Patrick McGuiness


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Practice Areas

Employment Law

Construction Law


Real Estate Law


Patrick graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He received his Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law.



  • Minnesota District Court - 2006
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals - 2006
  • Minnesota Supreme Court - 2006
  • South Dakota State Courts – 2022

About Patrick

Patrick McGuiness is a founding attorney at Zlimen & McGuiness PLLC who brings practical business experience to every matter he handles. With more than 25 years of experience working in the Green Industry, Patrick’s knowledge and insight are invaluable when drafting construction and maintenance contracts. With small business owners in mind, Patrick crafts cost effective solutions for all of his clients.

Patrick’s practice includes many facets of employment and human resources law, including advising businesses on overtime compliance, custom drafting of employee handbooks, defending Department of Labor Audits, and assisting with other regulatory compliance issues.

Patrick is a sought after speaker for many national green industry organizations. He has had numerous articles published in The Scoop, Tree Care Industry Magazine, Snow Business Magazine, and Turf Magazine.

Affiliations, Awards, & Recognitions

  1. Twin Cities Business Magazine – Outstanding Director Award 2023
  2. Founding Member, Private Directors Association Minnesota Chapter 2020-Present
  3. Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) 2018-present
  4. Recipient of the Major General William F. Garrison Award, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for Excellence in Support of Special Operations
    Forces 2017
  5. One of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans, presented by the Minnesota Jaycees 2012
  6. Todd Bachman Award for Innovation in Horticultural Business presented by the University of Minnesota and the MNLA Foundation 2010
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Board of Directors Experience

Blaze Credit Union—Director
MLM Insurance Company – Director
Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association—Director

Additional Experience

Prior to becoming an attorney, Patrick owned a landscaping installation company for over 15 years. He is involved in a variety of activities and organizations around the Twin Cities. He is also a Major, Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Teaching Experience


  • Businesses Responsibilities and Servicemembers’ Rights: The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act & The Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act
    - William Mitchell Alumni CLE Series, November 2013
  • Overlooked Overtime Provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act
    - William Mitchell Alumni CLE Series, March 2012
  • Employee, Subcontractor or Independent Contractor: Issues and Consequences Related to
    Worker Misclassification
    - William Mitchell Alumni CLE Series, December 2011


In addition to practicing law, Patrick is an avid traveler having explored more than 38 countries via foot, bicycle, canoe, moped, Hilux, car, bus, train, plane, horse, camel, and elephant. He has successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, studied Muy Thai (Thai kickboxing) in Thailand, competed in Golden Gloves boxing in the U.S, and completed over 7 Marathons and numerous half marathons.