Born: Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 3, 1951
Family: Married with two children

Legal: Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law
Chicago, Illinois
Degree of Juris Doctor (June, 1976)

Undergraduate: College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Arts in History (June, 1973)


State of Minnesota: October 1, 1976
State of Illinois: November 3, 1976



Ramier and Gries (November, 1976 – May, 1980)

Responsibilities included management of various litigation files in a five lawyer, general practice firm. Exposure to and experience in personal injury, property damage, mechanic’s lien, commercial and domestic litigation. Limited exposure to non-litigation, general practice matters, including residential real estate transactions.

Sole Practitioner (June, 1980 – December, 1986)

Engaged in general practice of law, with emphasis in the fields of real estate and general trial law. Real estate practice involved representation of large and small brokers, investors, lenders and buyers and sellers of both residential and commercial properties.

Huffman & Brennan (January, 1987 – May, 1993)

As a partner in a three lawyer, general practice firm, I continued to specialize in real estate law, together with general litigation work. I continued to engage in various work on behalf of lenders, including loan documentation and foreclosures.

Sole Practitioner (June, 1993 – present)

Since dissolving my former partnership, I have continued to specialize in real estate law, including related litigation, mediation and arbitration, as well as representation of brokers, developers, builders, lenders, sellers and buyers in both commercial and residential transactions.



Certified as a real property law specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association since January 1, 1990 (the first year such certification was available).



RE/MAX Results; The Realty House; Dean R. Johnson Construction, Inc.; Summit Mortgage Corporation; Community Resource Bank; Flagship Bank Minnesota; Anchor Bank; Home Title, Inc. and Carisch Brothers LP



Mediator of real estate related disputes (Rule 114 Qualified Neutral).

Frequent lecturer for the Minnesota State Bar Association on such topics as Contracts for Deed, Disclosure Requirements and Representation of Parties in Real Estate Transactions. Presented numerous seminars to licensed real estate brokers and salespeople relative to various topics of real estate law, including risk management and claims avoidance.

Author of Contracts for Deed chapter of Minnesota Real Estate Purchase & Sale Deskbook, 2010.

Member of the Civil Litigation and Real Property Sections of the Minnesota State Bar Association and former member of the Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee.

Peer Review rated AV (highest rating in legal ability & ethical standards) by Martindale-Hubbell.

Frequently named a “Super Lawyer” through Minnesota Law and Politics.



Available upon request.


Contact Information

John H. Brennan
Attorney at Law
641 East Lake Street
Suite 228
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 942-4747
Fax: (952) 942-4740