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Gerald H. Fornwald

The most rewarding part of my job is helping people find simple solutions to complex problems.

My Approach

My job as a lawyer is to be a resource for clients to help them identify opportunities and solve problems that they can’t navigate on their own.  Sometimes, that means working with clients in their brightest moments, where I get to help them turn ideas into reality in a way that complies with the law. Other times, that means working with clients in their lowest moments, where I help them solve life-altering problems that they can’t fix on their own.  While those tasks require different skill sets, and trigger vastly different emotions, both are tremendously rewarding.

The opportunity to work with clients through their highest highs and lowest lows is most clearly on display in the regulatory and compliance areas where I practice. In that role, I get the thrill of helping clients obtain new licenses, start new businesses and healthcare practices, and grow beyond their wildest dreams.  At the same time, I work with businesses and professionals to keep their licenses – their livelihoods –when unexpected surprises arise. With the ever-changing legal landscape, a constant influx of new rules and regulations, and a steady rotation of administrations enforcing them, no licensee or business owner should try to navigate those issues alone.

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America©

Commercial Litigation, 2023-2024

Benchmark Litigation

40 & Under Hot List, 2018-2019
Under 40 Hot List, 2016-2017
Local Litigation Star, 2016-2024
Future Star, 2015

Minnesota Super Lawyers®


Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2012

2005 Excellence in Employment Law Award

Minnesota Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Associations & Memberships

Minnesota Bar Association

“Barrister’s Breakfast”


Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society