Gina M. Kastel



Gina Kastel is chair of Faegre Drinker, a global law firm of more than 1,200 lawyers and consultants with one shared focus: the client. Gina oversees the firm’s strategic direction and growth and is committed to bringing excellence and a spirit of true partnership to Faegre Drinker’s clients, colleagues and communities. She believes that strong relationships built through collaboration and cross-service drive high impact results for clients and the firm.

Gina has served in multiple firm leadership roles, including as a member of the firm’s board and executive team since 2015 and as Faegre Baker Daniels’ chief operating partner. Gina helped guide Faegre Baker Daniels through its combination with Drinker Biddle & Reath. She previously led the firm’s health care group. In her legal practice, Gina helps health care and nonprofit organizations navigate regulatory complexity and manage legal risk. She takes a pragmatic, business-focused approach to client counseling and advising.

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Bar Admissions



Harvard Law School
J.D. magna cum laude (1999)

University of Notre Dame
B.A. with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa (1992)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Health Law Section (Past member of Governing Council, Chair) and Nonprofit Corporations Committee

Civic Activities

  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice – Board Member
  • Convent of the Visitation School — Board Member
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law — Health Law Institute Advisory Board
  • Jeremiah Program — Past Board Member
  • Ten Thousand Things Theater Company — Past Board Member 

Firm Leadership

  • Chair, 2023-present
  • Board member, 2015-present
  • Executive Partner, 2020-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Vice Chair and Chief Operating Partner, 2017-20


  • Minnesota Lawyer — Top Women in Law, 2023
  • Twin Cities Business — Notable Women in Law, 2022 
  • Twin Cities Business — TCB 100 People to Know, 2021
  • Minnesota 500 — The Most Powerful Business Leaders in Minnesota, 2020-21
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — Women in Business2016 
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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