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Saul A. Bernick

 

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Saul A. Bernick

Saul’s diverse background in finance, accounting, and law has been integral to his clients since 1972. Prior to practicing law, he was an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service from 1967 to 1970, and a tax supervisor with a national certified public accounting firm from 1970 to 1972.

 

A frequent lecturer and panel member because of his recognized expertise, Saul has participated in numerous Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Professional Education programs on topics such as tax litigation, tax planning, corporations, and estate planning.

 

Saul enjoys playing cards, golf, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Areas Of Practice
Business Organization and Representation
Trust, Estates and Probate
Tax Planning, Tax Exempt Organizations and Tax Litigation
Mediation and Arbitration

 

Admissions
State of Minnesota

U.S. District Court District of Minnesota

U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Tax Court

Certifications + Specialties
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certificate, 1970
Education
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1967
B.S.B., University of Minnesota, Accounting, 1964
Professional Activities
Minnesota Bar Association Member
Hennepin County Bar Association Member
Minnesota CPA Society, Tax Conference Committee Member
Honors + Awards
Minnesota Super Lawyer AV Peer Review Rated Martindale Hubbell Law Directory – Five Star Professional Management Award


Betsy

 

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Betsy A. Butwin

Betsy works with business and corporate clients in the wedding, music, scientific, and creative industries. She helps entrepreneurs launch their businesses, draft and negotiate contracts, and manage their intellectual property.

 

In her estate planning capacity, she works closely with individuals and families to provide them with the perfect estate plan to meet her clients’ specific needs.

 

Prior to moving back home to Minneapolis to practice law, she worked for record labels in New York City and clerked for a large music industry law firm in Los Angeles.

 

In her spare time, Betsy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring the Twin Cities ever-evolving restaurant scene, and seeing live music.

Areas Of Practice
Corporate Law
Business Organization and Representation
Trusts, Estate and Probate
Pre-Nuptial Agreements
Intellectual Property
Admissions
State of Minnesota
Education
J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2008
B.A., University of Michigan,  2004
Professional Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association Member
Hennepin County Bar Association Member
HCBA Section Chair – Arts & Entertainment
HCBA Member – Probate & Estate
Rock the Cause – Board of Director
Wills for Heroes – Volunteer Attorney

 


Sally Forbes Friedman

 

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Sally Forbes Friedman

Sally has practiced law for more than 25 years focusing in the areas of trusts, estates and probate. She has worked and continues to work with clients who have modest to significant estates, addressing a variety of issues, from providing for the surviving spouse to considering how best to structure the estate for future generations.

 

Most recently, Sally was the Director of the Jewish Community Foundation at the Minneapolis Jewish Federation overseeing, cultivating and managing close to 800 funds with an asset base of more than $70 million. Her experience at the helm of the Jewish Community Foundation strengthened and heightened her awareness and skills in the areas of planned giving, both from the perspective of the non-profit and the donor, gaining a keen ability to listen and interpret the donor’s philanthropic goals and objectives.

 

Sally started her legal career in Los Angeles, California and, in 1991 Sally made the wise decision to move to Minnesota for personal and professional reasons.

 

In her spare time, Sally enjoys travel, gardening, volunteering and most importantly, spending time with her three daughters.

Areas Of Practice
Trust, Estates and Probate
Guardianships and Conservatorship
Pre-Nuptial Agreements
Admissions
State of MinnesotaState of California
Education
J.D., Southwestern School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1981
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, History, 1977
Professional Activities
Minnesota Bar Association Member

Hennepin County Bar Association Member

California State Bar Association Member of the Board

Minnesota Planned Giving Council

Mark E. Greene

 

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Mark E. Greene

Mark has over 30 years experience in real estate law involving both transactional work and litigation. He has been certified as a Real Estate Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association since 1992 and has built a strong, loyal client base of local and regional banks, title insurance agencies, title insurance underwriters, real estate developers, builders, contractors, small businesses and individuals. His dedication and advocacy have earned him the respect of his clients and colleagues alike.

 

He holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been selected by his colleagues as a Super Lawyer every year since 2004. Previously, Mark acted as an Arbitrator/Mediator for the Hennepin County District Courts, and with Mark’s experience in complex real estate matters, he is regularly called on to provide expert testimony in malpractice lawsuits concerning real estate and title issues.

 

Mark has served as an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law where he taught an advocacy/trial skills course and has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Legal Studies Department at Hamline University where he taught construction law. He’s a former member of the Richard T. Oakes American Inn of Court.

 

When not practicing law, you may catch Mark cruising by on his Harley as a lifetime member and director of the Street Legal M.C.

Areas Of Practice:
Creditors’ Remedies
Real Estate and Land Use
Mediation and Arbitration
Banking and Lender Services
Commercial Litigation
Admissions
State of MinnesotaState of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. Supreme Court

Admissions Pro Hac Vice
Circuit Court of Maryland – Prince George’s County, 2005
Superior Court of the State of Washington – County of Grays Harbor
Certifications + Specialties
Certified as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota Bar Association
Education
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1979
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1975
Professional Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association Member

Hennepin County Bar Association Member

Richard T. Oakes American Inn of Court Member

Street Legal Motorcycle Club

Honors + Awards
Minnesota Super Lawyer AV Peer Review Rated Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Daniel B. Greenstein

 

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Daniel B. Greenstein

Dan’s practice is in real estate law, banking, defective construction claims and common interest community law (condominiums, townhomes and co-ops). Prior to the merger, he was the managing partner at Standke, Greene & Greenstein, Ltd., in Minnetonka. He focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate including financing, retail, office and multi-family, as well as workouts, complex loans, foreclosures and collections on behalf of lending institutions. His practice also includes the negotiation, documentation and closing of complex financing, acquisition, development, leasing and sales transactions.

 

Dan has represented over three hundred Common Interest Communities and is a frequent speaker at Common Interest Community seminars. He often teaches classes pertaining to Common Interest Communities at the Minnesota Multi Housing Association.

 

Dan loves to sail and ride his Harley during the summer months.

Areas Of Practice
Creditors’ Remedies
Real Estate and Land Use
Condominium and Townhome Association
Mediation and Arbitration
Banking and Lender Services
Admissions
State of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Education
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1982B.A.
University of Oregon, 1979
Professional Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association Member

Hennepin County State Bar Association Member

Minnesota Multi Housing Association Member

Street Legal Motorcycle Club

Matthew S. Greenstein

 

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Matthew S. Greenstein

Matt’s practice is focused on real estate law, creditors’ remedies, general business law, and civil litigation. His clients range from individuals and small business owners to construction companies, real estate developers, and nonprofit organizations. A majority of his practice is dedicated to homeowner association law where he is involved in the representation of over 300 homeowner associations throughout Minnesota.

 

Matt takes pride in understanding the needs of his clients and providing individualized counsel to achieve his clients’ goals. Matt provides effective counsel during all stages of representation. Whether helping clients start a business, negotiating a contract, or providing courtroom representation, Matt is a zealous advocate for his clients.

 

As a lifelong resident of Minnesota, Matt is involved in many community and charitable organizations. In the legal community, Matt is a frequent speaker at legal continuing education courses and has provided lectures for the Hennepin County Bar Association on several occasions.

 

When away from work, Matt enjoys the art and science of perfecting barbeque, playing golf, and spending time with his wife.

Areas Of Practice
Creditors’ Remedies
Real Estate and Land Use
Condominium and Townhome Association
Intellectual Property
Commercial Litigation
Admissions
State of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Education
J.D., Hamline University School of Law
B.S., Metropolitan State University
Professional Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association Member

Hennepin County Bar Association Member

American Bar Association Member

Richard T. Oakes American Inn of Court Member

Minnesota Multi Housing Association Member

CIC Midwest Member

Cardozo Society

 

Mercedes A. Gustafson

 

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Mercedes A. Gustafson

Mercedes represents individual and commercial clients in collection, contract and real estate matters. She is a regular lecturer for both the Minnesota State Bar Association and Hennepin County Bar Association of Continuing Legal Education presentations on topics ranging from the use of Minnesota Conciliation Courts to collecting on Judgments. Ms. Gustafson is also an author in the Hennepin Lawyer publication and a contributing author of the Minnesota Civil Court Civil Practice Desk Book. With a focus on civil litigation, Ms. Gustafson primarily practices in Minnesota State Court, however she has also successfully litigated cases in Federal Court. No matter the forum, Ms. Gustafson is a seasoned litigator who is dedicated to representing her client’s interests in every case she handles. Outside of the office, Ms. Gustafson enjoys travelling to her family cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin and spending time with her daughter and family.

Areas Of Practice
Creditors’ Remedies
Commercial Litigation
Mediation and Arbitration
Admissions
State of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Education
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 2003
B.A., English University of Minnesota, 1997
Professional Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association Member
Hennepin County Bar Association
Former-Chair of Hennepin County Creditor/Debtor Section

Sarah L. Krans

 

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Sarah L. Krans

Sarah has successfully represented clients in a variety of civil litigation contexts, including commercial collection matters, breach of contract cases, general business litigation, and real estate disputes.

 

Sarah also focuses on appellate matters, having handled several matters before appellate courts. Representative matters include:

  • Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. v. City of St. Paul, 618 F.3d 851 (8th Cir. 2010) – Representation of Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. to have city zoning ordinance prohibiting billboard extensions declared unenforceable.

 

  • In re Beachside I Homeowners Ass’n, 802 N.W.2d 771 (Minn. Ct. App. 2011) – Representation of lien assignee to determine the validity of the lien based upon the automatic devolution of interest in property to the heirs of a person who dies intestate without the need for the heirs to be determined by a probate court.

 

  • Slindee v. Fritch Investments, LLC, 760 N.W.2d 903 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009) – Representation of appellant in a boundary line by practical location matter where Court of Appeals reversed trial court, holding that evidence at trial was insufficient to support judgment.

 

  • Sampair v. Vill. of Birchwood, 784 N.W.2d 65 (Minn. 2010) cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 825, 178 L. Ed. 2d 557 (U.S. 2010) – Representation of homeowner seeking to register property as Torrens property and to terminate a number of recorded easements pursuant to Marketable Title Act (MTA).

 

  • Ruppert v. Hawk, A10-314, 2010 WL 4721516 (Minn. Ct. App. Nov. 23, 2010) – Representation of contract for deed vendor against claims by contract for deed vendee.

 

  • Sampair v. Vill. of Birchwood, A08-1494, 2009 WL 1587166 (Minn. Ct. App. June 9, 2009) aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 784 N.W.2d 65 (Minn. 2010) – Representation of homeowner seeking to register property as Torrens property and to terminate a number of recorded easements pursuant to Marketable Title Act (MTA).

 

No matter how small or complex the matter, Sarah handles each matter with focus and dedication, from advising and advocating for clients to avoid litigation, through the appellate process, if necessary.

 

When not practicing law, Sarah enjoys tennis, softball, traveling, and spending time with family and her three pets.

Areas Of Practice
Creditors’ Remedies
Real Estate and Land Use
Employment  Law
Appellate Law
Commercial Litigation
Admissions
State of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Education
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, 2004
B.A., Michigan State University, with high honors, 1999
Professional Activities
Minnesota Bar Association Member
Hennepin County Bar Association Member
American Bar Association

Scott A. Lifson

 

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Scott A. Lifson

A life long resident of the Twin Cities, Scott practices in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis on creditors’ remedies. He is an original shareholder of the firm and maintains an extensive client base ranging from family-owned businesses to publicly held companies while acting as Minnesota counsel to numerous national commercial collection agencies.

 

A highly visible and active participant in the Commercial Law League of America, Scott is involved in addressing the League’s objectives of elevating standards and improving the practice of commercial law.

 

In his younger days, Scott was a member of the St. Louis Park High School 880 Relay team that set a new state record at the 1970 Minnesota Track and Field Championships. Scott enjoys spending time with his family and walking the Minneapolis lakes.

 

Areas Of Practice
Creditors’ Remedies
Commercial Litigation
Mediation and Arbitration
Admissions
State of Minnesota
Education
J.D., Washington University School of Law, 1977
B.S., Political Science, University of Minnesota, honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1974
Professional Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association Member

Hennepin County Bar Association

Commercial Law League of America Member

Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association Member

Cardozo Society, Founding Minneapolis Co-Chair

Marvin A. Liszt

 

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Marvin A. Liszt

Marvin has been in practice over 30 years with an expertise in real estate law, including the negotiation, documentation and closing of complex financing, acquisition, development, leasing and sale transactions. His clients include owners, developers, purchasers, borrowers, lenders, property managers, landlords and tenants of commercial properties, strip malls, shopping centers, restaurants, office buildings, apartment buildings, hotels, senior housing and assisted living facilities, condominiums, cooperatives, resort conversions, golf courses, and residential developments. In addition, he represents property owners in connection with condemnation proceedings, real property tax appeals, and zoning and land use issues.

 

Marvin has also developed an expertise in outdoor advertising and has been involved for many years in issues critical to that industry. He represents media owners in outdoor advertising lease and land acquisitions, first amendment issues, and federal, state and local regulation matters. Marvin has spoken nationwide on various issues relevant to this industry.

 

Marvin is also a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars lecturing on various aspects of real estate law. Marvin is a Real Property Law Specialist certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association, and is a Minnesota Super Lawyer.

 

When relaxing, Marvin can be found on the golf course or biking several lengths behind his wife, Judie.

Areas Of Practice
Real Estate and Land Use
Condominium and Townhome Association
Real Estate Tax Appeals
Mediation and Arbitration
Admissions
State of MinnesotaU.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Certifications + Specialties
Real Property Law Specialist
Education
J.D., University of Nebraska College of Law, cum laude, 1974
B.A., University of Minnesota, Journalism, cum laude, 1971
Professional Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association Member
Hennepin County Bar Association Member
Minnesota State Bar Association Real Property Section
Honors + Awards
Minnesota Super Lawyer

David K. Nightingale

 

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David K. Nightingale

David has many years of jury trial experience in civil litigation and complex commercial litigation. In addition to his advocacy work, he has served as an arbitrator in large commercial and intellectual property disputes before the American Arbitration Association.

 

David’s many hobbies and interests include Welsh rugby, running and beer. In addition, as an undergraduate he booked and promoted the Rolling Stones for a gig at university.

Areas Of Practice
Mediation and Arbitration
Intellectual Property
Commercial Litigation
Admissions
State of MinnesotaState of WisconsinU.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
Certifications + Specialties
Certified under Rule 114 as Civil Adjudicative/Evaluative Neutral
Education
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law SchoolM.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science, University of LondonB.A., University of Leicester
Professional Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association Member

Hennepin County Bar Association Member

Ramsey County Bar Association

Minnesota Trial Lawyers of America Member

Minnesota State Bar Association Real Property Section

State Bar of Wisconsin Member

American Bar Association Member

Association of Trial Lawyers of America Member

Honors + Awards
Minnesota Super Lawyer

Jack E. Pierce

 

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Jack E. Pierce

Jack’s practice focuses on business and real estate litigation in both state and federal court. He has tried numerous cases to both the court and jury and has the experience to advise his clients through the often confusing litigation process as well as advising his clients to structure their transactions to avoid litigation.

 

His clients range from multi-state companies, real estate development companies, real estate investment companies, construction companies and individuals.

 

When not in court or at the office, Jack can be either found at home with his family and their three dogs or on the golf course.

Areas Of Practice
Business Organization and Representation
Creditors’ Remedies
Real Estate and Land Use
Employment and Labor Law
Mediation and Arbitration
Intellectual Property
Commercial Litigation
Admissions
State of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Federal Court of Appeals

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Admission Pro Hac Vice
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Education
J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1994
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1991
Professional Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association Member
Hennepin County Bar Association Member

Neal J. Shapiro

 

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Neal J. Shapiro

After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School, Neal was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota. He prosecuted various kinds of criminal cases, but specialized in tax prosecutions.

 

In 1974, Neal went into private practice with Saul Bernick. Most of his clients are involved in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service or the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Some clients are involved in the United States District Court and the United States Tax Court, while other clients have collection problems. He also represents clients who are under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Divisions of the Internal Revenue Service and the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

 

Neal has spoken frequently on tax controversies and criminal issues at accounting and legal seminars.

Areas Of Practice
Tax Planning, Tax Exempt Organizations & Tax Litigation
Mediation and Arbitration
Admissions
State of Minnesota

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Tax Court

Education
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1967
B.S., University of Minnesota, Accounting and Political Science, 1964
Professional Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association Member
Hennepin County Bar Association Member
American Bar Association

Malcolm P. Terry

 

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Malcolm P. Terry

Malcolm has spent his career supporting all sizes of businesses in the area of employment law and providing invaluable support to Human Resources personnel including for some of the company’s largest property management companies conducting business in multiple states across the country. Additionally, Malcolm provides legal services on behalf of insurance companies that provide coverage for employers who are being sued regarding employment matters. Malcolm’s areas of practice include employment law, contract issues, landlord tenant matters and general business litigation.

 

Malcolm has earned the trust and respect of his clients by assisting when issues regarding discipline and discharge of employees, commissions and payroll advice, claims of discrimination and sexual harassment, non-compete enforcement or drafting confidential information and trade-secret agreements arise. Malcolm is not only able to provide immediate counsel and advice in order to mitigate the negative impact on his clients businesses, but he is an experienced litigator and can handle an issue from its inception through a court trial if necessary.

 

Malcolm’s practice in the area of employment law is extensive. Malcolm drafts necessary agreements and policies for employers including employee handbooks and advises them on how to apply the policies to avoid future problems and to keep the workplace a positive and professional environment. He also practices extensively with issues occurring in the multi housing industry, including defending property management companies against state and federal Title VII and HUD Charges of discrimination brought by both employees and tenants and representing management companies and property owners in housing court.

 

Malcolm’s objective is to satisfy the client’s needs while finding the best resolution to the issue at hand. He is admitted to practice in courts up to and including the United States Supreme Court.

Areas Of Practice
Employment  Law
Responses to Charges of Discrimination (Tenant and Employee)
Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation Claims (Tenant and Employee)
Landlord Tenant Law
HUD and Human Rights Compliance
Intellectual Property
Commercial Litigation
Contractor and Lease Drafting and Revisions
Admissions
State of Minnesota

State of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Education
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude, 1995
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1992
Professional Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association Member

Hennepin County Bar Association Member

Minnesota Multi Housing Association Vendor Member

Board of Director, Minneapolis Danish American Center

Street Legal Motorcycle Club

Adjunct Professor – William Mitchell College of Law

Honors + Awards
“Outstanding Vendor Service Commitment to Customers”, Minnesota Multi-Housing Association

MADACS AwardWho’s Who in Employment Law

Who’s Who in Business LawSuper Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics

Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics

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