Yuri B. Berndt, Attorney


A business and tax law practitioner for more than 20 years, Yuri B. Berndt offers a pragmatic, dependable, and timely approach to his clients’ complex legal and tax matters. His business and tax knowledge assists clients with the legal and economic facets of their business agreements and contracts. Yuri represents a wide range of individuals and businesses, and he counsels in such areas as:

  • Formation, organization, and operation of various entities
  • Negotiation and structuring of business and tax transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, and joint ventures
  • Analysis of federal and state income tax, and representation before the Internal Revenue Service and various state tax administrators
  • Representation before the U.S. Tax Court and Minnesota Tax Court

His practice includes a niche in providing analysis and reviews of cable television franchise fee agreements and submissions for jurisdictions across the United States.

Comprehensive Tax Law Counsel

Yuri provides creative solutions to the challenges faced by limited liability companies and other pass-through entities and has structured special allocations and preferred returns for complex business relationships. His representation includes counsel to individuals and businesses on income, sales, and pass-through tax aspects of controversies with federal and state tax authorities.

Professional Leadership

Listed in Best Lawyers®, previously included by Minnesota Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star,” and qualified as a CPA (inactive), Yuri uses his previous experience with a national public accounting firm to provide comprehensive analysis of business organizations and combinations. 

Yuri is the former chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Tax Section and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Practice Areas

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Tax Section – Chair, 2006-2007; Treasurer, 2005-2006; Secretary, 2004-2005
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Tax Council – Member, 2003-2006
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Tax Institute Planning Committee, 2003-2013
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly Member, 2005-2006
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • American Institute for Certified Public Accountants
  • Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants

Honors & Recognition

  • "The Best Lawyers in America" – 2013-Present
  • "Minnesota Super Lawyers" – “Rising Stars,” 2004-2008

Certifications / Specialties

  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive), Minnesota

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, J.D., cum laude
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, B.A., cum laude

Classes / Seminars Taught

  • “Partnership Allocations,” Hennepin County Bar Association, 2006