I have extensive experience in representing real estate developers, property owners, tenants, and lending institutions in a wide variety of commercial real estate and construction law matters, including shopping centers, industrial and office development, golf course development, real estate financing, loan restructuring, zoning and land use, housing, commercial leasing and environmental issues. My practice also focuses on commercial leasing. I served 18 years as city attorney for a first ring suburb of the Twin Cities, and have appeared before a substantial number of city councils, planning commissions and other governmental bodies.
Every real estate transaction is more than what’s on the paper; it’s a relationship, and must be treated with the respect it deserves. In addition to the relationships I develop with my clients, I see myself as the facilitator in establishing their own relationships; in a landlord-tenant agreement, for example, the landlord and tenant might be together for 20 years. Even if a client is involved in a sale or disposition, it is possible, perhaps even likely, that the client may end up doing other deals over the years with the same parties. The way the negotiation goes sets the tone of whatever relationship emerges from the transaction. I work with my clients to make sure not only that they get what they need out of a transaction, but that it’s handled in a positive way. Even on contentious issues, one can be a firm and tough negotiator without being disrespectful or disagreeable.
I’ve had the pleasure of working in the same firm for nearly 40 years, and working with many of the same clients over those years. I enjoy being a consigliere for those clients, a true counselor, to give them sound, balanced business advice, because I know them and their businesses so well. I became a lawyer out of respect for the idea that the law can be a positive force in our society, and do everything I can to facilitate progress on behalf of my clients, not get in the way of it.
Outside of work, I have two daughters and three grandkids whom I adore, and I love great food and wine, politics, travel, golf, reading and cooking.
Honors & Awards
Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Real Estate
The Best Lawyers in America©, 2013
Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Construction Law
The Best Lawyers in America©, 2011, 2015
Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Eminent Domain and Condemnation
The Best Lawyers in America©, 2016
The Best Lawyers in America©
Real Estate Law, 2009-2019
Commercial Litigation, 2013-2019
Eminent Domain and Condemnation, 2013-2019
Construction Law, 2011-2019
Minnesota Super Lawyers®
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, Peer review ratings
Associations & Memberships
Minnesota State Bar Association
Ramsey County Bar Association
California State Bar Association
Minnesota Mortgage Bankers Association
Past Co-chair of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Committee