Bruce W. Mooty

Bruce Mooty represents and counsels public and private companies in a wide variety of industries.

Representative Experience

  • Represents buyers and sellers in numerous acquisitions, mergers and divestitures in the restaurant, manufacturing, sports, entertainment, transportation, real estate development, computer, water conditioning, musical instrument, and retail merchandising industries, as well as other industries
  • Represented the buyer in the acquisition of the Minnesota Timberwolves professional basketball team
  • Represented the seller in the sale of the Minnesota Vikings professional football team
  • Represented the Joint Legislative Committee in the investigation of the 35-W bridge collapse
  • Represents franchisors in the purchase of multi-state, multi-store franchises
  • Represented developers in private placement syndications
  • Regularly counsels clients as outside general counsel on key business decisions
  • Regularly negotiates agreements that achieve clients’ business goals
  • Represents religious institutions in various real estate, employment, and governance matters

Business and Trustee Experience

  • Chief Executive Officer and board member of a utility company and real estate related entities
  • Trustee for many revocable and irrevocable trusts and foundations
  • Board member for various business entities

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota


  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2013–2019
  • “Minnesota Super Lawyer®,” Thomson/Reuters, 1990s–2019
  • “North Star Lawyers,” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014–2019
  • Top 10 Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers in Minnesota, Minnesota Law & Politics, Twin Cities Business Monthly and Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
  • Named a “Distinguished Alumni” by University of Minnesota Law School
  • Received “Regents Award” from University of Minnesota

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Business Law section, Forum Committee on Franchising section, member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, past chair; Planning Committee & chair; Community Relations Committee, past chair
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • C. Charles Jackson Foundation, board member
  • Civic Caucus, past board member
  • Colonial Church of Edina, past Senior Deacon, Executive Committee and Council Member
  • Edina A Better Chance (ABC) Foundation, past president
  • Edina School District #273, chair of two successful School Bond Referenda
  • Edina Community Education Board, past board member
  • Edina High School Student Activity Advisory Council, past member
  • Fund for the Legal Aid Society, past board member
  • Grace Upon Grace Foundation, founder and trustee
  • Minikahda Club, past secretary and board member
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, past board member
  • United Way, volunteer and Cornerstone member
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association, past national president and board member
  • University of Minnesota, Advisory Committee on Athletics, committee member
  • University of Minnesota, Presidential Search Advisory Committee
  • University of Minnesota, General Counsel Search Committee Co-chair
  • University of Minnesota Law School Board of Visitors, past president
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Dean’s Advisory Council
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Capital Campaign Chair
  • Urban Leadership Academy, past board member
  • Urban Ventures, past board member and executive committee member
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network Benefactors Board, past board member
  • YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, Chair and board member
  • YMCA Southdale, past board member and youth sports coach

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  • Minneapolis

    80 South Eighth Street
    500 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
F: 612.632.4333


Amy Milbradt


University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., with honors

University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Amherst College