McElroy, Heather

Heather McElroy

Adjunct Faculty, Principal at Robins Kaplan, LLP

J.D., University of St. Thomas School of Law
B.A., Northwestern University

Heather McElroy is a magna cum laude graduate of the Founding Class of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and International Studies from Northwestern University where she focused much of her coursework, research, and writing on race and gender theory. Heather also spent a summer studying Buddhism and Southeast Asian History at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.  

During law school, Heather helped establish the University of St. Thomas chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild, was a founding member of the UST chapter of the Minnesota Justice Foundation and the UST Law Democrats, and served on the board of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program.  She was also a founding member of the Law Journal and, in her third year, served on the Editorial Board as the Topics Editor.  Heather also worked as a Research Assistant to Professors Ursula Weigold and Elizabeth Schiltz and as a Writing Fellow, assisting first and second year law students in their legal writing courses.    

Following graduation, Heather clerked for the Honorable Wilhelmina Wright at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  After her clerkship, in September 2005, Heather joined the Minneapolis office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., where she practices in the Business Litigation practice group, handling antitrust, class action, patent, trade secret, and other complex litigation matters. She has been named a “Minnesota Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for 2011, 2012, and 2013. 

Heather volunteers with The Advocates for Human Rights and the Immigrant Law Center handling various asylum and immigration matters and working with victims of human trafficking. She was a member of the firm’s pro bono team to receive the “2008 Volunteer Award” from The Advocates for Human Rights for work involving state and social services programs for trafficking victims in Minnesota. 

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