MINNEAPOLIS, MN — January 2, 2020. Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., is pleased to formally announce that Christopher Hussey, Joel Johnson, Joseph Phelps and Matthew Robinson have been promoted to shareholders, and Shawn Alexander, Katherine Johnson and Cody Zustiak have been promoted to managing associates.
Christopher Hussey is a member of Winthrop & Weinstine’s mergers and acquisitions group, advising private companies and private equity funds with middle-market M&A transactions. In addition, he consistently leads the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of commercial contracts for privately held businesses, assists companies with raising capital, and advises clients regarding general business matters.
Joel Johnson is a member of the corporate group, and represents companies, entrepreneurs, and investors in all stages of an enterprise’s life, including formation, public and private capital raising, acquisitions, and sales and divestitures. In addition, he represents businesses with complex strategic relationships, joint ventures, business process outsourcing, corporate reorganizations and other mission-critical projects. He also advises public and private companies on corporate governance, fiduciary duties and compliance matters.
Joseph Phelps practices in the tax credit financing and syndication group, working closely with developers, lenders and investors in a range of tax credit and real estate matters, including developments involving Low Income Housing Tax Credits, federal and state Historic Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, solar and other Energy Tax Credits, and various state industrial and rehabilitation tax credits around the country.
Matthew Robinson represents clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation contexts, including actions involving breach of contract, civil fraud, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, and class actions. His practice incorporates a particular emphasis on securities litigation and employment litigation, and also includes representation in the areas of commercial contracts and warranties, banking and finance, shareholder and limited partner disputes, energy, healthcare, and regulatory matters.
Shawn Alexander focuses his practice on tax credits and affordable housing. He has experience drafting and negotiating commercial leases, construction agreements, handling title and survey review, and working with local government and state and regulatory agencies regarding zoning and regulatory compliance. He coordinates deals between developers, investors, title companies, lenders, and other parties involved in a transaction.
Katherine Johnson represents clients in varying types and sizes of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and sales of commercial real estate, leasing, land use, and environmental matters. A portion of her practice also involves representing tax-exempt organizations, including formation, governance and application for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.
Cody Zustiak assists individuals and entities with health law, in matters such as responding to complaints by a regulatory board, audits, and proposed discipline against a professional license. With years of experience at the Attorney General’s office, he understands the process of administrative law, including at the Office of Administrative Hearings and Fair Hearings before the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and uses that process to his clients’ advantage.