April Hamlin

April Hamlin


April Hamlin practices corporate and securities law and provides general representation of both publicly and privately held companies. She is a Co-Leader of the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Team and Agribusiness Team.

April provides securities counsel to public companies in every area of need, including '34 Act reporting and compliance, offering, M&A and strategic partnership activity, risk assessment and mitigation, equity and incentive compensation programs, stock exchange compliance, investor relations and shareholder communications, insider trading compliance, internal and disclosure controls, committee function and board best practices, and deregistration and delisting. For privately held companies, April provides general legal representation, typically in the areas of entity selection, formation, shareholder/member agreements, and debt and equity financings.

She represents clients in various industries such as life sciences and medical device, software and SaaS, consumer products, telecommunications, retail, renewable energy, hospitality, agribusiness and agtech, and manufacturing.

April is also a member of the firm's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.


Representative Matters

  • Securities counsel to public company client in its $74 million issuer tender offer
  • Counsel to public company in its divestiture of mature business unit, including securities and M&A advice, drafting of proxy statement (not reviewed by SEC), and post-divestiture reporting guidance
  • Securities counsel to public company in its tender offer to holders of underwater stock options

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Pro Bono Mediator, Conciliation Court Appeals to Hennepin County District Court

Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law), Writing & Representation: Advice and Persuasion, 2005-2010

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, Securities and Capital Markets Law, 2021-2024

Speaking Engagements

"Insider Trading Risk at Life Science Companies: When Boundless Opportunity Meets SEC Scrutiny," Ballard Spahr, November 15, 2023

"Influence and Influencers: Navigating the Power and Legal Pitfalls of Social Media," Ballard Spahr, November 2, 2023

"Don't Say the 'F' Word: Navigating Fraud in M&A Transactions," Association for Corporate Growth Minnesota, 2023 Private Equity Summit, October 10, 2023



William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) (J.D. 1999, magna cum laude)

University of Minnesota (B.A. 1996, summa cum laude)