Nathaniel Zylstra is an experienced litigator who represents regional, national and international businesses in state, federal, and international courts and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He helps clients resolve commercial and financial disputes, claims of trade secret misappropriation and multimillion-dollar class actions.

Established Litigator

Nathaniel skillfully manages and oversees cases all the way through trial, including working with clients to establish a case strategy and build a strong case. He has represented manufacturers, technology companies and financial institutions.

Skilled Counselor

In addition to litigation, Nathaniel provides training on trade secrets issue and counsels clients on developing trade secret protection programs. He also assists with internal financial investigations.

Previous Experience

Beyond his work at the firm, Nathaniel practiced with Briol & Benson PLLC and served as the deputy director of the Project for Civil Justice Reform and the Project for International Religious Liberty at Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Minnesota Supreme Court


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. Roger L. Wollman, 2001-2002


Yale Law School
J.D. Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal (executive editor) (2001)

Dordt College
B.A. (1998)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Federal and state court and administrative appeals on issues including veteran's rights, immigration, criminal sentencing and death penalty post-conviction proceedings

Civic Activities

  • Calvin Christian School — Board of Directors, 2010-16 (2015-16 Board Chair); Education Committee, 2010-15
  • Calvary Church — Youth Group Leader, 2013-present; Deacon & Treasurer, 2004-06
  • Starfish Ministries — Board of Directors, 2009-13 (Board President for two years)
  • International Justice Mission — Member of legal service team in Kampala, Uganda, November 2008


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-22
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018-19
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 2007, 2011-12, 2014-15
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