Business divorces – from a family fight, a shareholder dispute, an ownership battle or a band break-up – can be disruptive and at times destructive.  As in a marriage break-up, the issues are often personal.  We understand that and will help you make well-informed decisions that will help you reach your ultimate goal.  Your legal strategies should mesh with your long-term business strategies.  Our lawyers are equally able to try the case when necessary or find a creative resolution when possible.  We will keep you focused on making good business decisions even when frustration can threaten to overwhelm you.

Shareholder dispute litigation is often about much more than the controversy actually at stake in the litigation.  Our experience in handling such disputes across a number of industries and in a number of forums helps keep the focus on the pivotal issues to be resolved and move the matter to an acceptable conclusion.  Our litigators in the area of shareholder and owners disputes include attorneys who have been selected as the Best Lawyers in America and are on the Minnesota lists of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.  Our appellate department, too, has successfully handled many issues on appeal in both the Minnesota and Wisconsin appellate courts, as well as the Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Areas of expertise:

  • Business divorces
  • 50/50 shareholder issues
  • Non-compete/trade secrets
  • Majority shareholder options
  • Valuation disputes
  • Litigation
  • Discovery issues in litigation

Issues are often complicated when shareholders also are family members or longtime business partners with whom you have worked closely.  Disagreements can stem from differences of opinion about strategic direction or succession planning, family conflicts, uneven financial commitment or “sweat equity” among the owners or disparities in compensation.