Serving Southern Minnesota Since 1972

Group photo of the Klampe Law Firm team

Andrea B. Niesen

  • Partner

Practice Areas:

  • Employment Law
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Construction Defect


Andrea B. Niesen is a civil litigation attorney with experience in all areas of employment law, disability matters, professional licensing and contracts, workers' compensation, and construction defect claims. Andrea is a qualified neutral as recognized by the Minnesota Supreme Court, able to assist with mediations related to employment disputes. She is admitted to practice in both state and federal court systems in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Andrea has been a dedicated member of the Rochester legal community, starting at Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens in 2004, and then transitioning her legal practice to Klampe, Delehanty & Pasternak, LLC in 2016 and became a partner to form Klampe, Delehanty, Pasternak & Niesen, LLC in 2019. Andrea grew up in central Wisconsin. She received a business management degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2000 and her law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2003. Upon completing her law degree, Andrea started her legal practice at a well-respected law firm in Milwaukee, handling employment and workers' compensation cases.

For over 15 years, she has volunteered with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota, as both a former executive board member and a local wish granter. In 2018, she was appointed to the executive board for the People's Food Co-Op, and she is currently the board secretary. She also serves on the executive board for Family Services Rochester, a nonprofit organization with the mission to support and enhance the dignity and quality of life for individuals and families in our community. Andrea was named Attorney of the Year for 2017 - a prestigious honor awarded to a select group of attorneys each year.



  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • Juris Doctorate
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Business Management

Bar Admission

  • Wisconsin, 2003
  • Minnesota, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2003
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 2014

Published Works

  • Minnesota Association for Justice, Employment Law Handbook, Chapter: Unemployment Compensation, 2008

Representative Cases

  • Amicus on behalf of Minnesota Association for Justice, Jackson, ex rel. Sorenson v. Options Res. Inc., 896 N.W.2d 549 (Minn. App. 2017), 2017, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Amicus on behalf of Minnesota Association for Justice, Binkley v. Allina Health System, 877 N.W.2d 547 (Minn. 2016), 2016, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Amicus on behalf of Minnesota Association for Justice, Glorvigen v. Cirrus Design Corp., 796 N.W.2d 541 (Minn. App. 2011), 2011, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Richey v. Magnuson, 2010 WL2900335 (Minn. App. July 27, 2010), 2010, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Schmidt v. Northern States Power Co., 305 Wis. 2d 538, 742 N. W. 294 (2007), 2007, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Schmidt v. Northern States Power Co., 296 Wis. 2d 813, 724 N. W. 2d 354 (Ct. App. 2006), 2006, Wisconsin Court of Appeals


  • Minnesota Lawyer - Attorney of the Year, 2017

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, 2005 to Present
  • Mediation and Conflict Solutions, 2016 to Present
  • Third District Ethics Committee, 2020 to Present

Past Positions

  • Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens, Attorney, 2004 to 2014
  • Kmiec Law Offices, Attorney, 2003 to 2004
  • Kmiec Law Offices, Law Clerk, 2002 to 2003

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Third Judicial District Bar Association, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Olmsted County Bar Association, Former President