Brian Hagerty combines extensive legal practice in both state and federal courts with unique experience in both the private sector and the public-policy arena.
He is adept at identifying creative answers to complex legal problems, and he is passionate about communicating those answers in language that is clear, lively, and persuasive.
Brian graduated first in his class from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004, then completed a clerkship with Judge John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit—the first of his four clerkships. After clerking for Judge Walker, Brian worked as a patent litigator at a large firm in Minneapolis. He then took a clerkship with Judge Patrick J. Schiltz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minneapolis, clerking for Judge Schiltz as a term clerk and then a career clerk for almost five years. Brian then completed two clerkships in state court: first for Judge Susan N. Burke of the Minnesota District Court in Hennepin County, and next for Associate Justice David R. Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court. In all, over the course of about 10 years, Brian clerked for judges at every level of court in both the state and federal systems and worked on cases of almost every description, from multi-million-dollar derivatives-related litigation, to patent suits involving medical devices and electronics, to civil-rights cases, personal-injury cases, and criminal cases of all kinds. Brian has a deep understanding of how both judges and juries decide cases, and he uses that understanding to steer litigation strategy and to craft persuasive arguments.
Brian is also known for his commitment to the craft of legal writing. While clerking for Judge Schiltz, Brian served as a consultant to the Federal Bar Association’s Federal Practice Committee and helped rewrite the local rules for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to make them clearer and easier to understand. Brian also served as a member of the “Panel of Critical Readers” for the third edition of Garner’s Modern American Usage, a leading modern reference work on English usage.
Immediately before joining Greene Espel, Brian practiced as a solo lawyer at his own firm. Prior to starting that firm, in 2014, Brian ran for an open seat on the Minnesota District Court in Hennepin County, ultimately placing third out of seven in the primary.
Before attending law school, Brian founded and operated Minneapolis’s first internet cafe, CyberX. Brian has also been a health-care policy analyst, and he received a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- State Bar of Minnesota
Professional & Community Affiliations
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- Daniel H. Grady Prize (highest GPA in graduating class), Class of 1908 Award (highest GPA, first two years), and Maurice Weigle Award (highest first-year GPA), University of Michigan Law School
- West Publishing Company Award (outstanding scholarship and extracurricular contributions), University of Michigan Law School
- Ralph M. Freeman Award (excellence in criminal law and procedure), University of Michigan Law School
- Hubert H. Humphrey Merit Scholarship, University of Minnesota — Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Brian Hagerty Law, PLLC, Principal (2014-2017)
Minnesota Supreme Court, Associate Justice David R. Stras, Law Clerk (2013-2014)
Minnesota District Court — Hennepin County, Judge Susan N. Burke, Law Clerk (2012-2013)
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Judge Patrick J. Schiltz, Law Clerk (2007-2011)
William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor (2009-2010)
Faegre & Benson LLP, Associate (IP Litigation) (2005-2006)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge John M. Walker, Jr., Law Clerk (2004-2005)