Chip Brink

Chip Brink is a business lawyer who represents and counsels investors and emerging entities in a wide variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, manufacturing and financial services.

For several years, he has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” in Minnesota by fellow attorneys in Minnesota Law & Politics and Twin Cities Business Monthly and a “Top Lawyer” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine. He is also regularly rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Martindale-Hubbell defines the AV® rating as indicating very high to pre-eminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the bar and the judiciary.


1991-Present: BRINK & BRINK, LTD., Minneapolis, Minnesota, Shareholder

General Corporate Practice
Representation of diverse publicly held and private start-up and established businesses ranging in size up to $3 billion sales annually. Specialize in general corporate practice with emphasis on health care and computer businesses, corporate reorganizations, mergers, and acquisitions.

Representation of various entities in activities relating to corporate reorganization and strategic planning for offering new products and/or services in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Development of compensation systems for motivational and reward purposes including deferred compensation planning, stock options, phantom stock plans, and pension plans. Coordination of joint venture and public and private offerings for numerous companies.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Experience in this area involves acquisitions and divestitures of numerous companies in the computer software, health care, insurance, chemical dependency/behavioral health, food processing and defense industries.

Computer Law
Performance of general counsel duties for various internet and software firms including domestic and international licensing, marketing and distribution networks. Such work includes joint venture development and marketing agreements with Fortune 100 companies, development of all licensing and distribution contracts, and protection of the intellectual property rights of such clients. Also, significant experience in representation of end-users in negotiation of software development and/or licensing agreements.

Health Care
Representation of HMO’s, TPA’s, indemnity insurers, behavioral health providers and nursing homes, as well as certain physicians and physician groups. This work has included the formation, qualification and/or acquisition and divestiture of HMO’s, TPA’s and insurance companies, together with contract design and negotiation of provider and customer contracts for these entities. Significant transactions also involved financing representation, including joint ventures, private placements and public offerings.

1990 HART, BRUNER & O’BRIEN, P.A., Minneapolis, Minnesota, Partner

(Firm dissolved December 1990)

Practice activities included those detailed above under Brink & Brink, Ltd. while heading the corporate area of practice.

1981-1989 ROBINS, KAPLAN, MILLER & CIRESI, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Partner

(formerly Robins, Zelle, Larson & Kaplan)


1985-1989 Corporate Counsel
Practice activities included those detailed above under Brink & Brink, Ltd.

1981-1985 Tax Counsel
Concentration on tax planning practice dealing in compensation systems, corporate and partnership tax planning. Tax litigation practice involved representation of clients in state and U.S. tax courts on various income and sales and use tax issues including a favorable U.S. Tax Court decision in the case of Allan et. al. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue which received national attention as to the character of the realization of income and the tax benefit rule.

Firm Management Activities
Performed major firm recruitment activities for the recruitment of partners, associates and summer clerks throughout the U.S. to assist in the establishment and growth of both regional offices and its main office. Developed a long range marketing plan for the business department. Integral involvement in the development of the firm’s computing needs including word processing, accounting/ billing and management information systems.

1980 CITICORP PERSON-TO-PERSON, St. Louis, Missouri, Legal Counsel

Organized and lead the legal department for Citicorp’s credit insurance subsidiary, including obtaining qualification in all requisite states. Performed legal duties in the areas of credit insurance, bank-holding company, and consumer credit.



  • J.D.
  • M.B.A., Finance and Management Science


  •  B.B.A., Finance and Business Economics


  • “ERISA vs. State Laws,” Citibusiness
  •  “Legal Implications of the Free Trade Act Between Israel and U.S.,” CLE Lecture
  •  “New Minnesota Business Corporation Act,” CLE Lecture
  •  “Alternative Health Care Delivery in the ‘80’s”, Feb., CLE Lecture
  •  “Creative Compensation for the Eighties,” CLE Lecture

Continuing Legal Education Lecturer and a speaker at various speeches to specific groups, major clients and referral sources including Peat Marwick Tax Department, John Hancock and other insurance company and T.P.A. clientele.


  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota and Missouri Bar Associations
    • Governing Council for Computer Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
    • Small Legislative Committee
    • Minnesota Tax Reform Tax Force
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Minnesota New Venture Collaborative
  • Leadership Minneapolis
    • Fall Retreat Co-Chairperson
  • Minneapolis Club
  • Interlachen Country Club