Business & Corporate Law

Business & Corporate Law

Gislason & Hunter offers a broad variety of legal services to emerging and established companies doing business in Minnesota, on a national level, and on an international level. We provide startup assistance and general counsel to many companies, boasting numerous longtime clients represented since their inception. At the same time, we provide sophisticated expertise to established companies looking for guidance in various phases of operation. Our business lawyers are known throughout the Midwest for their ability to negotiate and troubleshoot major corporate transactions and disputes.

We strive to deliver value to all of our clients, from entrepreneurs and employers based in surrounding communities to regional companies with large projects or ongoing interests.

We offer industry-specific insights in the areas of farming and agribusinesses, construction, banking, food and beverage production, processing and distribution, high-tech manufacturing, professional practices, healthcare, and other niche businesses. Whether you operate in online or brick-and-mortar environments, we can help your enterprise get off the ground, stay in business, and address the inevitable legal conflicts.

In addition to sophisticated transactional work, we are known as aggressive and effective trial lawyers. We provide results-oriented representation in business and commercial litigation, including contract and employment disputes, shareholder derivative actions, shareholder disputes, directors and officers liability, partnership dissolution actions, and franchise and distributor litigation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business & Succession Planning
  • Business Entity Law & Formation
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Contracts
  • Corporate & Business Tax
  • Corporate Governance and Boards
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Data Privacy & Security
  • Distribution & Sales
  • Employment & Human Resources
  • Franchise & Distribution Law
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Management
  • Licensing
  • Manufacturing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Partner & Shareholder Agreements
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Public Benefit Corporations/Non-Profits
  • Purchase or Sale of Business
  • Start-ups
  • Trade Secrets & Non Competes
  • Trademarks


  • November 26, 2023Employment & Human Resources

    Minnesota Law Changes in 2023 that All Employers Should Know

    Legislation impacting all workplaces throughout the state and beyond was passed during Minnesota’s 2023 legislative session. This article highlights three employment law changes with widespread impact that all employers should know but may not have seen in the 279-page Minnesota labor omnibus bill Governor Tim Walz signed on May 16, 2023. Minnesota Noncompete Ban The...

  • November 14, 2023Business & Corporate LawLabor & Employment

    Enhanced Wage Disclosure Protection

    Safeguarding Yourself from What You May Not Know With big ticket items like Earned Sick and Safe Time and Paid Family Medical Leave passed in the 2022- 2023 Minnesota Legislative Session getting most of the attention, you may have missed some of the smaller items that can get employers in trouble. Wage Disclosure Protections are...

  • November 13, 2023Business & Corporate LawEmployment & Human Resources

    Drug Testing Employees in the Age of Legal Recreational Cannabis

    On August 1, 2023, Minnesota became the twenty-third state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis for adults over the age of twenty-one.1 With legalization, many employers may be left asking how they should handle their current drug testing policies related to cannabis. Unlike many of the earlier-adopting states, the Minnesota legislature enacted protections for...

  • November 10, 2023Business & Corporate LawEmployment & Human Resources

    Minnesota’s Upcoming Paid Family and Medical Leave

    Minnesota continues to expand leave benefits for employees caring for themselves and family members. With the passage of earned sick and safe time and the increased eligibility for pregnancy and parenting leave, Minnesota created a paid family and medical leave (“MNFML”) benefits program. This article highlights quick facts about MNFML. Beginning January 1, 2026, MNFML...

  • June 15, 2023Labor & EmploymentEmployment & Human Resources

    An Employee’s Use of FMLA Leave to Reduce the Workday Could Continue Indefinitely

    On February 9, 2023, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (WHD) issued Opinion Letter FMLA2023-1-A clarifying an employee’s right to use leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to reduce the employee’s work schedule. The right is guaranteed for eligible employees, irrespective of the availability of reasonable accommodations...