Terri Krivosha, business attorney and mediator, enjoys nothing more than helping shareholders, family business owners, and companies buy or sell businesses or solve their legal problems—the more complicated, the better. Terri loves helping clients and parties to a mediation resolve conflict.
After years of experience with a wide array of commercial transactions and businesses, Terri is now focusing her practice on M&A, restructurings and shareholder business divorces, and mediation of commercial disputes.
M&A and Restructuring
Terri excels at helping clients accomplish their goals by listening first and then not only answering their questions but helping clients identify the key questions they're not asking. Whether guiding shareholders through a company split, managing a large merger/acquisition for a buyer or a seller, representing family members or business partners in the sale of a long-held business, or helping a company restructure to better align business and goals, Terri brings a time-tested sense of which approaches work and which do not. Terri works with clients in many industries, including manufacturing, technology, healthcare, consumer products, and professional services, bringing her experience in one area to inform her advice in others.
Terri is a qualified neutral, and as such is included on the Minnesota State Court Administrator's roster of mediation providers under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice, Minnesota Supreme Court. As a deal lawyer, rather than a litigator, she is unique among mediators because she brings her many years of experience negotiating deals to the mediation table—along with her trademark high energy, active listening skills, creativity, and pragmatic approach.
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In her capacity as a mediator, Terri draws upon her decades of experience spanning a wide array of industries, and deftly works with parties to help them resolve disputes with practical business solutions, enabling the parties to get beyond the dispute and move forward.
She revels in being "in the trenches" to mediate all manner of disputes, focusing primarily on conflicts regarding the following:
• Shareholder disputes
• Mergers & acquisitions
• Exit strategies
• Complex contracts
• General commercial disputes
Clients have frequently referred Terri to their business associates and friends, and, on occasion, even hired her after witnessing her skillful representation of an opponent. One client shared, "Her intuitive business sense together with her passion for helping clients achieve success permeates everything she does. She listens, sees the big picture and relies on her years of experience to provide practical and creative advice efficiently…Terri has provided strategic and tactical insight and been able to deploy her colleagues at Maslon where we need to create and lead a collaborative group of experts on whom we can rely."
Beyond her daily law practice and mediation work, Terri writes and speaks regularly on topics related to her practice. She also served for six years as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. At Maslon, she served as the first female head of the firm from 2003 to 2007 in her position as chair of Maslon's Governance Committee, and she chaired the firm's Corporate & Securities Group from 2009 through 2013. In those roles, Terri learned valuable lessons about the operation of a business which she applies to her practice still today.