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Philip Lane Bruner

Philip Lane Bruner, American arbitrator, mediator. Bar: Wisconsin 1964, Minnesota 1968. Decorated Air Force Commendation Medal; recipient Distinguished Service award St. Paul Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1974; named One of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans, Minnesota Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1975.


  • Bruner, Philip Lane was born on September 26, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Henry Pfeiffer and Mary Marjorie (Williamson) Bruner.

  • Education

    • AB, Princeton University, 1961. Juris Doctor, University Michigan, 1964. Master of Business Administration, Syracuse University, 1967.


    • Member Briggs and Morgan P.A., Minneapolis, St. Paul, 1967-1983. Founding shareholder Hart and Bruner P.A., Minneapolis, 1983-1990. Partner Faegre & Benson, 1991—2007, head construction law group, 1991—2001.

      Adjunct professor William Mitchell College Law, St. Paul, 1970—1976, 2006—2007, University Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, 2003—2007. Chairman Supreme Court Minnesota Board Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, 1994—1998. Director Global Engineer Construction Group, JAMS Inc., since 2008.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Wisconsin 1964, Minnesota 1968.


    • Co-author: Bruner and O'Conner on Construction Law, 8 vols., 2002. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Member Board Education, Mahtomedi Indiana School District 832, 1978-1986. Board directors Mahtomedi Area Educational Foundation, 1988-1994, since 2002, president, 1988-1991, 2002-2007. Board directors Minnesota Church Foundation, since 1975, president, 1989-1997.

    Chairman construction industry advisory board Thompson Reuters West Group, since 1991. Served to captain United States Air Force, 1964-1967. Fellow American College Construction Lawyers (founding member, president 2006-2007), Canada College Construction Lawyers(honorary), ACCL Princeton Symposium(chair, 2006), National Contract Management Association, American Bar Foundation, College Commercial Arbitrators.

    Member American Bar Association (chairman international construction division forum committee on construction industry 1989-1991, chairman fidelity and surety law committee 1994-1995, regional chairman public contract law section 1990-1996, recipient Forum com Cornerstone award, 2005), International Bar Association, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (vice chairman international construction committee 1995-1997), Minnesota Bar Association (vice chairman litigation section 1979-1981), Wisconsin Bar Association, JAMS (global panel arbitrators), Minneapolis Club.


    • Married Ellen Carole Germann, March 21, 1964. Children: Philip Richard, Stephen Reed, Carolyn Anne.
    • father: Henry Pfeiffer Bruner
    • mother: Mary Marjorie (Williamson) Bruner
    • spouse: Ellen Carole Germann
    • children: Philip Richard Bruner
    • Stephen Reed Bruner
    • Carolyn Anne Bruner
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    Born September 26, 1939