Jason C. Tarasek

Attorney and Partner
Jason C. Tarasek
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Jason is an aggressive litigator.  He will not litigate, however, just for the sake of litigating.  If there is a solution to his clients’ problem that will help them avoid extra litigation costs, he will seize it.  Jason takes pride in his work; he will never be out-hustled.


Phone: 612-961-8112
Fax: 612-564-6976



Jason Tarasek founded Minnesota Cannabis Law in 2018 to serve the hemp, cannabinoid, medical-marijuana and adult-use marijuana markets in the Upper Midwest. 

Jason has nearly 20 years of legal experience as a transactional attorney and litigator. For the last several years, he has been named to the list of Super Lawyers, which is an honor bestowed on only the top 5% of attorneys in Minnesota.

He serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Cannabis Association and also serves as the Association’s lobbyist.

Jason is also a board member of the Cannabis Industry Association of South Dakota and provides legal services to entrepreneurs throughout South Dakota who intend on entering the medical-marijuana and adult-use marijuana markets in South Dakota.

Previously, Jason served as the Minnesota Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project. In this role, he helped draft legislation to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in Minnesota. He helped guide the bill to a legislative hearing during the Spring of 2019, which marked the first time in Minnesota’s history that a legislative committee provided a hearing on a legalization bill.

Jason is a co-founder of Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation (“MRMR”), a multi-partisan advocacy group that presses for marijuana legalization in Minnesota. He currently served on MRMR’s Steering Committee with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and a diverse range of attorneys, politicians, activists and business leaders.

Jason is a frequent speaker on legal issues related to hemp, CBD and marijuana. During the Fall/Winter of 2020, Jason served as an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline Law School, where he taught a seminar titled “Marijuana and the Law.”

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2004
  • North Dakota, 2011
  • Wisconsin, 2005
  • California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Tribal Court


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, J.D., 2002
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A. with distinction, 1995

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers® List, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, 2019
  • Minnesota Rising Stars® List, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine 2007, 2009-2010, 2012

Published Works

  • Financial Institution Bond Annotated 3d Edition, Contributing Author, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Council Member 2018-
    present); Member (2005-present)
  • Minnesota Subcontractors Association, Board Member (2017-present); Member
  • Minnesota Construction Association, Programs Committee (2017), Member (2017-
  • Construction Financial Management Association – Twin Cities, Programs Committee:
    Member (2013-present)
  • The Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court, Member (2017-present)
  • Minnesota Association for Justice, Member (2017-present)
  • Associated General Contractors – North Dakota, Member (2015)
  • American Council of Engineering Companies, Minnesota, Board Member (2014-


  • Safety 101 and Contracts Related to Legislation Work, Education Panel, Minnesota
    Subcontractors Association, December 11, 2018
  • Mock Trial: Change Dispute Between a General Contractor & Subcontractor,
    Construction Financial Management Association – Twin Cities, July 18,2018
  • Common Traps Associated with Construction Defect Claims: Confusing Limitations
    Periods, Spoliation and More, Minnesota CLE, Litigating Construction Defect Claims
    Seminar, May 9, 2018
  • How Not to Tank Your Case: Top 10 Things to Know about Construction –Defect
    Cases, Minnesota Association for Justice, March 12, 2018
  • Problematic Contract Clauses and Subcontractor Recourses, Minnesota
    Subcontractors Association, February 22, 2018
  • Protecting Your Payment Rights, Minnesota Subcontractors Association, 2016
  • Protecting Your Firm’s Payment Rights, American Council of Engineering Companies
    – Minnesota, 2016
  • Changes to Minnesota’s Construction Payment Laws, Construction Financial
    Management Association – Twin Cities, 2016
  • Contract Fundamentals, Associated General Contractors – North Dakota, 2015
  • Fundamentals of Mechanic’s Liens, 2015
    Construction Surety: Resolving Common Dispute, NBI, 2014
  • Legal Issues for Civil Engineers, Half Moon Seminars, 2014
  • Payment Bonds and Performance Bonds, Half Moon Seminar, 2014
  • How to get Paid Without Getting Sued, Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann
    Webinar, 2013
  • Priority of Performing Surety’s Claim to Contract Funds, Clifton Larson Allen
    Conference, 2013
  • Mechanic’s Liens: Protecting Your Rights to Payment, American Council of Engineering Companies – Minnesota, 2012
  • Getting Paid: Mechanic’s Lien and Other Remedies, American Council of Engineering
    Companies – Minnesota, 2011


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