Lorie A. Klein


(952) 224-9750

Lorie's Assistant
Sherri DeBettignies

Lorie is a Shareholder in FMJ’s Bankruptcy &Insolvency practice group. She represents creditors, financial institutions, and liquidating trustees in a variety of bankruptcy, debt restructuring, and business litigation matters and focuses on developing creative and cost-effective solutions for clients. In her role as counsel to unsecured creditor committees in Chapter 11 cases, Lorie commenced many avoidance actions resulting in significant recoveries for unsecured creditors. Representative cases of her experience representing committees or liquidating trustees include the cases of Petters Group Worldwide, Inc., Lyman Lumber Company, Sheldahl, Inc., SCICOM Data, Inc., HEI, Inc., and Premier Marine, Inc.

Lorie regularly handles complex bankruptcy matters including claim litigation, secured asset issues and recovery, lien enforcement and avoidance, asset foreclosures and sales, subordinated debt agreements, pension obligations, and preferential and fraudulent transfers under bankruptcy and state law. She has also successfully represented clients in appeals before the U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Another element of Lorie’s practice is representing clients in commercial litigation, creditors’ rights and collection matters, and real estate transactions. She counsels and assists clients in a variety of real estate matters, including real estate conveyance, contract review, landlord/tenant law, and land use law. She also currently serves on the Planning Commission for the City of Maple Grove.

Lorie clerked clerk for the Honorable R.A. (Jim) Randall and the Honorable Thomas J. Kalitowski at the Minnesota Court of Appeals and for a district court judge in Dakota County, Minnesota. Lorie is a cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Lorie was named a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics.

University of Minnesota Law School (JD, cum laude 2001)
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (BA, summa cum laude 1998)

Bar Admissions:
State of Minnesota (2001)
U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota (2001)
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit (2003)

Professional Memberships and Associations:
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
City of Maple Grove, Planning Commission
City of Shoreview, Environmental Quality Committee, 2002 – 2003
City of Shoreview, Planning Commission, 2004 – 2006

Tenant Bankruptcies: What Commercial Landlords Need to Know and How to Move Forward,” FMJ Newsroom (May 2020)

Runway Developments: The Challenges of Building Near Airports,” FMJ Newsroom (June 2017)

Practice Philosophy:
“I understand the client’s goals and do my best to reach creative and cost-effective solutions to often complex situations in difficult financial circumstances.”

The Rest of the Story:
Lorie lives in the Twin Cities suburb with her family. When she is not attending concerts of her favorite bands, she likes to fish, garden, and visit Minnesota’s beautiful waterfalls.