Lee A. Hutton, III | Partner

Email: lhutton@huttonkluz.com | Phone: 612.805.4619

Trial attorney, entertainment attorney, and business counselor, Lee focuses on complex commercial litigation, insurance defense, products liability, construction, employment, environmental, sports and entertainment law. Lee has developed a nationwide practice in which he has represented a wide range of clients, on a variety of complex disputes, winning numerous awards for his trial advocacy and courtroom work in the process. 

Having first chaired more than 75 trials and arbitrations, clients and colleagues alike value Lee’s dynamic presence and dedication both in and out of the courtroom. Sincerity and compassion for his clients are at the core of Lee’s practice. He personally believes that “caring is preparing,” a philosophy he brings to his role as counselor. Lee’s personal commitment to those he serves is clear in his defense strategies and his ability to absorb the energy around him, while seeking to leverage advantage at the same time. Lee’s ability to quickly analyze the situation at hand helps him formulate the best strategy and present his client’s story in the most compelling and effective way. Lee is committed to providing a holistic approach to representing clients in order to maximize consistency, reliability, and efficiency.

With a nationwide practice, Lee’s clients range from individuals to Fortune 500 companies.  He represents such clients in a variety of complex disputes involving construction, commercial and employment litigation. Further, Lee’s experience includes sports concussion and rights of publicity cases. He offers a deep bench of understanding of sports bylaws and policies in both professional and college sports.

In addition, Lee has represented athletes, celebrities, and artists in contract negotiations. He also advises his clients on brand protection and extortion threats. His client list contains professional, amateur, Paralympic and Olympic athletes, entertainers, musicians, and celebrities. Lee is committed to providing a holistic approach to representation in order to maximize consistency, reliability, and efficiency for clients who call on him to serve as general counsel.

A frequent guest lecturer, Lee regularly provides media analysis on entertainment, sports, and litigation topics.

A list of select representative matters can be found here.

Bar and Court Admissions


New York

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2002

University of Minnesota, B.A., Speech Communications, B.A., Advertising, 1999


Minnesota Lawyer, Attorney of the Year, 2010

Minnesota Lawyer, Up and Coming Attorney, 2008

Above the Fold, University of Minnesota Distinguished Alumni in Journalism, 2013

Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2014-2018

Rising Star, 2008-2013

La Marque High School Distinguished Alumni, 2010


Adjunct Professor – University of Minnesota Law School

WCCO – Sports in the Courts Radio Show

Hopkins Football, Basketball, and Baseball Coach