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Of Counsel

Edward J. Drenttel

The details always matter.

My Approach

For me, representing my clients is founded on building relationships. I am extraordinarily lucky to have been able to build and maintain 30-year relationships with many of my banking clients. I represent banks and bank holding companies throughout the Midwest, and work diligently with them to help them achieve their goals. In that regard, I represent banks and bank holding companies in most all areas that affect their businesses, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance, business succession, vendor negotiations, and regulatory matters. Being from a small town, I have first-hand experience recognizing the importance of community banks, and have worked passionately over the last 30 years to enable them to continue to serve their customers and communities at the highest level.

Outside of work, I serve on the Board of Trustees at Gustavus Adolphus College, my alma mater, and also serve on the board of Caloris, an engineering firm in Maryland. I also am a passionate golfer, and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career

When I was a third-year associate, our department chair sent me to Washington, DC to close a complicated FDIC open bank assistance transaction, a rather unique and uncommon transaction. On the other side was a large firm with a team of lawyers. I remember working through the night to review a table full of documents. We got the deal done with a great result for our client. The experience was a confirmation that I had chosen the right firm with a culture that appreciated talent, and gave its attorneys – even young associates – the opportunity to succeed. It was an empowering experience and that reflects the culture of our Firm.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America©

Banking and Finance Law, 1995-2022, 2024

Top 40 Banking and Finance Lawyer

Minnesota Law & Politics

Top Banking Attorney

Corporate Counsel

Super Lawyers®

Minnesota Law & Politics, 2004-2010

AV Preeminent

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, Peer review ratings

Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview

Former Board of Trustees
Former Chairman

Gustavus Adolphus College

Board of Trustees

Three A Ventures, Inc.

Board of Directors

Caloris Engineering, LLC

Board of Directors

Minnesota Bankers Association

Bank Holding Company Association