When both sides win, everyone wins.
Contact: P /612.604.6604E /[email protected]
Administrative Contact: Theresa Conley O'Connell P /612.604.6778E /[email protected]
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1992
Drew University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1985
I love the process of seeing a raw or underutilized piece of land turn into something productive for my clients and the community, and because of that I take on my clients’ problems as if they were my own. I want to make my clients feel that they can let go of some of their worries, because it’s my job to help them overcome obstacles and make sure their projects are realized. The best conversations I have with my clients are the ones where we pierce that superficial level of conversation, where I learn what is motivating them, so that I can tailor my service to really respond to each client’s individual needs and goals.
Outside of work, I am a passionate knitter; I also love to cook and acquire kitchen toys, and to take motorcycle rides in the country.
I assisted a local non-profit cancer care organization in purchasing land and developing a facility in Hopkins, MN. It was a difficult purchase, with environmental issues, and the sellers were impatient; many of the contributors had provided their services pro bono because of their personal connections with cancer. We got to the closing table, and many of those contributors attended, because they were so invested in the care center, and had waited so long and worked so hard to open the doors. The atmosphere was tense, the sellers impatient and angry; they simply wanted the closing to be done. In an effort to diffuse a tense situation, prior to the final signing, I asked everyone in attendance if they would briefly share their own cancer stories, if they wished. As we went around the table, attendees shared stories of sisters and mothers, fathers and children affected by cancer, told in simple, moving ways. After learning what the acquisition of their property really meant to all of us, the sellers were so moved that they made a contribution to the cancer center right at the closing.
I focus my practice on the real-estate related aspects of large franchise matters. I help clients buy or sell either fee or lease-held interests in franchise restaurants, and to finance and refinance their restaurant portfolios. I also assist clients to develop franchise restaurant properties, assisting with entitlement matters, environmental issues, and managing all of the legal aspects of property acquisition, from negotiating purchase terms, title and survey review, through the closing and development process.
I have experience in a wide range of corporate real estate matters, including acquisitions, financing, negotiating complex agreements, leasing, licensing, and managing strategic and business relationships.
I focus my practice on the real estate-related aspects of corporate matters, including franchise transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and others. I have extensive experience in many areas of commercial real estate, including commercial leasing, the sale and acquisition of a wide range of property types, and both commercial and residential development, including lot assemblage, site planning, negotiation of development and construction agreements and lot sales for both retail shopping centers as well as single-family, condominium and townhome communities in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area.