Gina M. Kastel

Executive Partner


As a member of the firm’s executive leadership team and board, Gina Kastel’s mission is to ensure Faegre Drinker brings together the right people and expertise to deliver excellent results and value for clients. Gina leads lawyer and consultant integration and is committed to ensuring Faegre Drinker is one firm bringing its full capabilities to clients. She believes in connecting and collaborating to improve outcomes, maximize impact and make work fun. Gina sees the changing legal profession as an opportunity to unleash the creative energy of colleagues and drive innovative solutions for the firm and its clients.
Until 2020, Gina served as Faegre Baker Daniels’ chief operating partner as well as a member of the firm’s management board and executive committee. 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.

Health Care and Exempt Organizations Expertise

In the health care space, Gina advises on:
  • Health information privacy and security.
  • Compliance with fraud and abuse prevention laws.
  • Compliance with facility and individual practitioner licensure requirements.
  • Internal investigations and actions brought by the Office of Inspector General, Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights and Minnesota Attorney General.
 Gina counsels exempt organizations on:
  • Maintaining tax-exempt status, complying with the private foundation excise tax rules and avoiding excess benefit transactions.
  • Charitable solicitation laws.
  • Corporate transactions, including the formation of for-profit and nonprofit subsidiaries.
  • Corporate governance, fiduciary duties, executive compensation and managing conflicts of interest.
  • Administration of endowment funds and other restricted gifts


Bar Admissions



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

Trinity College, Dublin

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

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • IRS Tax-Exempt/Governmental Entities Council, Great Lakes Region
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Health Law Section (Past member of Governing Council, Chair) and Nonprofit Corporations Committee

Civic Activities

  • Jeremiah Program — Board Member
  • Convent of the Visitation School — Board Member
  • Ten Thousand Things Theater Company — Board Member (Immediate Past Chair)
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law — Health Law Institute Advisory Board

Firm Leadership

  • Executive Partner
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Vice Chair and Chief Operating Partner, 2017-20


  • 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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