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  • Paul S. Almen
  • Senior Associate
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5993  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

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Paul Almen focuses his practice in the area of construction law, construction defect law, and real estate litigation, assisting sureties, owners, associations, contractors, architects, engineers, and subcontractors with a variety of matters.  Paul’s clients appreciate his knowledge from his prior experience working in the construction industry and count on Paul’s efficient practices and his steadfast commitment to client-centeredness. 

Paul’s practice also involves representation of buyers, sellers, and owners in various aspects of real estate transactions and boundary disputes.  Whether the course of a case results in mediation, arbitration, or litigation, Paul is adept at assisting clients throughout the process.

Paul has  been named a Rising Star® by Minnesota Law & Politics from 2014-16.

When not working with clients, Paul tries to keep up with his two beautiful girls, plays music, seeks new biking and hiking routes, and, true to his Minnesota roots, watches and plays hockey whenever he can.


  • "Navigating the Waters of Performance and Payment Bonds," Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2016


  • Significant Weight: The Impact of the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Civil Litigation, 35 WM. MITCHELL L. REV. 1297 (2009) (co-authored with Richard L. Pemberton) 


William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2008
Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A., 1991

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 2008
Wisconsin, 2015
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association
American Counsel of Engineering Companies of Minnesota, Scholarship Subcommittee
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Construction Association, President
Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
Wisconsin State Bar Association



Practice Areas

Legal Team