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Michael J. Pfau

Attorney

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Michael J. Pfau

Attorney

Practice Groups

Construction, Real Estate, Business and Commercial Litigation, Employment, Consumer Finance

Industry Groups

Construction Industry, Credit and Collection Industry, Financial Services Industry, Real Estate and Residential Property Management Industry

Overview

Michael Pfau is a litigator, focusing his practice in the areas of construction, real estate, commercial litigation, consumer finance, and employment litigation/advice.

Michael 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. Michael 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.

Michael 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, Michael prepared answers, drafted written discovery requests, drafted complaints, conducted client interviews, and drafted responses to comprehensive written discovery requests. Michael also has experience volunteering for Volunteer Lawyers Network in landlord-tenant matters and tax disputes.

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., cum laude
    • 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
    • Université de Caen

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota

NEWS & EVENTS

Bassford Remele | Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events 2024 The Work Week with Bassford Remele: Annual Employment Law SeminarThursday,...

The Work Week with Bassford Remele | Case Law Construing the MHRA | 7/15/24

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The Work Week with Bassford Remele | Courts Must Stay Lawsuits During Arbitration | 5/20/24

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The Work Week with Bassford Remele | Restrictive Covenants | 4/8/24

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Bassford Remele Hosts Construction Summit

2024 Annual Construction Law Summit Join us for Bassford Remele's 2024 Annual Construction Law...

Legal Foundations: Slander of Title: The Counter-Punch to a Mechanic's Lien

Legal Foundations | "Slander of Title": The Counter-Punch to a Mechanic's Lien | Associated General...

The Work Week with Bassford Remele | Wage Theft | 1/16/24

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Legal Foundations: SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument on Landmark Employment Law Case

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The Work Week with Bassford Remele | Landmark Employment Case | 12/11/23

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PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Construction Law, Division 1 - Litigation
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Construction Law Section
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Associated General Contractors of Minnesota
  • Association of Women Contractors
  • ACA International, Inc.

Publications

  • "Slander of Title": The Counter-Punch to a Mechanic's Lien, author, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, January 26, 2024
  • SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument on Landmark Employment Law Case, author, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, January 12, 2024
  • Minnesota Bans Non-Compete Provisions and What It Means for Minnesota Construction Companies, co-author, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, June 23, 2023

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Seminars

  • Mitigating the Risk of New Technology, presenter, Bassford Remele Construction Law Summit, February 8, 2024
  • 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