Berens & Miller, P.A.
3720 IDS Center 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 349-6171     Fax: (612) 349-6416
Barbara Podlucky Berens Print

In February 2010, Barbara P. Berens became the majority shareholder in Berens & Miller.  Recognized as a SuperLawyer and an AV® Preeminent (5.0/5.0) rated lawyer, she is a 1990 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law, where she was a managing editor of the Minnesota Law review. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of Coif. Before law school, Barbara was a stockbroker and a reinsurance broker. She practices in the areas of business and employment litigation and is a former law clerk of the United States District Judge David S. Doty. Barbara served in 2011-2012 as local counsel in the Minnesota District Court antitrust litigation related to the NFL lockout. Barbara was a member of the Advisory Committee on the Local Rules for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota for six years. She lives in Stillwater, Minnesota.



  • B.A., Major Philosophy, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1975
    • magna cum laude
    • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
    • National Merit Scholarship
  • Law School Classes, University of Uppsala, Sweden
  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1990
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif,
    • Managing Editor, Minnesota Law Review 1989 - 1990
  • M.S., Course Work, Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, 1994-1995

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1990
  • U.S. District Court of Minnesota, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Member, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota Advisory Committee on Local Rules, 2001 - 2007
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Former Vice-Chair of Immunities & Exceptions Committee of Antitrust Section of the ABA
  • American Inns of Court (Douglas K. Amdahl, Minneapolis, MN)
  • Former Chairperson of Lex Alumnae (Women’s Alumni Organization at the University of Minnesota Law School)

Published Works:

  • Author, "Defendant's Rights to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews with Treating Physicians in Drug or Medical Device Cases", 73 Minn. L. Rev. 1451

Honors and Awards:

  • A Minnesota "Superlawyer"
  • AV® Preeminent rated (5.0/5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell

Former License:

  • Series VII and Series 63 Securities Licenses, New York, 1976

Firm News

Berens & Miller secures victory for FDIC with U.S. District Court Decision over Jackson Walker

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