MARK A. SEVERSON, SHAREHOLDER

Mark A. Severson is an attorney and shareholder with Severson Porter Law. He is an MSBA Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law. Fewer than 3% of all registered attorneys in Minnesota are certified specialists in their field.

Mark focuses his practice in the areas of Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning, and Probate. Mark is able to draft the full array of business and commercial documents. Mark also provides effective litigation services with an aim toward solving the underlying problem. Mark has successfully tried complex commercial cases involving shareholder disputes and contractual disputes. He has also successfully tried many different types of real estate matters including, but not limited to, land use and zoning matters, easement issues, lake law, municipal law, quiet title, trespass, lot lines issues, water run-off issues, and general neighbor disputes. In addition to appearing before City Councils, Town Boards, County Boards, Administrative Boards, and Minnesota District Courts, Mark has also appeared and enjoyed success before the Minnesota Appellate Court. Mark utilizes a problem solving approach in representing large corporations, non-profits, and individuals in business and real estate matters.

Mark is a regular presenter for Minnesota CLE on real estate matters.  Mark has served on multiple boards for non-profits and governmental entities.

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KURT W. PORTER, SHAREHOLDER

Kurt W. Porter is an attorney and partner with Severson Porter Law.  Admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 2010, he focuses his practice on Real Estate, Business Law and Civil Litigation. Kurt is a Certified Real Estate Specialist; fewer than 3% of all registered attorneys in the State of Minnesota are certified specialists in their respective fields.  He is a regular presenter for Minnesota CLE on issues related to real estate law, most recently focusing on the developing law relating to short term rentals. Kurt frequently provides pro bono services on matters concerning real estate law.

Kurt obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in mathematics, with minor degrees in statistics and English from the University of North Dakota. Thereafter, Kurt attended law school at the University of North Dakota School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate with distinction. After law school, Kurt worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Erik J. Askegaard, District Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial District.

Kurt serves on various organizations in the Brainerd Lakes Area including Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project, Coordinating Council for domestic violence, and presently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Crow Wing County / Aitkin County Bar Association and as Church Council Vice-President for Lord of Life Lutheran Church.   Additionally, for the past five years, Kurt has enjoyed volunteering as a mock trial judge with MSBA High School Mock Trial.

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KEVIN J. EGAN, of Counsel

Kevin J. Egan has practiced law for over forty years and, during that time, he has helped clients in a variety of litigation and corporate settings. Following a judicial clerkship in the federal court, Kevin served as federal prosecutor where he actively represented the interests of the United States in the District Court and the Court of Appeals.  Kevin is a retired partner of the national firm of Foley & Lardner LLP, where he counseled corporate and healthcare clients throughout the country. Prior to joining Foley & Lardner, Kevin was a partner at the firm of Winston & Strawn, LLP, where he likewise served corporate clients in litigation, regulatory and related settings.

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Cody D. Schmidt, Associate Attorney

Cody grew up in Palmer, Alaska before moving to Spokane, Washington where he graduated high school. After high school Cody joined the United States Navy as an Information Systems Technician where he served for 2.5 years onboard the USS Mt. Whitney and several months aboard the USS Donald Cook.

Cody attended the University of Oregon for his undergraduate degree and obtained his Juris Doctorate at Gonzaga University School of Law.

Cody worked as a Judicial  Law Clerk for Judge Matthew Quinn, in Mille Lacs County District Court before joining Severson Porter as an Associate Attorney in 2021.

In his free time Cody enjoys being outdoors, golfing , playing sports, hunting and fishing.

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LONNY D. THOMAS, Founder

Before retiring from the Firm, Lonny D. Thomas practiced exclusively in the areas of real estate, business and commercial law for over thirty (30) years.  Mr. Thomas was a shareholder of a large international law firm consisting of over two hundred (200) attorneys with multiple law offices located across the country, including Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The accomplished background of Mr. Thomas provides Severson Porter Law with the unique ability to take what is good from a big law firm culture and apply it to a small firm setting in Greater Minnesota.

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