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James W. Dierking

p (612) 604-6651   f (612) 604-6851 
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with high distinction, 1991
Iowa State University, B.B.A., 1985
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James W. Dierking is a shareholder with Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., practicing in the areas of banking and finance, real estate, alternative energy development, mergers and acquisitions, and financing.  Jim also has extensive experience in the multi-site retail industry, including gas and convenience stores, and fast food and casual dining restaurants.  He co-leads a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers that provides full-service representation to gas and convenience store owners and fuel distributors. The team offers legal and practical advice in all areas affecting the gas and convenience store industry, including real estate, land use, zoning, leasing, environmental, finance, tax, employment, corporate, intellectual property, succession planning, regulatory, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation. Their skills and experience run the gamut from day-to-day operational issues to unique and complex matters such as large acquisitions, new development and asset divestitures.  

In addition, for more than 20 years Jim has advised a wide variety of clients in asset-based, commercial, construction and real estate lending transactions including revolving lines of credit, term loans, multiple-advance term facilities and letters of credit, as well as more specialized New Markets Tax Credit, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, Historic Tax Credit, municipal bond and Native American tribal financing transactions.  His real estate experience includes the development, purchase, sale and financing of retail, office, industrial and other commercial properties with an emphasis on multi-site retail transactions.  Jim is also heavily involved in the development and financing of wind and solar energy projects throughout the Midwest, and co-manages the firm's Wind Development practice group.

Representative Matters

Represented a large co-operative dairy operation in connection with over $140M asset-based and real estate financing.

$16.5M bond purchase from two separate issuing municipalities for the construction of a new senior care facility in Eau Claire, WI.  

$2.8M construction and term loan for the rehabilitation and construction of low-income housing units in Rice Lake, WI, involving Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, state and federal Historic Tax Credits and multiple additional funding sources.  

$9.3M term loan relating to the acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of an independent hotel project in La Crosse, WI, involving state and federal Historic Tax Credits.  

Represented a private equity firm in the financing and acquisition of a quick-serve restaurant operation consisting of more than 220 locations throughout the United States.  

$12M New Markets Tax Credit transaction to a Native American tribal-affiliated entity for the construction of a hotel.  

$4M Low-Income Housing Tax Credit transaction for the construction of an affordable senior housing project in Superior, WI.  

$21M bond purchase and loan transaction for the financing of the construction and operation of a senior housing facility in La Crosse, WI, under a long-term ground lease, through the issuance of bonds by the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority.  

$20M revolving line of credit, $15M multiple-advance equipment term facility and $5M term loan to a group of nine affiliated companies in the construction, site development, excavation and commercial grading, landfill construction, environmental remediation, dredging and utilities services business, by a syndication of lenders (represented Lead Lender and Administrative Agent).  

$40M revolving line of credit, $11M multiple-advance term facility and $20M term loan to a group of 12 affiliated companies in the construction and construction services business. 

$20M loan facility for the acquisition and development of multiple saltwater disposal wells in the Bakken region of North Dakota by a group of ten affiliated entities, secured by leasehold mortgages, contract assignments and all personal property assets.  

$25M term loan facilities and $7M construction loan to a group of eight affiliated companies in the general retail and automotive sales businesses, secured by multiple parcels of real estate in multiple counties, and including cross-guaranties.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1991

Community Involvement
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Minnesota Service Station Association
  • Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers®, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2005-2006
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Real Estate Law, 2018

Presentations & Seminars

Presenter. "Best Practices for Outside Counsel." SIGMA Legal Marketer Group. 2 Nov. 2016.

Co-Presenter. Matrix Capital Markets Group Luncheon. In-House Presentation. 4 May. 2016.

Panel moderator. "Wind Development Issues." 2009 Real Estate Law Conference. Minnesota Real Estate Journal, Golden Valley, MN. 31 Jul. 2009.

Panelist. “Wind Development Issues.”  2008 Real Estate Law Conference. Minnesota Real Estate Journal, Golden Valley, MN. 5 Sept. 2008. 

Speaker. “Due Diligence.” Commercial Real Estate Financing in Minnesota. Lorman Education Services, Bloomington, MN. 19 Dec. 2003.
Speaker. “Due Diligence.” Commercial Real Estate Financing in Minnesota. Lorman Education Services, Minneapolis, MN. 19 Dec. 2002.
Speaker. “Due Diligence.”  Commercial Real Estate Financing in Minnesota. Lorman Education Services, Minneapolis, MN. 12 Dec. 2001.
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