William A. Jonason
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William A. Jonason

Partner
jonason.bill@dorsey.com

Overview

BILL'S PRACTICE FOCUSES ON CORPORATE LAW AND MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS.

Bill has been a partner in the Corporate group for twenty-five years, and is chair of the Closely Held Businesses practice group and co-chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice group. His practice focuses on corporate law and mergers and acquisitions for both publicly held and closely held companies.  He serves as general counsel for numerous small and medium-size businesses without in-house counsel.

Bill has substantial experience in advising clients on corporate formations, financings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, commercial contracts, shareholder agreements, shareholder disputes, succession planning and tax planning.

Bill is a past member of the firm's Policy Committee for eight years (2003-2011) and currently a member of the Board of Directors of Dorsey & Whitney Foundation.

Education & Admissions

University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., 1983), with distinction
Senior Articles Editor, Iowa Law Review

St. Olaf College (B.A., Economics, 1980), with honors

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Chief Judge Donald Lay

Experience

Representative Clients

  • UnitedHealth Group, Inc.
  • SUPERVALU INC.
  • C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. 
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Mayo Clinic
  • The Schwan Food Company 
  • Concordia Healthcare Corp.
  • Cretex Companies, Inc.
  • Brock White Company
  • DecoPac, Inc.
  • Personnel Decisions International Corporation
  • Minnetronix, Inc.

News & Resources

Select Presentations

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Corporations, Hamline Law School
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Business Planning, St. Thomas Law School
  • Lecturer at legal education seminars on mergers and acquisitions, corporate formations and shareholder disputes

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, Minnesota Bar Association
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Current and Prior Board of Directors:
    • Science Museum of Minnesota (Member of Executive Committee and Governance Committee; Chair of Building Preservation Committee)
    • Walker Art Center (Member of Acquisition Committee and Chair of Corporate Giving Committee)
    • Dorsey & Whitney Foundation (Secretary, Treasurer)
    • Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce (2007-2015; Chair 2013 and 2014)
    • Minneapolis Downtown Council (2013-2014)
    • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (2002-2008)
    • Rochester Public Library Foundation (1996-2002)
    • Rochester Public School Foundation (1998-2002)

Accolades

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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2014
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, Movers and Shakers 2013
William A. Jonason