Business Litigation

Fiduciary Duty & Shareholder Claims

One of the most stressful, challenging, and uncertain times in the life of a business is when disputes arise between a company’s shareholders, members, partners, officers, or directors. The attorneys in Messerli Kramer’s Business Litigation group represent shareholders, business owners, officers, directors, and their companies during these difficult times. Whether the case involves a breach of fiduciary duties by an officer, director, or shareholder; a claim for a buy-out; oppression of minority shareholders or other ownership disputes, the lawyers on our shareholder litigation team have a well-earned reputation for aggressively protecting their client’s interests. We seek creative, business-driven solutions to the complex issues involved when disputes arise amongst company owners or executives. Our team has a wealth of experience handling litigation involving all types of corporate entities (corporations, LLCs, partnerships, non-profits), including those ranging from very small startups to large established companies. We first work to understand your business and its needs, and then formulate an effective, cost-efficient strategy to match.

Representative Experience

  • Represented majority owner in extended multimillion dollar fiduciary duty/partnership dispute, including trial and appellate court proceedings; obtaining summary judgment award for distributions and attorney fees in excess of $1,000,000. Hall v. Hall, 2015 Minn. App. and Hall v. Hall, Ramsey County District Court.

  • Represented derivative shareholder plaintiffs in breach of fiduciary duty and negligence claims against officers and directors of Voyager Bank. Boyt et al v. Owens et al.

  • Represented defendant-corporation’s shareholder against breach of fiduciary duty claims. Steinmetz and ThinLight Technologies Corp. v. Lindblad et al.

  • Represented majority owner in successful defense of multi-million dollar minority shareholder forced buy-out attempt; obtaining an order for dismissal of the majority of Plaintiff’s claims.

  • Represented bank owners and directors in alleged breach of fiduciary duty and fraud cases.

  • Represented shareholders in matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and mandatory buy-out claims.

  • Represented co-owner of business in case involving improper exclusion from company, and improper termination and removal from role as chief manager and member of the board of governors.

  • Represented sole owner of family-controlled corporation in ownership/control dispute involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty and injunctive relief.

  • Represented majority owner of significant retail/distribution company against claims of breach of fiduciary duty; obtaining resolution in early mediation.


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Joshua A. Hasko

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