Best & Flanagan Announces New Partners, Greg Perleberg and Norm Taple, and New Associate John Sullivan

Minneapolis-based law firm Best & Flanagan LLP announced today that attorneys Gregory Perleberg and Norman Taple have joined the firm as partners and John Sullivan has joined as an associate attorney. Perleberg has joined the firm’s intellectual property and business law practice groups, Taple is a member of the real estate and business law practice groups, and Sullivan has joined the litigation practice group and supports the intellectual property, construction, and employment practice groups.

“We are really pleased to have Greg, Norm and John join us at Best & Flanagan,” said Sarah Crippen, managing partner at Best & Flanagan and chair of the employment law practice group. “They will be great additions to our business transactions and litigation teams, and they build on our strengths: the highest quality legal work, delivered by engaging lawyers acting as trusted partners with our clients.”

Perleberg practices business law with a career that spans the past 25 years, handling a variety of intellectual property related matters and representing a broad range of clients in the technology, hospitality, and entertainment industries. Perleberg advises clients on complex technology and commercial transactions such as information technology licensing, trademark and brand protection, and copyrights. He also has significant experience advising clients on internet, e-commerce and entertainment transactions, as well as assisting celebrities and athletes against those making unauthorized use of their images or likenesses, and helping clients with defamation and other privacy matters. Perleberg is active in the arts and entertainment community and serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies.

Taple merges real estate and business law, focusing on corporate and real estate transactions, landlord-tenant issues, banking and other financial services, and credit and collection matters. Taple also is a business owner and entrepreneur, giving him experience and insights that enable him to positively impact his clients’ bottom line. Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics in 2009 and 2010, Taple contributes his legal skills to the community as a volunteer attorney with the Legal Aid Clinic in North Minneapolis.

Sullivan brings a strong litigation background working with individuals, closely-held businesses, corporations and nonprofit organizations across a range of industries, especially construction and intellectual property. Sullivan has represented clients with a diverse array of legal issues, including trademark infringement, shareholder disputes, employment non-compete matters and contract disputes. While at the University of Minnesota Law School, Sullivan served on the Constitutional Commentary Law Journal and served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Patrick J. Schlitz, United States District Court.

About Best & Flanagan

Best & Flanagan, founded in 1926, is a Minneapolis law firm providing legal services in the areas of real estate, business law, litigation, intellectual property, government relations, employment and labor, family law, private wealth planning, bankruptcy, and white collar criminal and regulatory defense. Best & Flanagan serves a wide array of clients, ranging from individuals and families to small businesses, government agencies and Fortune 100 companies seeking to do business in Minnesota and beyond. For more information, visit or phone (612) 339-7121.

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