Brian K. Flakne
Brian K. Flakne has been practicing law in Minnesota since 1981. During that time he has concentrated his practice in the areas of family law, criminal defense, and real estate development. Brian has also been involved in complex civil cases, business planning, and general litigation. Dedication to the full range of client needs has been the hallmark of Brian’s 35 plus years as a lawyer.
Brian has tried cases in State and Federal Court. He has argued cases to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and represented clients in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Brian has the distinction of having represented the plaintiffs’ in 3 successful class actions. For many years Brian was a panel member/investigator on the Ethics Committee for the Fourth District, working to ensure that lawyers in this community observed the highest standards of professional behavior.
In addition to his private law practice, Brian is General Counsel for Wall Development LLC and Lupe Development Partners, LLC. As General Counsel, Brian directs contract negotiations, environmental review, financial and insurance underwriting, and the professional and governmental compliance aspects of these real estate development companies. His extensive legal background has been a significant asset for various real estate projects that have been developed in the City of Minneapolis, including the Stone Arch Apartments (221 units), Marcy Park Apartments (59 units), Franklin Lofts (54 units), Madison Lofts (47 units), Flour Sack Flats (65 units), Eat Street Flats (63 units), 520 Second Street Apartments (91 units), and Mill City Quarter (165 units).
Brian is a lifelong resident of the Minneapolis area. He graduated from Shattuck School in 1974, the University of Minnesota in 1978 and the University of Minnesota Law School in 1981. Brian is active in the many state and national legal associations and in various community organizations within the City of Burnsville. He has been involved as an advisor in numerous political campaigns at both the local and state level. He is a past member of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, past President of Bloomington Fine Arts Council and past member of Minnesota Council for Arts Education. Brian was also the Commissioner of Competitive Soccer for the City of Burnsville for 10 years. From 2010 to 2012, Brian was Co-Chair of the Savage Dome Task Force, a citizen driven initiative, which was instrumental in the building of the Savage Sports Dome Complex at Community Park.
Since 1988 Brian has been a proud member of Torske Klubben, the Norwegian fellowship club. Brian’s hobbies include upland game hunting, downhill skiing, gardening, and yoga. Brian is married to Victoria Rico and they recently celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary. They have two children, Kathryn, a 2012 graduate of Augsburg College, currently the event director for Minnesota Youth Soccer Association, and Cameron, a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth. In 2015, Cameron earned a degree in business management from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. The entire family is active in Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield, MN.