What sets Michael Kernstock apart 


Michael counsels business owners and entrepreneurs on business formation and operation, working with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to efficiently achieve their business goals while minimizing risk and complications.

Michael provides clients with legal services related to:

Business law
Nonprofit organizations


court experience and a fresh perspective

Prior to joining Trautmann Martin Law, Michael clerked for the Honorable Shawn M. Bartsh, District Court Judge for the Second Judicial District of the State of Minnesota. His experience on the other side of the bench gives him keen insight into the judge's mindset, informing his advice to clients on how to minimize their risks—legal and practical—while achieving their business objectives.

Michael's youth and energy keeps even the stodgiest of the firm's partners relaxed and engaged, and he continues to look for new ways to expand his knowledge and experience.

His typical work and experience include:

  • Drafting and reviewing contracts
  • Advising on commercial and residential leases
  • Obtaining tax-exempt status for non-profits
  • Applying for and acquiring trademarks
  • Drafting and executing wills
  • Entity formation and transactions
  • Litigate business disputes



Mitchell | Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2016

University of Wisconsin - River Falls, River Falls, Wisconsin, 2013
B.S. Political Science

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 2017