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Kirsten Atanasoff

Kirsten Atanasoff


Combining hands-on courtroom experience with scholarly knowledge of the law, Kirsten gives clients every advantage to achieve their legal objectives.

Kirsten’s robust courtroom experience shapes her complex trial and appellate litigation practice. Representing clients ranging from local small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in contract, tort and property disputes, Kirsten has tried multiple cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts. Having also played a key role in many appellate teams, Kirsten guides clients through every phase of litigation.

Kirsten offers clients a unique perspective on administrative law issues. She has litigated disputes before administrative bodies, challenged administrative decisions in court and published scholarship on the subject. Her article in the Wisconsin Law Review has been cited numerous times in law journals, in an attorney general opinion and in multiple judicial opinions—including the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision on administrative agency authority amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Legislature v. Palm.

Before joining the firm, Kirsten served as a legal intern for the Office of the Wisconsin Solicitor General, where she assisted in representing the State of Wisconsin in high stakes appeals before both state and federal appellate courts. She also interned with a non-profit law firm devoted to helping trade groups and the business community at large understand, comply with and challenge state-level administrative regulation.



  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2023


  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
    • cum laude
    • Wisconsin Law Review, Articles Editor
    • Order of the Coif
    • UW Law Federalist Society, President
  • B.A., Baylor University
    • Political Science major; Philosophy minor
    • magna cum laude


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • The Federalist Society, Madison Lawyers Chapter, President
2023 Pro Bono Champion
  • Second-chaired federal jury trial for Fortune 500 company involving contract and tort claims.
  • Co-authored successful amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in Guam v. United States, 141 S. Ct. 1608 (2021), a case providing important guidance on the interpretation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund). Filed on behalf of politically and geographically diverse coalition of 26 states and territories in support of the prevailing party (Guam), the brief was discussed in detail at oral argument.
  • Successfully challenged and defeated, before local zoning board, county's attempt to stop non-metallic mining company from engaging in mining operations on property.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of residential landlord in eviction action, where tenant sought compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorney's fees for alleged violations of Wisconsin Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
  • Represented the Wisconsin Legislature before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in case regarding legislation's impact on regulatory authority of state-level administrative agencies.
  • Advised client on labeling for nationwide line of consumer products to minimize risk of future litigation and maximize product marketability.
  • Drafted legislative proposal on behalf of client seeking changes to law governing interpretation of commercial general liability policies.
Case Studies
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Husch Blackwell put together a coalition to help clarify CERCLA in an influential U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief.

Legal Updates | June 28, 2021
Supreme Court Paves the Way for More State Court Class Actions About Federal Statutes

In reemphasizing the “concrete harm” requirement for Article III standing, the Supreme Court may have raised the hurdle to federal court but exposed defendants to more state court suits.

News Releases | April 14, 2023
Husch Blackwell Authors Amicus Brief in Ninth Circuit Supporting ABA Treatment for Autism

Husch Blackwell prepared and filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of three autism-advocacy organizations urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reverse the District Court of Hawai'i's decision dismissing an action challenging the state's practice of refusing to allow applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapists to accompany students to school.

Media Mentions | April 26, 2021
C-SPAN: Guam v. United States Oral Argument
Outside the Office

In her free time, Kirsten enjoys hiking with her husband, Ryan, and rescue dog, Coda.

Community Leadership

Kirsten is a career volunteer leader for Young Life College ministries at UW Madison. There, she leads a small group of college girls, hosting a weekly Bible study and walking alongside them on their college journeys from freshman to senior year.