William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2005, Magna Cum Laude

Michigan Technological University, B.S.

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  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
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Paul Hemming is a member of the Business Litigation section. He has first and second chair litigation experience in bench trials, jury trials, commission hearings and ADR. Paul represents clients ranging from small business owners to large railroads on all types of business disputes and practices principally in the areas of:

  • Construction litigation
  • Railroads
  • Eminent Domain
  • Trust and Estate litigation
  • Business litigation  

Construction Litigation

Prior to joining Briggs, Paul was a practicing civil engineer for a national consulting engineering firm, focusing on heavy civil construction projects.  Paul brings his practical experience in the construction industry to his construction defect litigation practice. He regularly represents a national builder and developer on such matters, as well as owners, in complex construction disputes.


In Paul’s railroad practice, he represents Class I carriers in commercial matters, typically contract disputes with other railroads. Paul has a deep knowledge of the way railroads do business with other carriers and the way joint facilities operate. He has represented Class I carriers in litigation over handling carrier agreements, short-line sales, rate disputes, haulage agreements and trackage rights agreements. On behalf of one Class I carrier, Paul obtained dismissal of another carrier’s $13M claim on summary judgment.

Eminent Domain

Paul’s eminent domain practice focuses on the representation of owners, railroads and utilities. He represents both landowners and condemning authorities from initial negotiations through condemnation trials. Paul is a long-time member of the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Eminent Domain Section where he served as the secretary, vice-chair and chair. He is regular CLE presenter on topics such as  litigation strategy under Minnesota’s recent statutory enactments under Chapter 117. On behalf of landowners, Paul has secured a number of large condemnation awards, with several vastly exceeding the compensation offered by the condemning authority. He also has secured multiple awards reimbursing owners for their attorney and expert fees incurred in condemnation litigation.

Trust and Estate Litigation

In Trust and Estate litigation, Paul typically represents corporate fiduciaries, though he also represents trust beneficiaries. He has prosecuted and defended against claims involving breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and negligence in Ramsey, Hennepin and Scott Counties. Paul works closely with lawyers in the Estate Planning and Administration group to achieve meaningful results on litigated matters.

Business Litigation

Paul represents a broad range of individual and corporate clients in his general business litigation practice including litigation on mortgage buy-back claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, non-compete and non-solicitation enforcement, land-use and zoning, business transaction disputes, general contract claims, mass tort actions and insurance coverage disputes. 

Honors & Awards

  • Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2013