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Robert Carlson

Phone: 612.840.3297


General Corporate Law
Commercial Law
Purchase/Sale of Businesses
Shareholder Agreements
Labor and Employment
Real Estate
Technology Transfer Agreements

Bob has experience as a partner in an established law firm, as in-house counsel, and as an attorney for state government. He joined the General Counsel, Ltd. in 1992. 

From 1986 to 1992, Bob was a partner with the law firm of Holmes & Graven, Chartered, in Minneapolis. During that time he represented a variety of corporations and provided advice and counsel in the area of general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, contracts, intellectual property and licensing, corporate secretarial, and employee benefits and employment law. In addition, he was involved with the formation and start-up of a number of new businesses, providing them with varied assistance, including incorporation, financing, shareholder agreements, employment contracts, franchise agreements, and licensing agreements. 

From 1984 to 1986, he was Assistant General Counsel of Apache Corporation, a publicly traded company then headquartered in Minneapolis. He was responsible for Apache's general corporate matters, including acquisitions, financing, employment matters, licensing, litigation management, review of corporate secretarial function, and the management of outside attorneys. During this time he developed a computerized system to monitor and control outside legal costs and also developed a standardized billing policy for Apache's outside attorneys. Both led to lower costs and better management of the outside counsel relationships. He was involved in several acquisitions, totaling $700,000,000, including the negotiations, drafting of documents, financing, due diligence and integration of the purchased assets into Apache. 

In 1978, Bob joined Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Loram is a manufacturer and lessor of railroad maintenance equipment, located in Hamel, Minnesota. As Loram's first corporate attorney, he was involved in product liability reviews, reviewing and purchasing insurance coverages, patent and trademark matters, developing a safety program, managing outside general and intellectual property counsel, negotiating and documenting an international joint venture, corporate secretarial activities, and many other corporate transactions. Specifically, his work in the product liability area led to substantial decreases in Loram's accident record and insurance premiums. He also established a retrospective insurance program, which led to substantial savings for Loram. He also did work for the company in several nonlegal areas, including marketing and administration. 

Bob also spent five years with the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, specializing in business regulation, employment matters and litigation. He was initially assigned to the Solicitor General's office, where he prepared appellate briefs and represented several state agencies. He then spent two years assigned to the Personnel Department where he was involved in a broad range of employment matters, including representing the state in collective bargaining negotiations. He then represented the Securities Division of the Commerce Department, where he was involved in the registration of securities and franchises and also in the licensing of securities dealers and real estate brokers. 


  • Juris Doctor, with honors, University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota


  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Federal courts in Minnesota
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Assistant General Counsel, Apache Corporation
  • General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.


  • Land O’Lakes 
  • Carlson Companies 
  • Honeywell 
  • The Nature Conservancy 
  • St. Jude Medical, Inc.