Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor

Attorney Business and Finance
Todd is a Senior Business Attorney helping businesses solve financing, startup, incorporation, shareholder, contract, SEC, mergers and acquisition and related problems. He serves clients through passionate and cost-effective counseling that provides real-world and actionable advice on legal and business related matters.

Primary Practice Areas

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Law & Governance
  • Start-Ups, Venture Capital, Crowdfunding
  • Private Placements
  • Agribusiness & Renewable Fuels
  • Securities


  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
  • B.A., University of St. Thomas

Admissions & Licenses

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota


  • “Top 125 People in Advanced Bioeconomy,” Biofuels Digest, 2015
  • “Top 100 People in Bioenergy,” Biofuels Digest, 2010-2014
  • “200 Minnesotans You Should Know,” Twin Cities Business Magazine, 2011

Professional Associations

  • Cybersecurity Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Pro Bono, Civic & Charitable Activities

  • Chairman, past Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, University Enterprise Laboratories Inc.
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – Green Jobs Innovation Task Force Member
  • 2011, 2012, 2013 Algae Biomass Summit, co-chair
  • Clean Economy Network – Minnesota Chapter, co-chair
  • Founder, Minnesota CleanTech Group
  • Judge, 2010-2013 Minnesota Cup, Clean Technology & Renewable Energy Division
  • Algae Biomass Organization, Board of Directors

Seminars & Presentations

  • Moderator, “U.S. Elections – What Happened? – What’s Next,” ABLCNext 2014, San Francisco, California, November 10, 2014
  • Moderator, “Bolt-Ons, Retrofits and Co-Locating,” ABLCNext 2014, San Francisco, California, November 10, 2014
  • Speaker, “Understanding the Project Lifecycle Considerations of Successful Waste-to-Energy Opportunities,” 2013
  • International Biomass Conference and Expo, April 8-10, 2013
    Presenter, “Of Angels, VCs, Private Equity and More- Financial Options,” Algae Biomass Summit, September 26, 2012
  • Co-Chair, “From Start-Up to S1 Financing Strategies for Algae Companies,” 6th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, Denver, CO, September 24-27, 2012
  • Moderator, “Aligning Management, the Board of Directors and Strategic Planning to Maximize Every Stakeholder’s Return on Investment,” International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, June 6, 2012
  • Moderator, “Hot Partnerships and Joint Ventures,” Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference, April 2012
  • Moderator, “Hot Technologies, Advanced Biofuels Markets Conference, November 2011
  • Moderator, International BIOMASS Conference & Expo, May 2-5, 2011
  • Moderator, “Attacking a Growing Municipal Solid Waste Problem via Biorefining,” Pacific West Biomass Conference, January 10-12, 2011
  • Speaker, “Legal Challenges to Developing Renewable Energy: Financing a Clean Technology Business the Old Fashioned Way?,” E3 2010: The Midwest’s Premier Energy, Economic and Environmental Conference, November 30, 2010
  • Moderator, “Scaling Up and Delivering to the Market,” Advanced Biofuels Markets Conference, November 10, 2010
  • Moderator, “From Carbon Dependence to a Sustainable Energy Future: Minnesota’s Response to a Significant Global Environmental Challenge,” 26th Annual Conference on Policy Analysis, University of Minnesota, October 13, 2010
  • Co-Chair, “Power Pitch” session, 4th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, Phoenix, AZ, September 28-30, 2010
  • Session Chair and Moderator, “The Legal Perspective of Bio- Based Chemicals;” “Global Investment Trends;” “Establishing Global Standards and Regulations for Bio-Based Chemical Industry;” and “Biofuels: Developments, Sustainability, and Commercialization,” The Future of Bio-Based Chemicals – Inception to Marketplace Conference, September 13-14, 2010
  • Speaker, “Towards a Refinery Model in Advanced Biofuels: Technical, Regulatory and Financial Challenges,” The Future of Bio-Based Chemicals – Inception to Marketplace Conference, September 13-14, 2010
  • Speaker, “Integrating Renewable Energy: A road map to scaled application,” Minnesota Environmental Initiative’s Business and Environment Series, August 18, 2010
    Speaker, “Power Pitch 101,” Algal Biomass Organization Webinar, August 17, 2010
  • Moderator, Biofuels and Green Chemistry Panel, The Intersection of Agriculture, Chemistry, Fuels & Materials, The Collaborative Convergence Series on Cleantech, May 6, 2010
  • Moderator, MSW & Urban Wastes, Emerging Technologies Panel, 2010 International Biomass Conference & Expo, May 4-6, 2010

Publications & Media Recognition

  • “In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic,” Biofuels Digest, August 2014
  • “Sustainable Feedstock Contracts,” Biodiesel Magazine, May 2014
  • “Venture Capital Due Diligence in Algae Deals,” Biomass Magazine, October 2011
  • “Managing Risks in Cofiring Contracts,” Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine, August 2011
  • “Process Technology? Check. Now, Profit,” Biodiesel Magazine, May 2011
  • “Making the Most of Biomass Cogeneration Opportunities,” Biomass Power & Thermal Magazine, October 2010
  • Profiled in the Algal Biomass Organization’s Member Spotlight, September 2010
  • “Making the Most of Biomass Cogeneration Opportunities,” Biomass Magazine, August 2010
  • “Understanding Algae, Energy and the Road to Commercialization,” ABO’s Finance for Algae Conference, New York, May 13, 2010
  • “Great Green Hope: The Corporate Love Affair With Algae,” Biomass Magazine, April 2010
  • “The Day after Copenhagen: What’s next for Biomass Finance?,” Biomass Magazine, February 2010

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