Patrick J. Hynes


St. Paul



Patrick Hynes is a Shareholder and Chair of the St. Paul Division. As a lobbyist, Patrick spends the majority of his time interfacing with legislators, executive branch officials, and clients — in addition to overseeing all business operations for the Government Relations office. He is also an attorney and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

Patrick focuses his work on educating and advocating. With nearly 20 years of legislative and private practice experience, Patrick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and his time spent as an attorney grants him invaluable insight into both sides of the legislative equation — client-facing and legal-facing. Having served in the Minnesota Senate for six years in a number of key positions, including policy advisor to the Senate Majority Leader, Patrick understands the nuances of legislative procedure that can be the difference between success and failure during the crush of legislative activity. For instance, as the Intergovernmental Relations Counsel at the League of Minnesota Cities, Patrick represented the interests of over 800 cities at the Legislature, and was called to the testimony table many times to explain the potential impacts of bills and legislation. 

As a private practice attorney, Patrick represented numerous clients in complex construction defect litigation and provided legal advice and counsel to small businesses, individuals, and local units of government. Patrick enjoys learning the details of his clients’ businesses and organizations and working with them to achieve their goals, whether they relate specifically to legislative work or to the overall success of the organization. He believes that a strong government relations practice is inextricably linked to successful organizations — and he loves being a part of both.

Representative Experience
  • Represented the North American Council on Adoptable Children on a pro bono basis to pass legislation strengthening Minnesota’s commitment to families who adopt children, particularly those adopted from foster care.

  • Represented a group of Minnesota businesses as part of a coalition of organizations to pass bipartisan legislation curbing abusive lawsuits under the Minnesota Human Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Secured passage of a multi-million dollar capital investment project for a local unit of government in the Twin Cities.

Publications & Presentations



  • Presenter, “2023 Legislative Update” – Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Techniques Seminar, August 2023
  • Presenter, “2021 Legislative Update” – Community Associations Institute Minnesota Law Seminar, October 2021
  • Presenter, “2017 MCIOA Amendments: Maintenance, Defects, and Disclosures” – CAI Minnesota Law Seminar, 2017

  • Presenter, “Legislative Update” – Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Employment Law Committee, 2016

  • Presenter, “Legislative Update” – Minnesota Association of City Attorneys, 2015

  • Presenter, “Fixing the Public Entity Sales Tax Exemption on Construction Materials” – Municipal Utilities Legal Seminar, 2014

  • Presenter, “Legislative Update” – Minnesota Association of City Attorneys, 2014

  • Presenter, “Legislative Update” – Minnesota Association of City Attorneys, 2013

Professional & Community


  • Minnesota


  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement 

  • Minnesota Land Trust, Secretary and Board Member
Honors & Distinctions
  • Champion of Change Award, North American Council on Adoptable Children, 2018
  • Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
  • Friend of Greater Minnesota, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, 2015
  • Volunteer of the Year, Community Associations Institute, Minnesota Chapter, 2011