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Michael J. Pfau


Michael J. Pfau


Practice Groups

Commercial Litigation, Construction, Consumer Law Defense, Employment Litigation/Advice

Industry Groups

Credit and Collection, Real Estate and Residential Property Management


Mr. Pfau is a litigator, focusing his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, consumer law defense, construction, and employment litigation/advice.

Mr. Pfau has experience in conducting research, drafting legal documents, conducting and defending depositions, and managing written discovery. He has first-chair trial experience and has conducted oral arguments at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He also has experience in administrative appeals with both the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service. He has also successfully settled multiple disputes before the need for litigation.

Mr. Pfau graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he was a certified student attorney for the Trademark Practice Clinic and the Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic. While in the Trademark Practice Clinic he conducted clearance searches of marks clients intended to register and drafted opinion letters for clients, filed trademark applications for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and responded to USPTO office actions and opposing marks and drafted written discovery requests. During his time with the Bankruptcy Clinic, Mr. Pfau prepared answers, drafted written discovery requests, drafted complaints, conducted client interviews, and drafted responses to comprehensive written discovery requests. Mr. Pfau also has experience volunteering for Volunteer Lawyers Network in landlord-tenant matters and tax disputes.

Education & Admissions


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2021
    • Dean’s Scholarship
    • Dean’s Awards, Lawyering Skills III, Administrative Law and Employment Discrimination
    • Journal of Law and Public Policy, Chief Articles Editor
  • North Dakota State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2016
    • Université de Caen

Bar Admissions

  • United States Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Professional & Civic

Bar Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association



  • Minnesota Bans Non-Compete Provisions and What It Means for Minnesota Construction Companies, co-author, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, June 23, 2023

The Work Week with Bassford Remele


  • Minnesota Litigators’ Discovery Playbook: Depositions, E-Discovery, Subpoenas, and More, co-presenter, National Business Institute, May 2023
  • Real Property Law Update, co-presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, September 2022