Practical, Efficient, and Collaborative Solutions
Avisen is a boutique business law firm in Minneapolis that provides you with direct access to partner-level attorneys who work collaboratively to meet your business and legal goals. Our partners are veterans of AmLaw 200 Firms and sophisticated corporate legal departments. We care deeply about our clients and provide them with personal attention and tailored advice. We have the breadth and depth of experience to handle your most complex transactions, and the structure and innovative approach to provide practical and efficient advice to meet your day-to-day legal needs.
Business Attorneys Serving Minneapolis
We represent businesses, business-owners, investors, investment funds and non-profits on the legal issues that relate to the formation, operation, growth and sale of their enterprises. We also represent individuals, families and business owners on their estate plans and succession planning. If you are starting up a business, fund or non-profit, buying or selling a company, investing in a business, hiring or firing employees, negotiating contracts, raising capital, building a plant, or you need to set up your estate to take care of the next generation, reach out to us for timely, efficient and sensible legal solutions.
Why Choose Avisen Legal
One benefit of working with Avisen is the breadth and depth of perspective we have gained over our many years of private practice. When you hire one of us, you will work directly with an experienced lawyer who provides you with personal attention and a pragmatic approach to solve your problems quickly and efficiently.
Why It Matters to Partner with Us
Avisen Legal empowers your growing enterprise to strategize and resolve the compound issues that intersect law and business. Indeed, we are an entrepreneurial law firm with a documented, unique approach that qualifies us to deliver superior results.
We’ve been there, done that.
As a smaller firm, we operate more efficiently and personally and give you what you need. We don’t have billable hours requirements, which allows us to focus exclusively on what’s in your best interest, not on hour quotas.
Running a Business Boutique Law Firm: A “Todd Talk” with Avisen Legal Co-Founder Todd Taylor
Todd Talk – A Discussion on Client Service and Founding Avisen Legal
Two lawyers walk into a bar. Should be a start of a good joke (Bar sinks in the ocean, catches fire, etc…).But the two lawyers had a serious concern. Both were partners in a big law firm and were looking for a more entrepreneurial, collaborative, and healthy legal services model – one more focused on client service with a “clients always come first” approach. We knew this type of model encouraged a better connection to clients without the pressure to bill to cover outsized overhead costs.
We knew we could build a better law firm, a boutique firm that focused on business law for businesses and the entrepreneurs who owned them including mom and pop shops, non-profits, fast growing tech companies, licensed professionals, energy and ag-tech companies and more. We love working with entrepreneurs as kindred spirits since every lawyer at Avisen Legal is also an entrepreneur.
“Uh VIZE en”. It comes from “advise.” Drop the “d” on advise and add an “n” at the end for “Avisen”. The name comes from the later middle English period – think Geoffrey Chaucer. The term means “To Advise,” so we thought it was a fitting name for our unique law firm.
Seriously though, we Advise. We advise our clients and help them achieve success even in difficult situations.
You know, naming a company is not easy. We knew we didn’t want to name the firm using each of our last names like so many other law firms. We’d have been looking at some weird acronym like “EEFLTS,” and then we’d be answering what the heck an “EEFLTS” is – – no thanks! We spent quite a few hours brainstorming names, sitting in a conference room or at a bar. Avisen it is.
Because we are also entrepreneurs, we understand what you need to run a successful business.We also average over 20 years of experience per lawyer doing amazing work for amazing clients, so we’ve seen a lot. Most small firms can provide the first, but not the second. Big firm lawyers can do the second, but many of them don’t really have experience in running a business so its not easy for them to relate to an entrepreneur.
Plus, let’s see a big law firm marketing committee approve answers like this!
I cannot stress enough how important this is to us: We are in the client service business.
Yes, we deliver amazing legal services, but we acknowledge the importance client service plays in our role as trusted advisors. We do our best only when we give our clients outstanding client service.
We promptly return phone calls and emails, even if it is just to acknowledge your message and set a time for a more complete response. We listen when you discuss your business and why it is important to you. We care.
If we make a mistake, we own it and fix it.
We always look for a way to say “yes.” While sometimes it might be “yes, but” we know our role is to advise, not make decisions for you.
We welcome feedback on how we can improve.
We treat our employees with respect, so they are empowered to do their best for you.
We treat our clients, their teams, and their staff with respect.
“Nobody will care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt.
Please discuss the importance of collegiality between lawyers at the firm and the role this plays in delivering exceptional service.
As a boutique and smaller law firm by design, our lawyers often work closely with each other. Our culture strongly encourages and rewards collegiality for a better work experience, which we know translates into a better client experience. This commitment to one another allows our lawyers to provide exceptional service and advice because they can talk to each other, brainstorm, and bring in subject matter experts without negatively affecting our clients’ budgets.
What have you learned at other law firms about the importance of delivering the highest levels of service?
We may be a boutique business law firm, but our experience at big law firms means we know what it takes to get very complicated and time-sensitive deals done. But our job as lawyers is to deliver the best service for a client regardless of how many 0’s in the deal. Every client is important to us.
We regularly get clients leaving big law firms. Their story often goes like this: “Big firm partner told us all about her great experience and we hired her. But then we get introduced to a junior partner and an even more junior associate. Next thing we know we are only talking to the junior associate who doesn’t really know anything about us or about our legal issues. We didn’t hire the junior associate.”
We are all partner-level lawyers, capable of handling what a client needs effectively and efficiently. We don’t need to sell you on a low “blended” rate between very expensive partners and cheaper (less experienced) associates. You get a reasonable rate from all our lawyers, along with the experience you really need, which will keep your legal fees in check.
Avisen Legal Affiliate Attorney Program
Lawyers on-demand when you need the extra horsepower
At Avisen Legal we know that serving our clients requires the creativity and experience our lawyers have fine-tuned over 20+ years in practice. That’s a given. But we also pride ourselves on building relationships with talented, accomplished, senior lawyers outside the firm that we pull in as needed for their laser-focused experience in one specific area or another. Enter, the Avisen Legal Affiliate Attorney Program.
The Avisen Legal Affiliate Attorney program provides a customized solution for clients who need very specific and complex services on-demand. At Avisen Legal we have a stringent vetting process, the foundation of which are the personal relationships we have developed from our many years in the legal industry. Tapping into our team of Affiliated Attorneys allows us to deliver the most comprehensive solutions for our clients by hand-picking attorneys who stand ready to drop everything and fill a focused and specific client need.
Avisen Attorneys Listen Attentively to Your Story
Chances are that your entrepreneurial story is a lot like ours. With Avisen Legal’s boutique culture, you will always have ongoing access to your attorney(s), who will usually answer their phone when you call (or text). If they are unable to answer your call immediately, they will undoubtedly get right back to you.
By communicating, precisely, and attentively about your business goals, we are confident in our ability to provide the representation you deserve while successfully and cost-effectively serving as your lawyers.