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I always suggest meeting my clients at their places of business not just for the clients’ convenience, but because it’s part of my job to learn what they do and how they do it. I believe legal work should be about the client, not the lawyer.
—Jeffrey R. Ansel

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Jeffrey R. Ansel

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University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1985
Northwestern University, B.A., Economics & Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, 1982
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In the more than 25 years Jeffrey R. Ansel has practiced law, he’s witnessed at least two cycles of economic boom and bust, which gives him an extra depth of perspective in the areas of real estate and commercial litigation. Jeff is known for maintaining strong relationships with his clients and evolving his practice to fit their needs. As former Chair of the Litigation Practice Group and a shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., he brings together the right team for each client and maintains client relationships that span decades.

Jeff is deeply experienced in the area of receiverships. After participating in the ad hoc committee that drafted Minnesota's new receivership statute (effective August 1, 2012), Jeff has conducted several legal education seminars on the topic. Representing clients who are court–appointed receivers, as well as clients who seek the appointment of a receiver, has given Jeff a multi-dimensional view of how receiverships can be used strategically to maximize value in real estate and non-real estate cases. He has also represented title insurance companies in title disputes and coverage litigation as well as agency, regulatory and administrative matters.

Jeff also has significant experience in areas such as real estate litigation (including title insurance coverage, claims, agency, regulatory and administrative matters), D&O litigation (including defending former officers and directors of failed financial institutions facing claims from the FDIC), construction, banking and financial institution litigation, broker litigation, trust and estate litigation, and distribution litigation, just to name a few.

Clients who work with Jeff know he’s always available with an answer to their questions. In addition to managing large cases in litigation, Jeff frequently supports his clients with alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and has represented clients in many and varied dispute resolutions processes, including trials, mediations and arbitrations, among others.  To better understand all aspects of mediation and arbitration, Jeff has participated in the Minnesota Supreme Court’s certified training programs required to qualify for inclusion on the state-wide roster of qualified neutrals. He is on the Minnesota Supreme Courts Roster of Qualified Neutrals and is a neutral for U.S. Arbitration and Mediation.  He serves as a volunteer Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Arbitrator for both the Ramsey County and Hennepin County Bar Associations, has been a Hennepin County Conciliation Court Referee since 2005, and served three years on the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council (member since 2011; elected Secretary 2013-2014).

Jeff volunteers as a speaker on the topic of law careers at area high schools, and has served on various management committees for Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., including its board of directors and compensation committees.

He has been included in Minnesota Super Lawyers® since 2003 and was named as one of the Minnesota Super Lawyers® “Top 100 Lawyers” in 2011. He has been recognized by Law and Politics magazine as one of “Minnesota’s Top 40 Business Litigation Attorneys,” and has been included in Best Lawyers in America® since 2010, in the practice areas of arbitration, mediation, and commercial litigation. In addition, Best Lawyers in America named him Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year in 2012 and 2016 in the area of Litigation – Real Estate and in 2014 for Litigation – Banking & Finance.

Additional Qualifications
Qualified Neutral on the Supreme Court State-wide roster
Volunteer, Hennepin County Conciliation Court referee 

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1985
Wisconsin, 1992
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1985
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1992
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 1992
U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, 1996
U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 2000
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2002 (Inactive)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, 2003

Representative Cases & Matters

  • Served on the team representing a commercial real estate broker and property management company in Kratzer v. Welsh Companies, LLC, No. A06-2284 (Minn. 2009), which successfully reversed a Court of Appeals ruling on employee protections under state Whistleblower Statutes at the Minnesota Supreme Court. The court concluded that employees are not protected under the Whistleblower Statute unless they report a violation of an actual statute or rule, as opposed to what they believe is a violation of a statute or rule.
  • Represented a publisher and distributor of home entertainment products in a class action securities lawsuit that alleged fraudulent shareholder communications and illegal inflation of the corporate stock price. The case was dismissed and jurisdictionally was affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000.
  • Represented a title insurance company in a suit alleging fraud by the client’s agent in providing closing services that resulted in theft of closing funds. Suit dismissed in favor of client because the agent was not authorized to handle closing services.
  • Served as counsel for numerous receivers in connection with commercial mortgage foreclosures, distressed property management and patent royalties recovery.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Qualified Neutral on the Supreme Court State-wide roster
  • Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council
  • Hennepin County Conciliation Court Judge

Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • ADR Section Council
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2003-2017
    • "Top 100 Lawyers," 2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Litigation - Real Estate, 2012 and 2016
    • Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Litigation - Banking & Finance, 2014
    • Commercial Litigation, 2010-2018
    • Litigation - Banking & Finance, 2011-2018
    • Litigation - Real Estate, 2011-2018
    • Arbitration, 2011-2018
    • Mediation, 2011-2018
  • "Minnesota's Top 40 Business Litigation Attorneys," Minnesota Law & Politics, 2007
  • “AV Preeminent” peer review rating in Martindale-Hubbell

Articles & Presentations
Co-Presenter. "Post-Closing Fights: What Happens if Issues Arise after a Deal is Closed?" Fall Seminar. Bank Holding Company Association. 2 October 2017.
Qtd. Tevlin, Jon. "Demise of Community Action of Minneapolis didn't happen in a vacuum." StarTribune. 3 July 2016.

Co-author. "Recent Developments in Minnesota Receiverships." The Hennepin Lawyer." July 2014.

"A Comprehensive Receivership and Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors Statute in Minnesota, " Debtor-Creditor Handbook, 10th Edition. June 2012.

Qtd. Thornton, Patrick. “Little-known rule provides a safe haven to lawyers.” Minnesota Lawyer. 30 Aug. 2010. 1+.

Frequent speaker for Minnesota CLE on the topics of real estate foreclosures and receiverships. 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012.
Press Releases

August 15, 2017
Twenty-Nine Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2018 “Best Lawyers In America” List

July 05, 2017
Thirty Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

August 15, 2016
Twenty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2017 “Best Lawyers In America” List

July 05, 2016
Forty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

August 17, 2015
Twenty-Five Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2016 “Best Lawyers In America” List

July 07, 2015
Twenty-Nine Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

August 18, 2014
Twenty-One Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2015 “Best Lawyers In America” List

July 07, 2014
Twenty-Eight Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

August 15, 2013
Twenty-One Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2014 “Best Lawyers In America©” List

July 08, 2013
Twenty-Four Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers®

September 19, 2012
Twenty Two-Attorneys from Winthrop & Weinstine Named to “Best Lawyers in America” List

July 09, 2012
Twenty-Three Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers®

October 06, 2011
Two Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors from Best Lawyers

September 13, 2011
Seventeen Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®

July 12, 2011
Minnesota Super Lawyers® Includes Over Twenty Attorneys at Winthrop & Weinstine

May 26, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Help Client Settle Lawsuit

March 21, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces 2011 Board of Directors

December 21, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Celebrates This Holiday Season with the Help of Local Talent

November 22, 2010
Sixteen Shareholders Named to Best Lawyers in America

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