Adam Wattenbarger is a shareholder at Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, with a focus on education law.

Adam received his law degree from the University of Minnesota, where he served as an editor for the Minnesota Law Review, worked as a research assistant helping to develop the legal writing curriculum, and wrote for the law school musical. Prior to law school, Adam received his undergraduate degree in secondary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and briefly worked as a teacher. After law school, Adam worked as a law clerk for Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Since joining Kennedy & Graven in 2015, Adam has represented and advised public school districts and charter schools on wide-ranging matters, including employment and labor law, student discipline, data privacy, discrimination complaints, constitutional issues, and policy development. Adam’s background in education gives him valuable insight and appreciation for the particular needs of schools.

Adam lives in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife and son. He enjoys running, watching TV, going to movies, and playing with his two dogs, Mork and Minnie.

Adam has this to say about Kennedy & Graven:

I greatly enjoy working with school districts to help navigate the legal issues they face as they serve their students and employees. It’s an honor be a part of the team at Kennedy & Graven and to have the opportunity to do this important and rewarding work.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. magna cum laude – 2014
    • Law Review: University of Minnesota Law Review
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • B.S. – 2009
    • Honors: With High Distinction
    • Major: Secondary Education

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit