Category: Real Estate Law

BGS Adds Experienced New Attorney to Real Estate/Banking Department

February 20, 2019  |  BGS

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney to our firm. Joseph J. Deuhs, Jr. brings to BGS extensive expertise in representing financial institutions and commercial real estate owners. He will work closely with attorneys practicing in the firm’s Real Estate/Banking Department as he works with existing and new clients. Deuhs joins BGS after practicing for more than 25 years at the law firm of Leonard, O’Brien Spencer Gale & Sayre, LTD in Minneapolis where he began as an Associate in 1990. His extensive legal expertise in providing representation to financial institutions includes decades of counsel in matters of commercial lending transactions, workouts, restructures, enforcement of creditors’ remedies and other banking matters. Deuhs also has experience in commercial real estate matters in areas including acquisitions, financing, development and leasing. His addition to the firm solidifies Barna, Guzy and Steffen’s commitment to providing its clients the assistance of qualified and experienced attorneys working within the highly regulated banking community. During his career, Deuhs has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbel AV rated lawyer. He is a 1986 graduate of Hamline University School of Law and was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar Association the same year. He is also a member of the U.S. District…

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Counsel Now Required for Business Entities Involved in Commercial Evictions in Hennepin County Housing Court

February 15, 2019  |  Tammy J. Schemmel

Coauthored by Tammy Schemmel and Karen Kurth  For years, commercial landlords in Hennepin County have filed eviction actions against tenants in material default of leases in Hennepin County Housing Court. Rule 603 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice allowed the principals of business entities to file eviction actions without counsel and permitted commercial tenants to appear and defend the business entity without counsel in Hennepin County Housing Court. In 2018, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a decision holding that the Hennepin County Housing Court lacks authority to hear and determine any matter that is not related to residential rental housing. Likely in an attempt to salvage years of common practice, the Hennepin County District Court Chief Judge issued a Standing Order authorizing the Housing Court to hear civil cases involving commercial property evictions, but also requiring those commercial property evictions to be filed in District Court, not in Housing Court. [maxbutton id=”1″ ] Practically speaking, now commercial landlords that are business entities must hire counsel to file all commercial eviction actions in Hennepin County District Court and tenants must hire counsel to represent them in those eviction actions if they are business entities. The commercial eviction actions are still heard in Housing Court, but all business entities must appear through counsel….

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New Associate Attorney Thomas M. Caturia Joins Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

May 29, 2018  |  BGS

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of a new associate to our firm. Thomas M. Caturia has joined the firm’s Real Estate and Banking departments.  He will be working closely with attorneys practicing in the firm’s growing Real Estate and Banking areas serving existing clients and enhancing the firm’s ability to serve new areas of the community. He joined BGS as law clerk in 2016 prior to receiving his J.D. at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and passing the bar.  Before that, he also clerked for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and was a volunteer with the Minnesota Justice Foundation. He will be practicing in a variety of real estate related areas, including: commercial leasing, real estate financial structures, transactions, and real estate management as well as commercial banking. He is excited about this new opportunity in his legal career and says, “It’s truly a blessing to be working with such a great group of attorneys and staff here at BGS.  I look forward to a long career working alongside them serving the Minnesota real estate and banking communities.”

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