Cory Olson helps clients resolve a wide range of legal and business problems, with a particular emphasis on real-estate, small to mid-size businesses, family businesses, and securities disputes.

Cory has litigated in state and federal courts and arbitrated before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Cory enjoys working on cases involving securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, employment discrimination, and antitrust claims. Cory has also helped his clients solve their legal and business problems without having to litigate, whether it be through early mediation, restructuring transactions, or guiding his clients through alternatives to litigation while helping them achieve their business goals.

In addition to litigating cases, Cory has written several articles and been asked to give CLE presentations in his practice areas. He has also helped special litigation committees investigate and report on allegations of corporate abuse and mismanagement. Cory is also an active member of the Hennepin County Bar Association, served on the Executive Committee of the Fund for Legal Aid, and has been active with several other professional, fraternal, and personal organizations. Outside the office, Cory spends his year alternating between hockey and golf.

J & M Dist., Inc. v. Hearth & Home Techs., Inc., No. 13-cv-72 (D. Minn.)

Obtained a unanimous jury verdict in favor of client on claims for civil conspiracy, tortious interference, and alleged violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.  Prior to trial, successfully obtained summary dismissal of claims for unfair competition and alleged violations of the Robinson-Patman Act.

Nord v. Bauer; FINRA Arbitration No. 13-01997

Obtained a pre-hearing dismissal of claims against registered representative and broker-dealer alleging the registered representative had solicited them to purchase promissory notes and equity interests to finance real-estate developments and a local nightclub.

Double Black Diamond v. City of Minneapolis, No. 27-CV-13-21030 (Minn. Dist. Ct.)

Secured a temporary restraining order enjoining the City of Minneapolis from enforcing parking restrictions designed to limit the number of spaces available for patrons to the client’s restaurant.

Tucker v. Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc., FINRA Arbitration No. 11-04331

Obtained a complete dismissal of arbitration alleging violations of securities laws, breaches of fiduciary duty, and unlawful recommendation of privately placed securities.

Govern v. Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc., FINRA Arbitration No. 10-03899

Obtained a complete dismissal of arbitration alleging violations of securities laws, breaches of fiduciary duty, and unlawful recommendation of privately placed securities.

U.S. Bank, N.A. v. MP Operating, LLC, No. 73-CV-10-7965 (Minn. Dist. Ct.)

Obtained summary judgment dismissing claims alleging clients were liable on full-recourse personal guaranties in favor of lender.

Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc. v. Frandino, No. CV-12-02165-PHX-NVW (D. Ariz.)

Obtained a preliminary injunction enjoining claimant from continuing to pursue FINRA arbitration against client.

Soderstrum v. Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc., FINRA Case No. 10-02369

Successfully defended broker-dealer and registered representative in arbitration alleging insufficient due diligence and unlawful recommendation of privately placed securities.

Tate v. Restaurant Tech., Inc., No. 09-cv-02076 (MJD/JJG) (D. Minn)

Obtained a $12.5 million settlement for plaintiffs in class-action lawsuit alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and tortious conduct in connection with a recapitalization merger.

Kroll v. Kroll, No. 27-CV-09-3538 (Minn. Dist. Ct.)

In a dispute over ownership of a family company, obtained preliminary injunction enjoining squeeze-out merger designed to force client out of the company. Later settled the matter for an undisclosed amount greatly exceeding what client would have received from merger.

BMO Capital Markets v. Avalon Capital Group, No. 09-L-3529 (Ill. Dist. Ct.)

Obtained dismissal of client from lawsuit alleging fraud and fraudulent concealment in connection with a $150 million securitization transaction.

Co-Chair, Fund for Legal Aid Associates Campaign, 2013 - 2014

Leader, Hennepin County Golf Club

Leader, Hennepin County Parents with Small Children Club

Chapter Advisory Board Member, Alpha Pi Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity

Member, Theta Chi Fraternity Legal Affairs Committee

Member, Board of Directors, Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF)

Member, Hennepin County Bar Association

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

The Law of [Redacted], Minnesota Lawyer - Partner Content, April 2019; Finance & Commerce Partner Content, April 2019

Think Carefully About Where You Send Client Emails to Avoid Waiving a Privilege, Attorney at Law - Minnesota Edition, January 2019

Compelling Circumstances: The Need to Clarify the Availability of Arbitral Subpoenas, Minnesota Lawyer - Partner Content, June 2018

Office politics: Can an employee be fired over political activities? The answer may not be as simple as you think, Minnesota Lawyer - Sponsored Blog, October 2017

Old Disks and Ancient Documents: Why the Hearsay Rules Are Changing to Meet Digital Realities, Attorney at Law - Minnesota Edition, July 2017

Saving for Retirement? Changes Are Coming to How You Pay to Save, Attorney at Law - Minnesota Edition, October 2016

Think Strategically About Indemnification Provisions, Attorney at Law - Twin Cities Edition, November 2015

Sometimes You Can Fight City Hall, Attorney at Law - Twin Cities Edition, July 2014

Risk v. Reward - Why the JOBS Act Isn't Living Up to its Name, Attorney at Law – Twin Cities Edition, November 2013

Individual in the Class: Marital Status Discrimination in Employment, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, co-authored with Courtland C. Merrill, August 2011

Cutting the Cost of Derivative Claims: The Role of the Special Litigation Committee, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, co-authored with Vincent D. Louwagie, March 2009

Mr. Tax Collector, ’Hands Off My Truck, Please,' Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics & Policy, co-authored with Carole Clark Isakson, 2005

Follow the Giraffe’s Lead - Lanco, Inc. v. Dir., Div. of Taxation Gets Lost in the Quagmire that is State Taxation, Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, 2005

Don’t Go Away Mad: Just Go Away – Terms to Consider When Negotiating Business Breakups, Minnesota CLE Webcast, 2014

A Modernizing SEC: New Rules on Social Media and Private-placement Advertisements

Accidental Violations of Law – An Unintended Consequence of Utilizing Social Media, panel discussion, 2013

Shareholder Buy/Sell Agreements, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education’s Documents Made Easy series


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