In 2014, I had the opportunity to represent CommonBond Communities in connection with its efforts to redevelop historically significant, but abandoned structures at Fort Snelling (in the Twin Cities) into affordable housing specifically serving homeless U.S. military veterans. There were so many complexities in all aspects of the project (real estate, financing, tax credit syndication, etc.), but with the collective willpower and effort of so many different businesses, government, and non-profit groups, it was amazing to see this project come together. I’ve assisted clients with several complicated projects, but this was among the most complex I’ve seen, and had the most energy put in to make a difference for all the right reasons. Everyone who worked on this transaction was proud to be a part of it, and I am thankful that I was able to assist.
I represent clients on all sides of real estate development and tax credit syndication transactions, including developers, tax credit investors, credit syndicators, tax credit bridge lenders, mortgage lenders, and construction contractors involved in all types of real estate development projects, ranging from historic rehabilitation, affordable housing, senior housing, commercial/industrial, and even renewable energy facilities. I draw on all my past experience, including working for several years as in-house counsel for a large construction company, to look at challenges that arise on projects from many different angles, and I use my perspective to find solutions that get deals done.
I aim to develop close relationships with my clients, to understand how their businesses work, and to make sure that their goals are met in everything I do. Having previously worked in-house on the receiving end of legal bills, I also have some perspective concerning focusing my legal work on what is needed to achieve my client’s goals as efficiently as possible, and ensuring deals close as smoothly as possible.
The best part of my role, aside from the close relationships I am able to develop with my clients, is seeing the tangible impact that my client’s efforts have on the communities they work in. Every transaction I work on transforms a piece of real estate, and sometimes even the broader community, into something better. I’m thankful that my clients allow me a small part in making these deals happen.
Outside of my legal work, I enjoy spending my time with my wife and being dad to my energetic daughter and son. As a native of Duluth, MN, I try to embrace our “tough” northern climate with outdoor activities year-round. I enjoy downhill skiing, running, and cheering on any of our Minnesota professional sports teams.
A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career
Affordable Housing Implications of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
Honors & Awards
The Best Lawyers in America©
Real Estate Law, 2023
Associations & Memberships
Minnesota State Bar Association
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Community Service Committee