Cory Olson is an experienced and effective litigator with a proven record of helping clients solve a wide range of legal and business problems.

Cory has litigated in state and federal courts across the country, stretching from Minnesota to Alabama and California to Connecticut. Cory has also arbitrated before every major arbitration service, including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), National Futures Association (NFA), American Arbitration Association (AAA), and Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service (JAMS). Cory’s practice covers a wide range of areas, with a focus on securities arbitration, disputes between business owners, shareholder litigation, non-compete agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, and wrongful termination.

Cory understands that a lawyer’s job is to help a client deal with problems in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Sometimes that means an early dismissal or settlement. Or it might mean taking steps to avoid litigation altogether. But Cory also knows that many disputes can be resolved only through aggressive and complex litigation, and he is ready to pursue a case through trial, and appeal if necessary, to achieve a successful result.

Cory’s experience as a litigator also gives him insight on how to avoid problems when drafting contracts, negotiating transactions, or addressing regulatory inquiries. Cory’s clients will often consult him so they can avoid problems before they arise.

In addition to litigating cases, Cory has written numerous articles and been asked to give CLE presentations on various aspects of litigation and arbitration. Cory is an active member of the Hennepin County Bar Association and serves on the board of directors for the Hennepin County Bar Foundation. Cory is also active with several other professional and fraternal organizations, and previously served on the Executive Committee of the Fund for Legal Aid.

Outside the office, Cory spends his time coaching his son’s soccer team, refining his golf swing, and playing recreational hockey.

Dulhanty v. Conner, No. A17-0172 (Minn. Ct. App. 2017)

Successfully obtained the dismissal of lawsuit against two former executives of broker-dealer alleging breach of fiduciary duty and related claims in connection with sale of company assets. Following dismissal, successfully defended against plaintiff’s appeal of trial court’s dismissal of claims.

Nelson v. Anderson Veterinary Service, P.A., No. 25-cv-18-425 (Minn. Dist. Ct.)

Represented client seeking buy-out in dispute with former business partners. Successfully obtained buy-out of shares, as well as dismissal of counterclaims alleging breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference with customer relationships.

Browning v. Van Brunt Dubiago & Co., LLC, No. SC 20010 (Conn. 2018)

Successfully obtained dismissal of lawsuit against broker-dealer and registered representative alleging claims related to supervision of accounts and investment strategy. Following dismissal, successfully defended against appeal to Connecticut Supreme Court.

Landow v. Bartlett, No. 2:18-cv-499 (D. Nev.)

Successfully obtained dismissal of lawsuit against broker-dealer alleging claims alleging securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and breach of contract.

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.

Sheets v. Berthel Fisher & Co. Fin. Services, Inc., FINRA Arbitration No. 16-00944

Represented broker-dealer and registered representative in arbitration alleging claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, and failure to supervise. After two days of testimony, Claimant voluntarily withdrew claims with prejudice.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Volunteer Coach, Eden Prairie Soccer Association

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

Member, Hennepin County Bar Association

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

The Fight Over Business-Interruption Coverage: Understanding why Covid-19 related closures may or may not be covered, Minnesota Lawyer - Partner Content, May 2020; Finance & Commerce Partner Content, May 2020

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

The Tricks and Traps of Arbitration Discovery, Minnesota CLE Webcast, 2019

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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