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200 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW, #400
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Cathryn D. Reher

Cathryn Reher joined Barna, Guzy & Steffen in 2021 as a Shareholder with more than 20 years of experience. She utilizes detailed estate and long-term care planning analysis to advocate for clients in elder law and special needs planning. Cathryn is also certified in federal veterans benefits and since 1993, has helped clients with Veterans Homes planning.

For more than a decade, Cathryn has served as faculty with Kaplan Professional Schools, teaching courses to nonlegal professionals. In addition, she has presented through the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Minnesota Chapter for almost 30 years.

Outside the courtroom, Cathryn enjoys traveling and biking. She and her family are also wildly enthusiastic – and competitive – about professional soccer. She is a passionate chef and gardener, whose favorite flowers are the brilliant orange Trollius (globeflower) and striking and spiny sea holly. A reading enthusiast, Cathryn highly recommends Joan Didion’s book “The Year of Magical Thinking” because of its valuable insights on coping with loss.

Practice Areas

  • Medical Assistance and Veterans Homes planning
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Life Care Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Advance Home Health Care Planning & Nursing Home issues
  • Long-Term Care Alternatives
  • Surrogate Management of Financial/Personal Matters


  • Minnesota, 1991
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1991
  • J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1991; Silver Gavel Honor Society
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 1987, Magna Cum Laude


  • Federal Veterans Benefits, 1993
  • Editor, Elder Law Handbook, Minnesota CLE (MSBA) (2006 - 2021)
  • “Medical Assistance Programs, Services and Eligibility” co-Author, Elder Law Handbook (MSBA) (2006 - 2017)
  • MSBA Continuing Legal Education Materials, 1993 - 2020 (past 10 years available online through Minnesota CLE [MSBA])
  • Hamline Law Review, Senior Associate (1990-1991), Associate (1989-1990); Author: “Note, Discharge of Debt under Chapter 13: The Eighth Circuit’s Failure to Balance a Debtor’s Right to a Fresh Start Against a Victim’s Right to Compensation” 13 Hamline Law Review 66, 1990
  • Elder Law Governing Council (Legislative Committee; Past Medical Assistance Chair; Past Secretary)
  • Elder Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (National and Minnesota Chapters)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2019 Elder Law Section Hall of Fame, Minnesota State Bar Association, in recognition of years of service to the growth and development of Elder Law in Minnesota
  • 2005 Mary Alice Gooderl Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, a prestigious award for her contributions to Elder Law in Minnesota
  • Minnesota Super Lawyer (2001 -2024)
  • Minnesota Rising Star (1999,2001)
  • Top 100: 2008 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: 2007 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: 2006 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: 2005 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Top 40 Estate Planning and Probate Super Lawyers
  • Top 5 Elder Law Super Lawyers
  • Top 50 Female Attorneys by Minnesota Law and Politics


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