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Brent Fischer counsels and provides solutions for businesses facing complex legal problems. Whether a sole proprietorship or a multinational corporation, every business faces a myriad of legal risks and opportunities. Brent works with clients to identify and develop an approach tailored to their unique business needs and goals, with a focus on conflict resolution.

Brent provides clients with advice on everyday matters and, if necessary, protects their interests in litigation. Though he works primarily as a litigator, Brent finds it equally rewarding to advise clients on how to stay out of court.

Professional Background

Brent joined Hinshaw in April 2018. Previously, he was an attorney at a Minneapolis-based firm, where his practice focused on civil litigation involving construction liability, product liability, and commercial litigation.

Brent's construction experience  includes the defense of contractors, architects, and engineers in construction projects of all types. He has also defended manufacturers and distributors faced with product liability claims related to amusement devices, industrial machinery, and other products.

Although he is admitted to practice in Minnesota state and federal courts, Brent also represents clients pro hac vice in state and federal courts throughout the country.

In addition to being named to the Dean's List during law school, Brent was honored with the Burton Endowed Legal Writing Award for excellence in legal writing.

Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute, Member, 2018–Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 2014–Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, 2014–Present

Representative Matters

Personal Injury Litigation

  • Obtained defense verdict at trial for property-management company in a premises-liability claim.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal for employer-defendant on strength of summary judgment briefing and oral argument in a multi-million dollar quadriplegia case.

Product Liability Litigation

  • Obtained summary-judgment dismissal of Plaintiff's negligence, warranty, and product-defect claims against industrial-machinery dealer.
  • Shared responsibility for preparation and trial of a multi-million dollar case that alleged negligence and strict-liability product-defect claims against the manufacturer of an amusement device. The verdict was for the defense.

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Outside of the office, Brent enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing competitive sports. He represented the United States in 2014 and 2017, playing Australian Rules Football for the USA Revolution in the AFL International Cup.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Minnesota Freeze Australian Rules Football Club
    • President, 2015–2017
    • Vice President, 2013–2015

J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 2014

B.A., Journalism, University of St. Thomas, 2010