Arthur Chapman Kafi C. Linville
  • Kafi C. Linville
  • Shareholder
  • Chair - Construction Law
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5936  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

  • kclinville@arthurchapman.com
Download My vCard Print Page Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.

Kafi Linville is a shareholder with Arthur Chapman, and concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and residential construction defect litigation. She has extensive experience representing general contractors and subcontractors in multi-million dollar, multi-party townhome and condominium cases throughout Minnesota. Kafi has litigated a multitude of matters involving both commercial and residential construction defects, and related insurance coverage matters. Kafi’s detailed and thorough knowledge of construction law, industry practices and procedures is indispensable to her clients for effective representation and successful results. Kafi is also Chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group.  

In addition, Kafi represents clients in other areas of defense, including automobile liability, premises liability, and general liability. She has tried cases at both state and federal courts, and argues before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 

Kafi served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association from 2012 to 2016.


Education

William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2000
St. Cloud State University, B.A., 1995 (Honors: Dean’s List)


Kafi Linville is a shareholder with Arthur Chapman, and concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and residential construction defect litigation. She has extensive experience representing general contractors and subcontractors in multi-million dollar, multi-party townhome and condominium cases throughout Minnesota. Kafi has litigated a multitude of matters involving both commercial and residential construction defects, and related insurance coverage matters. Kafi’s detailed and thorough knowledge of construction law, industry practices and procedures is indispensable to her clients for effective representation and successful results. Kafi is also Chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group.  

In addition, Kafi represents clients in other areas of defense, including automobile liability, premises liability, and general liability. She has tried cases at both state and federal courts, and argues before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 

Kafi served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association from 2012 to 2016. Prior to entering the legal field, Kafi served as a police officer for the Duluth Police Department. Following law school, she represented various law enforcement agencies and municipalities at both the state and federal court. 

Presentations

  • “Heroes or Hustlers of the ADA? The Rise and Reality of Private Enforcement of Title III,” Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2017
  • "Surprised by Employment - Misclassification Issues in Minnesota’s Construction Industry," Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2016
  • “Auto-Related Panel Discussion,” Minnesota Automobile Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., September 2015
  • “Construction Law and Construction Insurance Coverage Panel Discussion," Commercial Insurance Coverage Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., May 2015
  • “Minnesota Case Law and Legislative Update,” Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2013
  • “Case Law Update,” Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2012
  • “The Missing Link: Claims Against Bankrupt and Dissolved Corporation, and Successor Entities,” Minnesota Construction Defect Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2011
  • “Multiple Party Litigation: Pointers, Possibilities, and Potholes,” CLE, Hennepin County Bar Association, March 2011 
  • “Construction Law Update,” Minnesota Construction Defect Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2010
  • “Construction Defect Claims - What’s Next?”, Minnesota Construction Defect Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2009  
  • “Multi-Family Housing Boom,” 2008 Minnesota Construction Defect Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2008

Honors
Super Lawyer®, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2015-17


Education

William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2000
St. Cloud State University, B.A., 1995 (Honors: Dean’s List)


Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 2000
North Dakota, 2016
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2000


Professional Associations and Memberships

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Past Board Member 2012-2016
Minnesota State Bar Association


License

Minnesota
North Dakota

Representative Cases
Commercial Office Building. Represented several general contractors against construction defect and insurance coverage-related claims. 

Townhouse & Condominium Projects. Represented several general contractors  and subcontractors against various claims asserted by Associations. 

Government Building Plaza. Represented masonry subcontractor in a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving a major metropolitan county government center plaza. 

Residential Construction Defects. Represented a variety of trades on residential construction defect lawsuits, including: general contractors, stucco subcontractors, framer/window installers, window manufactures, roofers, lumber distributors, HVAC installers, excavators, and masons.

Practice Areas


Legal Team