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Smart and practical. Strategic and tenacious. Friendly and accessible. Best & Flanagan’s practice is founded on the belief that we provide the best advice when we understand our clients, their businesses, their goals and their people, and when the lines of communication with our clients and their other advisors are broad and deep. Whether we are providing business or real estate advice, individual estate and private wealth planning or representation in a dispute, you can expect a customized approach and a team dedicated to understanding where you want to go and helping you get there.
Karolina
Karolina
Karolina M. Brekken-Hoerl / Attorney
Cathy GorlinCathy Gorlin
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Cathy E. Gorlin / Attorney
Matthew GollingerMatthew Gollinger
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Matthew J. Gollinger / Attorney
Kyle HardwickKyle Hardwick
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Kyle R. Hardwick / Attorney
Sarah CrippenSarah Crippen
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Sarah E. Crippen / Attorney
Cathy Gorlin

Cathy E. Gorlin is a member of the firm’s Family Law practice area. She represents parties in a range of family law matters, including marriage dissolution cases with complex financial estates and business valuations. She has more than 31 years of experience litigating and negotiating family law disputes, including marriage dissolutions, post-decree disputes, parentage and custody disputes, prenuptial agreements, living together agreements and appeals. She is a mediator and has considerable experience representing clients in alternative dispute resolution, including Collaborative Law. Cathy is an aggressive and effective advocate for her clients.

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My favorite part of my work is spending time with clients, gaining a comprehensive understanding of their goals and concerns, and distilling that information into a plan of action focused on a successful conclusion.

Matt Gollinger is a litigation partner at Best & Flanagan with an extensive background in a wide variety of dispute advocacy. His experience includes first-party property insurance coverage/measurement, class actions, financial services, real estate, trade secret misappropriation, E&O, D&O, managed care and comprehensive general liability, reinsurance, multi-party construction disputes, and more.

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What excites and energizes me about practicing law at Best & Flanagan is having the opportunity to roll up my sleeves, dig in to the case or negotiation, work with talented and thoughtful attorneys, and provide results that clients deserve.

Kyle Hardwick is a construction and energy law attorney. He drafts and negotiates construction, design, supply chain and procurement contracts for owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors. Kyle also litigates construction, real estate, and commercial cases in state and federal courts.

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Just as Best & Flanagan has given me a great platform to build a practice that fits my strengths and goals, I want to provide clients with creative, focused advice that advances your unique business objectives.

Sarah Crippen currently serves as the firm’s Managing Partner. She also chairs the Employment and Labor Practice Group and is a former chair of the Litigation Section. Sarah’s practice focuses on employment advice and litigation, as well as general civil litigation and trial work. In addition to her employment law practice, Sarah handles general business litigation matters including contract, construction, insurance and reinsurance, and probate and estate disputes. Her litigation experience includes significant pretrial and motion practice, court and jury trials, regulatory and administrative hearings, and mediation and arbitration.  Sarah is also a Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutral.

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