Nathaniel Zylstra

Nathaniel Zylstra has represented clients in complex commercial litigation regarding financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, the purchase and sale of securities, intellectual property, and real estate. He has experience prosecuting and defending claims for breach of contract, alleged statutory violations, and business torts. He has represented individuals and regional, national, and international businesses in state, federal, and international courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Mr. Zylstra graduated from Yale Law School in 2001. Following graduation, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Wollman, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. After his clerkship, Mr. Zylstra served as the Deputy Director of the Project for Civil Justice Reform and the Project for International Religious Liberty at Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.

In 2003, Mr. Zylstra began practicing at Faegre & Benson LLP, where he worked in complex commercial litigation, international arbitration, and appellate advocacy. He joined Briol & Benson (formerly Briol & Associates) in February 2010.

In 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, Mr. Zylstra was selected as a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers© as published by Mpls-St. Paul and Twin Cities Business Magazines.*‡

Mr. Zylstra is admitted to practice in Minnesota.


* According to the Minnesota Judicial Branch, as of June 20, 2015, there were about 28,000 licensed attorneys in Minnesota.

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Professional Experience

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Yale Law School
J.D., 2001
Executive Editor, Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal
Research Assistant for Professor Stephen J. Carter

Dordt College
B.A., 1998
Distinguished Scholar Award

Hon. Roger L. Wollman, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Minnesota Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. District Court – Minnesota

Reported Cases
Gander Mountain Co. v. Lazard Middle Market, LLC et al., No. A11-221 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 17, 2012)
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. v. Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of the City of St. Louis, et al., 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 112744 (E.D. Mo. October 22, 2010)
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. v. Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of the City of St. Louis, 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 70919 (E.D. Mo. July 15, 2010)
In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: C.R.S.
, Parent, 2009 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 821 (Minn. Ct. App. Nov. 3, 2009)
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. v. Gabbert & Gabbert Co., L.P. , 2008 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1059 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 12, 2008)
Medtronic, Inc. v. Elan Pharma Int’l Ltd, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19397 (D. Minn. April 13, 2006)
Strategic Value Master Fund, Ltd., et al. v. Cargill Financial Services Corp., 421 F. Supp. 2d 741 (S.D.N.Y. 2006)
U.S. Bank, N.A. v. U.S. Timberlands Klamath Falls, LLC, et al., 864 A.2d 930 (Del. Ch . 2004)

Michael P. Carlson, Steven M. Mertz, and Nathaniel J. Zylstra, Reviving the Economy: Steps Taken So Far, www.lawdragon.com (Jan. 26, 2009)

Christian Falk and Nathaniel J. Zylstra, Attorney-Client Privilege: A Critical Topic for In-House Counsel of Multinational Companies, Trends: Your Business and the Law (Faegre & Benson Sept./Oct. 2008), also published in the German-language JUVE Handbook (2008/2009)

Elizabeth Ann Massopust and Nathaniel J. Zylstra, Religious Freedom and the War on Terror, 7 American Experiment Quarterly 102 (Spring 2004)

Dale L. Carlson, P. Allison Fairweather, and Nathaniel J. Zylstra, Trapped by TRIPS? Intellectual Property Rights, the Cold War, and the Cuban Embargo Revisited, 21 Quinnipiac U. L. Rev. 43 (2001)

Dale L. Carlson and Nathaniel J. Zylstra, Exploring the Patents/Antitrust Interface: CSU v. Xerox, 8 Intellectual Property Today 7 (Aug. 2001)