Business Law Services

Our business law experience is second to none. Each of our attorneys specializing in business law brings a uniquely qualified perspective that Bakke Norman has built its reputation on since 1985. Not only will you find the most competent business law attorneys in the region, but at Bakke Norman, we are genuine people first and foremost. That’s why our promise – Genuine People, Accomplished Attorneys, Exceptional Advice –defines who we are. Once you find the area that fits your situation, contact one of our dedicated attorneys.

  • Business Transactions
  • Business Litigation
  • Employment law
  • Tax Law
  • Creditor's Rights & Bankruptcy
  • Family & Closely-Held Businesses

Business Transactions

Businesses are confronted with challenges and opportunities throughout their life cycle. Our business attorneys have the skills and experience to assist your business, whether you seek ongoing general counsel or need assistance with a particular issue. We represent all types of businesses, from small family-owned businesses to large multi-state companies and can assist with all aspects of business law, including: corporate and business services, business formation, contract negotiation and preparation, mergers and acquisitions, employee handbooks and benefits, private company securities law and corporate finance, and taxation.

ATTORNEYS: Tom SchumacherJason Brasch, Paul Mahler, Bryan Tillman 

Business Litigation

In business, litigation should be a last resort. Lawsuits are time consuming and expensive, with outcomes that are difficult to predict. However, when your business has no alternative, there is no substitute for having the full resources of a skilled and experienced legal team on your side. Bakke Norman’s business litigators have over 90 years of combined courtroom experience, and have been recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers. Our business litigators also maintain a close relationship with Bakke Norman’s business advising attorneys. This collaborative approach allows consideration of litigation decisions with the long-term health of your business in mind.

ATTORNEYS: Tim O'Brien, Pete Reinhardt, Deanne Koll, Kyle Schaffer

Employment Law

In good times and in bad, businesses and their employees face a variety of legal issues. We have a combined 40 years of experience representing both employers and employees, allowing us the unusual advantage of understanding how both sides in the employment relationship think, work and act. For employers, we focus on a proactive approach to prevent problems from occurring in the workplace. Our attorneys offer full-service representation to employers, including employee manual audits, compliance advice and providing tools to prevent potential claims by employees. Our employment attorneys have an established record of successfully representing employees in actions against current and former employers. We handle discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases, specifically those based on gender, age, disability, race and other protected statuses. We also handle wage and hour claims, Equal Pay Act claims, and claims for violations of disability laws and family medical leave laws in both state and federal court.

ATTORNEYS: Pete Reinhardt, Dave Schoenberger, Kate Avoles

Tax Law

Our tax practice serves clients at the federal, state and local levels. We handle all aspects of taxation, including advice and counsel in structuring mergers, acquisitions, sales, partnerships, and joint ventures. Bakke Norman’s tax attorneys help farmers, high net worth families, and companies with corporate and private client matters. We also address legislative tax matters, administrative and judicial actions, corporate structuring, and other tax planning activities. Bakke Norman is associated with Richardson Tax & Accounting LLC, a firm that has been preparing tax returns and providing tax planning for farmers, businesses and individuals for more than 40 years.

ATTORNEYS: Tamara Skoglund, Tom Schumacher

Creditor's Rights & Bankruptcy

Our creditors’ rights attorneys are experienced in representing clients in all areas of collection. We regularly assist businesses and individuals in collecting on accounts receivable, repossessing collateral, and recovering funds through post-judgment enforcement. We also offer our business clients in-house educational seminars to assist in training employees about the collection process and how to avoid bad accounts. Bakke Norman’s attorneys regularly represent individuals and businesses to protect their rights, as creditor, when a party files for bankruptcy protection or in any state receivership proceedings. From a simple Chapter 7 liquidation, a Chapter 128 receivership or a complex Chapter 11, we will protect your rights.

ATTORNEYS: Deanne Koll, Tom Schumacher

Family & Closely-Held Businesses

Family-owned businesses are unique. We understand the special family business dynamics and can assist you with your legal business challenges, such as finance and management issues, taxation, and estate planning. We can also help you develop succession plans for the orderly transfer of management or business assets. These plans may include capital restructuring, buy-sell agreements, or the creation of new entities or trusts.
If your family business is just starting, we can help you choose the right business structure and create thorough documentation for the business’s operation. These documents ensure that co-owners understand their rights, duties and obligations to the business and to each other. If your family business is experiencing problems, we can review any existing business agreements and advise and facilitate negotiations or other alternative dispute resolution options.

ATTORNEYS: Tom SchumacherJason Brasch, Tammy Skoglund, Bryan Tillman