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

Adam received his undergraduate degree in secondary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2014.  Prior to joining Kennedy & Graven as an associate, 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 primarily focused his practice in education law, representing and advising public school districts and charter schools on wide-ranging legal matters, including employment and labor law, student discipline, data privacy, discrimination complaints, constitutional concerns, and policy development.

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

“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