Chambers USA, one of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, lists six Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., attorneys and three practice groups as leaders in its 2020 edition. The London-based Chambers has become widely accepted in recent years as the standard for legal distinction, both in the U.S. and around the globe.

The firm was recognized for its expertise in Corporate/M&A, General Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Law.

The Corporate/M&A practice was recognized as having “expertise across the full spectrum of transactional and corporate governance issues.” In addition, a client noted that “its members align with our goals and objectives from the beginning of the process and work at any hour of the day to deliver the desired results and to meet the agreed upon timelines.”

The Commercial Litigation team was recognized for its “strong bench of expert trial lawyers” who “provide efficient, pragmatic solutions to our issues. They do not overwork our files and, as importantly, they actually provide recommendations on decision points.”

The Real Estate group “stands out for its robust lender-side real estate finance practice and its strong foothold in the local tax credit finance market,” and is “sought after for its strengths in historic rehabilitation projects and also noted for its counsel on transactions involving Section 1031 exchanges.” The publication noted that the group is “additionally highlighted for its handling of real estate disputes.” A client noted: “The team is good at communicating with us. They are smart, conscientious and have my best interests at heart.”

In addition, six Winthrop & Weinstine lawyers were recognized as “Leaders in Their Field” for their work in Minnesota, placing them at the top of their practice areas:

Timothy M. Barnett 4 Corporate/M&A
 Thomas H. Boyd 1 Litigation: Appellate
 Tammera R. Diehm 4 Real Estate
 Jon J. Hoganson 2 Real Estate
 Matthew R. McBride 3 Litigation: General Commercial
 Todd B. Urness 3 Real Estate


Timothy Barnett
Tim is corporate and transactional counsel to national, regional, and local companies in the construction, manufacturing, software development and licensing, real estate, quick service restaurants, and franchised business industries. Blending his legal and CPA backgrounds, he counsels on complex transactions, including acquisitions and sales, venture capital investments, strategic alliances, and debt and equity financings.

Thomas Boyd
Tom’s practice includes general business litigation, estate and trust matters, employment, eminent domain and land use, products liability, and insurance coverage disputes. He is recommended for his prominent appellate law practice, handling civil appeals at both the state and federal level. He is described as a “fantastic” appellate attorney who “delivers great results.” He is particularly well regarded for his appearances in state appellate courts.

Tammera Diehm
Tami represents local and national clients of all sizes in relation to property transactions, including buying, selling, leasing, development and financing. She frequently assists clients with multi-unit deals, including those involving the downstream energy, convenience store, and franchise quick-serve restaurant industries. She helps clients navigate all the complicated aspects owning or occupying real estate, including complicated zoning, land use, government approvals or regulatory compliance. An impressed peer attests: “She is very effective and good at working through highly complicated matters.”

Jon Hoganson
Jon is a shareholder practicing in the areas of banking, real estate and general corporate law. In addition to representing numerous financial and institutional lenders, Jon has also acted as developer’s counsel in connection with the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and sale of all types of commercial real estate holdings. He is “a great real estate finance lawyer who has a strong niche of representing lenders,” notes one market commentator.

Matthew McBride
Matt chairs the firm’s litigation group and focuses his own practice on construction litigation and representing financial institutions and other commercial enterprises with matters related to business disputes. His general business and commercial litigation experience includes shareholder, contract, products liability, and employment disputes. One client remarks: “He is a good, clear communicator who understands legal and business strategy exceptionally well.”

Todd Urness
Todd, advises owners, developers, investors, banks, syndicators, and other financial or lending institutions on complex real estate development and finance issues, including tax exempt bonds, tax increment financing, tax credits, joint venture and partnership matters, and governmental subsidies. He focuses on multifamily housing development and finance, including rental and for-sale housing, as well as commercial and mixed-use facilities. One source says: “He is at the top of the game in agency lending and a really strong competitor in this area.”

The selection by Chambers of top firms and attorneys is based on interviews with in-house law departments and attorneys from around the country, with final rankings made by a panel of national general counsel and legal practitioners. The rankings and editorial comments about attorneys are independent and objective.

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