Brandon M. Schwartz

Top rated business litigation attorney in Oakdale, Minnesota

Schwartz Law Firm
Brandon M. Schwartz
Schwartz Law Firm

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Closely held business, Business & corporate; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2011

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021

Schwartz Law Firm

600 Inwood Avenue North
Suite 130
Oakdale, MN 55128 Visit website

Details

As a trial attorney at Schwartz Law Firm in Oakdale, Minnesota, Brandon M. Schwartz focuses his practice primarily on business law and business litigation involving such matters as shareholder disputes, derivative actions, non-competes and liquidated damage litigation, contract creation and litigation, and company formation for clients throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Arizona. He also provides counsel and litigation representation in family law cases throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Arizona.

Mr. Schwartz has been honored with membership in both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Fewer than 1% of attorneys throughout the Country are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Mr. Schwartz is also a Board Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Family Trial Law Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  Avvo also rated Mr. Schwartz as a Top Litigation Attorney.  Mr. Schwartz was also honored by America's Top 100 Attorneys with Lifetime Achievement recognition and as a Lifetime Member of Best Attorneys of America.

Mr. Schwartz earned an undergraduate degree cum laude in finance and economics from Michigan Technological University in 2006 while on a full hockey scholarship and earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude and in the top ten students in his class, from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2011. Admitted to practice in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Arizona, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Schwartz has also written for Hearsay, an official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Michigan Bar Association and has presented at multiple continuing legal education seminars.  Mr. Schwartz is a Board Member and Officer of the Minnesota State Bar Association Foundation Board, a Board Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Board of Legal Certification and a Member of the Minnesota Advisory Committee on the General Rules of Practice.

Prior to entering law school in 2008, Mr. Schwartz played professional hockey and Division 1 college hockey.

Practice areas

Business litigation, Closely held business, Business/corporate, Construction litigation: business, Family law

Focus areas

Limited liability companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter s corporations, Contracts, Construction defects, Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial agreements

First Admitted: 2011, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://schwartzlawfirmpa.com/attorneys/brandon-schwartz/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • North Star Attorney
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, Advisory Committee on the General Rules of Practice 2021 to present, 2021
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Board Member, Board of Legal Certification 2020 to present, 2020
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Director and Officer, Foundation Board 2018 to present, 2018
  • Liaison, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Section of Dispute Resolution, 2014
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Litigation Committee, 2014
  • Vice Chair, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Committee on Dispute Resolutions, 2013
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Iowa
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Arizona  
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Wisconsin
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Educational Background:
  • B.A. in Finance and Economics, cum laude from Michigan Technological University, Full four-year athletic scholarship, Coaching Certificate, Division I hockey captain, Three-time WCHA All-Academic Team, 2006
  • William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude Top 10 students in graduating class, 2011
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Article related to the factors examined in non-compete litigation., Author, Non-Competes - Are They Enforceable, Attorney At Law Magazine, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Article about evidence and its importance at trial., Author, Your Key to Success at Trial, Attorney At Law Magazine, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Speaking engagement discussing shareholder disputes., Presenter, Shareholder Disputes: What are the Causes and can it be Solved Without Litigation, LawPractice CLE, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Speaking engagement discussing fiduciary duties in LLCs., Presenter, LLC Operating Agreements: Statutory and common law fiduciary duties versus duties set forth in the operating agreement, myLawCLE, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Speaking engagement discussing LLC Operating Agreements., Presenter, LLC Operating Agreements, LawPractice CLE, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Speaking engagement discussing Veil Piercing., Presenter, Piercing the Corporate Veil, LawPractice CLE, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Article giving insight to when litigation when a business partner becomes necessary, Author, So You Need to Sue Your Business Partner, Attorney At Law Magazine, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Article discussing the factors for obtaining or fighting a request for a temporary injunction in non-compete litigation., Author, Temporary Injunctions in Non-Compete Litigation - Right or Wrong Move?, Attorney At Law Magazine, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Article related to the fiduciary duties owed by minority shareholders., Author, Minority Shareholder Fiduciary Obligations – Are There Any?, Attorney At Law Magazine, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Article on what the business judgment rule is., Author, Directors, Does the Business Judgment Rule Protect You?, Attorney At Law Magazine, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Article that discusses what the discovery process is and why it is important in commercial litigation., Author, The Discovery Process in Commercial Litigation, Attorney At Law Magazine, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Article that discusses the elements courts analyze in veil piercing claims., Author, When and Why Courts Will Allow Veil Piercing, Attorney At Law Magazine, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Article focusing on what fiduciary duties are owed in closely held Minnesota corporations., Author, Minnesota Fiduciary Duties in the Closely Held Corporation Context – What Are They?, Attorney At Law Magazine, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Article related to shareholder oppression claims in Minnesota., Author, Shareholder Oppression – What Is It?, Attorney At Law Magazine, Legal, 2022
  • Article explaining what board certification requires for attorneys., Author, What Does It Mean If an Attorney Is Board Certified?, Attorney At Law Magazine, Legal, Business, 2022
  • Speaking engagement discussing Veil Piercing., Presenter, LLC Operating Agreements: Reinforcing the Corporate Veil, National Business Institute, Inc., 2022
  • Speaking engagement discussing LLC fiduciary duties., Presenter, LLC Operating Agreements in Detail: Fiduciary Duties of the Members, myLawCLE, Legal, 2022
  • Article related to the importance of board certification for attorneys. , Author, What Does It Mean If an Attorney Is Board Certified?, Attorney At Law Magazine, 2022
  • Speaking engagement discussing LLC Operating Agreements, Presenter, LLC Operating Agreements from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, Inc., 2022
  • Speaking engagement discussing Veil Piercing, Presenter, Reinforcing the Corporate Veil, myLawCLE, 2022
  • Speaking engagement discussing LLC Operating Agreements., Presenter, How to Draft LLC Operating Agreements, National Business Institute, Inc., Legal, 2022
  • Speaking engagement discussing LLCs., Presenter, LLCs: Everything You Need to Know, National Business Institute, Inc., Legal, 2021
  • Speaking Engagement discussing shareholder disputes., Presenter, When the Love is Gone: Small Business Divorce & Shareholder Disputes, National Business Institute, Inc., Legal, 2021
  • Speaking engagement discussing the LLC veil., Presenter, LLC Operating Agreements: Reinforcing the Corporate Veil, National Business Institute, Inc., Legal, 2020
  • Speaking engagement discussing veil piercing and how to limit the same., Presenter, Corporate Veil Piercing: Best practices to limit, How to Pierce and Alternative and complementary doctrines to veil piercing, mylawCLE, Legal, 2020
  • Speaking engagement discussing the corporate veil., Presenter, Piercing and Protecting the Corporate Veil, Rossdale CLE, Legal, 2020
  • Speaking engagement discussing veil piercing., Presenter, Piercing the Veil: What It Is & How It’s Done, Clear Law Institute, LLC, Legal, 2020
  • Speaking engagement discussing LLC Operating Agreements., Presenter, LLC Operating Agreements: Start to Finish: Transfer Restriction Issues, et al, National Business Institute, Inc., Legal, 2020
  • Speaking engagement discussing LLCs., Presenter, LLCs: Everything You Need to Know: Ethical Considerations, National Business Institute, Inc., 2019
  • Speaking engagement discussing business litigation., Presenter, Business Litigation: Successful Litigation Considerations for Corporate Formations, Rossdale CLE, Legal, 2019
  • Speaking engagement discussing ethical considerations for LLC formation., Speaker, LLCs: Everything You Need to Know: Ethical Considerations, National Business Institute, Inc., 2018
  • Speaking engagement discussing trends in LLC veil piercing., Speaker, Piercing the LLC Veil: Start to Finish: Recent Trends in LLC Veil Piercing, National Business Institute, Inc., 2018
  • Speaking engagement discussing ways to limit potential LLC veil piercing., Speaker, Piercing the LLC Veil: Start to Finish: Best Practices for Limiting Potential LLC Veil Piercing, National Business Institute, Inc., 2018
  • Speaking engagement discussing LLC formation., Speaker, LLC Formation, National Business Institute, Inc., 2018
  • Speaking engagement discussing how to keep proper books and records and the consequences for failing to do so. , Speaking Engagement, Top LLC Mistakes to Avoid in Everyday Business Practice: Common Recordkeeping Mistakes and the Potential Consequences, National Business Institute, 2017
  • Speaking engagement discussing personal liability in the LLC context and how the veil can be pierced. , Speaking Engagement, Top LLC Mistakes to Avoid in Everyday Business Practice: Misunderstanding Personal Liability: Piercing the LLC Veil, National Business Institute, 2017
  • Speaking engagement focused on ethcial issues that may arise with a s-corp., Speaking Engagement, S-Corps from A to Z: Ethical Issues, National Business Institute, 2017
  • Speaking engagement focused on bylaws and shareholder agreements to help set in place proper operating procedures. , Speaking Engagement, S-Corps from A to Z: Creating Practical Operating Procedures, National Business Institute, 2017
  • Speaking engagement focused on the formation of an s-corp., Speaking Engagement, S-Corps from A to Z: Avoiding Trouble with Concise Articles of Organization and Corporate Bylaws, National Business Institute, 2017
  • Speaking engagement regarding the differences between forming a corporation and a limited liability company., Speaker, Entity Selection - How to Choose the Right One: The Process of Incorporation vs. LLC Formation, National Business Institute, Inc., 2017
  • Speaking engagement regarding s-corporations., Speaker, Entity Selection - How to Choose the Right One: S-Corporations in Detail, National Business Institute, Inc., 2017
  • Speaking engagement discussing litigation issues which arise in corporate formation., Speaker, Business Litigation: Successful Litigation Considerations for Corporate Formations, Rossdale CLE, 2017
  • Speaking engagement focused on the common causes of LLC member disputes and ways to prevent them., Speaking Engagement, Top LLC Mistakes to Avoid in Everyday Business Practice: Common LLC Member Disputes and How to Prevent Them, National Business Institute, 2017
  • Speaking engagement discussing how to protect against piercing the LLC veil., Speaker, Collecting from LLCs Limiting Personal Liability - Forming an LLC, National Business Institute, Inc., 2017
  • Speaking engagement focused on the causes of LLC disputes., Speaking Engagement, Top LLC Mistakes to Avoid in Everyday Business Practice: Real Life Scenarios of LLC Disasters, National Business Institute, 2017
  • Speaking engagement focused on real life LLC disputes., Speaking Engagement, Top LLC Mistakes to Avoid in Everyday Business Practice: Real Life Scenarios of LLC Disasters, National Business Institute, 2017
  • Speaking engagement discussing how to limit piercing the LLC veil., Speaker, LLCs Best Practices for Limiting Potential LLC Veil Piercing, National Business Institute, Inc., 2017
  • Speaking engagement discussing circumstances and real life scenarios related to family owned and managed businesses., Presenter, Family Business Law, National Business Institute, Inc., 2016
  • Speaking engagement discussing the liability shield for corporations and companies., Presenter, Maintaing the Corporation's Liability Shield, National Business Institute, Inc., 2016
  • Speaking engagement discussing circumstances and legal analysis for shareholder disputes., Presenter, Shareholder Disputes: What to Do When the Love is Gone, National Business Institute, Inc., 2016
  • Speaking engagement discussing ethical considerations for attorneys under the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, Speaker, The Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (RULLCA): RULLCA Ethical Considerations, National Business Institute, 2016
  • Speaking engagement discussing specific issues that small-to-medium sized business owners encounter., Presenter, Select Issues in Business Entity Operation and Conversion, National Business Institute, 2015
  • This article providing tips and tricks to young attorneys on how to prepare for and conduct the deposition of an expert., Author, Tips and Tricks to Taking an Expert’s Deposition, Minnesota State Bar Association, Hearsay, 2015
  • This article discussing issues that arise in operating and converting corporations and limited liability companies., Author, Select Issues in Business Entity Operation and Conversion, Minnesota State Bar Association, Hearsay, 2015
  • Speaking engagement discussing the differences between corporation formation and limited liability formation., Presenter, The Process of Incorporation vs. LLC Formation, National Business Institute, 2015
  • This article explains the differences of and how to incorproate a corporation or form a limited liability company., Author, The Process of Incorporation vs. LLC Formation, Minnesota State Bar Association, Hearsay, 2015
  • This article discusses an overlooked presumption in family law regarding the modification of spousal maintenance., Author, The Forgotten Presumption in Family Law, Minnesota State Bar Association, Hearsay, 2014
  • This article discusses the law regarding derivative lawsuits and when and why independent counsel is necessary to represent the entity engaged in the litigation., Author, The Necessity for Independent Counsel in Derivative Litigation, MSBA Hearsay, 2014
  • This article discusses what a Special Litigation Committee is, the power afforded to the Special Litigation Committee, and how to prepare for a Special Litigation Committee if one is appointed in a litigation you are involved in.   , Author, Special Litigation Committee - Best Friend or Worst Enemy?, Minnesota State Bar Association, Hearsay, 2014
  • This article examines the confidentiality of mediation discussions in under the Uniform Mediation Act, under Minnesota law, under Wisconsin law and under Iowa law. , Author, The Intricacies of Mediation Confidentiality, Minnesota State Bar Association, Hearsay, 2013
  • This article provides advice to young attorneys on how to properly prepare a case for trial to help the attorney obtain the best possible outcome for the client whether at trial or in a pre-trial settlement., Author, Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance...At Trial, Minnesota State Bar Association, Hearsay, 2013
  • This article gave advice to young attorneys to help them achieve success., Author, The New Lawyer: Avoiding Pitfalls and Achieving Success, Minnesota State Bar Association, Hearsay, 2013
  • This article is a brief discussion regarding Benson v. Alverson, No. 27 CV 10-1 1697  (Hennepin County Dist. Ct.) and Minnesota's vote on November 6, 2012, as to the proposed amendment to its Constitution regarding the definition of marriage., Author, Same Sex Marriage on the Ballot and in the Courts in Minnesota, American Bar Association, Young Advocates Section of Litigation, 2013
  • This article discussed Camelot Excavating Co., Inc. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. and its impact on Michigan law., Co-Author, Goodbye to Camelot, Michigan Bar Journal, 2006
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Mary Merchlewicz v. Creative Homes, Inc. and CHB Title, LLC, 82-CV-22-4937, 2022
  • Allison Ertel v. Robert Cesena, 22-CV-178, St. Croix County, 2022, 2022
  • Steenberg-Watrud Construction, LLC v. CBS Construction Services, Inc., et al, 62-CV-22-4028, 2022
  • Midwest Oil, L.L.C. v. Glazon Group, Inc., et al, 25-CV-21-1726, 2022
  • In re the Marriage of Elizabeth Kay Bull and David Lee Bull, 71-FA-22-133, Sherburne County, 2022
  • In re the Marriage of Diane Ellen Stone and Eric David Stone, 19-FA-04, Barron County, Wisconsin, 2022
  • Viking Gypsum Floors, L.L.C. v. CBS Construction Services, Inc., 27-CV-22-13400, Hennepin County , 2022
  • Sandhu Group of Companies, Inc. v. Blackbird Investments, LLC, LACL151317, Polk County, 2022
  • Greiner Holding, Inc., d/b/a Greiner Brothers Cleaning Service, Inc. v. Mike’s Pub, LLC LLC, AME Inc. d/b/a Mike’s Pub, and Michael T. Egan, 69HI-CV-22-647, St. Louis County, 2022
  • Patrick Dinneen v. Timothy Melby, Laurel Watkins-Melby and Add-Ventures, Inc., 38-CV-21-529, St. Louis County, 2022
  • John P. Norusis v. Andrew P. Kramer and Karen M. Kramer, 82-CV-21-1045, Washington County, 2022
  • Jeffrey B. Sawyer, MD v. Danielle Golden, Danielle Golden CRNA PA, f/k/a Jeffrey B. Sawyer MD, PA d/b/a The Remedy MN Ketamine TMS, Danielle Ferkingstad CRNA, PLLC, 27-CV-21-9656, Hennepin County, 2022
  • Joseph B. Saluri v Lori L. Saluri and Joseph and Lori Saluri Ventures, LLC, 21-CV-2305, Dane County, Wisconsin, 2022
  • Mike’s Pub LLC LLC v. Allen B. Jacobson, et al, 69HI-CV-21-763, St. Louis County, 2022
  • Jerome Rudawski v. Schwartz Law Firm, Brandon M. Schwartz, Krystee Majeres, 82-CV-21-3336, Washington County, 2022
  • In re the Matter of Elizabeth Kay Bull, Petitioner vs. David Lee Bull, Respondent, 71-CV-22-457, Sherburne County, 2022
  • In re the Marriage of: Janelle Faye Brekken v. Jeffrey Lawrence Brekken, 73-FA-22-1537, Stearns County, 2022
  • Sand Technologies, LLC v. Total Excavating, LLC, 20-CV-180, Pierce County, Wisconsin, 2022
  • Ramsey Hill Exploration, LLC v. Sand Technologies, LLC, 19-CV-178, Pierce County, Wisconsin, 2022
  • Nick Balsimo v. Venture One Stop, Inc. dba Appleton Camping Center, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, 2022
  • Zoey Langan v. Ry Martinson, et al, LACV140844, Black Hawk County, Iowa, 2022
  • Jason Horner and Heather Horner v. Mark S. Thompson and Michelle Marx-Thompson, 82-CV-21-3621, Washington County, 2022
  • Steakhouse Naturals, LLC v. Budreck Truck Lines, Inc., 22-cv-00312-JRT-HB, United States District Court of Minnesota, 2022
  • Maurice Eugene Johnson v. Get Air Waterloo, LLC, LACV139014, Black Hawk County, Iowa, 2022
  • In re the Marriage of Jodi Marie Edwards and Jeffrey Scott Edwards, 27-FA-22-2199, Hennepin County, 2022
  • In re the Marriage of: Rebecca Sue Sachetti and Jay Michael Sachetti, 27-FA-22-73, Hennepin County, 2022
  • UpNorth Lettering, Inc. v. Atlas Insurance Brokers Jim Brant Agency, LLC, d/b/a Jim Brant Agency, 69DU-CV-21-1723, St. Louis County, 2022
  • In re the Marriage of: Zachary James Johnson and Hannah Liss Johnson, 27-FA-21-6609, Hennepin County, 2022
  • Rain King Holding, Inc., 2022
  • In re the Marriage of: Andrea E. Martinson and Mitchell R. Martinson, 21-FA-26, Sawyer County, 2022
  • Landscapes Unlimited Outdoors, Inc. v. Yonke Investments LLC, 02-CV-22-120, Anoka County, 2022
  • Richard Breza, et al. v. Dirk Longstreth, et al., 10-CV-20-155, Carver County, 2022
  • Jacob Lebens, Victoria Lebens v. Three Crow Tree, Inc., d/b/a Belle Plaine Motorsports, 70-CV-21-13153, Scott County, 2022
  • Eric D. Stone, DVM v. Thomas B. West, DVM, et al., 20-CV-85, Barron County, 2021
  • In the Marriage of Jillayne Mary Haas and Michael Robert Haas, 82-FA-20-3247, Washington County, 2021
  • Hitachi Capital America Corp. v. NAMA LLC, et al., 62-CV-21-767, Ramsey County, 2021
  • Dave Philistin v. Wayne Johnson, et al., 01-20-0007-2856, 2021
  • SYT Solutions, LLC, et al. v. Advantage Tape Receivables, Inc., et al., 0:20-cv-00794-JRT-KMM, Minnesota District Court, 2021
  • In the Marriage of Mark R. Newton and Alison A. Newton, 55-FA-16-1814, Olmsted County, 2021
  • In the Marriage of Marissa Anna Mulder and Zachary Michael Mulder, 86-FA-15-17, Wright County, 2021
  • Mabry Companies LLC v. Welsh Construction, LLC, et al., 82-CV-20-1427, Washington County, 2021
  • Hidden Pine Farms LLC v. Container and Packaging Supply, Inc., 71-CV-21-358, Sherburne County, 2021
  • Jeffrey B. Sawyer, MD v. Danielle Golden, 01-21-0002-4710, American Arbitration Association, 2021
  • Danielle Golden v. Jeffrey B. Sawyer, 62-CV-21-1390, Ramsey County, 2021
  • In the Custody of: Chad Christopher Headley and Breanna Lee Hart, 55-FA-11-6762, Olmsted County, 2021
  • American Airlines, Inc. v. Canad Corporation of Manitoba Ltd., 91236307, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2020
  • In the Marriage of Daniel Jacob Woog and Jennifer J. Woog, 19HA-FA-19-259, Dakota County, 2020
  • Nick R. Balsimo v. Espire Ads, LLC, 86-CV-19-705, Wright County, 2020
  • Superior Feed Ingredients, L.L.C. v. Restaurant Recycling, LLC, 10-CV-20-157, Carver , 2020
  • Randy’s Booth Company, Inc. v. Aaron Carlson Corporation, 27-CV-19-14815, Hennepin County, 2020
  • David Daher v. Garmax Investments, LLC, et al., 27-CV-20-13033, Hennepin County, 2020
  • Go Get Fred, LLC v. Garry Lodoen, 27-CV-19-10832, Hennepin County, 2020
  • David Timp, et al. Deborah Gibbs, et al., 27-CV-18-10591, Hennepin County, 2020
  • RBKT Realty, LLC v. Restaurant Recycling, LLC, 10-CV-20-156, Carver County, 2020
  • Granite-Tops, LLC v. Aaron Carlson Woodwork, LLC, 73-CV-19-2686, Stearns County, 2020
  • Corval Constructors, Inc. v. Aaron Carlson Corporation, 27-CV-19-17197, Hennepin County, 2020
  • In the Marriage of Carrie E. O’Keefe and Owen Kyle O’Keefe, 10-FA-16-347, Carver County, 2020
  • Randy Neis v. Bobby & Steve’s Auto World Eden Prairie LLP, 27-CV-19-5152, Hennepin County, 2020
  • Centurylink v. Vieth Construction Corp, 01071 CVCV135665, Black Hawk County, 2020
  • In re the Marriage of Lindsey Nixon and Jonathan Nixon, 19HA-FA-19-254, Dakota County, 2020
  • In re the Marriage of Brett A. Peterson and Ina A. Peterson, 19-FA-97, Barron County, 2020
  • Kumar and Associates v. USA Petroleum, et al., 05771 EQCE080607, Polk County, 2020
  • Aaron Carlson Corporation v. Neal Cohen, Darren Chaffee, CoBe Equities, L.L.C. a/k/a CoBe Capital, L.L.C., A18-0100, Minnesota Supreme Court, 2020
  • America 9 Construction v. Southwest Christian High School, et al., 10-CV-19-1177, Carver County, 2020
  • Debra Wieberdink, et al. v. Sholom Home West, Inc., 27-CV-20-1213, Hennepin County, 2020
  • In re the Estate of Vedith Marie Dufour, 82-PR-19-5888, Washington County, 2020
  • Robert Schmidt v. James Lang, et al., 27-CV-18-16062, Hennepin County, 2019
  • Mitchel C. Chargo v. Gurstel Law Firm, P.C., et al., 27-CV-17-8540, Hennepin County, 2019
  • Trelevate, LLC v. Dumont Aviation Group, Inc., 2:19-CV-05171-PHX-DWL, United States District Court, District of Arizona, 2019
  • Jan Lasserud Construction, Inc. v. Aaron Carlson Corporation, et al., 27-CV-18-19427, Hennepin County, 2019
  • Aaron Carlson Corporation v. Midwest Hardwood Corporation, 27-CV-18-11482, Hennepin County, 2019
  • Aaron Carlson Corporation v. BNSF Railway Company, et al., 27-CV-18-19546, Hennepin County, 2019
  • S Kiani v. Cedar Valley Medical Specialists, 01071 LACV130330, Black Hawk County, 2019
  • In the Marriage of Steven Donald Althaus and Martha Lynn Althaus, 10-FA-18-144, Carver County, 2019
  • Jordan Gahler v. DMJCG, LLC, 27-CV-19-13759, Hennepin County, 2019
  • Boiler Services, Inc. Aaron Carlson Corporation, et al., 27-CV-18-8512, Hennepin County, 2019
  • Aaron Carlson Corporation v. Dale Tile Company, 27-CV-18-19414, Hennepin County, 2019
  • Cedar Valley Medical Specialists v J Singh, 01071 LACV131470, Black Hawk County, 2019
  • Aaron Carlson Corporation v. Flywheel Sports, Inc., 27-CV-18-15772, Hennepin County, 2019
  • TMJ Fitness, LLC v. Arnold’s Construction of Albert Lea, LLC, et al., 24-CV-17-1614, Freeborn County, 2018
  • Roberto Cabrera Martinez v. Metropolitan Council, 27-CV-17-2137, Hennepin County, 2018
  • Art Peterson v. Advanced Innovative Management Corp., 82-CV-17-3621, 2018
  • LeMond Companies, LLC v. Connie D. Jackson, 27-CV-17-657, Hennepin County, 2018
  • Aaron Carlson Corporation v. CATCON, Inc. d/b/a Catalyst Construction and Ridgeview Belle Plain Real Estate, LLC, 01-17-0006-3839, American Arbitration Association, 2018
  • Cedar Valley Medical Specialists, P. v. James Wright, MD, LACV131634, Black Hawk County, 2018
  • United Capital Partners, Inc. v. Empire Rentals, 01-18-0002-2229, American Arbitration Association, 2018
  • Adam Graf v. David Graf, et al., 82-CV-16-4060, Washington County, 2018
  • North Woods Finishing, LLC v. Aaron Carlson Corporation, 30-CV-17-530, Isanti County , 2018
  • In the Marriage of Charles Albert Widman v. Melinda Ann Widman, 82-FA-14-1432, Washington County, 2018
  • Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC v. Soymet 101, LLC, et al., 10-CV-17-1103, Carver County, 2018
  • B Girschek v J Marin, 01071 CDDM051637, Black Hawk County, 2018
  • T Soppe, et al v. Covenant et al., 01071 LACV130687, Black Hawk County, 2018
  • In the Marriage of Jeremy Lynn Atteberry v. Shelly Lynn Atteberry, 10-FA-09-82, Carver County, 2018
  • In the Marriage of Lindsey Mae Baumann and Eli Edward Baumann, 82-FA-17-3763, Washington County, 2018
  • KAJ Foods, LLC v. Berkshire Refrigerated Warehousing, LLC, 3:16-CV-00672-wmc, United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2017
  • New Fashion Pork LLP v. Restaurant Recycling LLC, et al., 62-CV-16-3777, Ramsey County, 2017
  • Little Sprouts Childcare and Preschool, Inc., et al. v. Theresa Carter, et al., Pre-Suit, Washington County, 2017
  • Michael Dorer, et al. v. Goodmanson Construction, Inc., 62-CV-16-6861, Ramsey County, 2017
  • Elizabeth A. Brown v. Dianna M. Lavalle, 70-CV-16-11295, Scott County, 2017
  • Aaron Carlson Woodwork, LLC v. Dental Health Services – Minnewaska, PLLC, 75-CV-16-365, Stevens County, 2017
  • Aaron Carlson Woodwork, LLC v. Covenant Cabinetry & Millwork, LLC, et al., 75-CV-16-229, Stevens County, 2017
  • Jayson and Amanda Gesme v. Fouts Construction and Jaime Fouts, LACV5314, Bremer County, 2017
  • Advanced Innovative Management Corp. Active Property Management Company, 82-CV-16-4103, Washington County, 2017
  • Aaron Carlson Woodwork, LLC v. Tim Kannegiesser, et al., 75-CV-16-364, Stevens County, 2017
  • Annette Loew v. Ryan Companies US, Inc., et al., 62-CV-16-6539, Ramsey County, 2017
  • Civility Experts Worldwide v. Molly Manners, LLC, et al., 15-CV-00521-WJM-MJW, United States District Court, District of Colorado, 2016
  • In the Marriage of Kristin Marie Liebzeit and Aragon Numenor Liebzeit, 10-FA-14-252, Carver County, 2016
  • In the Marriage of Ron Alan Eriksmoen and Elizabeth Anne Eriksmoen, 70-FA-15-741, Scott County, 2016
  • In the Marriage of Mary Susan Bianchi and Stephen Michael Bianchi, 27-FA-15-595, Hennepin County, 2016
  • SISU Martin, L.L.C. v. Eagle Valley Marketplace IV, LLC, 82-CV-15-2336, Washington County, 2016
  • Tony Dassan v. Ravinder Grewal, Case Number 15-CV-771, Marathon County, 2016
  • Tony Dassan v. Ravinder Grewal, 70-CV-15-21250, Scott County, 2016
  • Heather Lynne Horner, Jason Alan Horner, on behalf of SAH v. Jennifer Marie Buel, and on behalf of DLB, 70-CV-11-22820, Scott County, 2016
  • Sundip Patel v. Cedar Valley Medical Specialists, LACV127903, Black Hawk County, 2016
  • Aaron Carlson Corporation v. Michael T. Quackenbush, et al., 62-CV-15-3861, Ramsey County, 2016
  • Dawn Rubino, et al. v. Troy W. Hom, et al., 14-CV-125, Barron County , 2015
  • Boundary Waters Bank v. Scott T. Clements et al., 02-CV-15-3728, Anoka County, 2015
  • Aaron Carlson Architectural Woodwork, LLC v. Doug Stewart, et al., 82-CV-14-3541, Washington County, 2015
  • Carla Tooley v. Flint Hills Resources, L.P., 19HA-CV-14-765, Dakota County, 2015
  • Dakota Fire Insurance Company v. Jordan River Moving & Storage Inc., 62-CV-15-4725, Ramsey County, 2015
  • The Lawn Ranger Inc v. Bayport Properties US Inc., 27-CV-13-17268, Hennepin County, 2014
  • Matt Isaacs, et al. Shayne R Eisenga Revocable Trust, et al., 12-CV-54, United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2013
  • Victor Lawrinenko, M.D. v. Cedar Valley Medical Specialists, P.C., Suresh Reddy, M.D., Ravindra Mallavarapu, M.D., Srinivas Kalala, M.D., Gil Irey, and P and H, L.L.C., LACV117529, Black Hawk County, 2013
  • The Lawn Ranger Inc v Cutting Edge Property Maintenance Inc., et al, 27-CV-12-8145, Hennepin County, 2013
  • Cedar Valley Medical Specialists, P.C. v. Hugo E. Koo, M.D. and Hugo E. Koo M.D., P.C., LACV120040, Black Hawk County, 2013
  • In re the Marriage of: Erin Gross and Courtenay Fowler Gross, 10-FA-11-554, Carver County, 2013
  • In re the Marriage of: Wendy Torstenson and Brooke Torstenson, 09-FA-166, Sawyer County, 2012
  • In re the Marriage of: David Smith and Julia Smith, 10-FA-10-58, Carver County, 2012
  • ROA, Inc. and Daniel Ashbach v. Timothy J. Nicholson, et. al, 62-CV-10­1734, Hennepin County, 2012
  • Dennis Brown v. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, 27-CV-10-23684, Hennepin County, 2011
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Honors/Awards:
  • , Best Lawyers in Minnesota, Litigation, Minnesota Monthly, 2022
  • , Leading Business Law & Litigation Advisor of the Year, Minnesota , Acquisition International, 2022
  • , Recommended Attorney for Minnesota, The Construction Lawyers, 2022
  • The Fellows comprise a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation. Established in 1955, Fellows support the research of the American Bar Foundation through annual contributions and sponsor seminars and events of direct relevance to the legal profession. http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/index.html, Life Fellow, The American Bar Foundation, 2022
  • , Award, America's Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators , 2022
  • , Member, Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, 2022
  • , Leading Civil Trial Attorney of the Year, Corporate America Today, 2022
  • , Civil Litigator, American Institute of Trial Lawyers, 2022
  • , Top 50 Lawyers , Top 50 Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • Top 10 Business Tort, The National Trial Lawyers
  • , Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings allow attorneys to complete anonymous peer reviews where they rate fellow lawyers on a 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) scale in five categories: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience. Attorneys also answer whether or not they believe the lawyer they are reviewing has very high ethical standards.   https://www.martindale.com/oakdale/minnesota/brandon-michael-schwartz-46619710-a/ , AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • Article featuring Brandon Schwartz as the Attorney of the Month.http://www.attorneyatlawmagazine.com/twin-cities/brandon-schwartz-2/, Attorney of the Month, Attorney At Law Magazine, 2018
  • The National Board of Trial Advocacy is accredited by the American Bar Association to certify lawyers in the specialty areas of civil trial law, criminal trial law, family trial law, civil pretrial practice law and social security disability advocacy law. The organization went through a rigorous application process wherein panels were chosen by the ABA-Standing Committee on Specialization to evaluate each aspect of NBTA’s structure. This review included not only our standards and certification policies but also an intensive evaluation of all aspects of the operation from financial solvency to a complete screening of all decision makers. The standards set forth by our Board of Directors for board certification in each of our four specialty areas are challenging and meaningful. NBTA board certification is a voluntary certification. It is not a requirement to practice law and, therefore, any lawyer who has taken the extra time and effort to achieve this credential can be justifiably proud. A consumer who chooses an NBTA member for a lawyer can be sure of obtaining a highly experienced and specialized practitioner., Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2017
  • Fewer than 3% of all registered attorneys in Minnesota are certified specialists in their field., Certified Specialist - Civil Trial Law, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2017
  • To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration.  Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.  Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®.  With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community., High Stakes Litigators, America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • Selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is comprised of the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments merit a lifetime achievement recognition. Lifetime Achievement recognition among America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is meant to identify and promote the most outstanding and impactful legal talent currently serving throughout the nation. Only 100 attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for Lifetime Achievement Membership among America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. Selection is not achieved based on a single accomplishment or a single great year of success, but rather on a lifetime of hard work, ethical standards, and community enriching accomplishments that are inspiring among the legal profession. This honor is not given every year, or every 10 years; it is given but once-in-a-lifetime. To help ensure that all attorneys selected for membership meet the very high standards expected for selection, candidates for lifetime membership are carefully screened through third-party research and statistical analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, lifetime achievements, significant case results, peer reputation, and community impact (See Selection Methodology for more information about the selection process). While selection for any award, honor, or exclusive membership organization is always subjective in nature, we developed our comprehensive multi-phase selection process in an effort to help ensure that only the attorneys whose lifetime achievements extol the legal profession are chosen. With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community., America's Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement, America's Top 100, 2017
  • The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys is an organization devoted to recognizing the top family law attorneys in the nation. With over a million attorneys in the United States, choosing the best lawyer is difficult. However, through a stringent selection process, the NAFLA awards the best family law attorneys in each state with our most prestigious honor of being named "TOP 10". The very few attorneys (less than 1%) that are good enough to make our list have demonstrated an extraordinary amount of knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice of family law.   The attorneys that make our list have to first be nominated by a licensed practicing attorney or one of our in-house research staff members. Second, our research staff verifies that they meet the minimum requirements of membership. Then they have to be one of 50 attorneys chosen to advance to the final selection stage by our processing committee, and then our Board of Governors officially selects the Top 10 in each state. We know it is a tough process but we wouldn't have it any other way., Top 10 Attorneys Under 40, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
  • Featured in Attorney At Law Magazine for shaping and developing the future of the legal community., The Next Generation, Attorney At Law Magazine, 2015
  • Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members., Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2015
  • Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members., Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2015
  • Article featuring Schwartz Law Firm: http://www.attorneyatlawmagazine.com/twin-cities/law-firm-of-the-month-schwartz-law-firm/, Law Firm of the Month, Attorney At Law Magazine, 2015
Representative Clients:
  • Arizona:-Bedrock Financial Services, LLC, AZ (litigation and corporate issues) -Candor, LLC (litigation and corporate issues) -Trelevate, LLC, AZ (litigation, employment and corporate issues), 2022
  • Iowa:-Cedar Valley Community Healthcare, LLC (litigation and corporate issues) -Cedar Valley Medical Specialists, P.C. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -CURA Practice Management, LLC (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Ideon Healthcare Solutions, LLC (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Impact Marketing, LLC(litigation, employment and corporate issues) -North Iowa Community Healthcare, LLC (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -P & H, LLC (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Quad City Community Healthcare, LLC (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Rain King Holding, Inc. (corporate issues) -SR Investments, LLC (litigation, employment and corporate issues) , 2022
  • Minnesota: -Aaron Carlson Corporation (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Aaron Carlson Woodwork (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Advanced Innovative Management Corp. (litigation and corporate issues) -Advantage Tape Receivables, Inc. (litigation) -Apollo Ag Technologies, LLC (litigation) -Bring It Studios, LLC (employment and corporate issues) -CBS Construction, Inc. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -CMW, Inc. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Empire Rentals, LLC (litigation) -Ericksmoen Cottages Ltd. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Geometrix Co. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Goodmanson Construction, Inc. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Hidden Pine Farms LLC (litigation) -Landscapes Unlimited (litigation and corporate issues) -Leggtime Fitness, LLC (corporate issues) -Little Sprouts Childcare and Preschool, Inc. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Mabry Companies LLC (litigation) -Midwest Oil L.L.C. (litigation) -Mike’s Pub LLC LLC (litigation) -Nutios, LLC (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Perro Electric, Inc. (litigation and corporate issues) -Pro-Grow, LLC (corporate issues) -Provident Home Health Care (corporate issues) -Quality Business Forms, Inc. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -RBKT Realty, LLC (litigation) -Rogue Beauty Bar, LLC (corporate issues) -SafeWood Designs, Inc. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Sisi Martin, L.L.C. (litigation) -Smart Parts Automotive (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Superior Feeds, Inc. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -The Lawn Ranger (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -TMJ Fitness, LLC (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -UpNorth Lettering, Inc. (litigation) -Woodland Sales & Marketing, LLC (litigation, employment and corporate issues) , 2022
  • Wisconsin: -Advantage Excavating & Grading, L.L.C. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Best Western-Rice Lake (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Dairy State Bank (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -KAJ Foods, LLC (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Madison Avenue Wine & Spirits, LLC (corporate issues) -Medical Staffing Solutions, Inc. (litigation) -Metcast Service Tech Resources, Inc. (litigation) -Real Estate Solutions (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Rice Lake Harley-Davidson, Inc. (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -Sand Technologies, LLC (litigation) -Thomas Landing-Geac, LLC (litigation, employment and corporate issues) -United Dredging, LLC (corporate issues) , 2022
  • Other States/Countries: -Canad Corporation of Manitoba, Ltd., Canada (litigation) -Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Canada (litigation) -Civility Experts Worldwide, Canada (litigation) -Custom Machines, MI (litigation) -J.D. Dredging & Excavating, Inc, MT (litigation) -Jordan River Moving & Storage, Inc., WA (litigation) -Krill Systems, WA (litigation) -Nama LLC, TN (litigation) -Paul Mitchell Academy, CA (litigation) -Sentry Brite, LLC, DL (litigation) -Steakhouse Naturals, LLC TX (litigation), 2022
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Family Trial Law Advocate - National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2022
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist - Minnesota State Bar Association , 2017
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate - National Board of Trial Advocacy , 2017
Industry Groups:
  • breach of fiduciary duties
  • Construction
  • corporate litigation claims
  • derivative actions
  • Shareholder Disputes

Office location for Brandon M. Schwartz

600 Inwood Avenue North
Suite 130
Oakdale, MN 55128

Phone: 651-538-4224

Selections

8 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021

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