I have been practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, multi-unit franchise transactions and corporate law for more than 30 years. Much of my practice focuses on helping clients buy and sell businesses, large and small, in a wide variety of industries, including construction, distribution, software sales and licensing, manufacturing, real estate, and quick service restaurants (QSRs). I also have represented a large number of new and emerging closely held businesses, applying my entrepreneurial spirit, financial and accounting experience to the benefit of my clients. I am proud to say that I have counseled many entrepreneurs on the organization, financing and development of their closely held businesses, helping them convert business opportunities into reality.
Entering into a business transaction is like entering into a relationship, and like all relationships, to be successful it demands attention, understanding of the goals of both parties, communication, hard work and careful assessment that it is the right fit. I see my role as helping clients build and strengthen their business relationships, solving problems when they arise. I act as a counselor and advisor, having seen a wide range of deals in over 30 years of practice. As a result, I help clients ask the right questions, think through and evaluate their business opportunities. There are many lawyers who can get deals done, but fewer who truly care about the whole business, and are willing to think hard, focus on the most difficult problems, and help clients accomplish their goals.
I partner with my clients as a member of their team, and I also rely on the team I have built in the firm – we all work together toward the end goal of success for our clients.
When I’m not at work, I love spending time at my cabin, walleye fishing and playing golf with family and friends.
2018 Minnesota Family Business Awards: Border Foods
Twin Cities Business.
Honors & Awards
Recommended in Corporate/M&A
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business, 2011-2022
Attorney of the Year
Minnesota Lawyer, 2021
Leaders in their Field
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, Peer review ratings
Minnesota Super Lawyers®
(formerly Minnesota Law & Politics)
Top 40 Vote-Getters for Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2002
Best Lawyers in America®
Corporate Law, 2019-2023
Franchise Law 2020-2023