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Tammy is a shareholder in the Commercial Real Estate department and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Before joining Barna, Guzy & Steffen, she served as a clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Areas of Practice:
Commercial Litigation

  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Trust and Estates Litigation

Commercial Real Estate

  • Evictions – Landlord
  • Financing
  • Land Use and Environmental
  • Leasing
  • Purchase and Sales
  • Receiverships
  • Workouts and Foreclosures – Creditor

State of Minnesota, 2004
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2005
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2011

J.D., magna cum laude,
William Mitchell College of Law, 2004

Editor, William Mitchell Law Review, 2003-2004

B.S., magna cum laude, International Business,
Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2001

B.A., magna cum laude, Spanish,
Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2001

Honors and Awards:
Top Women Attorneys In Minnesota Rising Stars, as published in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, 2015, 2016

Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2014, 2015, 2016

Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Federal Bar Association
Secretary, 2015-2016
MSBA Liaison, 2014-2015
Communications Committee, Co-Chair, 2012-2013, 2013-2014
Co-Vice President of Education, 2011-2012
Co-Vice President of Membership, 2010-2011
Newer Lawyers Committee, Co-Chair, 2009-2010
Newer Lawyers Committee, Chair, 2008-2009

Minnesota State Bar Association

Anoka County Bar Association

Minnesota Shopping Center Association

Minnesota Women Lawyers
Professional Development Committee, 2008-2009

MNCREW Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women

William Mitchell College of Law
Alumni Mentor, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Publication: How the USA PATRIOT Act Combats Cyber-Crime, 29 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 921 (2003)

Representative Cases:
Kremers v. Dahl, A13-0367, 2014 Minn.Unpub. LEXIS 70 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 21, 2014) (affirming the denial of appellants’ motion for a temporary injunction on cancellation of a contract for deed)

In re: The Jorgenson Family Trust dated March 12, 2001, A12-2292, 2013 Minn. Unpub. LEXIS 578 (Minn. Ct. App. June 24, 2013) (affirming the denial of appellant’s request to terminate the trust on summary judgment, affirming the removal of appellant as trustee after trial, and affirming the denial of appellant’s request for attorneys’ fees submitted after trial)

The Bank of Elk River v. Hinote, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136421 (D. Minn. 2011) (remanding breach of promissory note action to state court)

In re Schmidt, 453 B.R. 346 (B.A.P. 8th Cir. 2011) (holding that a non-debtor is not entitled to bankruptcy protection and remanding to state court based on non-core issue)

State Bank of Delano v. CenterPoint Energy, 779 N.W.2d 582 (Minn.  Ct.  App.  2010) (holding receiver not responsible for utility bills incurred before appointment)

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Tom Shanahan and Clem Hannon, 2010 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2403 (D.Minn. Jan. 13, 2010) (dismissing case on summary judgment)

Brickner  v. One Land Development Company, 742 N.W.2d 706 (Minn.  Ct.  App.  2007) (affirming cancellation of contract for deed and award of damages for slander of title)

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