William S. Borchers

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401


Business, Civil, Commercial, Employment, Real Estate, Workplace


Bill is an attorney with over 35 years of experience, with a broad-based commercial background, that includes substantial experience in both litigation and transactional matters.  Clients have included major corporations, banks, savings and loan associations, mortgage banking companies, insurance companies, the Resolution Trust Corporation, and the FDIC, as well as small businesses and individuals.


Bill began his practice in Minneapolis at the firm of Hessian, Mckasy & Soderberg, P.A. [n/k/a Moss and Barnett], where he worked primarily in the areas of litigation, real estate, banking, business, and employment law.  After many years in private practice, Bill gained in-house counsel experience, serving as Corporate Counsel to Digi International, Inc., Senior Counsel to Bank of America, and General Counsel to United Mortgage Corporation, a large regional mortgage banking firm.  Bill is now back in private practice.  In addition to continuing to provides legal services to clients in areas described above, he also offers mediation and arbitration services. 


Bill has been a trained mediator and arbitrator for more than 15 years, and he is listed on the Minnesota Supreme Court System ADR Rule 114 Neutrals Roster.  He has served as a district court-appointed arbitrator, as well as a Conciliation Court Judge.  He also represents clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings.  With his extensive success in both putting deals together, and also asserting and defending his clients’ rights in court, as well as a practical understanding how businesses operate from the inside, Bill can draw upon such an uncommon combination different perspectives to provide even more effective services as attorney, mediator and arbitrator.  


Bill was born in Chicago, but has lived in Minnesota for over 50 years.  He graduated from Edina High School, Northwestern University, and the University of Minnesota Law School.  He and his wife live in Bloomington, where they raised their four children.  They also have four grandchildren


A partial list of Bill’s litigation, transactional and corporate experience is set forth below.  


As a litigator, Bill has experience with both jury and bench trials, routine and complex cases, as well as class actions.  He has served as lead counsel at both trial and appellate court levels.  His litigation experience encompasses a wide variety of issues, including:

• Breach of contract • UCC • Banking • Real Estate • Negligence • Personal Injury • Products Liability • Fraud • Securities Fraud • RICO • Unfair Competition • Breach of Fiduciary Duty • Trade Secrets • Trademark Infringement  • Sexual Harassment • Discrimination • Wrongful Termination • Property Damage • Defamation • Bankruptcy • Collections



• Mergers and acquisitions • OEM sales agreements • Distributor arrangements • High technology acquisition and development agreements • Licensing matters • Equipment leases • Entity formation and buy-sell agreements • Numerous other business contracts • Trademark, patent and copyright matters • Corporate governance • International contract negotiations • Varied legal issues for foreign subsidiaries • Import/export issues • Immigration and emigration issues • Various securities matters • Various real estate, lending and employment matters [see below]

REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE  (Commercial and Residential)

• Purchase and sale of  properties • Mortgage loans • Leases • New construction / mechanics liens • Condominiums and townhouses • Title, survey, and boundary issues • Foreclosures, evictions, receiverships • Contract for deed cancellations


• Complex, 9-figure financing, involving multiple lenders • Syndicated and other participation loans • Major commercial real estate loans • Construction loans • Lines of credit • Letters of credit • Commercial paper • Financial institutions regulatory issues (served as Regulatory Compliance Officer) • Development of new loan products • Residential and other consumer lending • Loan workouts, collections and bankruptcy • Acquisition and sale of loans in secondary mortgage market • Check forgery issues


• Hiring, discipline and discharge/termination • Major layoffs / reductions in force • Sexual harassment claims • Discrimination claims (race, sex, age, disability) • Employee handbooks • Leaves and other employment policies • Various employee benefits issues (ERISA) • FLSA and state wage and hour issues • Covenants not to compete, confidentiality and trade secrets • Independent contractors • Immigration and emigration matters


9976 Nord Road

Bloomington, MN. 55437

Phone: 952-831-5028

Fax:  952-831-0069

Email:  [email protected]     

Also Serving Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN