Rashanda Bruce



Rashanda Bruce is an attorney in the firm’s Mass Tort and Personal Injury Groups. Most of her practice is devoted to representing individuals and families in complex personal injury and wrongful death cases. Prior to joining Robins Kaplan, Rashanda worked in the Minneapolis office of a national law firm, representing clients in a variety of litigation and labor and employment matters. She was also a judicial extern for the Honorable Kate Menendez and the Honorable Sara Grewing.

While in law school, Rashanda worked as a student attorney for the Child Protection Clinic and Innocence Clinic. She also served as co-president of the Mitchell Hamline Black Law Students Association, participated in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court, and was the administrator and a student member of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court. Before attending law school, Rashanda worked as a paralegal at Robins Kaplan.

Rashanda has coached competitive cheerleading for over fifteen years, instilling and building confidence and pride in girls in grades K-12. She is also a co-founder and leadership team member of LOCUS, a meeting ground that provides space and opportunities for authentic community building, identity-driven leadership and resource sharing by and for people of color and indigenous peoples.

Represented Minneapolis choreographer April Sellers who was targeted in a series of defamatory “Open Letters” and other communications attacking her reputation.  Serving as an associate on the case, Rashanda assisted with all aspects of trial preparation prior to the case’s favorable verdict totaling $210,000, which included $75,000 in punitive damages. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)

  • Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) Associate Board (2020-present)
  • LOCUS, Co-Founder, Leadership Team Member (2014-present)
  • Independent School District 196, Apple Valley Elementary & Middle School Program Director, Cheerleading Coach (2011-present)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Housing Court Volunteer (2018-2019, 2021-present)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Conciliation Court Volunteer (2019)
  • Child Protection Clinic (2017-2018)
  • Innocence Clinic (2017-2018)
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education, Youth Cheerleading Instructor (2016)
  • Everybody Wins, Reading Volunteer (2011-2014)
  • Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, Board Member (2010-2014), Advisory Board Co-Chair (2011-2013), Secretary (2013)
  • League of Women Voters of Minnesota, Board of Directors (2011-2013)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities Area (2009-2011)
  • Independent School District 191, Cheerleading Coach (2006-2010)
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, J.D. (2018)
  • University of St. Thomas, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minors in Philosophy and Legal Studies (2009)
Professional Associations
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL)
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) Emerging Leaders Group (2018-2020), Outreach Committee (2020-present)
  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court (2019-present), Executive Committee (2020-present), Program Chair (2021-present), Ad Hoc Committee (2022-present)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Finance Committee (2020-2021)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Defamation on Social Media - April Sellers v. Kevin Powell and Jinah Parker
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 22, 2019)


Links to full publications and news releases.


Spring 2021
Duty to Third Parties: Focus on Foreseeability
Jason DePauw, Rashanda Bruce - The Robins Kaplan Justice Report
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