Steve practices primarily in real property transactions. He has a lengthy background in municipal law and land use planning to augment his real estate practice. He represents individuals and business entities in the sale, purchase, and leasing of real property (both commercial and residential) and in the development of real property. His development work has included residential, retail, commercial, and industrial facilities, as well as the formation of common interest communities (homeowners’ associations). He has represented public entities and land owners in eminent domain proceedings. Steve also has had extensive practice in real estate title law: he examines real estate titles and conducts title-clearing proceedings for individuals and for title insurance companies. Steve has been certified since 1990 as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. For several years, Steve has been selected by his peers as one of Minnesota ‘s top lawyers in real property law.

Current Employment Position:
Shareholder

Areas of Practice:
Real Property Law (Commercial and Residential)
Real Estate Development, Land Use & Zoning
Eminent Domain

Litigation Percentage:
10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certification/Specialties:
Board Certified Real Property Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, 1990

Bar Admissions:
Minnesota, 1980
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1981
U.S. Tax Court, 1981
U.S. Supreme Court, 2003

Education:
J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1980
B.A., St.Olaf College, 1977

Published Works:
Co-Author, Examination of Title in Minnesota, MCLE Press (St. Paul), 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2005 & 2006

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Lecturer/Instructor, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 1986 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:
U.S. Navy, 1970 – 1974

Hamline University School of Law, Student Bar Association, 1978 – 1979
President

Columbus Township, Anoka County, 1981 – 1996
Town Attorney

Anoka County Bar Association

Anoka County Bar Association, Real Property Section, 1988 – 1989
Chair

Hennepin County Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association, Purchase Agreement Committee, 1986 – 1988
Chairman

Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section Governing Council

Minnesota State Bar Association, Communications Committee for the Real Property Law Section
Chair

Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section

Pro Bono Activities:
Minnesota State Bar Association, Residential Real Estate Committee, 1985 – Present

Honors and Awards:
Minnesota Super Lawyer 2003 – 2014

1995-2012 Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™

Birth Information:
1948, Van Nuys, California