Charlie Berquist

Charlie Berquist is of counsel to Sherman and Patterson, Ltd, where he works part-time for the firm and its clients. He is also a partner of the Minneapolis firm, Best & Flanagan LLP, where he has practiced law for over 30 years.

Charlie has extensive experience and expertise in executive compensation, including incentive and equity compensation plans, qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, and other employee benefits. He regularly advises clients on benefit plan design, drafting and administration, and compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and other applicable laws.

Charlie’s clients include individuals, for-profit businesses of all sizes and types, nonprofit organizations and public pension plans. He has represented clients in a wide variety of transactions and projects including start-ups, transition and succession planning, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, technology agreements, executive employment agreements, and severance and change in control agreements.

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Employment Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities Law


  • J.D., Notre Dame University, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Macalester College

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Business Law Section)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association