Best & Flanagan


Allen D. Barnard


Allen D. Barnard is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice area, as well as its Government and Land Development law practice area. He has over 40 years experience representing individuals, corporations and governments in land use law matters including eminent domain, environmental, zoning and redevelopment law matters. Allen also has handled a large number of civil litigation matters including corporate disputes, securities litigation, complex litigation and general litigation matters. He currently serves as City Attorney and Housing and Redevelopment Attorney for the City of Golden Valley and handles specialized land use matters for other governmental bodies.

His recent transactions include several large condemnation cases for individuals and governments, representation of a client in a lawyer malpractice and securities case, and representation of a purchaser in a purchase agreement case that involves an anticipatory repudiation of a contract before the conditions of the contract could be met. A significant case was Kelly v. Piper Jaffray, et al., a 10-week trial of securities fraud class action, resulting in substantial recovery.

Allen takes an active role in civic and community affairs and has served on various boards and committees in the community. He has been named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. He has taught a number of CLE courses.

In his free time, Allen sails, skis, and enjoys theater, singing in the choir and reading.


  • University of North Dakota B.A., cum laude
  • University of Notre Dame J.D.

Practice Areas


  • State of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association (Eminent Domain Committee; Former Chair, Civil Litigation Section)
  • Hennepin County Eminent Domain JIG Revision Committee