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Specialties include Real Estate and Business law including both Litigation and Transactions, Commercial Real Estate, Construction Law, Mechanic's Liens, Debt Collection, and Contracts.

Matt has repeatedly been chosen as a Rising Star by Super, Minneapolis Saint Paul magazine, Minnesota Law & Politics magazine, and Twin Cities Business magazine. The Super Lawyers-Rising Stars list represents the top Minnesota attorneys age 40 or younger. No more than 2.5% of attorney's are named to Rising Stars.

Matt is also a Board Certified Real Property Specialist.  Fewer than 3% of all registered attorneys in Minnesota are certified specialists in their field. 


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 40%
    1 year
  2. Business: 30%
    1 year
  3. Construction: 20%
    1 year
  4. Banking: 10%
    1 year


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Lee Myron Orwig

    Matt is an exceptionally intelligent individual and a diligent attorney. I never hesitate to refer clients to him.


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  • Blake R Nelson

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    Blake Nelson Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Brutlag, Hartmann & Trucke, P.A.

3555 Plymouth Blvd #117
Minneapolis, MN, 55447


MNAuthorized to practice200607/15/2016
NDAuthorized to practice law200507/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyers - Rising Star 2014Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, Twin Cities Business Magazine, SuperLawyers.com2015
Board Certified Real Property Law SpecialistMinnesota State Bar Association2015
Super Lawyers- 2013 Rising StarsMpls. St. Paul Magazine, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, Twin Cities Business Magazine, SuperLawyers.com2014
Board Certifed Real Property Law SpecialistMinnesota State Bar Association2014
Cum LaudeValparaiso Univeristy School of Law2005
Course HonorsValparaiso Univerisity School of Law2003
Summa Cum LaudeJamestown College2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBrutlag, Hartmann & Trucke, PA2014 - Present
AssociateBrutlag, Hartmann & Trucke, Pa2007 - 2014
AssociateHitesman and Associates2006 - 2007
Judicial Law ClerkNorth Dakota Supreme Court2005 - 2006
Law Clerk ExternFederal Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein2004 - 2005
Summer AssociateHoeppner Wagner & Evans, LLP2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota Real Property Conveyancing Blanks Task ForceMember2014 - Present
BNI Full Circle-PlymouthMember2014 - Present
Brookview Men's Golf AssociationPresident2014 - Present
Minnesota Builders ExchangeAttorney Member2014 - Present
TwinWest Chamber of CommerceMember2014 - Present
Plymouth Charter CommissionBoard Member2013 - Present
Brookview Mens Golf AssociationBoard of Directors2008 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember - Real Property Section2006 - Present
Hennpein County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2006 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
North Dakota State Bar AssociationAttorney Member2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2005 - Present
Big Muddy Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2006
American Inns of Court FoundationAssociate Member2005 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Citizens State Bank v. Raven Trading Partners, Inc.The court expanded the doctrine of equitable subrogation
Wallboard, Inc. v. St. Cloud Mall, LLCThe court held that the pre-lien notice exception does not apply for a tenant with a leased space under 5,000 square feet
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Publication nameTitleDate
Valparaiso University Law ReviewThe Reluctance Towards Retroactivity: The Retroactive Application of Laws in Death Penalty Collateral Review Cases2004
The Federal LawyerThe Federal Sentencing Guidelines: A Troubling Historical Perspective2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Valparaiso University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Jamestown CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Valparaiso Law Review SymposiumShifting Powers in the Federal Court2005