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Smart and practical. Strategic and tenacious. Friendly and accessible. Best & Flanagan’s practice is founded on the belief that we provide the best advice when we understand our clients, their businesses, their goals and their people, and when the lines of communication with our clients and their other advisors are broad and deep. Whether we are providing business or real estate advice, individual estate and private wealth planning or representation in a dispute, you can expect a customized approach and a team dedicated to understanding where you want to go and helping you get there.
Nicholas D. Hulwi / Attorney
Kyle HardwickKyle Hardwick
Kyle R. Hardwick / Attorney
Maher MahmoodMaher Mahmood
Maher Mahmood / Attorney
David SchelzelDavid Schelzel
David G. Schelzel / Attorney
Cathy GorlinCathy Gorlin
Cathy E. Gorlin / Attorney

What excites and energizes me about practicing law at Best & Flanagan is having the opportunity to roll up my sleeves, dig in to the case or negotiation, work with talented and thoughtful attorneys, and provide results that clients deserve.

Kyle Hardwick is a construction and energy law attorney. He drafts and negotiates construction, design, supply chain and procurement contracts for owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors. Kyle also litigates construction, real estate, and commercial cases in state and federal courts.


Lawyers who effectively help clients solve complex problems, both in and out of the courtroom.

Maher is a member of the firm's Litigation practice group. Throughout her legal and educational experiences, she has learned the value of listening to clients, understanding their needs, and finding effective solutions that best fit their goals.


I listen carefully to my clients. I try to equip them with knowledge and insight to make the best decisions that line up with their values and goals.

David Schelzel helps clients understand, protect and use their intellectual property to further their values and objectives. He works regularly on significant branding projects, and maintains and protects hundreds of trademark portfolios in a wide variety of areas and industries. He is deeply involved in transactions involving books, music, art, design, film, photography, software, technology and the Web, and represents a diverse set of clients in the nonprofit, creative and startup space. David works closely with a number of famous individuals to protect their copyright, privacy and publicity rights, and their related businesses, nonprofits, charities and foundations. He is the City Attorney for the City of Wayzata, MN, and works regularly with the cities of Wayzata and Golden Valley in municipal law and land use matters.

Cathy Gorlin

Cathy E. Gorlin is a member of the firm’s Family Law practice area. She represents parties in a range of family law matters, including marriage dissolution cases with complex financial estates and business valuations. She has more than 31 years of experience litigating and negotiating family law disputes, including marriage dissolutions, post-decree disputes, parentage and custody disputes, prenuptial agreements, living together agreements and appeals. She is a mediator and has considerable experience representing clients in alternative dispute resolution, including Collaborative Law. Cathy is an aggressive and effective advocate for her clients.

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