Patrick J. Lee-O'Halloran

Patrick J. Lee-O'Halloran

Edina, Minnesota

Focused on the Industry

Patrick’s practice has been dedicated to construction law for more than 15 years, representing clients on all sides of the construction industry. Since 2000 he has focused his practice on complex construction cases and arbitrations, representing contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers, sureties, design professionals, and other businesses, in matters regarding both public and private construction projects, including highway/heavy, industrial and commercial construction.
Patrick also has a significant practice representing residential homeowners in construction defect and non-disclosure cases. Patrick sits on the governing council for the Construction Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and has served as President and a Board Member of the Minnesota Construction Association.
Trusted Business Advisor

Patrick regularly represents contractors and subcontractors seeking to avoid disputes through pro-active contract reviews and frequently assists his clients with the drafting and negotiation of contracts, subcontracts, and other project documents for contractors, builders, and homeowners alike. He has acted as both a counselor and advocate on matters involving government contracting and procurement compliance, contractual issues and surety work. As a trusted business advisor Patrick has drafted articles of incorporation and organization, teaming agreements, joint ventures for his construction clients and advised them on other business and real estate matters.
Experienced in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Patrick has represented construction law clients before the federal, state, and bankruptcy courts located throughout the Midwest, including in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota, at both the trial and appellate levels. Patrick has tried and litigated cases involving construction defects, mechanic’s liens, performance and payment bonds in commercial, industrial, and residential construction disputes of all sizes. Patrick regularly appears in mediations and arbitrations in those same states, and conducts mediation and arbitration as a qualified neutral on the Minnesota Courts’ roster.

Legislative Advocate and Legal Educator

Patrick has volunteered countless hours advocating at the Minnesota legislature for construction industry issues, homeowner issues, and on behalf of his local school district. In 2008 and 2009, Patrick was part of a coalition that successfully shepherded several homeowner statutory warranty reforms through the Minnesota legislature. Patrick also participated in the Minnesota Home Warranty task force at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
Patrick is a frequent author and lecturer on construction law, arbitration, and surety topics for local and national legal education and industry audiences alike.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Construction Cases and Arbitrations
  • Public and Private Construction
  • Construction Defect and Non-Disclosure Cases

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1996
  • South Dakota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Minnesota
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court North Dakota
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court South Dakota


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. cum laude - 1996
  • Carleton College
    • B.A. cum laude - 1990

Published Works

  • ECI vs. Bolduc – Where Do We Go From Here? MSBA Construction Section, Author
  • Legislative Update, Timely Topics in Residential Construction Law, Minnesota CLE, Author
  • Understanding and Using MnDOT’s 2014 Standard Specifications, Author
  • Downstream Allocation of Risk: Indemnification, Insurance & Additional Insured Requirements, Author


  • Common Traps Associated with Construction Defect Claims: Confusing Limitations Periods, Spoliation and More, Minnesota CLE, Litigating Construction Defect Claims Seminar, May 9, 2018
  • Problematic Contract Clauses and Subcontractor Recourses, Minnesota Subcontractors Association, February 22, 2018
  • Construction Surety Law, National Business Institute
  • Construction Surety Law: Resolving Common Disputes, National Business Institute
  • Experts in Defective Construction, National Business Institute
  • Ethics and Dispute Resolution in Government Construction, Half Moon
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and Construction Disputes, Minnesota Construction Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Vice Chair (2018-present); Governing Council Member (2013-present)
  • Minnesota Construction Association, President (2009-2010); Board Member (2006-2009)
  • Minnesota Courts, Qualified ADR-Rule 114 Neutral Arbitrator, Consensual Special Magistrate
  • Minnesota Courts, Qualified ADR-Rule 114 Neutral Mediator
  • Minnesota Home Warranty Dispute Resolution Program, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Panel Member
  • Construction Claims and Documentation, Minnesota Construction Association, Member
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and Construction Disputes, Minnesota Construction Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Minnesota Home Warranty Task Force at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry