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“An attorney should foster business, not inhibit it.”

Jon Farnsworth is an outside general counsel to privately-held companies and established non-profits. Jon’s business training distinguishes him from other lawyers. He utilizes his master’s degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) in conjunction with his law degree to provide comprehensive analysis and guidance to clients. Jon is fond of saying “an attorney should foster business, not inhibit it.”, a motto that reflects his dedication to helping clients who seek not just a simple legal opinion, but also practical insights about how legal matters intersect with the dynamics of business.

Jon similarly brings a unique common-sense and business-like approach to legal contracts.  He drafts straight-forward contracts, taking a “less is more” approach.  His contracts are easy to understand for clients and customers alike.  His refreshing pro-business style has earned him the nickname “the attorney for people who don’t like lawyers.”

Jon works with entrepreneurs, particularly in the technology industry, counseling them from their start-up phases all the way to the sale of their businesses. He has extensive experience working with start-up companies through the initial strategy stages of raising money and financing operations, including usage of crowdfunding sources.  Jon also helps clients sell their businesses, in transactions ranging from transitioning ownership to a close family member to complex multi-million dollar sales to private equity groups.

In addition to his general business practice, Jon focuses on counseling clients through complex computer, internet, privacy, website, data breach, technology, and intellectual property legal issues. If litigation becomes necessary, Jon draws from over a decade worth of litigation experience. He regularly obtains favorable outcomes for clients, including on cases where computer forensic experts are needed; however, Jon also recognizes some of the most cost-effective results often come from uniquely-tailored solutions found outside the courtroom.

Jon’s clients range from entrepreneurs and start-up companies to large corporations with international name recognition.  In addition to technology companies, Jon represents clients in a variety of industries, including retail, medical, specialized manufacturing, real estate, fitness and athletics, security, consumable products and service.  He looks forward to the possibility of working with you to achieve your business objectives.

Practice Areas

  • Business Organizations and Transactional
    • Advice
    • Contracts
    • Incorporation and Business Entity Formation
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Negotiations
    • Risk Analysis and Mitigation
  • Internet and Technology Law
    • Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (“ACPA”) Litigation
    • Computer Forensic Analysis and Investigation
    • Copyright Infringement
    • Defamation
    • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”)
    • Domain Name Registration, Acquisition, and Protection
    • Domain Name Disputes, Litigation, and Arbitration
    • Master Service Agreements
    • Piracy
    • Privacy
    • Statements of Work (“SOW”)
    • Trademark
    • Transparency
    • Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution (“UDRP”) Arbitration
    • Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policies
  • Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
        • Contract Disputes
        • Non-Competition Agreement Enforcement
        • Partnership and Shareholder Disputes
    • Defense of Licensing Orders with the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry
    • Internet and Technology-related Litigation
    • Real Estate and Construction Litigation
    • Commercial Eviction
  • Real Estate Law
    • Commercial Landlord-Tenant Matters
    • Lease Negotiation
    • Loan Modification, Work-out Negotiations, and Forbearance Agreements

Representative Litigation Work

  • American Building Contractors, Inc. v. Asset Restoration and Remodeling, LLC(A09-294)(Obtained summary judgment on Minnesota Human Rights claims in favor of employer with the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirming judgment).
  • Lowry v. Building Restoration Corporation (62-CN-11-1740) (Obtained full dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims and succeeded on counterclaim that resulted in an over $370,000 judgment at trial against former employee for breach of contract, conversion, and punitive damages).
  • Primera Technology, Inc. v. Carlos Levenstein, FA1404001556919 (Nat. Arb. Forum July 2, 2014) (successfully defended UDRP arbitration).
  • Reigel v. DPS Properties, LLC, (27-CV-10-20351) (Obtained over $1.4 million judgment against opposing party in partnership dispute) (November 21, 2013), affirmed, A14-0508, A14-0577 (November 10, 2014).
  • Residential Funding Company, LLC v. Terrace Mortgage Company, 850 F Supp. 2d 961 (D. Minn, 2012), affirmed725 F.3d 910, 2013 WL 4007552 (8th Cr. 2013) (Obtained over $2,000,000 judgment against defendant in mortgage repurchase case).
  • Valley Creek Mall, LLC v. Snyder’s Drug Stores(82-CV-2379) (Obtained eviction of disputed commercial matter).

Representative Transactional Work

  • File trademark and copyrights.
  • Negotiate, draft, and revise real estate loan and lease modifications.
  • Negotiate, draft, and revise Master Service Agreements and Statements of Work related to technology and staffing contracts.
  • Represented lenders in commercial lending transactions ranging from $3.6 million to $25 million.
  • Successfully negotiated and closed high-priced domain name sale transaction with international company.
  • Successfully recovered domains names from cybersquatters located around the world.

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers 2014-2017
  • LegalCorps Volunteer of the Year 2015
  • Kroll Ontrack E-Discovery Course Certification
  • Qualified Neutral pursuant to Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of General Practice for District Courts

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota, 2008
  • Wisconsin, 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association Computer and Technology Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association,
    • Computer and Technology Law Section Vice-Chair and Council Member
  • Ramsey County Bar Association


  • M.B.A., St. Thomas Opus College of Business, 2008
  • J.D., St. Thomas School of Law, cum laude, 2008
  • B.A., History, Gustavus Adolphus College, magna cum laude, 2004
  • B.A., Political Science with honors,Gustavus Adolphus College,magna cum laude, 2004
  • Institute for Economic and Political Studies Program, London, England, 2003



  • Drafting and Reviewing business Contracts, Agreements, and Leases During Formation
  • Basic Financing Considerations & Raising Funds
  • Negotiating Business Agreements via Email, Text and Other Electronic Communications: Avoiding Inadvertent Contracts; Navigating Issues of Enforceability, Authentication of E-Signatures, and Admissibility
  • The Top Mistakes Made in Business Contracts
  • Operating your Business
  • Failure to Get and Properly Protect Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks
  • 15 of the Top Computer Law-Related Decisions That Every Lawyer Should Know
  • Avoiding Contracting Pitfalls—Drafting Technology Services Statements of Work
  • Business Law 101
  • Capital Raise & Financing Options
  • Contract and Tort law 101
  • Contracts, Torts and Other Liability Issues
  • Copyright and the Church
  • Copyright Law 101
  • Drafting Technology Services Statements of Work
  • Effective Deposition Techniques: What litigators can learn from modern film and television clips (and a few real life examples too)
  • Employers’ Obligation to Retain and Preserve Written and Electronic Documents
  • Hot Button Legal Issues Involving the Internet
  • Internet Law for the Estate Planner
  • Interpreting Essential Documents to Build your Case
  • LegalCORPS Business Law Basics
  • Legal Ethics: Top Mistakes in Digital Communication
  • Legal Issues 101 for Entrepreneurs
  • My Space or Your Space: The Employment Law Implications of Social Networking
  • Navigating a Lawsuit: How to Hire and Work with an Attorney
  • Partnership Disputes from Start to Finish
  • Resolving your Case: What Winning can Look Like
  • Taking the Cloud Out of the Cloud: 15 FAQ’s & Their Answers
  • LegalCORPS, Volunteer Attorney (Volunteer of the Year, 2015)
  • 2015 North Star Lawyer, MN State Bar Association
  • Saint Paul Urban Tennis, Vice President of Board
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Volunteer Attorney
  • University of St. Thomas Career of Professional Development, Presenter and Volunteer
  • University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business Graduate School Former Alumni Board Member
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Student Mentor
  • Youth Soccer Coach, Shoreview Community


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