Alexander M. Hagstrom
I’m an all-or-nothing guy; there are no half measures.
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University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2015
- Managing Editor, Minnesota Law Review
- Law Council Student Governance
- American College of Trial Lawyers 40th Annual National Trial Competition Regional Champion
- American College of Trial Lawyers Medal for Excellence in Advocacy
University of Minnesota Duluth, B.A. Political Science, summa cum laude, 2012
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
- Student Legislative Advocate for the University of Minnesota Duluth
U.S. District Court, D. Minn., 2016
U.S. District Court, E.D. Tex., 2017
I work with clients to identify and achieve their goals, whether through litigation or pre-litigation advocacy and negotiation. Once the client’s goals have been pinpointed, I shut out all outside noise and throw myself into their case wholeheartedly. I truly relish the challenge of learning each client’s unique case, business, or industry, while working collaboratively and creatively with the client to prepare and present their case—their story—in the simplest and most effective manner possible. During the better part of a decade that I honed these advocacy and presentation skills competing with college and law school mock trial teams to national tournaments, serving as a legal writing student instructor, and serving as student legislative advocate to state and federal legislators for the University of Minnesota Duluth, I learned firsthand that the art of advocacy is of paramount importance.
To each case, I also bring a diversity of experience and an aptitude for rapidly learning new subject matters that has given me a very unique and well-rounded grasp of the law. In the past decade, I have interned at a prosecutor’s office, clerked at a public defender’s office, volunteered for the Innocence Project of Minnesota, worked as a student attorney helping small businesses set up and establish their businesses, externed for The Honorable Diana Murphy of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and clerked for The Honorable Chief Justice Lorie Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Although my practice now focuses on business and commercial disputes, including, most often, construction contract and defect litigation, low-income housing tax credit litigation, and employment-related litigation, I frequently draw on my diverse background of experience and capacity for learning new subject matters to handle a wide variety of other matters that come across my desk, including business tort litigation, shareholder disputes, financial services litigation, creditors’ remedies litigation, energy services litigation, appellate work, and even international sports contract arbitration. I also thoroughly enjoy utilizing these skills to give back to the Minnesota community, litigating pro bono cases ranging from criminal record expungement to tax-related matters. Whatever the case may be, the client will always receive my best work, and my wide breadth of experience enables me to offer a more complete, understandable, and effective presentation to each judge or decision-maker before whom I appear.
I also bring a well-informed understanding of the law and the judicial system to each case due to my time serving as a judicial extern to The Honorable Diana Murphy of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and a judicial law clerk to The Honorable Chief Justice Lorie Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court. During those invaluable, behind-the-scenes experiences, I quickly learned what makes for an effective argument, and what does not. Most importantly, I developed the crucial ability to objectively analyze, distill, and harness the law as it actually is, not merely as one wishes the law was. Consequently, I am able to present a far more sound and appealing argument to each judge or decision-maker before whom I appear.
Outside of work, I enjoy continuing to find new things to learn and new ways to challenge myself, whether it be fitness, golf, or playing guitar. Having grown up in Superior, Wisconsin, I also derive great enjoyment from the outdoors, including fishing and hunting.
Practicing Business & Commercial Litigation
I represent clients in business and commercial matters ranging from contract disputes and business-related torts to employment litigation and general financial services litigation. These matters have involved representation of business and individuals in numerous types of claims in state and federal courts.
- Successfully represented a national bank, first-chairing a bench trial involving breach of contract and replevin claims that resulted in a settlement in favor of the bank for the full amount of damages sought, plus attorneys’ fees.
- Successfully represented an investor in the recovery of a debt, negotiating a complex settlement for the full amount of the debt, plus attorneys’ fees incurred in pursuing the debt.
- Successfully represented scrap metal dealer in a putative class action lawsuit, obtaining a denial of class certification that resulted in the reduction of a putative class of more than one hundred persons to a class of one, a reduction of alleged liability in the millions to a nominal amount, and a favorable settlement following shortly thereafter.
- Successfully obtained dismissal of federal lawsuit in which the plaintiff was seeking to freeze more than $17 million in funds.
- Successfully represented owner of numerous fast food franchises in various federal and state court litigation matters, including defeating lawsuits asserting various workers’ compensation claims, employee discrimination claims, hostile work environment claims, and Immigration Reform and Control Act issues.
- Successfully represented a national retailer in various matters involving payment and product warranty issues, obtaining favorable, cost-effective settlements.
- Successfully negotiated numerous favorable settlements on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants and businesses ranging from small to large, in various federal and state court business and commercial disputes, including various business tort claims, non-compete and non-solicitation claims, and employment-related payment and discrimination disputes.
- Successfully negotiated the payment of six-figure judgments through post-judgment procedures and litigation.
- Rodgers v. Silva. Successfully represented client in appeal of dismissal of his case.
Practicing Construction & Real Estate Litigation
I routinely represent contractors, property owners, and business owners in various real estate and construction-related disputes, including mechanic’s lien disputes, construction defect disputes, and contract disputes. In addition, I also have experience representing property owners and business owners in closely-held business partner disputes, including “Year 15” disputes involving low-income housing developments under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code, rights of first refusal, and buyout options.
- Successfully represented commercial general contractor in complex, multi-party dispute, obtaining summary judgment awarding a money judgment, inclusive of attorneys’ fees and costs, in excess of half a million dollars, granting the foreclosure of a mechanic’s lien for the same amount, and dismissing the owner’s counterclaims based on findings of bad-faith spoliation of evidence and failure to provide an opportunity to cure alleged construction defects.
- Successfully represented real estate developer in complex, multi-party dispute involving the decade-old construction of a large condominium development by numerous contractors, obtaining a fact-intensive summary judgment dismissing a majority of the plaintiff condominium association’s construction defect claims on statute of limitations grounds, and thereafter negotiating a favorable settlement.
- Successfully represented and negotiated settlements for real estate developer in various land use, construction contract, and earnest money disputes.
- Successfully defended, pro bono, a homeowner being sued by a real estate broker and real estate agent for the non-payment of a commission on the cancelled sale of a family cabin, and successfully countersuing for damages based on breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.
- Successfully defended a restaurateur in an eviction action.
- Successfully represented homeowner in construction defect dispute, procuring a settlement whereby the builder agreed to remedy all of the defects free of charge and reimbursed the client for all attorneys’ fees and miscellaneous costs incurred in procuring the settlement.
- Opa-Locka Community Development Corp., Inc. v. HK Aswan, LLC et al. Successfully represented a non-profit affordable housing developer through the enforcement of a right of first refusal granted pursuant to the low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program, prevailing over its partners who sought to sell a 216-unit affordable housing development located in Miami-Dade County to a third-party investment firm without honoring the client’s right of first refusal. Through a summary judgment decision, the Florida Court issued a decisive ruling in favor of the client on all issues before it, including dismissing all claims and defenses presented by the defendants, including a claim whereby the client would be obligated to pay millions more to purchase the 216-unit affordable housing development than it otherwise would have to under its right of first refusal agreement, and ordering defendants to specifically perform under the right of first refusal agreement by transferring the 216-unit affordable housing development to the client for the price set therein. A trial on additional damages to the client in excess of $1 million is pending.
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Honors & Awards
MSBA North Star Lawyer
Pro Bono Service, 2017-2019
Associations & Memberships
Volunteer Lawyers Network
Innocence Project of Minnesota
Federal Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Construction Law Section
Hennepin County Bar Association
American Bar Association