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“Every day I try to live up to the best compliment I ever received: ‘You’re like John Wayne. You say what you’re going to do and you do it.’”

As an attorney who practices litigation across a broad spectrum and also counsels employers and employees, John J. Steffenhagen gets results for clients in the courtroom and boardroom.

He is a partner with the firm, and has more than 25 years of experience practicing in the following areas:

  • Employment law and litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Municipal law

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a big case or a small one, I love to get results for the people I represent,” he says. “It’s a great feeling to know that my client had the best lawyer in the courtroom and that I gave them everything I had.”

John’s focus on results has earned him a broad roster of clients, including individuals, corporations and other business entities in cases ranging from employment disputes to complex multi-party litigation involving real property, commercial and environmental matters. Employers and employees alike also trust John to guide them through a wide variety of day-to-day employment matters affecting their business operations. 

In addition, John marshals extensive experience in the municipal law arena, from challenges on behalf of entities or homeowners facing eminent domain to addressing adverse zoning determinations and assisting municipalities with internal matters such as annexation, detachment and incorporation.

For example, John served as lead trial counsel for the City of Columbus incorporation – one of the few, if not only Minnesota cases in which a township simultaneously won legal status as a city while defeating annexation of an entire commercial district to a far larger neighboring city.

It was landmark litigation for the state, but just one more example of John saying what he was going to do – and doing it.


John obtained his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC and his B.A. from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.


  • Licensed to practice law in Minnesota’s Federal and State Courts.
  • Member of Minnesota State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP), a community-based not-for-profit agency providing crisis services to residents in need.