Practice Overview

Pat provides legal advice to family-owned and closely-held businesses with respect to estate planning and probate; succession planning; contract review and negotiations; compliance with laws; business formations; organizational structures of business entities; mergers and acquisitions; reorganizations; operating agreements; and internal disputes among owners.
Pat is also legal counsel for nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations with respect to a wide variety of legal matters including start-up; organizational structures; compliance with applicable laws; executive compensation; adoption and amendments of organizational documents; applying for tax-exempt status; Attorney General reviews and investigations; mergers and acquisitions; tax audits; lobbying restrictions; review and negotiation of commercial contracts and acceptance of charitable contributions.

Additional Experience
  • Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas, Graduate Programs in Management
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, President
  • Attorney Referral Service of Ramsey County, President
  • Minnesota Business Hall of Fame, Chair
  • Catholic Spirit Publishing Company, Executive Committee Chair & Vice-Chair of the Governing Board
  • The Salvation Army, Twin Cities Advisory Board Chair
  • Hennepin Theatre Trust, Board of Trustees Chair
  • Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, governing board member
  • Midwest Society of Association Executives, governing board member
  • United Arts, governing board member
  • St. Paul Athletic Club, governing board member
  • Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, governing board member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, governing board member
  • St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, governing board member

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Court
  • United States Supreme Court


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN; J.D.
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; B.A.


  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
  • Super Lawyer,® Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-present
  • AV® Preeminent Rating, by Martindale-Hubbell