Gina Kastel

Gina Kastel

Executive partner

Faegre Drinker

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Gina Kastel is leading the integration of Faegre Baker Daniels and Drinker Biddle & Reath. The merger, which took effect in February, produced a law firm with 1,300 attorneys. Kastel is the highest-ranking Minnesota attorney in the non-headquartered firm, serving on the board and on the eight-member executive leadership team. A Harvard Law graduate, she says the big merger has added breadth and depth to the firm’s legal expertise. Change in the profession is accelerating; at Faegre Drinker, it includes deploying artificial intelligence for contract analytics. Looking ahead, Kastel says the firm is adding key talent, including bankruptcy and restructuring experts.