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I counsel individuals, small businesses and publicly-traded corporations in connection with a wide range of issues within the areas of business law, criminal defense and regulatory compliance.  I routinely assist clients facing business and legal challenges requiring the strategic coordination of administrative and investigative tasks with judicial advocacy and public relations management.  My unique approach has allowed me to negotiate several disputes to early, favorable resolutions through cost-effective, business-sensitive solutions.  I regularly represents individual and business clients in the following areas:


- Small businesses
- Criminal law and government relations
- Food, Beverage and Hospitality
- Securities
- Franchising
- Banking and Financial
- Healthcare
- Energy
- Nonprofits

For a complete bio, please visit my firm's website. 


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. White Collar Crime: 30%
  3. Business: 10%
  4. Contracts: 10%



Hourly ($290-350/hour), contingent (25-33%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Brian Lee Vander Pol

    Jonathan and I worked together for several years, during which time I found him to be an excellent litigator and case strategist. Based on his impressive skills and his down-to-earth personality, Jonathan is able to gain the trust and confidence of both current and prospective clients and to deliver great (while still affordable) results.


    Brian Vander Pol Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Nicholas Hugh Jakobe

    I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Jonathan for the past 10 years and have come to know him as a highly capable attorney who I endorse without reservation.


    Nicholas Jakobe Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Best & Flanagan, LLP

225 South 6th Street
Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN, 55402


MNAuthorized to practice200407/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarMinnesota Super Lawyers2013
Under the Radar LeaderPollen2013
President's AwardMinnesota State Bar Association2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Emerging Leader of the YearMinneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce2013
Twin Cities Finest Young ProfessionalsMinneapolis St. Paul Magazine2013
Up and Coming AttorneyMinnesota Lawyer2013
Rising StarMinnesota Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarMinnesota Super Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBest & Flanagan, LLP2012 - Present
Special ProsecutorMinneapolis City Attorney's Office Criminal Division2011 - 2011
AttorneyDorsey & Whitney, LLP2004 - 2012
Student ProsecutorWashington, D.C. Office of Corporation Counsel2000 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cystic Fibrosis FoundationBoard Member2013 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Minnesota JayceesMember2013 - Present
Minnesota Restaurant AssociationAllied Member2013 - Present
Torch CommunityBoard Member and General Counsel2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
LEAD ProjectBoard Member2010 - Present
Friends of St. JudeBoard Member2010 - 2012
Movember FoundationFormer Executive Committee Member2010 - 2011
Minneapolis Chamber of CommerceLeadership Twin Cities Participant2010 - 2011
Federal Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Litigation SectionMember2004 - Present
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Uhr v. Responsible Hospitality Institute, Inc., 2011 WL 4091866 (D. Minn. Sept. 14, 2011)Dismissed - total client victory.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Anti-Fraud Network NewsletterIran’s First Anti-Money Laundering Law: Will it be Effective at Opening Doors to the West?2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of MinnesotaPublic PolicyFellowship2013
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Iowa State UniversitySociology, Criminal Justince and Political ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Webinar CLEExpert, Forensic Analyst, In-House Counsel and Litigator Perspectives on Social Media Evidence – The Key Concepts Every Lawyer Should Know2013
Daily Circuit Radio ShowRecruiting the Next Generation of Civic Leaders2013
Corporate Counsel NewsletterWhy Corporate Counsel and Compliance Personnel Should ‘Like’ Social Media as a Resource for Internal Investigations,2013
Continuing Legal Education ConferenceInternal Investigations: In-House and Outside Counsel Perspectives on How to Conduct Effective Investigations in Light of Prevailing Government Enforcement Trends2012
Young Lawyers Division Continuing Legal Education SummitTen Things Every Young Attorney Should Know in Order to Work Efficiently and Effectively with In-House Counsel2011
Probate and Trust Law Continuing Legal Education ConferenceA Life of a Case in the Trust and Estate Area2011
In-House Counsel Breakfast BriefingExamining Enron: Corporate Duties, Responsibilities and Key Concerns Following Sarbanes-Oxley, Sentencing Guideline Reforms and Heightened Enforcement Agendas2007
Dorsey & Whitney LLP Corporate Counsel SymposiumDefusing Time Bombs: Critical Early Decisions in Internal Investigations2006