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Grace I. Chanin

Associategchanin@nka.com

Overview

Grace is a member of the firm’s ERISA practice group where she represents employees, retirees, and beneficiaries in class-action litigation against some of the nation’s largest corporations. By holding these corporations accountable for breaching their fiduciary duties and other ERISA violations, she has helped recover over $30 million for her clients.

Grace’s preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.

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Biography

Prior to joining the firm, Grace clerked for Judge Connolly, Judge Larkin, and Judge Bjorkman at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She graduated magna cum laude from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and received three separate CALI awards for her work as the top-performing student in a class. During law school, she was a member of the Mitchell Hamline law review, worked as a law clerk for a Minneapolis business law firm, and received the Law School Public Service Award for her work as a pro bono law clerk at a top Minneapolis law firm.

Grace is dedicated to improving well-being in the legal community. Grace has been a volunteer for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (Minnesota’s Lawyers Assistance Program) since 2019. In that role, Grace shares her personal experience with wellbeing and mental health issues to help other attorneys. And, in September 2022, Grace was elected to the Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Board of Directors. As a board member, she hopes to further support increased wellbeing in Minnesota’s legal community. Grace also played an integral role in the firm’s creation of a Wellness Committee. As the Wellness Committee’s current co-chair, she leads the firm’s wellness initiatives and ensures employees have access to a variety of wellness resources.

Pro bono work is also a meaningful part of Grace’s practice. Through the Volunteer Lawyers Network, Grace represents clients seeking expungement of their eviction records.

Admissions & Education

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 2018, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Minnesota State University, 2012, magna cum laude

Titles, Awards, & Memberships

  • American Bar Association Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Member
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Member
  • Federal Bar Association Member
  • Board Member for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers