About

Jeffrey C. O’Brien is a shareholder with the law firm of Lommen Abdo, P.A., practicing in the areas of business, leisure activities and real estate law.

Mr. O’Brien’s clients including real estate agents, developers and investors, community banks, title companies, restaurant operators, manufacturing companies, franchised businesses, financial advisors and insurance agents and consulting businesses. He has significant experience with the formation of new businesses.

Mr. O’Brien is the Chair of Lommen Abdo’s Food, Beverage & Leisure law practice. He represents multiple craft breweries and distilleries, helping them with financing issues, real estate matters, the launch of their businesses, intellectual property protection, operational issues and all of their other legal needs. Jeff has several other niche practice areas, including his work with individuals financing a business venture and/or acquiring real estate through the use of self-directed retirement accounts.

Mr. O’Brien is a Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Real Property Specialist and the voice of the “Legal Minute” on the Minnesota Home Talk radio show.  He is also a regular guest on such shows as the Minnesota Beercast, the BS Show and Mackey and Judd.  He hosts his own podcast, Case in Point, on 1500 ESPN.

Mr. O’Brien attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated with honors in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering as a member of the first class of students to graduate with such a degree. He received his juris doctor with honors from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2000 and is admitted to practice in the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

He has held numerous leadership positions in a wide variety of organizations and has served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations.

A frequent lecturer and writer, Mr. O’Brien has presented and written articles on a variety of topics such as asset protection planning, entity conversions, real estate law and real estate lending and loan documentation and other general business matters.  He has also been featured on a variety of

Mr. O’Brien has been named as a Minnesota Super Lawyer since 2013. Previously he had been named a Minnesota Super Lawyer “Rising Star” every year since 2008, a designation reserved for only 2.5 percent of all attorneys in Minnesota.  In 2014, he was named by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as one of its “Forty Under 40”.

A resident of Albertville, Minnesota and an active member of the local community, Mr. O’Brien served several terms on the Board of Directors of his neighborhood homeowners’ association including as its President, and he has been involved with the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wright County Economic Development Partnership. He has also served as a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission for the City of Albertville.

Mr. O’Brien is a passionate networker and prides himself on leveraging his connections for the benefit of his clients and others’ businesses.

Areas of Practice:
Real Estate Law
Business Law
Brewery Law
Sports and Entertainment Law
Entity Formations
Business Transactions
Mergers and Acquisitions
Contract Drafting
Trademark Registrations
Franchising
Business Loan Documentation
Corporate Finance/Securities
Real Estate Transactions
Registration Proceedings
Quiet Title Actions
Commercial Leasing
Landlord-Tenant/Unlawful Detainer
Condominiums/Homeowners Associations
Commercial Real Estate Loan Documentation
Mechanic’s Lien Litigation
Mortgage Foreclosures
Estate and Business Succession Planning
Wills
Trusts
Family Limited Partnerships
Buy-Sell Agreements
Probate Law
Probate Administration
Probate Litigation

Certification/Specialties:
Board Certified Real Property Specialist, MSBA

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota, 2000
Wisconsin, 2006
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2003

Education:
William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota, 2000
J.D.
Honors: Cum Laude

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, 1997
B.S.
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Aquinas Scholar
Major: Manufacturing Engineering

Honors and Awards:
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal 40 Under 40, 2014
Minnesota Super Lawyers, since 2013
Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2008 – 2012
MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section
State Bar of Wisconsin
State Bar of Wisconsin, Business Law Section
State Bar of Wisconsin, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section
American Bar Association
American Bar Association, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section
CIC Midwest (Planning Committee, Publications Subcommittee)
Gaia Collective, Board of Directors, 2001-2004
American Association of Microbusinesses, Board of Directors, 2008-2012
U.S.- China Business Connections, Board of Directors, 2010