Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 2008, Magna Cum Laude, Dean's List, CALI awards

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., 2005

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
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Mike Kaphing practices principally in the areas of:

  • General commercial litigation
  • Energy and utility industry litigation
  • Legal malpractice defense
  • Banking litigation
  • Real estate foreclosure
  • Land use and planning and zoning litigation
  • Judgment enforcement and collections
  • Lease disputes

As part of his litigation practice, Mike has handled a variety of disputes involving business contracts, utility property damage, right-of-way disputes, loan defaults, commercial leases, land use and real estate matters and has successfully represented a broad range of clients in all phases of litigation through appeal and judgment enforcement.

Prior to joining Briggs, he worked in the gas field and also as a law clerk for a Fortune 500 gas and electric utility company.

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Labor Law, Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section


  • Regularly successfully defend law firms against legal malpractice claims.
  • Represented defendant in wrongful death construction site case.
  • Successfully opposed and defeated proposed land use through writ of certiorari.
  • Successfully represented individuals in wetland use dispute with local government through administrative process and Court of Appeals.

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Children's Museum, Board of Directors