-lawyer audiences.


  • Advised business and farm owners on all aspects of corporate and personal succession planning, including Minnesota’s recent Qualified Farm Property and Small Business estate tax elections
  •  Assisted financial institutions in drafting complex credit facilities and forbearance agreements
  • Provided legal guidance regarding ongoing management of trusts holding business and farm property
  • Represented businesses in tax and regulatory disputes with state agencies
  • Represented adoptive and intended parents

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Commercial
  • Corporate & Business
  • Agricultural
  • Banking

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • Iowa


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 2011
    • Honors: Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement
    • Law Journal: Journal of Corporate Law, Note and Comment Editor, 2010 - 2011
  • University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Honors: valedictorian

Published Works

  • Facing the Music: Webcasting, Interactivity, and a Sensible Statutory Royalty Scheme for Sound Recording Transmissions, 36 J. Corp. Law, 2011
  • Co-presenter and author, “Off the Beaten Path: Clearing Unusual Title Issues/Acquiring and Perfecting Security Interests in Unique Property,” 2012 Agricultural Lending Conference, September 6, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Lind House Association, Board of Directors
  • New Ulm Sertoma Club
  • Network New Ulm Leadership Program, 2013-2014

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Chief Judge Linda R. Reade, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Judicial Extern, 2009