Brutlag, Hartmann & Trucke, PA

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

Our Attorneys

MICHAEL L. BRUTLAG

MICHAEL L. BRUTLAG

Partner

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.

Direct: 763-222-2503
Fax: 763-222-2501
Email: mbrutlag@brutlaw.com

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

Honors, Certifications and Awards
“Super Lawyer®”, Thomson/Reuters 1998 – 2021 Martindale-Hubbell AV rated MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist

RYAN J. TRUCKE

RYAN J. TRUCKE

Partner

Ryan Trucke is a partner in the firm. Ryan is known for his practical and client service-oriented approach. He has 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 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.

Direct: 763-222-2504
Fax: 763-222-2501
Email: rtrucke@brutlaw.com

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

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

MATTHEW R. DOHERTY

MATTHEW R. DOHERTY

Partner

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. In his free time, he golfs as much as Minnesota weather permits, reads, and spends time with his family and friends. He has four daughters and lives with his wife in Medina, Minnesota who is a physical therapist.

Direct: 763-222-2507
Fax: 763-222-2501
Email: mdoherty@brutlaw.com

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

Honors, Certifications and Awards
“Rising Star®”, Thomson/Reuters 2014-2021
MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist

MATTHEW R. HARTRANFT

MATTHEW R. HARTRANFT

Attorney

Matt believes that effective businesses are the foundation of successful, prosperous communities. As the owner of a tristate dry-goods distribution business that faced the challenges of the 2007-2009 recession, Matt learned first-hand the difference that dependable legal counsel can make. Today, as a lawyer, Matt takes a practical approach to working with owners and management to support sound business transactions and conflict resolution. Matt assists in buying and selling businesses, resolving shareholder disputes, enforcing payment obligations, and drafting contracts for businesses. Matt’s passion for working with closely held businesses dates back to his early work supporting both rural and urban community development in Venezuela in the early 2000s. Today, Matt continues to develop and implement novel business and legal solutions through his service with the Minnesota non-profit called Mano-a-Mano, meaning “hand in hand,” where he supports the work to bring communities and funding together to build dozens of schools, hospitals, roads, wells, and air transport services in rural Bolivia. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, is an avid cyclist, and is passionate about helping people unite with their communities and discover Minnesota’s trails and wilderness.

Direct: 763-222-2508
Fax: 763-222-2501
Email: MHartranft@brutlaw.com

Education:
William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude 2015)
BYU-Idaho (B.S., with honors 2005)

Bar Admissions:
Minnesota
Wisconsin

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

Ramsey County Bar Association
Mano a Mano International
Livelihood United

Honors, Certifications and Awards:

CALI Award Winner – Business Law
CALI Award Winner – Advising the International NGO
Certificate in Law and Business, William Mitchell College of Law
Achievement in Public Service – Minnesota State Bar Association
Law Review Super Associate

Get in Touch

We encourage prospective clients to contact us by telephone, but if you choose to communicate by email, please note that sending us an email will not make you a client of our firm. You should not send us confidential information or sensitive materials when making an initial inquiry.

PHONE

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

OFFICE HOURS

8:00AM-5:00PM or after hours by appointment