A Duluth Law Firm With a Proven History

For most Minnesota law firms, success is measured case by case. With Hanft Fride, itís century by century.

We named our law firm Hanft Fride, A Professional Association, in 1999. In the preceding century, our name changed many times, but our philosophy has remained the same.

In 1899, it was The State of Minnesota v. Duluth Gas & Water Company. The defendants were represented by the firm of Washburn, Lewis and Bailey, our predecessors, and the case set the standard by which our team of attorneys still measures itself:

Tireless work and best efforts are the only ways to achieve the clientís desired outcomes.

Through much of our history, clients have included railways, utilities, mining companies and other industrial-based organizations. A high point of this industrial expertise came in the 1970s, with a groundbreaking decision in United States v. Reserve Mining Company. After years of research and legal proceedings, the courts decided in favor of Reserve Mining Company, Hanft Frideís client, garnering national and international attention.

As our regionís economy expanded, our practice areas did as well. Growth in family law, real estate development and estate planning helped establish expertise outside the fields of industry, transportation and environmental law.

In short, we became more accessible to more people and, therefore, more successful. We continue to enjoy that success today at Hanft Fride by maintaining our traditions of hard work and sharp focus. This is how we get our clients what they want, time after time.