Contact Information


2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

D: +1 612 766 8768
F: +1 612 766 1600


Mitchell Hamline School of Law (formerly William Mitchell College of Law)
J.D., Dean's List, Law Review (editor-in-chief), summa cum laude (2002)
University of St. Thomas
B.A., Dean's List, summa cum laude (1999)

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Federal Claims U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Bernard E. Nodzon, Jr.


B.J. Nodzon drafts and negotiates billions of dollars' worth of construction, design, automation, supply chain and procurement contracts. He represents project owners, developers, contractors, engineers and designers in connection with some of the most significant projects throughout the country. He helps clients manage and evaluate risks and assists clients in resolving disputes.

B.J. has provided strategic counsel on projects across a wide range of industries.


  • Transmission lines: Representing 11 utilities in connection with the design and construction of the $2.1 billion CapX2020 Transmission Line project throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Representing two utilities in connection with a 170-mile transmission line from Big Stone City, South Dakota, to Ellendale, North Dakota.
  • Wind farms: Prepared numerous EPC contracts for wind farms throughout the United States, including Spinning Spur Wind Ranch (Texas), Top of Iowa II (Iowa) and Wessington Wind Farm (South Dakota).
  • Biofuel Facilities: Prepared EPC and BOP contracts for biofuel facilities throughout the country, including four major plants located in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, totaling $750 million.
  • Solar: Prepared EPC contracts for solar facilities throughout the country, including Nevada and North Carolina.
  • Power Plants: Drafted and negotiated over $200 million in coal-fire and nuclear power plant construction and design agreements.

Industrial, Manufacturing, and Automation

  • Logistics: Representing a Fortune 50 global transportation and logistics company in connection with construction, design and procurement projects throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.
  • Automation: Drafted over $1 billion in automation and conveyor system contracts for clients throughout the country.

Health Care Facilities

  • Hospitals: Prepared contract documents for $550 million hospital in Fargo, North Dakota; currently representing hospital in connection with $103 million health care facility using the integrated project delivery method.
  • Health Care Storage Facilities: Drafted over $100 million in health care storage facilities throughout the United States, Brazil and Asia.

Sports Facilities

  • U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Target Field (Minnesota Twins)
  • Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • FedEx Forum (Memphis Grizzlies)

Housing, Community Development and Retail

  • Housing: More than 100 major community development projects throughout the country, including the design and construction contracts for the $132 million renovation of the iconic Riverside Plaza, one of the largest HUD-supported projects in the country, as well as Ivy Tower, Nic on Fifth and Midtown Exchange.
  • Retail Stores: Representing Fortune 100 retailer in connection with renovation and construction of stores throughout country.

Nonprofit and Arts Organizations

  • Guthrie Theater project
  • Walker Art Center renovation
  • Orchestra Hall (Minnesota) renovation
  • American Public Media Studio Remodel (Los Angeles, California)
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • MacPhail Center for Music (various contracts)
  • The Cookie Cart (Minneapolis expansion)

Food and Agricultural Facilities

  • Food Storage and Processing Plants: Represented food manufacturers and agricultural companies in constructing food production and processing plants throughout the world, including the construction of the largest food distribution center in the country.


  • Houston Hobby Airport Expansion (Houston, TX).
  • Portland HUB expansion (Portland, Oregon).

Office Towers

  • Design and construction agreements for nine-story office building on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Design and construction contracts for $70 million office tower for major clothing retailer, which included a public parking ramp and new skywalk access.


  • Represented various casino owners, lenders, and general contractors in expansion and construction of casinos throughout the country.

Government Contracts

  • Advises clients on state and federal government contract issues.
  • Licensed to practice in the court of federal claims
  • Has handled a variety of government contract issues for clients, including bid protests, prevailing wage disputes and claims against the government for unpaid work.

Pro Bono

  • Asylum Appeals and Applications
  • Housing and community development
  • Landlord/Tenant


  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — Forty Under 40, 2016
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Construction, 2017; Up and Coming, 2014-16
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers  Rising Star, Construction/Surety, 2011-17
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-16

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association  Construction Law Section
  • Minnesota Utility Contractor's Association  Former Board Member


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Hon. Donald P. Lay (dec.), 2002-03


  • AIA Contract Drafting Panel: A Review of the New 2017 AIA Contract Documents
    In-House Client Seminar, 2017
  • Essentials of Construction Law for the Real Estate Attorney
    Real Estate Institute, 2017
  • Top 10 Considerations When Drafting Construction & Design of Any Size
    Minnesota State Bar Association, 2017
  • Top 10 Considerations When Drafting Construction & Design of Any Size
    Real Estate Institute; Ramsey County Bar Association; and Construction Law Summit, 2016
  • Drafting and Negotiating Construction and Procurement Contracts
    In-House Client Seminar, 2015
  • Contract Risks in Design-Build Agreements
    DBIA Institute, Upper Midwest Region, 2014
  • Advanced Topics in Construction Law Arbitration
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section, 2012
  • Recent Developments in Government Contracts
    In-House Client Seminar, 2011
  • Construction Contracts From A to Z: Negotiating the Contract
    National Business Institute, 2010
  • Contracting in a New Economy
    In-House Client Seminar, 2009
  • The 2007 AIA Contract Forms
    Various In-House Client Seminars, 2008, 2009
  • Arbitrating and Litigating Payment Bond Disputes
    Lorman Education Services, 2008
  • Drafting Condominium Construction Contracts
    Lorman Education Services, 2008
  • Using a Mechanic's Lien to Get Your Money
    National Business Institute, 2006, 2007
  • Prevailing Wage Laws in Minnesota
    Minnesota Utility Contractor's Association, 2007
  • The AIA's New Design-Build Forms
    AIA Minnesota CLE, 2006
  • Using Contract Forms to Control Risk in Multi-Unit Residential and Design-Build Projects
    American Institute of Architects, AIA Annual Convention, 2005
  • Recent Case Developments in the State and Federal Courts
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section, 2005
  • Redlining the Bluebook: The General Rules and Principles for Citation in Legal Briefs
    CLE Presentation for Ramsey County Government Employees, 2002

Published Articles

  • A State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law (2nd Edition)
    Chapter 24, Minnesota, 2009
  • Design Professionals and the Design-Build Project (Chapter 5)
    Co-author in Design Professional and Construction Managers Law, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, 2007
  • Prevailing Wage Laws in Minnesota
    The Underground Press (MUCA Publication), 2007
  • The Construction Briefings Year-End Review
    Co-Author, Federal Publications, 2002-08
  • Discovery Outside the United States (Chapter 8)
    Co-author in ABA Discovery Deskbook, 2005
  • Free Speech in a Digital Economy: An Analysis of How Intellectual Property Rights Have Been Elevated at the Expense of Free Speech
    36 John Marshall L. Rev. 109, 2002
  • A Closer Look Inside Appellate Courts
    29 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 729, 2002
  • The Minnesota Supreme Court Injects a Greater Degree of Judicial Efficiency Into Civil Litigation
    27 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1233, 2000


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