Scott Neilson

Attorney, Shareholder
(612) 252-2879 LinkedIn

“Clients trust me to fix their problems. I am known for rolling up my sleeves to figure out the best approach, provide insightful advice, and achieve a solid solution.”

When there is a contentious issue that may present a liability concern, clients turn to me for the breadth of knowledge and broad perspective that comes with my 25 years of experience handling a wide variety of matters.

Whether I am providing counsel, handling a project, or managing litigation across the country as National Coordinating Counsel, clients rely on me to analyze the situation and resolve the problem quickly and cost effectively. I represent individuals, small businesses, and large corporations nationwide with litigation matters, including:

  • business
  • product liability
  • contract
  • fraud
  • negligence
  • shareholder
  • employment
  • real estate

My pragmatic approach focuses on minimizing risk, avoiding litigation whenever possible, and bringing the issue to a close. I will listen to gather the facts and discern your goals, advise on the best course of action, and work diligently to achieve it. I am comfortable talking with everyone, from the crew on the factory floor to those in the executive suite, enabling me to dig to the bottom and ensure all facts are considered.

I aim to be an excellent ambassador for my clients. Readily available and highly responsive, I often serve as a first responder for clients when staff attorneys are unavailable. I treat my clients like family because I care and want the best for them.

It is incredibly rewarding to make a tangible difference, providing my clients with the comfort of knowing that no matter what the future holds, they will be prepared for it.


“You can trust Scott 100 percent; he is able to solve unsolvable problems with good, practical advice.”

“Scott is brilliant and his intelligence helps me sleep at night; I know he has my back and is protecting me.”

“When I bring Scott into a matter, my blood pressure immediately lowers because I know he will have it under complete control and drive it to a good resolution.”

“He’s a fierce advocate and isn’t afraid to dig in on tough issues. I know that Scott can resolve any problem I give him.”


Cathy Fisher
(612) 252-2821

  • Successfully defended large pool products manufacturer in high-profile national media case involving evisceration of a young child in a wading pool at a private country club, in which plaintiffs initially sought more than $30M in future medical expenses alone, by obtaining admissions in depositions from the other defendant, the private country club, to pinpoint the cause on a series of maintenance failures by the other defendant
  • National coordinating counsel for litigation involving large corporation with diverse interests
  • National coordinating counsel for multiple defendants named in asbestos and other national product-liability litigation
  • Obtained numerous multi-million-dollar recoveries in various insurance coverage disputes
  • Representation of businesses and individuals in all types of contract, collection, fraud, and negligence matters
  • Representation of employers and employees with respect to non-competition agreements, trade secrets, discrimination, contracts, employee handbooks, and other issues
  • Representation of businesses and individuals relating to shareholder, ownership, and fiduciary duty issues
  • Representation of corporations in class-action litigation
  • Successful litigation of numerous real estate cases involving, among others, disputes concerning title, prescriptive easements, cartways, property lines, contracts for deed, mortgages, equitable mortgages, predatory lending, and special assessment appeals
  • Recovered title to homes for individuals abused by predatory lending or unscrupulous family members, including eliminating debt owed to such predators
  • Representation of contractors and owners in construction litigation
  • Representation of large corporations named as defendants in vitamin and MSG anti-trust litigation
  • Representation of corporations and individuals in securities litigation
  • Representation of corporations and individuals in ERISA litigation
  • Representation of individuals in trust and estate litigation
  • Regular advisor and representative of Henson Efron, and member of the firm’s initial three-person management committee
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1993
  • B.A., with high honors, University of Notre Dame, 1990
  • Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Multiple state and federal court admissions, pro hac vice
  • AV® Preeminent peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers® in 2004–2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers-Rising Stars® Edition 2000–2004
  • Order of the Coif, University of Minnesota Law School
  • National Moot Court Director and Competition Team
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Youth Coach, Champlin Dayton Athletic Association
  • Lector and Commentator, St. Stephen’s Church
  • North Star Lawyer, Honored by Minnesota State Bar Association for commitment to pro bono service, 2015