Real Estate
Biographical Info

Now in my 28th year of counseling clients, I maintain a highly computerized practice limited to commercial transactions and real estate finance. I serve a select few clients ranging in size from publicly traded to single shareholder. I bring large firm experience (formerly a partner in the law firm now known as Parsinen, Kaplan) to the table, with a small businessman's sensitivity to costs.

In over 20 years of solo practice, my clients have paid every single bill submitted to them, a testament to the reasonableness of the fees and the quality of my service.

I have handled sale/leaseback transactions for the financing sources for national franchises such as Arby's, Applebees, Denny's, Jared Jewelry, Garden Ridge, TGIFridays, Children's World Daycare Centers, Tractor Supply, Fresenius Dialysis Centers, and PetsMart, to name a few.

I also routinuely help small and start-up businesses with capitalization and general counsel type legal needs.  Recently, I have been hired by a number of professional athletes to counsel them on their business legal needs.

I have lived abroad several times and successively telecommuted from there. Although now back in Minnesota full time, I know how to keep transactions moving even when I am not in the office.

SIGNIFICANT TRANSACTIONS - Closed in excess of $270 Million in construction, permanent and line of credit financing for lenders and borrowers. Real estate counsel to $230 Million publicly held limited partnerships acquiring and leasing over 120 restaurants, day care centers, retail facilities, and motels nationwide. Advised numerous closely held Company's Board of Directors on mergers, acquisitions, and capital\debt structure.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS - AEI Real Estate Funds; AEI Property Corporation, Clean Response, Inc., Lakes Area Manufacturing Co.; Diamond's Coffee Shop; NBS Audio; The Transformed Tree, Inc.; Tangerine Dreams, Inc.; Qualified Nurse Anesthesia Professionals, Ryan Harris, Denver Broncos.


NOTRE DAME LAW SCHOOL, Notre Dame, Indiana
Juris Doctor, May 1982

University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota                                        Masters in English Literature, 2007

SAINT OLAF COLLEGE, Northfield, Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum laude, December 1978