I represent real estate owners, developers and tax credit investors on complex development and finance-related issues, including the use of tax-exempt bonds; tax increment financing; tax credits; city, county and other governmental subsidies; and acquisition and disposition of partnership interests. I have a focus on multifamily housing development and finance, including the development and financing of rental and for-sale housing, as well as commercial and mixed-use facilities and restructuring troubled low-income housing projects. In addition, I assist clients with formulating and operating common interest communities and assembling title encumbrances.
It’s rewarding to take an old, falling-down building, and bring it back to life. I help clients with the complex work of taking something that is underutilized and turning it into an economic engine, for example, like we did with the Schmidt property – formerly a brewery, it sat empty for 10 years, and was a dead zone in the neighborhood that wasn’t safe to walk past. After working with my client for years, it is now the Schmidt Artist Lofts – with 250 people living, working, and going out in the neighborhood. I enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of creating something where there was nothing, in a way that helps my clients be successful. I work with them to get to the bottom line of their concerns and needs, and push through to make sure the deal gets done.
Outside of work, I coach my son’s basketball team, and attend all of my daughter’s swimming meets – and watch the Minnesota Vikings when I can.
Honors & Awards
The Best Lawyers in America©
Real Estate Law, 2016-2024
Attorney of the Year
Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
Minnesota Law & Politics, 2010