Marisa C. Katz
main: (612) 746-1558
direct: (612) 767-0522
Marisa Katz primarily represents consumers in class actions and employees who have been targets of employer misconduct. She litigates class action cases on behalf of consumers against the credit insurance, banking, payday loan, student loan, mortgage and automobile loan industries. She also represents consumers serving in the military who fall victim to unlawful practices by the financial services industry in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).
Marisa brings to our team more than a decade of pretrial, trial and appellate litigation experience. She was an associate, then partner, with Crowder Teske, PLLP from 2008-2012. During that time, she worked exclusively on class action litigation on behalf of consumers. Since 2012, Marisa was a founding partner with Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel. Recent achievements in class action cases include litigation resulting in a $2.35 million settlement on behalf of servicemembers whose student loan accounts were forced into mandatory forbearance during active duty service. Marisa also recently litigated to settlement a case brought on behalf of active duty servicemembers whose vehicles were wrongfully repossessed in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
From 2004-2008, Marisa was a staff attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Inc. (SLLS) in New Orleans, Louisiana. There she represented low-income individuals in consumer law matters, including bankruptcy. In 2007- 2008, she was a supervising attorney for the Tulane Law School-Legal Aid Consumer Advocacy Clinic. Earlier in her tenure at SLLS, Marisa represented domestic violence victims, and worked as well on other family and housing law matters. She was at the forefront of the legal aid response immediately following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, and was featured in The American Lawyer magazine in an article about the legal response to the hurricane and its aftermath.
Presentations & Awards
From 2014 through 2017, Super Lawyers has recognized Marisa as a Minnesota “Rising Star.” Each year, no more than 2.5% of practicing attorneys in the state receive this award, which is based on a combination of peer nominations and objective criteria.
Marisa regularly presents at continuing legal education courses in both consumer and employment law, including recently for the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Webcast Seminar series with Minnesota CLE. Earlier in her career, she was an invited lecturer and speaker at the National Association of Housing Counselors and Agencies annual conference presenting on bankruptcy law; at Southern University New Orleans graduate course on domestic violence law; at community centers in metropolitan New Orleans on jurisdictional problems of relocation and displacement following Hurricane Katrina; and at Loyola University-New Orleans School of Law on working in the public sector.
Admissions & Education
Marisa earned her juris doctor from Loyola University-New Orleans School of Law in 2004, and received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 2000. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Georgia (inactive status), as well as federal district courts in Minnesota and Louisiana.
Activities & Involvement
Marisa is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (MN-NELA), and the Consumer Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). Marisa also contributes her time authoring amicus briefs on behalf of NACA and MN-NELA.
Outside of the office, Marisa serves as a board member for Consumer Advocates in American Real Estate (CAARE) in Minneapolis.
Arnt, et al. v. Bank of America, N.A. (illegal notice under states’ secured transactions laws);
Zellner-Dion, et al. v. Wilmington Finance, Inc. (illegal mortgage prepayment penalties);
Cardenas, et al. v. Diversified Adjustment Service, Inc. (illegal collection of mortgage deficiency balances under FDCPA);
Harry, et al. v. HSBC Mortgage Service Inc., (illegal foreclosure of servicemember mortgages under SCRA);
Olson, et al. v. Citibank, N.A., (illegal mandatory forbearance on servicemember student loans under SCRA);
Thao and Lo, et al. v. Central States Health & Life Company of Omaha, (unearned insurance premium refund);
Long, et al. v. Americredit Financial Services, Inc. (illegal vehicle repossessions under SCRA);
Jackson, et al. v. MERS, (state foreclosure law)