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James W. Dierking

The best deals are about collaboration, expertise, relationships and common goals.

My Approach

In my career, I have worked on both the commercial lending and the bankruptcy/workout side of various financing deals, and I learned long ago that I most enjoy the front-end of putting those deals together. I thrive on helping clients structure transactions, especially ones that are a little out of the box or with some hair on them, and then working through the issues to close the deal.

I work with banks and other lenders, primarily in transactions relating to real estate, tax credit financing transactions, C&I lending and Native American financing. In addition, I also work with developers, investors and financiers on alternative energy projects, mainly wind and solar. Over the past fifteen years I have worked with many clients in the gas and convenience store and QSR restaurant space. At the end of the day, regardless of the type of work I am involved in, what most trips my trigger is developing relationships with my clients and finding solutions to get deals across the finish line.

I emptied my nest in the fall of 2017, so I am figuring what this next chapter outside of work will look like. So far, I am enjoying fat tire biking with my wife, floating on our pontoon, and exploring the ever-expanding world of craft beers. An occasional evening hanging out with my neighbors at backyard bonfires tends to be a great ending to a busy work week.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

Super Lawyers®

Minnesota Law & Politics, 2005-2006

The Best Lawyers in America©

Real Estate Law, 2018

Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Ramsey County Bar Association

American Wind Energy Association

Minnesota Service Station Association

Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association