University of California Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1984, Magna Cum Laude
 - Order of the Coif
 - Thurston Society

University of St. Thomas, B.A., 1980, Magna Cum Laude

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
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Michael J. McEllistrem
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Mike McEllistrem is chair of Briggs and Morgan's Commercial department. He is a member of the Business Law section and practices principally in the areas of: 

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Commercial law
  • General corporate law
  • Closely held corporations
  • Family business succession


  • Represents closely held corporations as outside general counsel in a variety of industries, including construction equipment manufacturing, timberland management and distribution, electronic materials and food production.
  • Represents utilities and other energy related companies in connection with the production and distribution of electrical energy.
  • Represented a variety of entities in health care related transactions, including development of a senior living campus, sale of a hospital and sales of medical practices.

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Ramsey County Bar Association, Member