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Adam W Heaton

Business Attorney at White Bear Lake, MN

5.0   16 reviews
  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 20 years
    Oregon - OR 20 years
    Washington - WA 16 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2003
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Adam

Learn Adam’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Adam legal services, he also provides management consulting services (e.g., business process management, accounting/payroll, computer/network administration, etc.) in relation to a wide variety of business and business ownership matters.

    21 years

  2. Real estate

    21 years

  3. Estate planning
    Assisting clients with the challenging task of preparing their estate plan, whether that means drafting a straightforward will and not much else, or developing comprehensive strategies for the transfer of wealth from one generation to the second or third generation while either shielding the heirs from various legal, as well as tax, liabilities altogether, or utilizing one or more common mechanisms for limiting the liability exposure to the greatest extent possible.

    19 years

  4. Mediation

  5. Arbitration

  6. Probate

    15 years

Astute, strategic, articulate, and accomplished attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and business management consultant. Knowledge and skills built upon those developed in private practice, while working within the human resources and legal departments of Intel Corporation, as a judicial clerk to a circuit court judge, as a legal clerk to administrative law judges, and with state and U.S. legislators.

Adam not only provides legal services, he also provides business management consulting services regarding a wide variety of business and business ownership related matters, including but not limited to business process management, accounting and payroll, computer software and network administration, and more. Considering this summary of services and matters handled by Adam, it should not be a surprise that a majority of his clients are entrepreneurs who own and often operate one or more business enterprises.

In addition to legal and business management consulting services, Adam can also be instrumental in facilitating the resolution of a variety of disputes outside a courtroom; which often leads to significantly lower expenditures (costs, fees, and other expenses) than the disputing parties likely would have incurred through traditional litigation. In this role he serves as an independent third person more commonly known as an alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) neutral. Adam is included on the Minnesota State Court Administrator’s Civil (non-family) Qualified Neutrals* Roster for the following two ADR processes:
• Civil Facilitative/Hybrid (Mediation, Mini-Trial, Med-Arb, Other);
• Civil Adjudicative/Evaluative (Arbitration, Early Neutral Evaluation, Non-Binding Advisory Opinion, Neutral Fact Finder).

* see Rule (b) of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for District Courts.

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Adam W Heaton
4th Street
White Bear Lake, MN, 55110-3122


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Posted by Maria | November 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I just found Adam with a Google search, so was unsure what to expect. He went above-and-beyond to make my real estate transaction easy, quick and affordable. He 100% exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend his services :)
Response from Adam Heaton November 16, 2015
Thanks Maria! It was a pleasure working with you. ~Adam
Posted by Jaime Cole | October 31, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and integrity
Adam by far exceeded our expectations with his expertise, knowledge and honesty. We highly recommend Adam. He works fast and has your best interest always. We trust him completely. He handled our real estate matter quickly ,was always honest and had great communication. If you choose him to help you, I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
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Response from Adam Heaton November 2, 2015
Thanks Jaime!! ~Adam
Posted by Sandy | May 1, 2015
Greatest Lawyer Ever
Adam W. Heaton was personable and charismatic. He knows his job and helped complete all I asked him to do. He helped with completion of my will and also on a Quit Claim Deed change. He did a fantastic job. I would recommend him to all my friends and family.
Posted by Mac | August 4, 2014
Adam Heaton: A Review
Adam Heaton has acted as legal counsel for our start-up business. He has always provided an objective viewpoint, and helped guide our start-up in a favorable direction through his insights and competence. He has always acted with high integrity and honesty, informing us of important/necessary legal actions in a timely manner. Adam is also extremely thorough with his work, examining details with minutia. This has provided us, the business, with a sense of security and confidence, because details will not be overlooked/discredited. We would highly recommend working with Adam.
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Posted by Ryan | August 3, 2014
Resourceful and trustworthy
Adam has been instrumental in the formation and development of my business. Without his help and knowledge we wouldn't be in the position we are today. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a qualified and resourceful attorney.
Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2014
Best legal experience
Adam represented me regarding a independent contractor contract. The result was outstanding. The facility was in breech of the contract yet refused to release me, and was demanding payment for the remainder of the contract. Adam got me released from the contract and owed nothing to the facility. Adam answered questions promptly, was extremely professional, and tough when he needed to be. I highly recommend!
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2013
Great job Adam, thank you
Very impressed with his knowledge of estate planning, I learned so much from our meetings and am very grateful for his patience with me through this process.
Posted by Raymond | March 10, 2013
Sound Legal Advice
Needed specialized real estate advice unexpectantly. Adam was there with a quick ethical response that clarified some potential ambiguity in the transactions we were working on. Practical, careful and knowledgeable is how I would describe the services I have received from Adam Heaton.
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2013
Attorney Review: Adam Heaton
I have retained Mr. Heaton on several occassions, first for company structure and formation, and also for real estate work for my real estate clients. I have found Mr. Heaton's knowledge, guidance, and assistance to be beneficial.
Posted by Paul | March 8, 2013
Will and Trust
Mr. Heaton was outstanding providing a Will and Trust for me and my Family and Business. He was very through and the product was outstanding. I was educated on the subject and everything is completely organized and easy to understand for anyone who needs to know my wishes when I'm gone. A real service to me and my Family. Thanks Adam
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Posted by William | March 15, 2012
Very professional
I did not realize all the aspects that go into a will/trust. Thank you Adam for going over every detail with me in regards to our family estate. We feel very satisfied with the service and support we received from Adam and have since recommended him to others. If you do not have estate planning, we cannot express how important it is to have one implemented. Thanks for all the advice and help Adam!
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2009
Real Estate Representation
Adam did an excellent job of steering us in the correct direction regarding our real estate issues as landlords/investors. He not only gives you the legal interpretations but also legal advice. As a landlord/investor dealing with the myriad of issues in our business, in I would highly recommend Adam when seeking legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2009
Client from south metro
I have utilized the services of Mr. Heaton on two occasions and have been extremely pleased with each of them. I consider him extremely knowledgeable and I am impressed with technical writing skills. I will certainly use him in the future and highly recommend his firm.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2009
Professional Services Review
Mr. Heaton has provided services to my company on several occasions, including company structure and formation, and real estate guidance. I have found Mr. Heaton's guidance and responsiveness to be beneficial, and I value his advice. I certainly intend to continue use him in the future.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2009
Works for his clients
Mr Heaton consistenly provides information and advice that has helped me through a very difficult life change following the death of my husband. He has handled this transition very effectiely and at the same time has recognized that my state of mind has been tenuous at best. I have appreciated his advice and diligence on the behalf of me and my family.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2009
Excellent Attorney
Adam is a hard working, thoughtful and responsive attorney. He worked very hard for me on a complicated case and made things easier for me to understand by explaining the legal nuances of the case as we proceeded. His writings are well thought out and his adherence to proceedure is outstanding.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 100-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney, Business Mgmt Consultant, Mediator, & Arbitrator
  • Adam W. Heaton, JD, MBA
  • 2007 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Mitchell Hamline College of Law
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • BenePartum Law Group, PA
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Circuit Court Judge
  • Oregon Judicial Department, Fifth Circuit
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Legal & Financial Intellectual Property Analyst
  • Intel Corporation
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Administrative Law Judges
  • Oregon Public Utility Commission, Administrative Hearings Division
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Oregon Site Communicator, Consultant, Editor, & Author
  • Intel Corporation
  • 1999 - 2000
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  • Willamette University College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • 2002
  • Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
  • MBA for Business, Government, and Not-for-Profit Management
  • 2002
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Automation Arts. Inc. v Erasmus M. James, et al.
  • Prevailed


  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Chair, General Practice, Solo, & Small Firm Section
  • 2008 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washinton State Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2008
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  • Bench & Bar
  • Homeowner Association Liens
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Do's and Don'ts in the Courtroom | The Judge's Perspective
  • Succeeding in the Courtroom
  • 2010
  • Side-by-Side Comparison of Practice Management Software Applications
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2010
  • William Mitchell
  • Business Law
  • 2010
  • QuickBooks Boot Camp: Year-End Matters, Trust Accounting, & Tracking Billable Time
  • Trust Accounting Using QuickBooks, and More
  • 2009
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