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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.

We emptied our 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.

Honors & Awards

Super Lawyers®

Minnesota Law & Politics, 2005-2006

The Best Lawyers in America©

Real Estate Law, 2018-2024
Banking and Finance Law, 2022-2024

Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Ramsey County Bar Association

Minnesota Service Station Association

Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association