Brutlag, Trucke & Doherty, P.A.

A business, finance, and real estate law firm built on trust.

Practice Areas


Our attorneys have successfully resolved matters ranging from complex transactional work to difficult litigation cases for our business clients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Plymouth, Medina, Maple Grove, and the surrounding suburbs. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

We regularly receive five-star reviews for our work. Our attorneys are repeatedly recognized for their achievements in Business and Real Estate law.

Banking & Finance

The firm represents a variety of local banks and construction lending clients.  Among other things we assist with loan transactions, loan restructuring and workouts, foreclosures, evictions, and secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code.

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Real Estate

From commercial transactions to real estate litigation, our firm handles a broad range of real estate related matters including contracts for deed, commercial leasing, boundary disputes, mechanic’s lien litigation, Torrens issues including initial land registration proceedings, residential transactions, land development, and Contractor Recovery Fund Claims.

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Our firm also represents businesses and individuals involved in litigation.  We handle a broad spectrum of real estate and business related disputes.  The majority of our litigation work involves commercial litigation, real estate disputes, mechanic’s lien foreclosures, and construction disputes.  We have been involved in numerous trials, appeals, arbitrations, and mediations.

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Collection, Creditor's Remedies & Bankruptcy

Getting a money judgment against a debtor is often just the first step in the process of getting money into your hands.  We assist with getting judgments collected through asset searches, garnishments, repossessions, and foreclosures. We also work with collection companies to ensure compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

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Mergers & Aquisitions

We have assisted in countless numbers of business purchase and sale transactions. This has included both stock and asset purchases, mergers, and business succession planning.

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Mechanic's Liens & Bond Claims

We regularly represent subcontractors, contractors, lumber companies, builders, developers, engineers and architects with preserving and pursing both mechanic’s lien and bond claims.  We are experienced at both enforcing and defending against mechanic’s lien claims.  We also assist with filing of claims and advising clients on filing and pre-lien notice requirements.

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Estate & Business Succession Planning

The long term relationships we build with our clients position us well to assist with planning for the transfer of ownership of a business or personal assets. We work closely with business owners to plan and prepare the control arrangements needed for a smooth business succession. We represent individuals, families, family businesses, as well as personal representatives and trustees to handle all aspects of estate and trust administration.

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Construction Defects

Our extensive experience with clients in the building and construction industries gives us the proficiency to defend and assert claims arising from all types of residential and commercial construction projects. We coordinate experts, engineers and inspectors to perform defect investigations, and help our clients through litigation, arbitration, mediation or other methods to resolve disputes. We assist with Warranty Claims, Insurance Claims and Contractor recovery Fund Claims.

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General Business, Corporate & Commercial Law

Many business owners rely on our attorneys to handle all of their legal matters. We provide the gamut of contract, agreement, governance and general counsel services. As their outside “in-house” legal team, our firm is at the ready to assist businesses with transactional matters, business entity and organizational issues, sales and acquisitions, as well as crisis management and overall business counseling.

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Emerging and Small Businesses

Starting a new business involves a variety of important legal issues that are vital to its success. We assist by helping clients determine and set up the best choice of entity, provide ongoing governance and management and assist with acquisition and protection of assets. We provide outside general counsel services for small businesses, helping to manage a crisis or provide transaction or contract advice.

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Banking & Finance

  • Asset based loan transactions
  • Attorney opinion letters
  • Claims for breach of fiduciary duty and negligence
  • Commercial & residential loan transactions
  • Disputes between loan participants
  • Evictions and receivership litigation
  • Foreclosures
  • Insurance coverage issues
  • Lender liability claims
  • Litigation of loan document disputes
  • Loan enforcement and collection activities
  • Loan restructuring and workouts
  • Preparation of loan documents, security agreements and related documents
  • Receiverships
  • Representation of creditors in bankruptcy court
  • Troubled credit transactions
Collection, Creditor’s Remedies and Bankruptcy

  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Asset searches and seizures
  • Collections
  • Commercial litigation
  • Credit Application drafting
  • Creditor Bankruptcy representation
  • Demand and dunning letters
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) compliance and defense
  • Garnishment
  • Judgment enforcement
  • Repossession and replevin of collateral
Construction Defects

  • Arbitration, mediation and other methods of alternative dispute resolution
  • Contractor Recovery Fund Claims
  • Coordination of Experts, inspectors and engineers
  • Defect investigations
  • Defend and assert claims arising from all types of residential and commercial construction projects
  • Insurance Claims
  • Litigation
  • Statute of limitation analysis
  • Warranty Claims
Emerging and Small Businesses

  • Asset acquisition and protection
  • Capitalization and financing
  • Choice of business entity
  • Entity governance and management
  • Entity liquidation and dissolution
  • General transactions and contracting
  • Legal and business counseling and crisis management
  • Non-profit organization, governance and management
  • Organization and formation of the entity
  • Outside general counsel service
  • Owner conflict resolution and split-ups
Estate and Business Succession Planning and Administration

  • Asset preservation and protection
  • Business succession planning and owner control arrangements
  • Estate and trust administration
  • Personal estate planning, will and trusts
  • Probate
  • Representing individuals, families, family businesses, personal representatives and trustees
General Business, Corporate & Commercial Law

  • Asset protection and business reorganization
  • Business acquisitions and sales
  • Capitalization and financing
  • Consulting agreements
  • Corporate governance
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Customer and vendor/supplier contracting
  • Distribution agreements
  • Employment contracts
  • Entity governance and management
  • Entity liquidation and dissolution
  • Equipment leases
  • Facility expansion and contraction
  • Family owned and closely held businesses
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Legal and business counseling and crisis management
  • Letters of credit
  • Loan restructuring and workouts
  • Outside general counsel service
  • Owner conflict resolution and split-ups
  • Private equity transactions
  • Purchasing and selling assets
  • Sales representative agreements
  • Secured and unsecured loan transactions
  • Service agreements
  • Shareholder control agreements
  • Uniform Commercial Code issues

  • Appeals
  • Arbitrations
  • Bond Claims
  • Business litigation
  • Collection and creditor remedies
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction defects
  • Construction disputes
  • FDCPA defense
  • Foreclosures
  • General litigation
  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Lease disputes
  • Lender, construction and title disputes
  • Mechanic’s lien foreclosures
  • Mortgage foreclosures
  • Real estate disputes
  • Title insurance defense
  • Trials
Mechanic’s Liens and Bond Claims

  • Adherence to filing and notification deadlines
  • Bond claims and litigation
  • Drafting, service and recording of liens
  • Enforcement and defense of mechanic’s liens
  • Mechanic’s lien litigation
Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Buyer or seller side representation
  • Domestic and international joint ventures
  • Intellectual property and technology licensing
  • Mergers, spin offs, split offs and reorganizations
  • Operating and acquisition financing
  • Stock and asset purchases and sales
Real Estate

  • Acquisition and sales
  • Arbitration
  • Boundary disputes
  • Breach of contract
  • Building codes
  • Commercial and retail leasing
  • Commercial real estate
  • Commercial real estate financing
  • Community associations
  • Condemnation
  • Construction contracts
  • Construction defects
  • Construction disputes
  • Contract termination
  • Contractor Recovery Fund Claims
  • Contracts for Deed
  • Creditor remedies and collection
  • Deeds and easements
  • Defense of Minnesota Department of Commerce Complaints
  • Delay, suspension, acceleration and disruption claims
  • Development
  • Distressed real estate
  • Draft subcontractor agreements and material supplier agreements
  • Environmental issues
  • Financing
  • Foreclosure and cancellation
  • Foreclosures
  • Land development
  • Land use
  • Landlord representation
  • Like kind or 1031 exchanges
  • Litigation
  • Loan restructuring and workouts
  • Misrepresentation of buyers/sellers in fraud action
  • Mold, water intrusion and contamination claims
  • Multifamily housing, condominium and association law
  • Negotiate and draft construction contracts
  • Negotiate and draft purchase agreements
  • New construction
  • Payment and performance bond claims and litigation
  • Quiet title actions
  • Real estate backed financing, residential and commercial mortgages
  • Review and enforce construction contracts
  • Supplementary proceedings
  • Torrens issues including land registration proceedings
  • Unlawful detainer and evictions
  • Adverse possession
  • Boundary disputes, rights of way, easements
  • Warranty Claims
  • Zoning and permits

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Phone: 763-222-2500
Fax: 763-222-2501


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