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John C. Holper

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Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1992
Michigan State University, B.S., Political Science, 1989

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John C. Holper is a shareholder and has been a commercial litigation attorney since 1992. Since joining Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. in 1996, he has handled all aspects of commercial litigation, including trials and alternative dispute resolution processes involving a wide range of business, banking, and construction-related issues. John’s litigation practice focuses primarily in the areas of construction, real estate, mechanic’s liens, surety, banking, insurance litigation (including coverage and subrogation claims), creditors’ rights and remedies, and closely held corporate shareholder litigation. John works with his clients and counsels them as how best to pursue and/or resolve disputes in an economical and efficient manner, with a full understanding of his client’s business operations and goals.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1992
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1992
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2002

Articles & Presentations
Author. “Mechanic’s Liens and the Practical Implications for the Construction Lender.” Lorman Education Services.
Panelist. “Failed Residential Developments.” MSBA Sections—Construction Law Section. 2008.
Speaker. “Avoiding the Potholes & Dodging the Quicksand—Arbitration Clauses in Construction Contracts Pros & Cons.” Construction Industry Seminar. 2004
Speaker. Banking Litigation, Collection, Work-Out, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Basics in Minnesota. 2005.
Speaker. Banking Litigation, Collection, Work-Out, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Basics in Minnesota. 2004.
Speaker. Commercial Real Estate Financing in Minnesota. 2003.
Speaker. Commercial Real Estate Financing in Minnesota. 2002.
Speaker. Commercial Real Estate Financing in Minnesota. 2001

Representative Cases

Construction Litigation
  • Olympic Pools, Inc. vs. Provence, LLC et. al. Successfully represented a multi-story apartment developer in recovering in excess of $2 million on substantial construction defect claims against general contractor, multiple subcontractors and design professionals.
  • Stonebridge Construction, Inc. vs. North American Specialty Insurance Company et. al. Successfully represented a general contractor in the pursuit of a performance and payment bond claim against surety and principal.
  • Department of Labor vs. Stonebridge Construction, Inc. Successfully represented a general contractor in defense of a United States Department of Labor prevailing wage and labor investigation.
  • Charles D. Nolan & Sons vs. Ross Contractors, Inc. Successfully represented a commercial property owner through trial in connection with a construction defect claim against a commercial roofing contractor. Client obtained a jury verdict in excess of $1 million.
  • Acceptance Insurance Company vs. Ross Contractors et. al. Successfully represented a commercial property owner seeking insurance coverage.  Secured a trial verdict in favor of client that was upheld on appeal.
  • Arden Square, LLC vs. State Auto Insurance Company. Successfully represented a commercial property owner in connection with a declaratory judgment action seeking the establishment of insurance coverage for damages resulting from an unexpected roof collapse.
  • Engineering America Inc. vs. Poet Design & Construction. Successfully represented a general contractor in the prosecution of a mechanic’s lien claim and defense of a counterclaim alleging various construction defects.
  • Langford Tool & Drill Co. vs. The 401 Group, LLC. Successfully represented a project [developer?] in connection with a failed construction project and in the prosecution of a mortgage foreclosure action. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the lender establishing the priority of its mortgage, authorizing the lender to foreclose its mortgage, and directing judgment in favor of the lender and against the borrower in an amount in excess of $5 million.
  • LSS Housing Watford City II, LLC vs. Norvanta, LLC et. al. Successfully represented a construction project developer and recovered substantial damages from a general contractor who abandoned a multi-million dollar construction project, and defended subcontractor payment claims.
  • Walmart Stores, Inc. (various matters). Ongoing representation of Walmart Stores, Inc. and affiliates on mechanic’s lien, construction defect and payment disputes.
  • Routinely represent numerous general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in connection with the prosecution, defense and resolution of mechanic’s lien, construction defect, payment and insurance coverage disputes.
  • Routinely represent residential contractors in connection with the defense of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry investigations and administrative proceedings.   
  • Routinely represent owners, developers, contractors and subcontractors in connection with the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts. 
Real Estate Litigation
  • Rice v. Brock. Successfully represented a residential seller in connection with a dispute with the purchaser over the contractual and statutory termination of a residential purchase agreement.
  • Loring Manor Apartments, LLC v Johnson. Successfully represented an apartment building owner in a contested eviction action.
  • St. Paul Development Company v North American Banking Company. Successfully represented a lender in connection with the sale of bank-owned real property and defense of a claimed right of first refusal by adjoining land owner. Summary judgment in favor of bank awarded.
  • Walmart Stores, Inc. (various matters). Routinely represent Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and affiliates in connection with condemnation proceedings.
  • SuperValu et. al. v Walmart Stores, Inc. Successfully represented Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in defense of claims by a shopping center owner and tenant seeking to enforce restrictive use covenants contained in a Reciprocal Easement Agreement.
  • Frogner Land Company vs. Lori Misenor. Successfully represented an individual purchaser of tax-forfeited property in connection with a challenge by a prior land owner regarding the enforceability of the purchase, and the applicability and scope of the tax forfeiture statute.
  • Cassidy Turley vs. Phillips Plastics. Successfully represented a broker in connection with the collection of commission.
  • Chicago Title Insurance Company (various matters). Represented a title insurance company in various matters including, but not limited to, lien priority actions, defense of mechanic’s liens, quiet title actions, easement enforcement actions, and foreclosure actions.
  • Eaker et. al. v. City of Ellendale. Successfully represented a group of city residents in connection with claims against the City arising from the City’s failure to properly maintain sewage infrastructure, which resulted in damage to residents’ homes.
  • Cornerstone Group (various matters). Successfully represented a developer in connection with residential and commercial leasing matters.
  • Caldwell Griffin. Successfully assisted a client in obtaining a reduction of proposed real property special assessment relating to a City roadway improvement project. 
  • Routinely review, draft and negotiate commercial and residential lease agreements.
Honors & Awards
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2011–2017
  • Ranked as “AV Preeminent” in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings
  • Member of the Hamline Law Review

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Commercial Law League
  • NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association)
  • Trustee, Transfiguration Catholic Church & School
  • Board of Directors, Midland Hills Country Club
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