Congratulations to Jeff Jones on Being Sworn in to Practice in New York State

A shareholder in Fabyanske’s Real Estate department, Jeff Jones, has been sworn in and admitted to practice law in New York state.  Jeff’s practice primarily includes commercial real estate acquisition and sales, real estate financing and leasing.  This has led to an increasing amount of work for Minnesota based clients doing business in New York as well as adding some New York based clients.  Jeff is also licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Fabyanske Named U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” 2018

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. has been honored as a 2018 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” with a First Tier ranking in Minnesota in the practice areas of Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Real Estate and Real Estate Law.

Firms included in the 2018 “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.

U.S. News Best Lawyers in America© Recognizes Six Fabyanske Attorneys; Charles Carpenter, Gary Eidson, Marv Fabyanske, Kyle Hart, Dean Thomson and Mark Westra

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. is pleased to announce the recognition of six attorneys by U.S. News Best Lawyers©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.


Carpenter_Charlie_420 Charles Carpenter – Real Estate Law
Eidson_Gary_037 Gary Eidson – Real Estate Law
Fabyanske_Marv_032 Marv Fabyanske – Litigation-Construction
Hart_Kyle_496 Kyle Hart – Litigation-Construction
Thomson_Dean_494 Dean Thomson – Litigation-Construction and Litigation-Real Estate
Westra_Mark_467 Mark Westra – Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law

Congratulations to Mark Becker on being elected Chair of the Construction Law Section of the MSBA Council

Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson congratulates shareholder Mark Becker on being elected Chair of the Construction Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association for 2017-2018.  Mark has served on the Construction Law Section Governing Council since 2012.  Mark represents Developers, General Contractors, Architects, Engineers, Subcontractors, and Sureties in negotiating contracts and resolving complex construction disputes.

Becker_Mark_308 Mark Becker

Fabyanske Lawyers Named 2017 Minnesota “Rising Stars”

Congratulations to the Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. attorneys who have been named 2017 Minnesota “Rising Stars”. They are Hugh Brown and Jeff Wieland. “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


Jeff Wieland

Congratulations to Fabyanske Attorneys Named 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the ten attorneys from Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. who have been named 2017 “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 2017 “Minnesota Super Lawyers” include Scott Anderson, Gary Eidson, Marv Fabyanske, Kyle Hart, Marv Fabyanske, Kyle Hart, Jesse Orman, Greg Spalj, Dean Thomson, Tom Vollbrecht and Mark Westra. Once again,  Dean Thomson was selected as a Top 10 “Super Lawyers”.

Fabyanske_Marv_032 Scott Anderson
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 Ranked Highest (Band 1) Chambers 2017

Once again, Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. has been ranked as a Band 1 Construction Law Firm in Minnesota by the well recognized Chambers professional rating service. Here’s what Chambers has to say about FWHT:

The team is known as “Esteemed for its dedicated construction group, which brings deep industry insight to disputes, contract negotiations and planning issues. Represents diverse participants from the public and private sectors, including design professionals, insurers and subcontractors. Frequently acts on large-scale regional and national projects.”

Ranked Lawyers:

Dean Thomson (Band 1 Construction Law)
Kyle Hart (Band 2 Construction Law)
Gregory Spalj (Band 2 Construction Law)
Jesse Orman (Up and Coming Construction Law)
Marvin Fabyanske (Senior Statesmen Construction Law)

Dean Thomson draws on over three decades of experience in high-value transactions and disputes, tackling many of the state’s largest projects. Clients praise him for “his experience, his status in the industry, his problem-solving capabilities and his knowledge of the law.”

Kyle Hart is held in high regard by clients, one of whom states: “He understands the construction process and the law, and how to try a lawsuit.” He frequently acts for contractors in contentious proceedings and draws praise for his commercial approach. As one source confirms, “he knows what’s important and which details are insignificant.” 

Gregory Spalj is “very knowledgeable, and brings a depth and breadth of experience that’s very valuable,” according to interviewees. He advises on project development and related litigation, acting for both corporate entities and individuals such as architects.

Jesse Orman “understands and analyzes the details, and can keep the big picture in mind,” impressed clients report. He represents a broad client base across the gamut of construction concerns, including contract negotiation and disputes. Sources describe him as “extremely knowledgeable and excellent to work with.”

Senior statesman Marvin Fabyanske draws on longstanding experience in the construction industry, offering additional expertise in areas such as insurance disputes. Clients appreciate his “creative solutions to sometimes very difficult issues,” and note that he “works toward equitable resolutions while helping us maintain positive relationships.”

To view the Chamber’s ranking page click here.