I advise private companies and private equity funds with middle-market merger and acquisition transactions. In addition, I consistently lead the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of commercial contracts for a number of privately held businesses, assist companies with raising capital and advise clients regarding general business matters.
Working with clients on their commercial relationships, acquisitions or divestitures and capital raising needs, I often find that the word “lawyer” is too restrictive. Together, clients and I achieve the best outcomes when I can serve as an extension of their business, learn everything I can about its inner workings and future goals, to make sure every decision that is made serves those needs. Immersing myself in the operations of the company, from advising C-suite executives and business owners, to working directly with managers and other staff, allows me to have a full understanding of the true culture of your business. Equipped with this knowledge, I work with my clients to cut to the core of what is essential to them in each transaction or matter, and advise on a range of issues, from complex deal management and capital raising activities, to day-to-day operational requests and customer and vendor relationships.
I worked in the business world as a finance consultant to Fortune 500 companies before I even thought of becoming a lawyer, and now my representation of clients follows the same path: identify the business needs first, and then apply the law to make sure we achieve those needs.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy playing hockey and was a former NCAA Division I ice hockey player, make use of the fantastic Twin Cities bike trail system, and am an avid Minnesota sports fan. I also regularly do pro bono work through LegalCORPS, a non-profit that matches business attorneys with low-income entrepreneurs and small non-profits in Minnesota.
Honors & Awards
The Best Lawyers in America© Ones to Watch
Corporate Law, 2021
Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2021
MSBA North Star Lawyer
Pro Bono Service, 2014-2017
Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2018-2021
Associations & Memberships
William Mitchell College of Law
Alumni mentor, 2013-2015