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Philip T. Colton

I've always wanted to be in business law, to work with business owners and achieve success together.

My Approach

My dad was a pharmacist and owned a pharmacy and pharmaceutical business. I grew up living that business, and gained an understanding and insight for what makes a business tick: it’s cutting through all the challenges and finding out how to get things done. Whether it’s dealing with regulatory concerns, capital concerns, regular business operations, or closing an M&A transaction, I help my clients reach their goals.

Because I have seen business operations as both outside and inside counsel, I understand my clients’ perspective and goals, as well as the legal side of what needs to get accomplished. For three years, I served as in-house General Counsel of a public company, and have represented numerous clients (both on the banker and issuer side) in raising capital through IPO and private and public offerings (including IPOs). I have a wealth of public company experience, both operational matters and public and private company M&A work. I also have deep experience with all aspects of REITs, funds and broker-dealer/registered representatives work (operational, regulatory and litigation) as well as many other types of matters.

Outside of work, I play golf, fish, and read anything I can get my hands on, from mystery to history to business, science fiction or magazines.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

Real Estate Lawyer of the Year

Minnesota Real Estate Journal, 2021

The Best Lawyers in America©

Securities / Capital Markets Law, 2016-2023

Minnesota Super Lawyers®

(formerly Minnesota Law & Politics)
1999, 2000, 2006-2019

AV Preeminent

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, Peer review ratings

Rising Stars

Minnesota Law & Politics, 1999

Associations & Memberships

Hennepin County Bar Association

Corporate Counsel Section, Co-chair, 2010-2011, 2011-2012
Securities Law Section, President, 1998-1999