Wilkerson & Hegna has more to offer than the traditional law firm, as our client solutions involve more than simply engaging in litigation. At Wilkerson & Hegna we know what it is like to invest, to run a business and to manage through business litigation. We are civil suit lawyers and real estate attorneys; we provide diverse legal solutions from landlord tenant issues to general legal advice. Whether you are just starting out or you have many years of business experience, we have the tools necessary to protect your legal rights and advance your business and investment goals.

Real Estate

  • We represent individuals and businesses in lawsuits, arbitration and mediation claims pertaining to a broad spectrum of real estate issues. The sharpness of the firm’s litigators paired with the firm’s voluminous background in real estate makes for a robust combination in providing representation from commercial real estate development disputes to undisclosed problems with homes to construction defect claims.

  • Whether you are acquiring a particular piece of commercial property, constructing a single building, or engaging in a large-scale expansion, the attorneys at Wilkerson & Hegna, PLLP have the knowledge and experience to assist you in your endeavors. Our attorneys counsel clients on all matters relating to real estate, including acquisition, financing, development, leasing and sale. Our clients include investors, real estate developers, management companies, lenders, and companies acquiring various interests in real property. We understand the intricacies of developing and building successful construction projects and help our clients at every stage of development.

  • We represent landlords and tenants in the negotiation and enforcement of commercial and residential leases. Our attorneys’ have considerable experience representing commercial and residential landlords in an array of issues, from lease drafting to eviction of tenants.

  • Our experienced real estate attorneys handle many types of cases including, lake access and riparian right cases. We also handle cases concerning building, road and fence encroachments, along with the pending resolutions with neighboring offenders. Our attorneys at Wilkerson & Hegna strive to reach successful boundary line dispute resolutions, which may entail a professional survey, historical use of land and title record searches, mining photographs from previous land use, subdivision inquiries, and researching agreements between prior owners. With expertise in this area of law, our attorneys are prepared to assist our clients every step of the way.

  • At the law firm of Wilkerson & Hegna our lawyers have extensive experience in advising Homeowner’s Associations and management companies on issues of construction defect claims, collections of assessments, foreclosure actions, advising Boards, and drafting governing documents.

  • For numerous reasons, municipalities in Minnesota seem to be over-dependent upon property taxes as a source of revenue to fund public improvements like road construction and installation of sewer lines and sidewalks. These special assessments can be an enormous burden on residential property owners, often costing tens of thousands of dollars or more. The attorneys at Wilkerson & Hegna, PLLP are sympathetic and tired of municipalities taking advantage of property owners through special assessments that are often unnecessary. Our attorneys are prepared to help their clients challenge these assessments.  With a breadth of knowledge and experience, our attorneys representing property owners in property tax appeals, appearing before boards of assessment appeals, obtaining appraisals, attempting to amicably resolve excessive assessments, and pursuing appeals. Because of the complicated nature of special assessment laws, property owners must act quickly to guarantee their rights are protected. Our attorneys are prepared to make sure our clients aren’t charged more than the government is legally allowed to charge.


  • There are many different ways to organize a business, and the entity you select can have a critical effect on your business. Giving your business a solid foundation during the entity formation process is critical to your business’s overall longevity and success. Our attorneys have lengthy knowledge and experience in the area of formation and operation of business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and limited partnerships. For more than 25 years, we have offered our clients a broad range of services, including selection of the proper business entity and drafting and review of applicable articles, including articles of formation. Our attorneys are conscious of our clients’ individual needs, as well as their ability to pay for legal services. We help our client’s prioritize their needs so that we can provide those services that are most important now.

  • The attorneys at Wilkerson & Hegna have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of formation and review of LLC and Corporate Agreements. For more than 25 years, we have offered our clients a broad range of services, including drafting and review of buy/sell agreements, shareholder agreements, maintaining and updating necessary information, including minutes, annual shareholder and member registration, and preparing stock certificates.

  • Enforceable business contracts play a crucial role in the success of your business. The attorneys at Wilkerson & Hegna, PLLP have valuable experience in both drafting new contracts and review existing contracts. Some of the contracts our attorneys can help you with include sales agreements, residential and commercial purchase agreements, lease agreements, licenses, service agreements, options, employment and confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements and vendor agreements.

  • As more Americans become entrepreneurs, they discover that wise business planning is essential to their success today and their financial security tomorrow. Our law firm can help you achieve your goals, and make sure your business assets are protected. Our attorneys represent professionals, small business owners, property owners, and other clients with the goal of protecting their assets against potential litigation, judgments, liens, and fraud. Our firm has expertise in assisting clients to arrange their finances, real property and other assets in a manner that minimizes their exposure to potential creditors.

  • Our attorneys have a breadth of knowledge of both litigation tactics, as well as advising our clients about how to avoid litigation. Our practice includes advice about employment contracts and compensation, employee policy books, sexual harassment claims, employee benefits plans, discrimination claims, including sex, race, age, gender, disability, national origin and others, family and medical leave issues, termination and severance pay, and independent contractor issues.

  • Our attorneys represent businesses who need to protect their financial interests relating to oil, gas, coal and wind energy. Our services include reviewing and negotiating oil leases, oil and gas litigation, royalty and contract disputes.


  • Our firm handles a wide range of litigation for our clients. Our attorneys’ knowledge and experience fully equip them to wage battle in all circumstances and forums, including state and federal court trials, jury trials, arbitrations, mediations, and state and federal court of appeals. With a creative perspective and cost efficiency in mind, we operate the strategies and direction to obtain the best possible remedy. While our trial attorneys shine in traditional court case litigation, we also search for the solution that best suits the client, whether that means marching into highly contentious litigation or offering guidance through mediation, arbitration, or other alternative dispute resolution options to resolve a dispute. In the appropriate circumstance, we also help our transactional clients avoid litigation altogether.

  • When construction defects are alleged, all parties involved face considerable losses. Because the stakes are often high, it is imperative to seek the assistance of a team of experienced, knowledgeable construction defect attorneys. At the Edina office of Wilkerson & Hegna, we provide extensive legal services in disputes arising in the areas of building construction defect claims. Our attorneys have represented hundreds of clients involved in design and construction defect claims, which allows our attorneys to provide the knowledge and practical experience to your case. The firm’s construction defect litigation attorneys have represented an array of clients in this area, including residential homeowners, contractors, subcontractors, homeowner’s associations and commercial landowners. We assist these clients in claims related to a bountiful number of construction defect cases, including water intrusion, roofing issues, mold issues, flooring issues, grading and drainage, windows leaking, foundation problems, and exterior fixture problems (decks, fencing and other problems). Diligent pursuit of remedy for a construction defect issue starts as early as the first sign of construction-related issues. In order to protect your remedies, you may ensure that your claim is handled correctly from the beginning by contacting the experienced construction defect attorneys of Wilkerson & Hegna.

  • Every person or contractor who provides material or labor to the improvement of property is entitled to place a mechanics’ lien on that property, allowing the contractor or building to take possession of the property if the property owner fails to pay for the work completed. With over 25 years of experience representing clients in the construction industry, the attorneys at Wilkerson & Hegna are prepared to advise their clients on the technical requirements that need to be followed to effectively secure a lien on property for work completed, as well as steps that need to be taken before the work is initiated. Our attorneys also assist clients through the process of creating and enforcing a lien, including providing proper notice to the property owner, filing the lien with the county recorder, bringing a civil action against the property owner, filing a Lis Pendens with the county recorder and negotiating and litigating your claims inside and outside of the courtroom. In the alternative, the attorneys at Wilkerson & Hegna have defended property owner’s interests while working to have a lien removed from property. Our experience in mechanics’ lien law gives us an in-depth understanding of the mechanics’ lien process and of technical defaults we can use to a property owner’s advantage.

  • Our attorneys represent numerous commercial entities in collections matters, including business-to-business debt collection, recovery of collateral, Fair Debt Collection Practice Act compliance and defense, Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance and defense, representation of creditors and other interested parties in bankruptcy matters, debt workouts and creditor litigation. We go after our client’s debts with attention to each transaction, while keeping in mind the importance of preserving the relationship between the lender and creditor. We make the utmost effort to provide our clients with regular updates on matters handled by our attorneys and have our clients questions answered quickly and accurately by knowledgeable professionals.

  • Receiving sound advice when facing a business dispute is critical. Wilkerson & Hegna can help you find a cost-effective resolution to your business law matter. Our attorneys understand that protecting your bottom line is critical to your business’ success. Our attorneys are experienced in handling contract related disputes, shareholder disputes, and disputes arising from the sale of a business. In addition, our attorney have years of experience representing businesses facing government agencies, whether the IRS, state, local or municipal governments. Our focus is to help our clients reach a prompt and favorable resolution of their business dispute.

  • Our litigation attorneys have developed extensive knowledge in the various aspects of claim disputes with insurance companies. We also have a wealth of experience in representing insurance companies in subrogation and coverage disputes to coverage disputes between insured parties and insurance companies. Our attorneys have developed an extensive practice in representing residential and commercial property owners in claim disputes with their insurance companies. Our unique familiarity with insurance issues comes from years of experience in construction litigation, real estate and personal injury litigation, giving us an opportune perspective in representing clients in insurance disputes.

More Services

  • Our attorneys can assist your business in compliance with business regulations that if managed correctly, can lead to successful business outcomes.  The attorneys at Wilkerson & Hegna in Edina, Minnesota have represented a diverse group of individuals and businesses in all areas of commercial law, including regulatory actions. We are well-equipped to help you achieve the best possible results in these matters.

  • No matter the industry your business occupies, whether it be real estate, restaurants, services or retail establishments, the complexities of licensing matters can affect the success of your business. With their experience and wisdom, the attorneys at Wilkerson & Hegna can guide you through the licensing requirements that apply to your business. We also have extensive experience in representing businesses and individuals accused of violating licensing requirements, including matters if malpractice, and disputes regarding copyrights, trade markets and other forms of intellectual property.

  • Our attorneys have experience creating management structures for independent contractors to conform to Minnesota and federal laws, and drafting contractor agreements, procedures and protocols that protect all sides of the employment relationship.

  • At Wilkerson & Hegna, we understand that engaging in time-consuming and costly litigation is not always in the best interest of our clients.  Whether our clients are facing commercial lease dispute, a personal injury, denial of a property damage insurance claim or a real estate concern, our attorneys provide skilled and creative alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services in the areas of arbitration and mediation. Arbitration and mediation are intended to be, and often are, less costly and less time-consuming than litigation, and can sometimes produce the best possible outcomes for our clients. Our attorneys provide sound legal advice to parties engaged in this process.

  • Minnesota weather is notorious for causing property damage to homes and businesses, and insurance companies routinely look for reasons to exclude, minimize, or deny coverage. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing both insurance companies and clients in insurance defense claims against real estate agents, brokers, closing companies, brokers and title insurance companies. Our attorneys also assist our clients in negotiating and challenging adjustments made by insurance companies for property damage claims. We use our extensive real-estate experience to understand the complexities of each client’s case and our honed litigation skills to pursue creative and effective legal strategies that are most likely to lead to favorable outcomes.

  • At Wilkerson & Hegna, our representation of your interests does not end with the verdict of a judge or jury. Our attorneys zealously continue to advocate for our clients in appeals. Our attorneys have been called upon to represent appellants and respondents before appellate courts at many levels.