Harry Niska


Harry Niska is an experienced counselor and advocate for businesses and individuals.

He has extensive litigation experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in trial and appellate courts across the country in a variety of commercial disputes, including contract, fraud, and antitrust litigation. He also frequently advises political candidates, party units, and other organizations on issues of campaign finance and election law.

Prior to joining Howse & Thompson in 2018, he practiced for several years at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and Ross & Orenstein in Minneapolis. In addition to his private practice experience, he has also served twice as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: first as a law clerk to Judge Roger L. Wollman from 2005-2006, and later as a clerk to Judge David R. Stras when he was elevated to the Eighth Circuit in 2018.

Areas of practice include:

  • Business Law
  • Contracts
  • Estate planning/Succession planning
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate

Bar Admissions:

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Minnesota
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana


University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005, Articles Editor, Minnesota Journal of International Law, Order of the Coif (an honor based on high class rank))

Concordia College, B.A., Political Science, 2002

Judicial Clerkships:

Roger L. Wollman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2005–06)
David R. Stras, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2018)

Seminars & Publications:

How Loud is Your State’s Voice at the High Court?: Comparing State Attorney General Activity at the U.S. Supreme Court, Federalist Society – Minnesota Lawyers’ Chapter (Feb. 7, 2017).

Litigating in the Wake of a Class Action: How to Maximize Your Client’s Interests, Hennepin County Bar Association (Dec. 15, 2015) (with Matt Veenstra).

That’s Not Plausible: Iqbal One Year Later, Hennepin Lawyer (June 2010) (with John Orenstein).

The European Union TRIPS over the U.S. Constitution: Can the First Amendment Save the Bologna That Has a First Name?, 13 Minn. J. Global Trade 413 (2004).

Community Involvement:

Former vice chair, City of Ramsey Charter Commission
Board member, Connection Church