Fabyanske Named U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” 2020

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. has been honored as a 2020 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” with a First Tier ranking in Minnesota in the practice areas of Banking and Finance, Construction, Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Real Estate and Real Estate Law.

Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Best Lawyers in America© Recognizes Eleven Fabyanske Attorneys; Mark Becker, Charles Carpenter, Matt Collins, Rory Duggan, Gary Eidson, Marv Fabyanske, Kyle Hart, Jesse Orman, Greg Spalj, Dean Thomson and Mark Westra

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. is pleased to announce the recognition of eleven attorneys by U.S. News Best Lawyers©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. Dean Thomson was also selected by Best Lawyers as 2020 Attorney of the Year in Construction Law.


Becker_Mark_308 Mark Becker – Construction Law
Carpenter_Charlie_420 Charles Carpenter – Real Estate Law
Collins_Matt_1051.jpg Matt Collins – Construction Law
Duggan_Rory_510 Rory Duggan – Banking and Finance Law
Eidson_Gary_037 Gary Eidson – Real Estate Law
Fabyanske_Marv_032 Marv Fabyanske – Litigation-Construction
Hart_Kyle_496 Kyle Hart – Litigation-Construction
Jesse Orman – Construction Law
Greg Spalj – Commercial Litigation
Thomson_Dean_494 Dean Thomson – Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Real Estate and Construction Law
Westra_Mark_467 Mark Westra – Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law

Congratulations to Fabyanske Attorneys Named 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the ten attorneys from Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. who have been named 2019 “Minnesota Super Lawyers”. The polling, researching, and selecting of “Super Lawyers” is designed to identify Minnesota lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of Minnesota attorneys receive this honor. FWHT’s 2019 “Minnesota Super Lawyers” include Scott Anderson, Mark Becker, Gary EidsonMarv Fabyanske, Kyle Hart, Jesse Orman, Greg Spalj, Dean Thomson, Tom Vollbrecht, and Mark Westra.


Fabyanske_Marv_032 Scott Anderson
Fabyanske_Marv_032 Mark Becker
Fabyanske_Marv_032 Gary Eidson
Fabyanske_Marv_032 Marv Fabyanske
Hart_Kyle_496 Kyle Hart
Orman_Jesse_093 Jesse Orman
Spalj_Greg_455 Greg Spalj
Thomson_Dean_494 Dean Thomson
Vollbrecht_Thomas_cropped Tom Vollbrecht
Westra_Mark_467 Mark Westra

Fabyanske Lawyers Named 2019 Minnesota “Rising Stars”

Congratulations to the Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. attorneys who have been named 2019 Minnesota “Rising Stars”. They are Hugh Brown,  Julia Douglass and Katie Welsch. “Rising Stars” are nominated by their peers and must be 40 years old or under, or have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.

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Hugh Brown



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Katie Welsch

Mark Becker presenting Construction Early Dispute Resolution Fundamentals live webinar

We would like to personally invite you to join us at our upcoming Lorman Education Services live webinar Construction Early Dispute Resolution Fundamentals on June 28 at 1 pm ET.

Learn the power of a designed Mediation to resolve complex construction disputes earlier and effectively.

Most construction disputes settle. However, when they settle can have large project economic consequences to your company and the project. Learn how the smartest professionals in the construction industry get earlier and better resolutions of disputes with less legal and expert expense, and often with preserving valuable relationships. To achieve these results, we will give you insights based on our experience as successful mediators and advocates. We know to hire a mediator as early as possible. Clients appreciate having a neutral they can confidentially talk to as soon as possible, to overcome resistance from opponents to the early hire of mediators, to use the mediator’s power of confidentiality to diagnose all the impass causes which often involve brain science as well as legal or factual issues, and a settlement process should be based on impass diagnostics peculiar to the dispute. The process is more than just showing up for mediation. We avoid surprises during negotiations because of what we learn before the start of negotiations. Learn how to find the best mediators beyond reading online resumes and emails in response to the question, Can anyone recommend a good mediator in ______ . Learn best practices in interviewing mediators who may be unfamiliar to you.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to explain to opponents why they should agree to the early hire of a mediator.
  • You will be able to recognize how inefficient litigation can be to cause a change of settlement positions.
  • You will be able to identify the best mediator who is also agreeable to the others.
  • You will be able to recognize means to overcome psychological and organizational political factors which can be just as important as legal and factual factors to overcoming impassed positions.

Join us at the conclusion of the webinar for a live question and answer session.

Register Today

We hope to see you there.


Mark R. Becker
Attorney at Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson P.A

Paul Lurie
Paul M. Lurie is an experienced construction mediator and a member of the AAA Master Panel. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and the American College of Construction Lawyers and a member of their ADR Committee. He is a founder of the Guided Choice Mediation Interest Group.

Can’t Attend the Live Webinar? Recording Available

Three Fabyanske Attorneys Listed as Leading Attorneys by Who’s Who

The 2019 International Who’s Who Legal for Construction Law has recognized Marv Fabyanske, Kyle Hart and Dean Thomson as Minnesota members, the most members of any of the seven Minnesota firms so recognized.

“Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide.  Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed….It is not possible to buy entry into any Who’s Who legal publication.”

Fabyanske_Marv_032 Marvin T. Fabyanske
Hart_Kyle_496 Kyle E. Hart
Thomson_Dean_494 Dean B. Thomson

Dean Thomson and Mark Becker will be presenting a Minnesota CLE Live Webcast Seminar

Dean Thomson and Mark Becker will be presenting a Live Webcast Seminar from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15th.



Riding the Wave: Early Dispute Resolution Fundamentals

Early dispute resolution, particularly early mediation, is the future of dispute resolution in civil litigation. It’s a no-brainer. Efficiently resolving disputes is valuable because it reduces the time-related expense involved with using the traditional procedures of adjudicative adversarial processes, preserves opportunities for maintaining valuable business relationships, and allows for innovative business ideas to facilitate settlement.

Accordingly, dispute resolution in many industries is moving in new and game-changing directions as industry participants demand earlier and more efficient resolutions. Hear from two local attorneys known for their innovations in early mediation advocacy about the fundamentals of early dispute resolution, and the various tools and best practices used by skilled mediators and advocates to promote and create that alternate route to more speedy and efficient resolution of disputes.

For details and registration information, please visit the Minnesota CLE page here.