My passion for real estate, client service and entrepreneurial spirit drew me to Vantage Law Group. Whether developing a greenfield or brownfield, farmland or urban redevelopment, I’m enthused to provide client-centered value and creativity. As a partner in a downtown Minneapolis law firm, I negotiated and closed hundreds of acquisitions, dispositions and leases. As in-house counsel at Target, I negotiated and managed over $5 Billion in real estate developments, including economic incentive packages. My experience includes a development of railroad land, a 300-acre office campus, mixed-use projects, stores from 13,000 to 165,000 square feet, historically-sensitive redevelopment, and distribution centers and fulfillment facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
I believe that a lawyer’s primary goal is to facilitate problem-solving and draft succinct, understandable agreements, all in direct collaboration with the client. It shouldn’t be about me; it’s about facilitating client goals without churning billable time, and without making documents so complex that clients need to hire additional lawyers to administer the deal after it is closed. A client once called me a transformative negotiator because of my ability to cut through complications, formulate agreements that enhance the client’s position, and protect its interests with efficiency and collegiality.
For Vantage Law Group, building sustainable relationships mean the client and lawyers work as a team. We put clients first. We highlight responsiveness and flexibility. We have experience throughout the real estate law spectrum. We are passionate about partnering with clients to facilitate successful outcomes. This is a transformative way to deliver legal services. Let us show you how we build sustainable client relationships and get work done at reasonable billing rates and with flexible billing arrangements.
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.
International Moot Court
Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., Economics
Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary
Washington University Junior Men’s Honorary
Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist, Minnesota
“Super Lawyer” (Real Estate), Minnesota Law & Politics, 1998
ICSC Government Relations Sulzbacher Volunteer Award, 2012
Saint Thomas Academy Archbishop John R. Roach Volunteer Award, 2012
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Election Integrity Task Force (Co-Chair), 2011-2013.
Minnesota ICSC State Director, 2015-2016;
Central States Regional Chair, ICSC Government Relations, 2007-2012;
Minnesota State Chair, ICSC Government Relations, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2004
HNBA Regional President, 2015-2016
MSCA Legislative Committee
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital Philanthropic Board, 2008-2012 (Exec. Comm., 2010-2012)
Mentoring, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
Pro bono work through the Minnesota Immigration Law Center and Wills for Heroes program
Member (current and/or recent past), various fundraising and board committees, HNBA, Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Thomas Academy, Children’s Theater Company
Lecturer/Presenter, ICSC, HNBA, CABA and MSBA continuing legal education conferences
State of Minnesota
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
State of Arizona
Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
Hennepin County Bar Association
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
Cuban American Bar Association (CABA)
Minnesota Shopping Center Association (MSCA)
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)