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Michael L. Brutlag

Partner
Direct: 763-222-2503
Fax: 763-222-2501
E-mail: mbrutlag@brutlaw.com


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Mike Brutlag is the President of the firm. He has over thirty years of legal experience and a very broad practice that includes both transactional work and litigation. Mike represents many startup, emerging and established businesses and frequently serves in the role of outside general counsel providing advice with respect to key business decisions. He also represents many individuals with respect to their personal legal needs. Mike can draw upon his extensive litigation experience to guide clients toward efficient resolution of contested matters and to advise and assist clients seeking to avoid litigation. Mike’s background and experience make him well suited to provide practical and seasoned advice to clients seeking guidance with respect to a broad range of legal issues.

Education:
University of Minnesota (J.D., cum laude 1980)
Western Illinois University (B.S., magna cum laude 1977)

Bar Admissions:
Minnesota
Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Minnesota State Bar Association
Wisconsin State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
American Bar Association

Honors, Certifications and Awards:
“Super Lawyer®”, Thomson/Reuters 1998 – 2017
Martindale-Hubbell AV rated
MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist


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Partner
Direct: 763-222-2504
Fax: 763-222-2501
E-mail: rtrucke@brutlaw.com

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Ryan Trucke is a partner in the firm. Ryan is known for his practical and client service-oriented approach. He has more than a decade of legal experience and a very broad practice that includes both transactional work and litigation. Ryan’s experience with real estate law includes representation of financial institutions, private lenders, developers, contractors, owners/managers, title insurers and a variety of other real estate related businesses. Ryan also has extensive business law experience, providing counsel to many growing, privately held corporations and limited liability companies while helping them to avoid or overcome impediments to lasting success. Ryan’s broad experience allows him to assist in efficiently resolving disputes both large and small while counseling clients about measures they can take to avoid litigation. His common sense approach and attention to detail help simplify complicated transactions. Ryan’s clients value his responsiveness, attention to detail and ability to efficiently move matters toward a satisfactory conclusion.

Education:
Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D., 2000)
Bethel University (B.S., 1994)

Bar Admissions:
Minnesota
Iowa
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Minnesota State Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association

Honors, Certifications and Awards:
“Rising Star®”, Thomson/Reuters 2008-2011


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Matthew R. Doherty

Partner
Direct: 763-222-2507
Fax: 763-222-2501
E-mail: mdoherty@brutlaw.com


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Matt is a partner at the firm with over a decade of legal experience.  Matt is originally from Hillsboro, North Dakota, but had connections to the Twin Cities that drew him to the area. While in law school, Matt served on the Executive Board for the Valparaiso University Law Review and clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Matt served a one year clerkship for the Honorable Carol Ronning Kapsner at the North Dakota Supreme Court. Matt’s practice includes both real estate transactions and business litigation. The majority of his clients are connected to the concentrations in construction, real estate, and manufacturing. Matt often takes an “outside general counsel” approach with his clients. He provides his clients with a single point of contact and accountability for their projects on all their legal needs. Matt is an avid sports fan and golfer. He has three daughters that attend Greenwood Elementary in Plymouth, Minnesota and lives with his wife who is a physical therapist.

Education:
Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D., cum laude 2005)
Jamestown College (B.A., summa cum laude 2002)

Bar Admissions:
Minnesota
North Dakota
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Minnesota State Bar Association
North Dakota State Bar Association
Minnesota Uniform Conveyancing Blank Task Force
Minnesota State Bar Residential Real Estate Committee
Hennepin County Bar Association
Plymouth Charter Commission
Brookview Men’s Golf Association

Clerkships:
North Dakota Supreme Court
Federal District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in South Bend

Honors, Certifications and Awards:
Rising Star®”, Thomson/Reuters 2014-2017
MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist


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John T. Hartmann

Retired

John retired from the practice of law in early 2015. He began his professional career at a distinguished St. Paul firm and was also a partner in an Edina firm before joining our law firm in 1993. John is traveling and enjoying his retirement, but remains in frequent contact with firm members.