Robert G. Hensley

Robert G. Hensley




Robert represents clients on a variety of business issues, including business formation, member and shareholder agreements, mergers and acquisitions, business contracts, joint ventures, real estate development and construction projects, risk management and governance.

Robert is Co-Chair of the firm's Food and Beverage industry group and Co-Chair of the Cooperative Law practice group. He represents food and beverage companies, cooperatives and agribusinesses throughout the United States. He is also a member of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions practice group and a member of the firm's Design and Infrastructure industry group.

Education & Admissions

Baylor School of Law (J.D., 1987), Baylor Order of Barristers

Austin College (B.A., Psychology and Business, 1984), Alpha Chi and Psy Chi Honors


  • Minnesota
  • California
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Colorado


Representative Transactions

  • The formation and restructuring of numerous businesses, including Limited Liability Companies, Corporations and Cooperatives;
  • The Construction and development of major production facilities, buildings, roadways, renewable energy projects, agricultural facilities, sports facilities, and other real estate development projects; 
  • Mergers and acquisitions of businesses and business units; 
  • Negotiating and documenting numerous joint ventures, business alliances, production agreements, and procurement contracts; 
  • The development and construction of renewable resource facilities, electric power generation, and alternative fuel production facilities, including solar, bioenergy, and  both small scale (10 MW) and large scale (200 MW) wind farms; and 
  • The drafting of marketing, supply, transportation, and general vendor contracts.

News & Resources


FDA Issues Three New Rules Under the Food Safety Modernization Act
The Economic Recovery Act: Now the Hard Work Begins
The Role of the Audit Committee for a Non-Public Cooperative
Can Business Conduct Be Legislated by a Code of Ethics?
Best Buy, Josten’s and Born Form Technology Cooperative
Both Public and Private Cooperatives Should Consider Implementing a Whistleblower Policy
Minnesota Legislature Adopts New Cooperative Associations Act: Coops Should Carefully Options to Avoid Pitfalls
Unique Insurance Issues Faced by Cooperatives: You Only Thought You Were Covered

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Robert Hensley Discusses Passage of The Farm Bill
Partners Hensley and Krogh Help Daniels MBA Students Setup B Corporations

Select Presentations

In addition to his active role in the firm’s corporate practice, Robert is a frequent lecturer, commentator, and author on corporate governance, energy, and agribusiness issues.

Industries & Practices

  • Construction & Design
  • Cooperative Law
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Sustainability

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Board of Directors, Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition (2015-present)
  • Board of Directors, The Jungle Theater (2008-2011)
  • Boy Scouts of America, Unit Committee Chair (2006-2009)
  • Park Commissioner, City of Shorewood (2006-2009)
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce (2004-2007)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law
    (Business Planning) (2003-2005)
  • National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (2002-present)
  • Chairman, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors (1994-1995)
  • President and Chairman, SteppingStone Theatre for Youth (1996-1997)
  • Board of Directors, Minnesota Landmarks (1997-1999)
  • Board of Governors, Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section (1996-1997)


Robert G. Hensley