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Briana Gornick

Senior Attorney


Briana is an experienced litigator who has earned a reputation for being a diligent, responsive, and client-focused advocate. Briana dissects every angle to strategically analyze how the facts, issues, and law in each case will ultimately tie into her client’s end goal — whether that’s prevailing through settlement or trial.

More About Briana

With an emphasis on collaboration with colleagues and clients, Briana believes that open, thorough communication is imperative in providing thorough representation on every matter. Her experience in both civil and criminal litigation, representing parties on both sides of the litigation, gives her a unique perspective to analyze cases from various perspectives. She is empathetic to those maneuvering the legal system and works to help clients understand every step of the litigation process with care and compassion.

Before joining Haws-KM, she practiced for 10 years as staff counsel at a major insurance company handling insurance defense claims from inception to trial, including personal injury and wrongful death cases, involving commercial/premises liability, homeowner, and automobile litigation.

Member Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section, October 2013–Present
  • Member: CLE Board, Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, Law in Public Service, and Long-Range Planning
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association


  • Past Chair: Staff Counsel Committee & Past Co-Chair: Law in Public Service Committee
  • TIPS Leadership Academy

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Practice Areas

  • Business and Transactional
  • Insurance Related Litigation
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Transportation


  • State of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


  • J.D., University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, University of St. Thomas, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Outside of the Office

Briana and her husband enjoy trying to keep up with their two children. Their family likes to travel and spend time outdoors, even in the cold Minnesota winters. She a self-proclaimed master of road trips, never misses out on a camping trip or outdoor excursion, and loves showing her family and friends everything Minnesota’s four(ish) seasons have to offer.