William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2015
Student Bar Association, President
Alumni Committee, Chair
Founder of Alumni Relations Committee
Student Representative to Dean Search & Law School Merger Committees
Student Representative to Board of Trustees
University of St. Thomas, B.A., Journalism, magna cum laude, 2008
Representation of my clients goes far beyond whatever document I’m drafting for them. I get to know my clients and their businesses, so that throughout my work, I can perceive challenges they might encounter or opportunities to grab onto. I help companies drive toward the next stage of their business, whether that means taking on a business partner, hiring new employees, acquiring another company or selling a portion or all of their company. Together we’ll achieve that next stage of growth.
For some clients, especially my clients in the craft beverage industry, that next stage of growth means formalizing an idea and turning it into a business, and I love working with clients from the ground floor to think through every issue to lay a path toward success.
Outside of work, I love to travel, paddleboard, and play the drums, guitar, and piano. I have two rescue dogs – a brilliant Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix, and one who is part Spaniel, all heart, and a human-like head of hair that regularly causes children (and adults) to point, laugh, and run up for pets.
Practicing General Corporate
I regularly work with clients in the early stages of their businesses and have represented clients in a wide range of industries, including breweries, wineries and distilleries; franchise restaurants; medical supplies, devices, and consulting; and manufacturers and distributors. I advise clients in all stages of businesses, from launch to exit, such as entity formation; fundraising; formalizing relationships with fellow owners, partners, and key stakeholders; commercial and residential leases; licensing and distribution agreements; employment matters; asset and equity acquisitions and business succession planning, including sales and mergers.
I place a special emphasis on representing the craft beverage industry and, in addition to advising on start-up and operational matters, have experience dealing with the unique matters that affect the industry, including obtaining federal and state licenses and permits and negotiating the sale or granting of distribution rights in multiple jurisdictions. I have also helped craft brewery, winery, and distillery clients navigate the pitfalls of the widely differing state laws and regulations surrounding the sampling of alcoholic beverages, distribution of alcohol-related marketing materials, and the donation of alcoholic beverages to various non-profit causes and community events.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
Facilitated due diligence process, prepared transaction documents, and conducted regulatory research in the sale of a medical device company to a publicly traded international conglomerate for approximately $140,000,000.
Directed due diligence process, negotiated disclosures to minimize shareholder exposure, and prepared transaction documents in the sale of a construction industry CRM company to a Colorado-based competitor for approximately $10,000,000.
Represented prominent “quick-service” restaurant (“QSR”) franchisee in the sale of highly profitable New Jersey Taco Bell unit for approximately $6,000,000.
Participated in representing 7 QSR franchisees in approximately 10 transactions (sell and buy side) of more than 130 Taco Bell, Burger King, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, and Popeye’s units in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Philadelphia, New Mexico, Michigan and Wisconsin for purchase prices (before earn-outs) ranging from approximately $1,000,000 – $60,000,000.
Facilitated due diligence process and prepared transaction documents in the sale of a provider of clinical trial supply chain management to a private equity fund for approximately $30,000,000.
Participated in representing a fitness club franchisee in its majority equity investment transaction with a private equity fund establishing the franchisee’s enterprise value at approximately $90,000,000.
Facilitated due diligence in the sale of an engineering software company to a publicly traded German company for approximately $50,000,000.
Collaborated with boutique investment banking firm in representing Minnesota craft brewery in the sale of its home-territory distribution rights, earning a multiple 4x greater than the client’s initial expectation.
Represented major craft brewery in complex negotiations over termination of distribution rights in Chicago and greater Illinois.
Negotiated distribution agreements for regional and national breweries in Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida, and Wisconsin.
Guided 3 wineries from concept to operation.
Crafted form agreements and reader-friendly waivers to be used by winery client for food and liquor catered events and classes taught on winery premises.
Advised wineries, breweries, and distilleries in understanding and avoiding violations of complex, state-specific alcohol regulations in their conduct of creative marketing initiatives.
Crafted creative solutions and a step-by-step implementation guide for a distillery brand owner to operate a food-truck-like mobile bar and cocktail cart.
Developed permitting strategy for a successful multi-location restaurant to begin brewing and serving its own beer without jeopardizing its on-sale liquor licenses.
Successfully resolved dispute between founding shareholders in closely held medical device consulting company, avoiding litigation, reclaiming wrongfully withheld compensation, and protecting client’s ability to remain competitive in the marketplace.
Researched, briefed, and argued pro-bono unemployment appeal before Minnesota Court of Appeals for indigent client.
Represented prominent female arctic explorer in formation of non-profit corporation and application for tax-exempt status.
Represented son of the owner of one of Minneapolis’s oldest restaurants in launching two successful food trucks to support restaurant revenues during slow seasons. Representation included entity formation, various contract negotiations and drafting, preparing and filing 100+ page license applications, and public relations/marketing guidance.
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