Robert Hartman practices in the employee benefits area, with an emphasis on qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation and counseling clients on fiduciary matters.
Bob has significant experience with the creation and operation of ESOPs, and service as special counsel to ESOP trustees with respect to fiduciary issues and merger and acquisition transactions. During the past 30 years, Bob has represented companies, shareholders and fiduciaries in a variety of ESOP transactions, such as the establishment of new ESOPs, the financing and sale of ESOP shares, and company sales and acquisitions by special ESOP trustees.
In addition to his benefits practice, Bob regularly provides general business advice to closely held companies in various aspects of their operations, including contracts, dispute resolution and employment practices.
- Represented a financial company and its shareholders in the establishment of a new ESOP and the financing and sale of all outstanding shares to the ESOP
- Represented the special ESOP trustee of a manufacturing company in the sale of ESOP shares to the sponsoring employer
- Represented the special ESOP trustee of a manufacturing company in the acquisition of the company by a third party
Employee Benefits Section, Minnesota Bar Association, past Chair
Minneapolis Pension Council, past President
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Investment Committee Chair
ESOP Association, Member
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Recognition & Accomplishments
The Legal 500 US, Labor and Employment - Employee benefits, executive compensation, and retirement plans - design, 2019-2020, 2022
Best Lawyers in America, employee benefits (ERISA) law, 1995-2023; "Lawyer of the Year," Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (Minneapolis), 2016, 2017
Leading American Attorneys (American Research Corporation)
"Board of Directors: Inside v. Outside," 2018 National Center for Employee Ownership Annual Conference, Atlanta, April 2018
2017 Employment Law Seminar: A Time of Change, October 2017
"The Employee Stock Ownership Plan Alternative: Does it Make Sense for Your Business Clients?" Seminar, April 11, 2013
"Risky Behavior: What the IRS and DOL Are Auditing," Lindquist & Vennum Client Seminar, June 2011
Board Memberships & Community Service
Sholom Foundation, past President
Blake School Boosters, past President
Washington University School of Law (J.D., 1975)
University of Minnesota (B.A., 1972)