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Karen L. Tarrant

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Karen is a partner at Tarrant & Liska, PLLC. She graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in 1970, and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1973. She practiced law for over four years with a medium-sized Chicago firm, Friedman & Koven, in their litigation department. She has practiced law in Minnesota since 1977, and was an associate and partner with the firm Brown, Stolpestad and Smith in Saint Paul until 1982. Since 1982, she operated her own firm or has been a partner with Tarrant & Liska, PLLC.

Karen is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Ramsey County Bar Association. She has volunteered with the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services since 1977. She was a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and received their Life Time Achievement Award in 2005.


  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1973
  • Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1970
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, 1977

Representative Clients

  • Individuals and Small Businesses
  • Larger Entities that she has Represented Include:
  • Giertsen Company
  • Nelson Brothers Construction, Inc.
  • Bishop Fixture and Millwork, Inc.
  • Haven Chemical Health Systems, LLC
  • Continental Foodservice Company
  • Aslesen Company
  • Neighborhood Development Center
  • Western State Bank

Past Positions

  • Friedman & Koven
  • Brown, Stolpestad and Smith in Saint Paul

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Member
  • The National Association of Women Business, Minnesota Chapter, Member

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney/Partner

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1977
  • Illinois, 1973
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1978


  • Life Time Achievement Award - National Association of Woman Business Owners, Minnesota Chapter

Representative Cases

  • In Re: Estate of Moldenhauer, 2009 WL 173867, 2009, Minn. App.
  • Gellert v. Eginton, 770 N.W.2d 190, 2009, Minn. App.
  • In Re: Iwen, 2003 WL 21007240, 2003, Minn. App.