Speakers Bureau

Our business attorneys are available to speak at business organizations and associations throughout the Twin Cities.


Our attorneys present a customized message to each audience. They deliver presentations that educate, engage, and enlighten audiences. Our attorneys frequently speak to

  • CEOs
  • Chamber of Commerce or peer groups
  • Business forums
  • Continuing Legal Education seminars

To learn more about our attorneys, see their professional profiles.

Our Favorite Topics:

Audit Your Own Business: A Checklist to Avoid Common Legal Problems

What do business owners really need to know to avoid legal trouble? This is a speed session covering relevant, practical considerations for your business to avoid common mistakes. Topics include

  • Essentials to running a business
  • Intellectual property
  • Contracts
  • Employees
  • Independent contractors
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Tax tips

How to Protect Your Company’s Name with a Trademark

Intellectual property is critical for many businesses. Learn how to protect your intellectual property. Topics include

  • The difference between trademark, copyright, and patent
  • How to get a trademark for free
  • How to do a free trademark search with Google
  • Whether you need a state or federal trademark

Business Law Q & A for Company Owners & Entrepreneurs

This session is focused on practical, relevant tips to help you run a business and avoid legal trouble. Get answers to these common questions:

  • When do I need a business attorney and when don’t I?
  • How can I protect my intellectual property?
  • What is the difference between copyright, trademark, and patent?
  • What are the most common small business legal mistakes to avoid?
  • How do I decided between a partnership, LLC, or S corp?
  • Are noncompete agreements enforceable? When?
  • Are there really tax loopholes? How do I use them?

Topics on Recent Changes in the Law:

New Employment Laws Affecting Minnesota Employers

Issues include new laws like the Women’s Economic Security Act, FMLA changes, and important employment cases.

Minnesota’s New LLC Act Affects Nearly 200,000 Minnesota LLCs

Nearly 200,000 LLCs formed in Minnesota since 1993 will be affected by the new Minnesota Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, which became law in 2014. On April 8th, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the Minnesota Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The new law becomes effective January 1, 2018. Learn more about Minnesota’s new LLC law.

Medical Marijuana in Your Company: Cannabis Law for Minnesota Employers

Employers are facing new issues as medical marijuana laws change. This CLE will explain the fundamentals of Minnesota cannabis law in the workplace, including answering common employer questions:

  • Can I discipline or terminate an employee for marijuana use? What if it’s medical use without a prescription? What if they have a prescription?
  • Can I prohibit medical marijuana use on the job? Does this include marijuana use under a doctor’s orders?
  • What can I do if an employee’s marijuana use is interfering with performance on the job?
  • If I permit medical marijuana use among employees with a valid prescription, will our company be liable for negligence caused by employees under the influence of marijuana?
  • What policies should our company have in place to avoid liability?
  • Is prescriptive marijuana use treated the same as typical prescriptive drugs that do not violate federal drug laws?
  • Do employers need to accommodate medical marijuana users like a medical condition?

Other Topics:

Our business attorneys are knowledgeable on a variety of issues affecting Minnesota companies including

  • 1031 Exchanges and Reverse Exchanges
  • 7 Tips to Avoid Lawsuits from Disgruntled Ex-Employees
  • 7 Top Legal Mistakes Business Owners Make and How to Avoid Them
  • Business Horror Stories & How to Avoid Legal Trouble for Your Company
  • Business Law 101: Crash Course for Entrepreneurs
  • Business Purchase Preparation: What Should You Know Before Buying a Business
  • Business Selection: Is a Partnership, LLC, or S Corp Best for Me?
  • Common Legal Issues and Questions Raised By Business Owners and How To Address Them
  • Employer Best Practices for Social Media and Internet Use
  • Enforcement and Defense of Noncompete, Confidentiality, and Nonsolicitation Agreements
  • Estate Planning and Probate: How to Keep Assets Out of Probate (joint ownership, transfer on death deeds, and trusts), Intestate Succession, Tax Considerations, and Planning for Children (guardianship, spendthrift trusts, etc.).
  • How Business Owners Can Reduce Taxes by Residing in Another State
  • How Does the JOBS Act Help Your Startup?
  • How Hiring for Your Core Values Can Reduce Legal Fees
  • How to Keep Your Business Legal
  • Intellectual Property Law 101: Crash Course for Entrepreneurs
  • Legal Pitfalls Surrounding the Sale of Annuities and How to Avoid Them
  • Legal Pitfalls Surrounding the Sale or Recommendation of Financial Products and How to Avoid Them
  • Legal Ways to Use Your Business to Reduce Your Taxes
  • Manage Your Legal Fees: 10 Questions You Can Ask Your Attorney
  • Minnesota Unemployment Appeals: How To Prepare for and Defend an Appeal Hearing
  • Most Common Business Legal Problems & How to Avoid Them
  • Noncompetition Agreements in Minnesota: Proposed Legislative Changes and the Potential Impact on Your Business
  • Preparing and Implementing an Employee Handbook: The Importance of Creating and Following Company Policies and Procedures
  • Problematic Employees: Properly Addressing Discipline and Discharge Issues
  • Protect Your Intellectual Property: The Difference Between Copyright, Trademark, Patent, and Others
  • Recent Business Law Changes Affecting Small Companies
  • Recent Employment Law Changes Affecting Employers
  • Recent Intellectual Law Changes Affecting Businesses
  • Starting a Business: The Difference Between LLC, Corporation, and Partnership
  • Take Your Company Global: 5 Tips to Starting International Business Operations
  • Top 10 Business Owner Legal Questions
  • Top 10 Small Business Legal Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
  • Top 10 Ways Business Owners Can Save Money on Taxes and Legal Problems
  • Top 10 Ways Employees Steal from Employers
  • Top Reasons Business Owners Get an Estate Plan
  • What am I Signing? A Crash Course in Business Contracts
  • What Obamacare Means for Small Business: Avoiding politics entirely, this presentation focuses on what business owners need to know to plan for their company. Learn how changes in healthcare law will affect privately owned businesses, options available to employers, and how to determine the best option for your company
  • What Should You Know Before Selling a Business
  • What You Should Know Before Hiring a New Employee
  • When You Need a Business Attorney and When You Don’t

Educate and Train Your Organization’s Members

For more information, contact our law firm to discuss your event or need for a speaker.