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Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson PA - Construction Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for  Esteemed for its dedicated construction group, which brings deep industry insight to disputes, contract negotiations and planning issues. Represents diverse participants from the public and private sectors, including design professionals, insurers and subcontractors. Frequently acts on large-scale regional and national projects. Numerous attorneys within the team are well known in the sector, having been appointed to leadership roles at a variety of industry bodies.

Strengths  Sources report that the firm enjoys an "excellent reputation in the Minnesota construction community" due to its "commitment to cost-effective representation."

Peers consider Fabyanske to be "the premier construction firm in the Twin Cities," while clients describe it as a group of "great attorneys with a strong knowledge of construction law."

One interviewee states that working with this department is "always a positive experience and I always appreciate their advice."

Work highlights  Represented the claimants, including Faith Technologies, in multiparty mechanic’s lien proceedings involving some $80 million in claims arising from a major construction project.

Lead counsel to Golden Villas LLC in proceedings arising from the use of non-fire-retardant lumber in the construction of an apartment complex.

Notable practitioners

Cited as "a mover and shaker in the construction world," Marvin Fabyanske has over 40 years' experience and continues to be thought of as one of the preeminent advisers on construction law in Minnesota. Peers describe him as an "amazingly well-respected guy."

With over 30 years' experience, Dean Thomson is considered by some to be "the go-to construction lawyer in town." He has experience advising on an array of construction disputes and noncontentious matters relating to major projects across the country. Sources acknowledge him as a "standout lawyer," adding that he is "great to work with."

Kyle Hart is noted for his frequent representation of construction contractors. Clients state: "We truly value his advice and representation," with one source asserting: "Working with Kyle is always a positive experience - we trust him implicitly and really enjoy working with him." Interviewees also value his ability to "separate out the legal and business issues to help you make the best decision."

Clients commend Gregory Spalj for his "great knowledge of construction law" and peers affirm that he is "well respected" in the market. He was joint lead partner representing the Houston Rapid Transit joint venture in proceedings stemming from the alleged deficient performance of a commuter train signaling system.

Mark Becker has experience representing construction clients in a variety of litigation and contract negotiations. Appreciative clients describe him as "proactive in handling cases" and someone who "focuses on the issues that will really resolve them." One interviewee goes on to call him an "excellent construction litigator" who "scores five out of five on subject matter expertise."

Jesse Orman has significant experience in all aspects of the construction sector, with a client base that includes contractors and subconstractors alongside architects and materials suppliers. Peers describe him as both "pragmatic" and "very smart."

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Faegre Baker Daniels - Construction Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Provides expert counsel across the breadth of construction matters, from intricate contract negotiations to complex disputes. Offers significant expertise in major infrastructure projects and integrated project delivery. Operates on a nationwide basis, advising designers, owners and contractors on the full spectrum of matters, including contract negotiation and dispute resolution.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's quick turnaround times and true commitment to clients.

Work highlights Represented Buhler in a federal district trial in Nebraska, obtaining a favorable settlement for the client. This case involved claims that equipment supplied by the company was responsible for starting a fire at an operating facility.

Acting for Xcel Energy in proceedings against one of its former contractors and the contractor's various insurers.

Notable practitioners

Patrick O'Connor is respected for his extensive expertise in construction and related issues. He is regularly appointed as a mediator and arbitrator in construction disputes, and is also frequently called upon to serve as an expert witness.

Disputes partner James Hartnett has experience relating to a variety of major projects, including hospitals, stadiums and power plants. He is well versed in the demands of representing clients in jury trials as well as in arbitration and mediation.

Bernard Nodzon is widely acknowledged for his work in negotiating and drafting construction and design contracts for an impressive roster of clients both domestically and internationally.

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP - Construction Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for  Maintains a strong reputation in construction, representing a broad range of owners, developers, contractors and engineers, and offering significant transactional experience and trial expertise. Noted for its ability to manage all aspects of large industrial projects, including airports, power plants, hospitals, sports stadiums and hotels. Strong regional presence complemented by strength across the country and abroad.

Strengths  Market commentators value the department for having "many experienced attorneys, which means you can get guidance and assistance quickly."

One source describes the firm as "excellent, timely and thoughtful," adding: "They are everything I'm looking for."

Work highlights  Assisted Kvaerner with recovery of more than $20 million from the project insurer of the Longview power plant in West Virginia, following property damage caused by one of Kvaerner's subcontractors.

Acts as outside general counsel to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, in which role the team has provided guidance on claims arising from construction of the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Notable practitioners

Practice chair Jocelyn Knoll is a highly respected attorney with experience representing major domestic and international players in the construction industry. Sources state that she "takes time to understand what's going on" and is "always looking for the best result for her client." Her recent experience covers matters arising from the construction of highways, power plants and residential projects.

Described by peers as "fantastic," Eric Ruzicka has extensive construction and real estate expertise, with a particular emphasis on contentious matters. Sources consider him to be "responsive and practical" and appreciate the way in which he "coordinates our needs across the country and across the globe."

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Dorsey’s Construction and Design practice group is unique in the region as it brings together the largest group of attorneys practicing in one or more areas of construction and design law. The group is known for

Geographic reach: While we regularly handle commercial construction matters that typify the practices of other Twin Cities firms, it is the more complex industrial projects that bring our expertise into focus. We are selected for major projects by the largest contractors and project owners in the state, the region, and the world.
Support for all project phases: Our attorneys provide litigation, project planning, formation advice and solutions to owners, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, lenders, investors, manufacturers, agencies, sureties and insurers.

Representative projects:
    Airports
    Data Centers
    Power Plants
    Agricultural Facilities
    Hospitals
    Hotels
    LNG Plants
    Manufacturing
    Shopping Centers
    Sports Stadiums
    Infrastructure

Of recent note is the group's handling of a dispute arises out of the design and construction of the $2 billion Longview Power Plant, located in West Virginia. Dorsey client Kvaerner North America recovered more than $20 million from project insurer Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. for property damage caused by Kvaerner’s welding subcontractor, WACHS.

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Maslon LLP - Construction Department

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What the team is known for Expert coverage of litigation issues arising from construction projects, offering particular experience in insurance coverage and professional liability claims, as well as contract formations. Niche expertise in disputes stemming from structural failures. Acts for a broad client base, including engineers, owners and financial institutions. Often handles issues arising from major structural failures and payment disputes.

Strengths Sources state that the Maslon lawyers "are knowledgeable, experienced, persistent and have an excellent reputation in the industry."

Clients praise the group as one that is capable of obtaining "outstanding results in a quick timeframe."

Work highlights Continues to represent lead structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti in all matters relating to the $1.1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium, including a significant ongoing dispute concerning the project's major construction defects.

Acts for Biosar USA in construction litigation arising out of the Aurora solar project.

Notable practitioners

James O'Connor has 35 years' experience representing engineers, contractors, owners and designers in construction matters. One impressed source states that he is "an excellent writer and speaker. He is an authority throughout the US on construction generally and insurance issues specifically," while another describes him as "very knowledgeable and detail-oriented." He is the lead partner acting for Thornton Tomasetti in construction matters arising from the Minnesota Vikings stadium project.

James Killian has significant expertise in litigating post-completion design and defect claims, in addition to other matters. His recent experience handling defect claims has seen him focus particularly on issues arising out of the design and construction of data centers. Interviewees regard him as an "affable" figure.

Jason Lien is an esteemed trial lawyer with a wealth of experience assisting with litigation mandates relating to construction defects and insurance coverage issues. Sources deem him to be "prepared, thoughtful, strategic and analytical." In addition to construction work, he also has expertise in real estate and financial services litigation.

One source asserts that David Suchar is "one of the best attorneys I've ever worked with," because he is "incredibly responsive and also has excellent customer rapport. He is extremely knowledgeable about construction litigation and has excellent local contacts." Market commentators also view him as "an excellent writer and strategist."

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Stinson Leonard Street LLP - Construction Department

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What the team is known for Deep bench of notable construction attorneys experienced in advising on all stages of construction projects. Strong performers in disputes involving state and federal energy-saving contracts. Assists clients with projects such as highways, power plants, hospitals and high-rise buildings. Notable trial practice complemented by additional strength in arbitrations and mediations. Strong familiarity with all standard contracts such as AIA and EJDC, as well as offering advice on bespoke contracts, joint venture agreements and subcontracts.

Strengths An impressed client states: "Construction litigation is a strength of theirs," with the source adding that they were "extremely happy" with the service received.

Interviewees add: "They put client needs first."

Notable practitioners

Steven Lindemann frequently represents contractors and design professionals in contentious matters relating to defects, delays and energy efficiency guarantees. He is described by clients as a "talented, brilliant writer and thinker" who is also "very accessible and responsive to quick turnarounds."

Robert Torgerson continues to advise construction clients of all sizes throughout the Greater Midwest. He has a range of expertise relating to commercial, industrial and residential projects.

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Briggs and Morgan - Construction Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Fields a notable group of construction attorneys with experience across a range of projects, from sizable commercial ventures to small public and private works. Expertise extends to both complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Draws on additional strength in areas such as technology, real estate and employment law. Has experience representing a broad range of clients, including owners, lenders, developers, architects, contractors and insurance and surety companies.

Strengths Clients describe the team as a group of "outstanding individuals" who are "extremely responsive and very knowledgeable in various niche subject matters."

Work highlights Continued to represent the Minnesota Vikings in various matters relating to development of the $1.1 billion US Bank Stadium, including contractual matters relating to its more than $600 million investment in the project, as well as in respect of warranty repair issues.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned practitioner Greg Bistram is "super knowledgeable" and "works well with opposing parties - standing firm on the important things, while being flexible enough on other things that the deal still gets done." He is also regularly appointed as a mediator and arbitrator, with sources stating that he is "excellent" in these roles.

Matthew Slaven is noted for his broad-ranging expertise in construction matters. Sources describe him as "incredibly smart, responsive and proactive. He sees things before they're coming." One interviewee goes on to assert that "Matt is an exceptional attorney" who is "incisive, insightful and effective."

About the Team (content provided by Briggs and Morgan)

Briggs' Construction Law Group represents clients engaged in all aspects of the construction industry and in all kinds of construction projects, locally and nationally. Clients include owners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, insurance and bonding companies.

Our attorneys handle diverse construction related matters ranging from large and complex industrial and commercial projects to small and medium-sized public and private works of all types and descriptions.

Briggs is a full-service law firm with attorneys in nearly all areas of practice. If a construction problem involves a related commercial, tax or financing issue, the client will be referred to another Briggs attorney who is likely to be more familiar with the specific issue. We have scores of attorneys who practice in commercial law, labor law, creditor-debtor rights, securities, real estate law, banking law, bonds and public finance, tax, probate, and administrative law.

Our most satisfied clients are those who have avoided a lengthy trial or arbitration as a result of our work with the client in avoiding the weaknesses that breed litigation. We assist our clients in identifying problems with job administration, record maintenance, and claims tracking, and provide the client with suggested procedures and remedies for specific problems. We also assist clients with monitoring of claims as soon as they arise in an effort to resolve the claims before a job may even be completed.

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Fredrikson & Byron PA - Construction Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced construction group highlighted for its business-minded approach to contract negotiations, disputes and transactions. Broad client base includes many of the state's most sizable residential contractors. Advises on construction contracts in addition to project finance, regulatory and licensing matters, bid protests and insurance issues.

Work highlights Defending James Hardie Building Products in multidistrict litigation concerning alleged defects in its core fiber cement siding product.

Represented a national home builder in a construction defect dispute relating to an 88-unit residential development.

Notable practitioners

Practice chair John Patterson possesses considerable experience in construction matters, with a list of clients that includes architects, contractors, engineers and suppliers. One pleased client states: "John is very responsive and very capable. He put everything into context and made everything understandable." Sources state that "it is a pleasure working with John" and that he is "absolutely terrific, able to explain the issues in layman's terms, and very knowledgeable about the construction sector."

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We are not only skilled dealmakers, but also strong litigators who protect our clients when construction projects go off-course. Our experience helps us see all sides of construction-related issues – allowing us to structure deals that minimize the potential for future disputes.

For more information, visit www.fredlaw.com.



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Senior Statesmen

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Cited as "a mover and shaker in the construction world," Marvin Fabyanske has over 40 years' experience and continues to be thought of as one of the preeminent advisers on construction law in Minnesota. Peers describe him as an "amazingly well-respected guy."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Jeffrey W Coleman

The Coleman Law Firm, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Coleman of The Coleman Law Firm, LLC is considered by peers to be "solid on engineering, surety and design issues." Market commentators characterize him as "very professional and knowledgeable" with one stating: "I wouldn't hesitate to refer a client to him." One interviewee describes him as "extremely hard-working, intelligent and experienced, especially in design and construction matters."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice chair Jocelyn Knoll is a highly respected attorney with experience representing major domestic and international players in the construction industry. Sources state that she "takes time to understand what's going on" and is "always looking for the best result for her client." Her recent experience covers matters arising from the construction of highways, power plants and residential projects.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Maslon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James O'Connor has 35 years' experience representing engineers, contractors, owners and designers in construction matters. One impressed source states that he is "an excellent writer and speaker. He is an authority throughout the US on construction generally and insurance issues specifically," while another describes him as "very knowledgeable and detail-oriented." He is the lead partner acting for Thornton Tomasetti in construction matters arising from the Minnesota Vikings stadium project.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Patrick J O'Connor, Jr.

Faegre Baker Daniels

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick O'Connor is respected for his extensive expertise in construction and related issues. He is regularly appointed as a mediator and arbitrator in construction disputes, and is also frequently called upon to serve as an expert witness.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Best & Flanagan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tim Sullivan of Best & Flanagan LLP is known for his assured handling of construction disputes, and regularly sought out for his in-depth technical expertise. Interviewees respect him as a "very accomplished construction lawyer." In the construction arena he typically acts for contractors and subcontractors, and has additional experience representing owners.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson PA

From the Chambers USA guide

With over 30 years' experience, Dean Thomson is considered by some to be "the go-to construction lawyer in town." He has experience advising on an array of construction disputes and noncontentious matters relating to major projects across the country. Sources acknowledge him as a "standout lawyer," adding that he is "great to work with."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Briggs and Morgan

From the Chambers USA guide

Seasoned practitioner Greg Bistram is "super knowledgeable" and "works well with opposing parties - standing firm on the important things, while being flexible enough on other things that the deal still gets done." He is also regularly appointed as a mediator and arbitrator, with sources stating that he is "excellent" in these roles.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Kyle Hart is noted for his frequent representation of construction contractors. Clients state: "We truly value his advice and representation," with one source asserting: "Working with Kyle is always a positive experience - we trust him implicitly and really enjoy working with him." Interviewees also value his ability to "separate out the legal and business issues to help you make the best decision."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

James J. Hartnett IV

Faegre Baker Daniels

From the Chambers USA guide

Disputes partner James Hartnett has experience relating to a variety of major projects, including hospitals, stadiums and power plants. He is well versed in the demands of representing clients in jury trials as well as in arbitration and mediation.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Steven R Lindemann

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Lindemann frequently represents contractors and design professionals in contentious matters relating to defects, delays and energy efficiency guarantees. He is described by clients as a "talented, brilliant writer and thinker" who is also "very accessible and responsive to quick turnarounds." 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Bernard Nodzon, Jr.

Faegre Baker Daniels

From the Chambers USA guide

Bernard Nodzon is widely acknowledged for his work in negotiating and drafting construction and design contracts for an impressive roster of clients both domestically and internationally.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Described by peers as "fantastic," Eric Ruzicka has extensive construction and real estate expertise, with a particular emphasis on contentious matters. Sources consider him to be "responsive and practical" and appreciate the way in which he "coordinates our needs across the country and across the globe."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients commend Gregory Spalj for his "great knowledge of construction law" and peers affirm that he is "well respected" in the market. He was joint lead partner representing the Houston Rapid Transit joint venture in proceedings stemming from the alleged deficient performance of a commuter train signaling system.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Becker has experience representing construction clients in a variety of litigation and contract negotiations. Appreciative clients describe him as "proactive in handling cases" and someone who "focuses on the issues that will really resolve them." One interviewee goes on to call him an "excellent construction litigator" who "scores five out of five on subject matter expertise."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Maslon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Killian has significant expertise in litigating post-completion design and defect claims, in addition to other matters. His recent experience handling defect claims has seen him focus particularly on issues arising out of the design and construction of data centers. Interviewees regard him as an "affable" figure.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Maslon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jason Lien is an esteemed trial lawyer with a wealth of experience assisting with litigation mandates relating to construction defects and insurance coverage issues. Sources deem him to be "prepared, thoughtful, strategic and analytical." In addition to construction work, he also has expertise in real estate and financial services litigation.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Jesse Orman has significant experience in all aspects of the construction sector, with a client base that includes contractors and subconstractors alongside architects and materials suppliers. Peers describe him as both "pragmatic" and "very smart."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Fredrikson & Byron PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice chair John Patterson possesses considerable experience in construction matters, with a list of clients that includes architects, contractors, engineers and suppliers. One pleased client states: "John is very responsive and very capable. He put everything into context and made everything understandable." Sources state that "it is a pleasure working with John" and that he is "absolutely terrific, able to explain the issues in layman's terms, and very knowledgeable about the construction sector."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Briggs and Morgan

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Slaven is noted for his broad-ranging expertise in construction matters. Sources describe him as "incredibly smart, responsive and proactive. He sees things before they're coming." One interviewee goes on to assert that "Matt is an exceptional attorney" who is "incisive, insightful and effective."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Maslon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One source asserts that David Suchar is "one of the best attorneys I've ever worked with," because he is "incredibly responsive and also has excellent customer rapport. He is extremely knowledgeable about construction litigation and has excellent local contacts." Market commentators also view him as "an excellent writer and strategist."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Torgerson continues to advise construction clients of all sizes throughout the Greater Midwest. He has a range of expertise relating to commercial, industrial and residential projects.

^ See whole ranking table