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8050 West 78th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55439
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“One of the real satisfactions of my profession comes from helping people and businesses navigate the complexities of the legal system to achieve the best and most economical results.”

Brian is a business and franchise attorney who takes great pride in advising entrepreneurs, businesses, and franchisees on all manner of legal issues they encounter on a daily basis.  From starting a new company to resolving a legal dispute, Brian’s knowledge and attention to detail helps clients achieve their goals in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Brian represents businesses, franchisees, and other commercial entities with start-up, employment matters, contract disputes, and litigation should it become necessary.  Brian advises franchisees in reviewing prospective franchise opportunities, resolving disputes with franchisors, combating unlawful terminations, and other matters affecting their day-to-day business success. 

Brian also represents growing businesses in other industries ranging from licensed professional therapists to manufacturing companies.  He counsels clients on employment best-practices including employee termination, employment policies and handbooks, and accommodations for disabled employees.  Brian has presented at seminars on issues impacting Minnesota businesses such as the Revised Limited Liability Company Act.

When a dispute becomes inevitable, Brian is a powerful and pragmatic advocate.  He has extensive experience representing clients in employment and non-compete disputes, commercial litigation, and intellectual property cases (including patent, copyright, and trademark) in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration and mediation.  Brian also defends businesses and community associations facing allegations of discrimination in employment and housing.  An active scholar on the rights and responsibilities of animal ownership, Brian has presented at seminars for property managers on the growing use of assistance animals in apartment and common-interest communities.  Brian is passionate about helping veterans of our armed forces and regularly volunteers at pro bono legal clinics through the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans.    

The legal community has recognized Brian’s achievements.  He has been selected as a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers® for both 2016 and 2017, an honor given to only 2.5% of Minnesota attorneys.

“My clients count on me as a trusted advisor not just for legal disputes, but for all matters affecting their life and business,” says Brian.  “Whether I’m helping an entrepreneur with a business startup or advising a franchisee on an unlawful termination, clients trust my sound judgment, complete honesty, and dedication to achieving a favorable outcome that will help their business thrive.”


Brian graduated summa cum laude from Hamline University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Hamline Law Review.  Brian earned his Bachelor degree from the Business Entrepreneurship program at the University of St. Thomas.


  • Managing Editor of the Hamline Law Review
  • The Clearly Improbable Intent of U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Section 2D1.1(B)(1): Imposing Additional Prison Time Whenever A Weapon “is Present Somewhere, Perhaps Anywhere”, 34 Hamline L. Rev. 331 (2011)
  • Clerked at Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, P.A. during law school.
  • First place winner in the capstone Business Plan Competition at the University of St. Thomas
  • Volunteer at free legal clinics sponsored by the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans