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Patrick J. Pazderka


Patrick Pazderka


  • Knowledgeable transactional attorney with significant experience representing clients ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies
  • Focuses corporate and securities practice on corporate governance issues and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting obligations, including disclosure of matters related to executive compensation and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
  • Regularly advises both public and private companies in acquisitions, divestitures and various types of complex contractual matters—with a particular emphasis on technology licensing and procurement
  • Supports emerging and established companies with financing activities, including registered securities offerings, private placements, PIPEs and venture capital financings


Representative Experience 

  • Public company/corporate governance counsel to Marten Transport, Ltd., Mesabi Trust and Select Comfort Corporation
  • Public equity offerings by ev3 Inc. (follow-on / secondary - $166MM), Southwest Casino Corporation (PIPE - $16MM), and Merrill Corporation (IPO - $253MM)
  • Sales and purchases of public and private companies – Purchase of FoxHollow Technologies, Inc. by ev3 Inc. ($741MM); and Sale of Western Aircraft, Inc. to Berkley Aviation Investors, Inc. (amount undisclosed)

University of Minnesota Law School  »  J.D.  »  magna cum laude 

University of St. Thomas  »  B.A.  »  Business Administration and Environmental Studies

University of St. Thomas  »  Certificate  »  Mini Master of Information Technology

Areas of Practice


Securities General CorporateStart-Up & Emerging Companies
Mergers & Acquisitions Venture Capital & Private Equity Licensing & Technology




Industry Experience
Healthcare Information TechnologyMedical DeviceRetail
Minnesota Law & Politics  »  "Rising Star"
Associations & Pro Bono
Hennepin County Bar Association  »  Computer & Technology Law Section  »  Section Officer
Minnesota State Bar Association
National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest  »  Board and Executive Committee Member
University of St. Thomas School of Law  »  Student Mentor

“Understanding Open Source Software: Common Legal Issues and Best Practices” Minnesota State Bar Association - Computer & Technology Law Section, 2014


“Positioning the Company for Financing”, 28th Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference, 2014


“Additive Manufacturing (3D printing, nanotechnology and much, much more)”, The Collaborative Tech.2014 Seminar, 2014

“Roundtable discussion on Mobile Applications: A Moving Target for Risk Management” Minnesota State Bar Association - Computer & Technology Law Section, 2014

“Securities Laws – Qualified and Nonqualified Retirement Plans” 34th Annual Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop – Minnesota State Bar Association – Employee Benefits Section, 2014

“Positioning the Company for Financing” 27th Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference, 2013

“Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act – JOBS Act” Minnesota Angel Network Conference, 2012

“Contract Language, Terms and Conditions for Negotiating SaaS/Cloud Services” Minnesota CSO Executive Summit, 2012

“Draft and Negotiating Software License, Software as a Service and Software Maintenance Agreements” Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP Seminar, 2012

“Positioning the Company for Financing” 26th Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference, 2012

“Understanding Your Third-Party Software Service Agreements: Ownership of Data & Proprietary Rights, Liability & Insurability Considerations,” Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP Privacy & Data Protection Seminar Series, 2010

“Virtual Annual Meetings: Should You Have One? And Other Available Methods to Communicate With Shareholders” Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP Seminar, 2010

“Executive Compensation and Equity Compensation” The Collaborative Seminar, 2009

“A Primer on the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Living With Regulation G” Hennepin County Bar Association - Business and Securities Law Section, 2008

“The Nuts & Bolts of the New E-Proxy Rules” Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP Seminar, 2007