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Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction & Mechanic's Liens
  • Business and Corporate
  • Other
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Barton C. Gernander is a partner at Burns & Hansen, P.A., who practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, with a focus in construction and real estate issues.

In addition to representing business clients involved in standard and complex litigation in both state and federal courts, he serves emerging and mid-size companies in a general counsel capacity - assisting clients on achieving business solutions while minimizing exposure to liability.

Gernander is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts in Minnesota, the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

He has served on the Minnesota State Bar Association Court Rules and Administration Committee, Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Hennepin County Bar Fourth District Ethics Committee. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Association.

Gernander obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Philosophy, with Honors, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 2006, Gernander was named a "Rising Star" in the legal profession by Minnesota Law & Politics.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1996
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1992
    • Honors: With Honors

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2021

Published Works

  • New Laws that Impact Engineers, Engineering Minnesota, July, 2008
  • An Electronic Discovery Primer (Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group 1 Report), William Mitchell Law Review, 2013

Representative Cases

  • Milsap vs. Special School Dist. No. 1, 1999 WL 391859, 1999, Minn. Ct. of Appeals
  • Grudnoske vs. Determan Welding, 1999 WL 690194, 1999, Minn. Ct. of Appeals
  • Equus Computer Systems, Inc. vs. Northern Comp. Systems, Inc., 2001 WL 1636487, 2001, U.S. District Court, Dist. of Minnesota
  • Anderson vs. Spreiter, et al., 2008 WL 4287386, 2008, U.S. District Court, Dist. of Minnesota
  • Maxwell vs. Winge Construction Services, Inc., 2009 WL 1751556, 2009, Minn. Ct. of Appeals


  • Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2006

Classes & Seminars

  • Construction Lien Law, Lorman Business Center, Inc., May 6, 2009
  • “You Love it, You Hate it. Now You Have to Live With it: E-Discovery,” William Mitchell College of Law, October 4, 2013
  • Change Orders in Minnesota, Lorman Business Center, Inc., May 8, 2014
  • “Overview of Contract Law and Change Orders,” Change Orders in Minnesota, 2014
  • “When Do I need to Call the Lawyer?”, Hedberg Education Day Seminar, 2013
  • "The Ethics of Dealing with Dissatisfied Clients,” Legal Services Statewide Conference, 2022

Representative Clients

  • Businesses and Business Owners
  • Contractors and Construction Companies
  • Banks
  • Individuals

Past Positions

  • Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC, Attorney & Partner, 2005 to 2009


  • Spanish
  • Conversational

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Court Rules and Administration Committee, Member, 2007 to 2010
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, 2014 to 2021
  • Fourth District (Hennepin County) Ethics Committee, Member, 2006 to 2020
  • American Collectors Association - Member Attorney Program, Member
  • Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association