Michael Norton is a shareholder and former president of Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, and practices in the areas of Local Government Law, Development Law, and Employment Law. Mike also provides real estate and development services to Minnesota towns, and procurement, contracting, and real estate services to school districts. Mike is the city attorney for Crystal, Franklin, and Victoria, and development counsel for the City of Marshall, the Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corporation and the Victoria Economic Development Authority. Mike also provides services to his private clients.
Mike earned his B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1970. He served in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1973. Mike graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1978 and started his legal career as a legal aid lawyer. Mike later was an attorney with the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office, serving as a prosecutor, civil litigator, acting City Attorney, and Civil Deputy City Attorney. Mike has over 26 years of experience as a lawyer providing high-quality legal services to his private sector business and development clients and his public sector clients, working for large and small cities and towns and school districts.
Mike focuses on complex land use, governmental authority, development law, public contracting, employment law and litigation matters. Mike routinely handles the most sensitive and controversial matters for his clients. Mike's skills include the ability to develop strategies to implement complex and politically sensitive policy decisions. Mike believes strongly in providing his clients with proactive legal advice to prevent or minimize liability, while assisting elected officials and professional staff in accomplishing their goals and objectives.
Among Mike's many interests are his family, home remodeling and landscaping, and perfecting his golf swing. Mike has been involved in various Bloomington youth sports activities with his daughter, and volunteered with the Bloomington Athletic Association (BAA) and traveling athletic teams.
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