William (Bill) Gschwind, Attorney at Law, MBA, Principal Attorney

Bill learned construction and what it’s like to run a small business by working in the building industry and owning rental equipment companies for 25 years before earning an MBA and becoming a Minnesota attorney who focuses on construction and business law.

Today, Bill views laws and regulations as tools that contractors and other small business owners can use to build profitable, secure companies. He also appreciates that legal and business counsel must be accessible and affordable for owner-operated companies to take full advantage of the rules and avoid costly pitfalls. Through his leadership, Minnesota Construction Law embraces technology and innovative fee structures to deliver both.

Bill grew up in Wisconsin in an entrepreneurial family. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981 he joined Charlie Wing and This Old House’s Bob Vila in Maine to teach people how to super-insulate and tighten their homes.

For several years, he performed energy audits and sold energy-related home improvement products in Minnesota. Then he worked in medical equipment sales and sales management for Twin Cities manufacturing and distribution companies while earning an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Bill opened a general equipment rental store in 1994 and bought a construction equipment rental franchise in 2003, which he operated until 2006. Winding down the rental business as the construction industry began its meltdown gave him first-hand experience with lawyers. Convinced he could do better, he enrolled in William Mitchell College of Law, was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 2010 and opened Minnesota Construction Law Services in 2012.

Bill is a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA). He received the silver award for NARI-MN Associate Contractor of the Year in 2014. He serves on the MSBA Practice Management & Marketing Council and the ABA Education Board and eLawyering Task Force. He has taught contractors and fellow attorneys construction and contract law for NARI, BATC and the National Business Institute.

Bill and his wife, Jeanne, were married in 1987. They live in Lino Lakes and have four grown children. Bill is a pilot and scuba diver and enjoys hunting, fishing and golf.