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Kayla J. Giese is a litigation attorney with significant experience representing individuals and companies in various areas of litigation and business transactions including, but not limited to, contract law, employment disputes, commercial litigation, construction defect, product liability claims, real estate disputes, first and third-party insurance claims, personal injury claims, and subrogation matters; in addition to various other related claims.

Prior to joining McCarty Law, Kayla practiced law at a large law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she vigorously represented her clients in the areas of civil litigation, insurance disputes, construction matters, employment litigation and contract law. Before that, Kayla also practiced law at an insurance defense firm where she represented insurance companies in various first and third-party claims. She was also a member of their subrogation team seeking damages for various claims, including construction defect and product liability.

Kayla has extensive experience handling litigation matters from both the plaintiff and defense side, and has crafted winning complaints, argued numerous motions in court, skillfully deposed adverse parties and third parties, written winning briefs, taken cases to trial, and mediated and negotiated numerous favorable settlements for her clients. She also brings her litigation experience to our Title IX team, which assists schools and colleges in meeting Title IX regulations, and she is trained by ATIXA as a hearing decision-maker.

Kayla’s clients value the positivity and practicality she brings to their legal matter. Litigation can give rise to many unknowns including the potential outcomes and the cost to achieve the best possible solution. Kayla uses her experience and strategic approach to provide clients with a cost-benefit analysis that helps them achieve their business objectives, and feel secure and confident wading into a litigation matter knowing that she has their back.

Kayla was named to the Minnesota and Wisconsin Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Recognition on this list is based upon peer designation and is only awarded to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Rising Star selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors; only 2.5% of attorneys in Minnesota and Wisconsin are chosen each year.


J.D., 2014, Hamline University School of Law
B.A., 2011, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (with Highest Honors)

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Kayla and her husband, Derek, both grew up in Wisconsin. Kayla grew up in Gresham, while her husband was raised in Oregon.  After living in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for nearly 10 years, they relocated to the Fox Valley Area with their young daughter, Colette, and dog, Jake, to live closer to family. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys running, weight lifting, and going on walks with her daughter and dog. Since relocating back to Wisconsin, Kayla has especially appreciated all the extra time she gets to spend with her parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.