Mark K. Thompson

Minneapolis Business Litigation Attorney

Attorney Mark Thompson

Mark K. Thompson has been practicing business law and litigation since 1999. His business litigation experience is broad. In addition, he has extensive appellate experience in civil and criminal matters. Mark founded his law firm, MKT Law, PLC, in 2012 after over a decade with a larger downtown law firm.

MKT Law’s clients include businesses and individuals in the Minneapolis / St. Paul metro, throughout greater Minnesota, across the nation, and even around the globe. MKT Law, PLC is focused on representing small and mid-sized businesses in litigation. MKT Law represents a broad array of professionals, contractors, oil and biofuel companies, real estate brokers and developers, health care providers, restaurants, bars, and much more.

If the case concerns litigation, MKT Law, PLC can help.

MKT Law, PLC provides personalized representation with an understanding for business that only comes from individuals who have owned their own business. Because litigation is always fluid and constantly evolving, you need a lawyer who can see the changes coming and a law firm that is agile enough to alter course quickly and meet the next challenge rapidly. As a smaller firm that only litigates, MKT Law does all this and more.

MKT Law, PLC leverages new technologies to assist in handling cases efficiently, economically, and effectively. The firm is continuously analyzing emerging technological tools to determine if they can be a benefit in practice. We look beyond what is being marketed as “tech for lawyers” and evaluate new advances no matter what industry they may be geared to initially. By doing this, MKT Law can be on the cutting edge of new tech tools and use these skills and the inherent advantage to stay ahead of opponents with much larger budgets and what appears to be many more resources.

Mark is a proactive, creative, and strategic litigator. In 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, he was named a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Law & Politics, Twin Cities Business Monthly, and Mpls. / St. Paul Magazine. Mark has extensive experience in complex commercial cases before state and federal courts and in arbitrations. He is adept in handling cases from the trial court level and up on appeal.

Recently, Mark’s client was victorious in holding a contractor liable on an oral promise to split the profits from a commercial renovation project, and was awarded the full amount of attorney’s fees incurred and pierced the corporate veil to hold the owner personally liable. In another recent case, after three days of trial, Mark’s landlord client successfully fended off a tenant’s lawsuit alleging a failure to maintain and repair with no liability. In yet another, Mark’s homeowner client obtained a six-figure settlement in a construction defect case on an historic Minneapolis mansion after defeating summary judgment alleging spoliation of evidence. In one last example, Mark is still proud of a case involving a farmer-landlord client where he convinced the Court of Appeals to reverse an award of about $500,000.00 in a lease dispute over a right of first refusal for a wild rice farm a few years ago.

At MKT Law: Litigation is our Business. SM

Areas of Practice

  • Business Dispute
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Leases
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Formation of a Business
  • Franchising
  • Incorporation
  • Infringement
  • Liens
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • LLC
  • Shareholder Disputes

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota, 2014

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: Computer Legal Internet Committee (CLIC)--President and co-founder
  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • B.A. - May, 1996
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Has Isaacs v. American Iron & Steel Altered The Pleading, Policy And Purpose Supporting Shareholder Dispute Claims Under Section 302A.467, 28 Hamline L. Rev. 479, 2005

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • Corporations: How Human Are They? Do They Have A Right To The Free Exercise of Religion?, University of Minnesota - McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, January 19, 2014
  • Ethics and Debt Collection Techniques - Frequent speaker, Lorman Educational Services, May 1, 2002 - Present
  • Civil Rights Moot Court - Co-Director & Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, August 25, 2007 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • "Rising Star", Minnesota Law & Politics, 2005
  • "Rising Star", Minnesota Law & Politics, 2006
  • "Rising Star", Minnesota Law & Politics, 2007
  • "Rising Star", Minnesota Law & Politics, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • U. S. District Court--District of Minnesota's Attorney Advisory Committee, Committee Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • LegalCORPS Pro Bono representation of low-income owners of small businesses, May 31, 2014 - Present

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