Katherine K. Vessenes





Assistant: Sonya Halverson



Katherine is an attorney in Messerli Kramer’s Commercial Real Estate and Estate Planning & Probate groups, working on matters related to real estate, succession planning, and business planning.

Representative Experience
  • One of only two attorneys nationally who has spoken extensively on the legal and ethical issues of variable annuities.

  • Worked three years with a large broker/dealer, as a personal advisor to the president, to transition the entire sales force from transaction sales to financial planning.

  • Created programs for a client in the viatical settlement industry to establish them as a model for ethical, compliant viatical firms.

  • Created a complete, compliance approved drip marketing campaign for a broker/dealer.

  • Created a dictionary of offending words for broker/dealers to scan e-mails and mail to comply with (then) NASD regulations.

  • Worked with an insurance broker/dealer to revamp their entire RIA program.

  • Created ethics programs for multiple national companies.

Professional & Community


  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin


  • Kolbe Certified
  • Series 7 and 66, Life and Health Insurance Licensed, RIA representative
Honors & Distinctions
  • Former Member, CFP Board of Ethic and Professional Liability

  • Top 150 Financial Advisors for Physicians, Medical Economics