Going into law school, I envisioned myself doing corporate work, rather than real estate. But after I graduated, I got hired by a small firm in Denver, and the first transaction that I worked on was the Denver Broncos’ new stadium. I got to work on so many real estate issues in that one project – development issues, financing issues, leasing and subleasing concerns, concession agreements, and more. I had a wonderful mentor who made sure I attended all the meetings, big conferences with firms from the East Coast and Chicago, and then had the trust in me to get it done, despite the vertical learning curve – and I have been hooked on real estate development and transactions ever since.
Over my career, through all the variety of types and complexity of deals I have worked on, the thing that keeps me going is the satisfaction I get from helping to bring people together to accomplish deals that make sense for each and further their business goals. I always take a pragmatic approach by considering what’s market and the business goals of both sides, to make sure we’re advancing the deal, not obstructing it. Because I have seen so many transactions – including ways they can go wrong – I am able to help steer my clients around any potential issues with efficiency toward closing.
Some of my favorite projects are the development deals – I appreciate working with clients who are entrepreneurial and creative, who can look at vacant land or a dilapidated building and consider the future it could have, and then use the depth of my experience to help make it a reality.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time on the lakes up north with my family, cooking and entertaining with friends, and yoga. I’ve also been learning to play golf … for several decades.
A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career
Honors & Awards
The Best Lawyers in America©
Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2011
Associations & Memberships
MSBA Real Property Law Specialist Certification
Board Member, 2016-present
Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women
Member and past Board Member, 2007-present
Member, Public Policy Committee
Hennepin County Bar Association
Past Chairperson, Real Property Section
Past Member, Board of Directors