Big Firm Experience with a Personal Touch.

The lawyers of Merrigan, Brandt, Ostenso & Cambre, P.A. serve as trusted advisors to corporations, small businesses and individuals throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. With more than 50 years of experience in business law, family law, criminal law, personal injury law, real estate and estate planning, we are uniquely qualified to handle your legal needs. Two of our partners have been voted Super Lawyers by Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics.

Providing trusted advocacy in business law, family law, real estate and estate planning.

As a small firm, we view our clients as peers, not numbers. By developing personal relationships with our clients, we are able to better understand their needs and devise creative solutions to their legal problems. We also strive to provide clients with outstanding value for their money.

To learn more about the attorneys of Merrigan, Brandt, Ostenso & Cambre, P.A, we invite you to review their individual profiles:

In Memoriam: L.T. (Mike) Merrigan

Former Partner

February 7, 1930 – February 9, 2009

Lloyd Thomas (“Mike”) Merrigan left us unexpectedly on February 9, 2009, two days after his 79th birthday.

Mike is remembered for his sharp legal mind, his devotion to family, his wisdom, his integrity and his modesty, and for the depth of his Christian faith.

All who knew Mike are the richer for that experience. We are simultaneously the poorer for being without him.

Ned E. Ostenso

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Managing partner

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Admitted

  • Minnesota (1994)
  • U.S. Federal District Court District of Minnesota (1995)
  • Wisconsin (1995)

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota — J.D. (1994)
  • College of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota — MBA (1990)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout — B.S., Business Administration (1985)
  • University of North Dakota

Member

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Biography

  • William Mitchell Law Review (1993 – 1994)
  • Voted Super Lawyer by Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics (2000, 2002 – 2016)
  • Voted Top Lawyers (2016)
  • Adjunct professor – William Mitchell College of Law – negotiation (1997 – 2013)
  • 1992 ABA National Negotiation winner

Ned was on the Board of the Hopkins Area Little League for six years, and for two years, he served as President of the Hopkins-Minnetonka Babe Ruth Baseball Association. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Hopkins Youth Hockey Association and acted as its legal advisor regarding its charitable gambling operations.

For 15 years Ned taught Negotiation at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul as an adjunct professor. In 2000, he traveled with his team to Australia, where they won first place in the International Law School Negotiation Competition.

Ned is married with two college-aged children. In his spare time he enjoys ice hockey, reading, fishing, biking, golfing, and spending time with his family.

Representative Cases:

  • Tri State Ins. Co. v. Soderstrom’s Sales & Serv., Inc., Sherburne County, Minnesota (2001). Our clients were able to collect against a bond company for a faulty septic system inspection done in connections with their purchase of a home.
  • Auntie Ruth’s Furry Friends’ Home Away from Home, Ltd. v. GCC Prop. Mgmt., LLC (Minn. Ct. App. 2009). The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in our client’s favor, reversing the trial court’s ruling and holding that a right of first refusal contained in a lease was clear and unambiguous and was triggered by the landlord’s conduct.
  • Aaron v. Illinois Farmers Ins. Group, 590 N.W.2d 667 (Minn. Ct. App. 1999). Our client was awarded $132,000 in an UIM arbitration award for a personal injury claim. We successfully defended against the insurance company’s claim that the arbitration award was invalid because of partiality of the neutral arbitrator or because of prejudicial misconduct by the parties.
  • Midwest Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Cummings, et al., (Minn. Ct. App. 2011). We successfully represented our client, the owner and operator of a warehouse whose building burned to the ground, from his insurance company’s denial of insurance coverage.
  • Dahl v. Shamrock Storage, LLC, et al., Carver County, Minnesota (2013). We won a trial verdict for a client against a tenant’s claims of negligence, breach of contract, and conversion.
  • Questar Gas Company v. Thermal-Wise Insulation, LLC, Federal District Court for Minnesota (2013). We successfully defended our client in a trade name infringement action.
  • Fringe Benefits of Minnesota v. Charles Taylor, et al. Hennepin County, Minnesota (2013). We successfully defended a financial advisor against his former employer’s claims for breach of non-competition/non-solicitation clauses.
  • C.G. vs. E.S. – This was a personal injury case involving a bicyclist who was hit and severely injured by a motorist. We secured a six-figure settlement for our client.
  • C.S. vs. S.H. – This was a personal injury case involving a severely injured motorcyclist hit by motorist. We secured a six-figure settlement for our client.

Representative Clients:

  • Rapid Sports Group – Including Rapid Sport Marine in Ham Lake, the largest Lund dealer in the Midwest; Rapid Marine in Rogers; R&R Marine in Shakopee; and Rapid Marine in St. Cloud.
  • Mail Handling Group – Mail Handling Group has provided direct marketing services for over 30 years with integrated marketing solutions for its clients.
  • Chippewa Valley Bank – We have provided lien and mortgage enforcement for this Wisconsin-based financial institution.
  • Veterinary Hospitals Association – Established in 1984, Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA) is a not-for-profit, member-driven association organized to represent the interests of members and the veterinary community. VHA currently serves nearly 370 member veterinary practices.
  • Minnesota Service Stations Association – We provide legal services to service station owners who are members of MSSA, assisting owners in buying and selling locations, remediation of hazardous waste, and negotiating with jobbers and petroleum companies.
  • Prior Lake Veterinary Hospital – Prior Lake Veterinary Hospital was established in 1981. We assisted in the acquisition of the practice and the real estate, and we provide corporate counsel.
  • Oak Knoll Veterinary Hospital – Oak Knoll Animal Hospital has been a St. Louis Park landmark for more than 25 years. We assisted in the acquisition of real estate, and we provide corporate counsel.
  • Valley View Pet Hospital – This Burnsville veterinary hospital provides a full selection of procedures and products to support the good health of pets. We assisted in the acquisition of real estate and we provide corporate counsel.
  • Delano Veterinary Clinic – We assisted the owner acquire real estate property and clinic space.
  • Elm Creek Veterinary Hospital – We assisted the veterinarian in the sale of the practice and real estate.

John T. Brandt

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Admitted

  • Minnesota (1991)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (1992)

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota — J.D. (1991)
  • Saint Mary’s University, Winona, Minnesota — B.A. (1987)
  • Member Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society (1987)

Biography

  • Voted Super Lawyer by Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics (2000)

John grew up in NE Minneapolis where he attended Edison High School. Following graduation, John played hockey in the USHL, and he later went on to St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota to be an All-Conference hockey player, captain of the golf team, and honor student. John then enrolled at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, where he obtained his law degree in 1991.

John lives in rural Hennepin County, and he has two high-school-aged children and a dog named Sidney (for Sidney Crosby, of course). He keeps himself busy coaching hockey, golfing, fishing, gardening, and by acting as an ATM and taxi driver for his children.

Representative Cases:

  • Minor Child v. Biological Father — We brought a paternity action on behalf of a minor child against the biological father. The court determined that the original lump sum settlement with the biological mother was not enforceable against minor child, and we obtained a lump sum award of child support from the biological father.
  • Kost v. Peterson, Anoka County, Minnesota — (1990). As a law clerk, John researched and drafted a brief which persuaded the trial judge to follow a Minnesota Court of Appeals dissenting opinion on whether an “urban vs. rural” distinction was a question of fact or a question of law. The trial court ruled as opined by the dissent that the question should be one of fact.
  • Anonymous Client v. Insurance Company — (1994). John convinced an insurance company that the co-insurance statutory requirements had not been followed when his client obtained co-insurance fire coverage. The client ended up receiving insurance proceeds for 100% of its loss rather than being penalized and receiving less than 70% of its loss. This resulted in the client receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars more in benefits.
  • Siwek Lumber & Millwork, Inc., et al., v. City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota — (1995). John obtained summary judgment against the City of Minneapolis, which precluded the City from asserting immunity defense claims. The City had negligently maintained a fire hydrant, the failure of which allowed a lumberyard fire to burn out of control. The client received a very favorable settlement.
  • Struthers v. Struthers, Hennepin County, Minnesota — (1994). John negotiated a settlement in a marital dissolution case which the opposing party later attempted to vacate. The trial court denied the motion to vacate, and that decision was then affirmed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
  • Miller v. Stanchfield Motors, Inc., Anoka County, Minnesota. John defended Stanchfield Motors, Inc. in a personal injury lawsuit, and he obtained a directed verdict (the judge directed judgment in favor of John’s client before allowing the jury to decide).
  • Smothers v. Insurance Restoration Specialties, Inc., Anoka County, Minnesota. John successfully defended a negligence claim against his client by asserting a claim of spoliation of evidence. The judge sanctioned the opposing party by suppressing key evidence, resulting in summary judgment in favor of our client.
  • Metropolitan Airports Commission v. Vossberg, et al., Hennepin County, Minnesota — (1996). John represented a client in an eminent domain proceeding. He defeated the plaintiff’s motion for a “quick-take” of the client’s property, and he obtained a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Real Estate Management v. City Billiards, Inc., Hennepin County, Minnesota (2004). Despite the landlord’s claims of numerous violations of a lease, ordinances, and statutes, John went to trial and defeated the landlord’s attempt to evict the client.
  • Lubinski v. Ramsey County Sheriff, Ramsey County District Court. Our client was denied a permit to carry a gun because of a gun-related crime to which he had previously pled guilty. The judge ruled in our client’s favor, and he was given his permit to carry a gun. The sheriff was ordered to pay costs and attorneys’ fees and attorneys’ fees of John’s client.

T. Keith Cambre

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Email: [email protected]

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Admitted

  • Minnesota (1985)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (1985)

Education

  • Hamline University School of Law — J.D. (1985)
  • Carleton College — B.A., cum laude (1979)

Biography

Keith came from Hawai’i to Minnesota for college some 40 years ago, and he ended up making the colder state his permanent home. He maintains his connection with the Islands by playing the ukulele and by wearing aloha shirts whenever he can. Keith is active in his parish of St. Gabriel the Archangel in Hopkins. He is a film buff and enjoys swimming and biking.

Representative Cases:

  • John A. Dalsin & Son, Inc. v. Metropolitan Council — Ramsey County, Minnesota (2005). We won a trial verdict for our client on claims of monies owing and breach of contract.
  • Schwartz v. Schwartz — Minnesota Court of Appeals (2006). The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s findings in favor of our client in matters of custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and property division.
  • M&S Roofing, Inc. v. Ketroser — Hennepin County, Minnesota (2009). We successfully obtained the full amount owing on our client’s mechanic’s lien claims, including an award of attorneys’ fees.
  • Deeb v. Elashri — Hennepin County, Minnesota (2014). We won a trial verdict for our client on claims that his former employer violated the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, resulting in awards of damages and attorneys’ fees.
  • P.G. v. CEA, et al. This was a personal injury case involving a severely injured client who slipped and fell on an icy apartment driveway. We secured a six-figure settlement for our client.

Representative Clients:

  • John A. Dalsin & Son, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is a century old, family-owned, roofing and sheet metal contractor, providing services throughout the Twin Cities Area. Representative projects include the Mall of America and the re-roofing of the Cathedral of St. Paul. We have represented Dalsin in commercial litigation, insurance defense, and in mechanic’s liens.
  • Roofers Mart, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota. Roofers Mart has been a distributor of commercial roofing products throughout the Twin Cities for over 30 years. We have represented Roofers Mart in commercial litigation, mechanic’s liens, and in corporate matters.

Gary E. Persian

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Email: [email protected]

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Practice Areas

Admitted

  • Minnesota
  • Minnesota State Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • 7th and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School J.D.

Member

  • American Veterinary Medical Law Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Animal Law Section

Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award (2016) — Minnesota Service Station and Convenience Store Association
  • Veterinary Service Award (2000) — Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

Representative Cases

  • Balch v. Telex Corp. 382 F2d 211 (8th Cir. 1967)
  • International Finance Corp. v. Rieger 137 NW2d 172 (Minn. 1965)
  • Pickerign v. Pasco Marketing 228 NW2d 562 (Minn. 1975)
  • Thompson v. Amoco Oil Co. 705 F.Supp. 1349 (C.D. Ill 1989)
  • St. Louis Park Inv. v. R.L. Johnson Inv. Co. 411 NW2d 283 (Minn. Ct. App. 1987)
  • State v. Guminga 395 NW2d 344 (Minn. 1986)
  • F.&H. Investment Co. v. Sackman-Gilliland Corp. 232 NW2d 769 (Minn. 1975)
  • Minnesota v. Mille Lacs Band, et al. 526 US 172 (1999)

Staff

Sandy Xiong

LEGAL ASSISTANT
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Sandy graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2014 after receiving her B.A. in Psychological Science. An enthusiastic participant in academic leadership and social justice programs, Sandy has spent the last two years working as a paralegal and legal assistant in both Minneapolis and Hopkins. She provides top-notch administrative and secretarial support to the legal team at Merrigan, Brandt, Ostenso & Cambre, P.A., and is a valuable member of the MBOC family.

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Merrigan, Brandt, Ostenso & Cambre, P.A. is dedicated to customer satisfaction in Minnetonka. We recognize that our clients have busy lives, which is why we offer flexible office hours and a convenient Hopkins location with plenty of parking. To set up an appointment with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, call us today at (952) 933-2390.