Robert G. Hensley
PEOPLE

Robert G. Hensley

Partner
hensley.robert@dorsey.com

Overview

ROBERT IS A BUSINESS ATTORNEY THAT PARTNERS WITH CLIENTS IN COMPLEX COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEIR STRATEGIC GOALS BY OFFERING CREATIVE AND BUSINESS-SAVVY LEGAL ADVICE.

Robert's work includes complex business contracts, complex construction projects, real estate development, business formations, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.

Robert also serves as outside general counsel to a number of companies, providing legal and governance advice to the management and the board of directors of those clients. As a trusted advisor, he assists his clients in achieving their business objectives in the context of the increasingly complex legal environment in which businesses operate today.

He is a member of the firm's Real Estate and Development Practice Group, the Development and Infrastructure Group, the Food and Beverage Industry Group, and the Cooperative Law Practice Group.

Robert is the former Head Partner of the firm’s Denver office, the former chair of the firm’s Food, Agribusiness, and Beverage Industry Group, and is the current co-chair of the Cooperative Law Practice Group. Robert represents businesses throughout the United States.

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

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • California
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Colorado

Experience

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

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)

Accolades

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2021-2022
  • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2003
  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 1998, 2001
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America
  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®
Robert G. Hensley