Big firm experience. Small business gumption.

You didn’t start a small business because it was the ‘easy route.’ Neither did we. We worked in the big firms and earned our own digs. We want to bring that experience to your enterprise without the pricing burdens that flow from the (broken) big-firm model.

Mike Mergens

Mike did the big law firm thing. He represented huge clients (and small ones) in land use, environmental, real estate, and property tax matters, both as a trial lawyer and a transactional attorney. But he was always nagged by the idea that the clients that needed him most (the small companies, emerging entities, entrepreneurs, and budding franchisors) couldn’t afford his big-firm rates.

So now he does the same work, for the same companies, at a fraction of the rate. He loves helping clients noodle their next big deal, and excels in the fog of battle, too. He has experience arbitrating large commercial matters and serves as outside general counsel to franchises and small companies.

When Mike takes his lawyer pants off, he spends his time coddling the (two) dogs, perfecting urban landscapes, punishing people at the poker table, and driving fast cars.

Mike’s email is @ and DD phone is 612.314.8003.

Meredith Bauer

Meredith founded EntrePartner in 2011 after her light-bulb realization that all of her entrepreneurial and corporate clients need the same thing. So she built EntrePartner to meet that need. That’s why, to this day, we give practical and actionable legal advice to business owners and franchisors to assist their fast-paced growth with pricing transparency and attractive fees.

The model worked, and Meredith was quickly consumed with full-time work as General Counsel of Anytime Fitness and its related brands in 2013.  While in-house, she assisted the company in growing to over 3,000 franchised locations in the US and internationally and the launch of its sister brand, Waxing the City.  While managing all its legal affairs, Meredith also served on the company’s executive committee overseeing business and fiscal strategy.

Although she loved her time in-house, Meredith’s entrepreneurial itch begged for scratching, and she made her triumphant return to EntrePartner in the summer of 2017.  She is ecstatic about resuming her work with established and growing business owners and helping them realize their vision.  She uses her unique experience and perspective from being on-the-ground inside an organization with rocket-ship growth to provide practical advice and risk assessment to her clients.

When not working as lawyer, Meredith keeps busy pursuing several entrepreneurial ventures of her own, including managing and leasing residential real estate, and operating various franchised retail locations throughout the Twin Cities.  You also might see her running around the city lakes or relaxing on a patio with a glass of wine.

Meredith’s email is @ and DD phone is 612.314.8001.

Marshall Lichty

Marshall cut his lawyer teeth as a litigator in a big law firm. He has done battle in multi-million dollar commercial and personal lawsuits, represented huge companies (and sued them), and puffed out his chest when clients have emerged victorious countless times.

Thing is, Marshall prefers to be a teammate, not a fighter. That’s why he values the chance to advise and consult with entrepreneurs, startups, franchisors (and franchisees), and other small businesses, when love, hope, promise, passion, and optimism spring eternal. With a deep understanding of where companies are at risk—and the knowledge of how those risks play out in hard-fought litigation—Marshall helps his clients Create stable companies, Grow them into strong players, and Protect them from surprises.

When he isn’t playing lawyer, Marshall bugs his wife and young sons, Everett and Otis, captains a promising local curling team, cross-country skis, gardens, golfs, and swears at bad drivers.

Marshall’s email is @ and DD phone is 612.314.8004.

Tim Joyce

Tim spent some time in big firms too, clerking for huge real estate deals, massive M&A transactions, thorny trademark issues, and some of Minnesota’s first MNvest intrastate crowdfunding deals. He was a small cog in the big legal machine, with an insider’s view of just how quickly a simple project can become a five-figure bill. He loves the energy of entrepreneurs and hates that legal fees can prevent great ideas from becoming awesome reality.

Now Tim delivers the same client value without the big firm baggage. Drawing on his previous experiences in professional theater and technology development, he helps small businesses craft their “story,” whether that means pitching potential investors, facilitating franchise sales strategies, or structuring small-scale mergers and acquisitions. He is passionate about innovation, and it absolutely bleeds into his work.

After-hours you’ll find Tim lounging with his wife Laura and son Jensen, debating the merits of primetime TV, unapologetically belting show tunes, and prowling Northeast Minneapolis taprooms in search of excellent beer.

Tim’s email is @ and DD phone is 612.314.8005.