Attorney Profile

Craig Hanson


Real Estate, Project Development, and Business Attorney Serving your Legal Needs

Real Estate Attorney | Business Law Firm | Business Legal Advice


Highly skilled and experienced legal professional who focuses on advising individuals and business to help them accomplish their short-term objectives and meet their long-term goals.

Professional experience

  • A 160-attorney full-service law firm with offices in Minnesota and Washington, D.C.
  • A management consulting firm


Representative matters

  • Assisted client in the design, development and marketing of an upscale residential housing project which included the formation and regulatory approval for its own private self-contained utility company to provide water and sewage disposal and treatment services
  • Advised & assisted with a 21-unit single family & 40-unit town home development connected to the city park and pavilion/skating track in downtown Maple Grove, MN
  • Advised and assisted with an 85-unit single-family development—Oak Hill Estates—St. Cloud, MN
  • Advised and assisted in all aspects of redevelopment of a mixed-use project including tax increment financing for a new city library, new community clinic building and a new 69-unit hotel next to the State College in Platteville, WI
  • Advised and assisted in all aspects of redevelopment, of a lakeside blighted site next to the downtown area, which consists of a restaurant, hotel and condominiums in Detroit Lakes, MN
  • Advised and assisted with the development of an 82-unit assisted living facility with a 50-bed expansion capability
  • Advised companies in the areas of corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, governance, joint ventures and other strategic business arrangements and drafted and negotiated commercial agreements
  • Drafted and negotiated software and technology agreements including development, licensing, service and reseller agreements
  • Assisted client in the negotiation of the sale of a business to a Canadian corporation through a two-staged sale process, which included earn-outs performance bonuses and stock options, which resulted in the client receiving its asking price plus the potential of increasing it by 50 percent based upon future performance
  • Advised technology company as its general counsel, from formation to growth through strategic acquisitions and consulted on all major business or legal matters
  • Assisted private equity portfolio company in the redemption of membership units from the company’s original owner
  • Assisted technology company in a series of strategic acquisitions to further its goal of becoming the leader it its niche market
  • Assisted technology company in the sale of non-core division
  • Served as outside counsel to board of governors for private equity portfolio company
  • Advised client and drafted documents for merger of multiple, separately owned equipment dealerships into one operating unit
  • Advised residential home builder on structuring a financing package which included lines of credit, individual construction loans and real estate development loans
  • Advised clients on business planning matters to protect the assets and business they built and ensure the family relationship remains strong after they pass



  • William Mitchell School of Law, adjunct instructor, Business Practicum Course, 2008 – 2010


Professional associations

  • Stearns/Benton Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • ABA, American Bar Association


Community involvement

  • Provides pro bono legal advice to several non-profits, 2006 – present
  • Vice President of UCP—Central Minnesota
  • Small Business Clinic Volunteer
  • Central Minnesota Habitat For Humanity Board of Directors, 2004 – 2010
  • St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program Graduate



J.D., Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN, 1998 – 2001
  • Licensed in Minnesota 2001


MBA, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 1999 – 2001
B.A., Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, 1994 – 1998
  • Healthcare Financial Management
  • Psychology

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