Best Lawyers in America© Recognizes Ten Fabyanske Attorneys; Mark Becker, Charles Carpenter, 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 ten 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 2018 Attorney of the Year in Construction Law.


Becker_Mark_308 Mark Becker – Construction Law
Carpenter_Charlie_420 Charles Carpenter – Real Estate 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

Fabyanske Lawyers Named 2018 Minnesota “Rising Stars”

Congratulations to the Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. attorneys who have been named 2018 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



Julia Douglass



Katie Welsch

Congratulations to Fabyanske Attorneys Named 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the nine attorneys from Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. who have been named 2018 “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 2018 “Minnesota Super Lawyers” include Scott Anderson, Gary EidsonMarv Fabyanske, Kyle Hart, Jesse Orman, Greg Spalj, Dean Thomson, Tom Vollbrecht and Mark Westra.  Dean Thomson was also selected as a Top 100 “Super Lawyer”.

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

Mark Becker presenting Construction Early Dispute Resolution Fundamentals live webinar

Dispute resolution in the construction industry is moving in new and game-changing directions as industry participants demand earlier and more  efficient resolutions.  Hear from two front-runners in early dispute resolution, Mark R. Becker, shareholder with Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson and Paul M. Lurie, partner with Schiff Hardin, as they provide proven techniques to achieve earlier resolutions.

The speakers believe this program will be of particular interest to you, and as their guest, you are eligible for 50% off the registration fee!

Construction Early Dispute Resolution Fundamentals
June 18, 2018
1:00PM EST – 2:30PM EST

Please see the attached marketing publication for more details.

Register online:
Call: 866-352-9539
Discount code: V6679906
Priority code: 15999

The speakers look forward to having you in attendance and providing you with the latest information on this topic!


Fabyanske Ranked Highest (Band 1) Chambers 2018

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 (Band 3 Construction Law)
Mark Becker (Band 3 Construction Law)
Marvin Fabyanske (Senior Statesmen Construction Law)

With over 30 years’ experience, Dean Thomson is considered by some to be “the go-to construction lawyer in town.” He has experience advising on an array of construction disputes and noncontentious matters relating to major projects across the country. Sources acknowledge him as a “standout lawyer,” adding that he is “great to work with.”

Kyle Hart is noted for his frequent representation of construction contractors. Clients state: “We truly value his advice and representation,” with one source asserting: “Working with Kyle is always a positive experience – we trust him implicitly and really enjoy working with him.” Interviewees also value his ability to “separate out the legal and business issues to help you make the best decision.”

Clients commend Gregory Spalj for his “great knowledge of construction law” and peers affirm that he is “well respected” in the market. He was joint lead partner representing the Houston Rapid Transit joint venture in proceedings stemming from the alleged deficient performance of a commuter train signaling system.

Jesse Orman has significant experience in all aspects of the construction sector, with a client base that includes contractors and subconstractors alongside architects and materials suppliers. Peers describe him as both “pragmatic” and very smart.

Mark Becker has experience representing construction clients in a variety of litigation and contract negotiations. Appreciative clients describe him as “proactive in handling cases” and someone who “focuses on the issues that will really resolve them.” One interviewee goes on to call him an “excellent construction litigator” who “scores five out of five on subject matter expertise.”

Cited as “a mover and shaker in the construction world,” Marvin Fabyanske has over 40 years’ experience and continues to be thought of as one of the preeminent advisers on construction law in Minnesota. Peers describe him as an “amazingly well-respected guy.”

To view the Chamber’s ranking page click here.

Gary Eidson and Paul Ratelle to Present at Minnesota CLE’s Commercial Real Estate Leases

On April 10th, Gary Eidson and Paul Ratelle will be speaking at the Minnesota Continuing Legal Education’s Drafting & Negotiating Commercial Real Estate Leases at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center located at 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370 Third Floor City Center in Minneapolis.

From 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 p.m., Gary will be presenting “Overview of Basic Commercial Leasing Issues”.

At 11:15 – 12:15 p.m., Gary will also be presenting “Insurance, Indemnity and Waiver Clauses in Commercial Leases – Properly Allocating Risk”.

At 2:00 – 2:45 p.m., Paul will be presenting “Tenant and Landlord Remedies for Commercial Lease Defaults and the Effect of Bankruptcy”.

Registration at For more information contact Gary at 612.359.7621,, or Paul at 612.359.7636,

Rory Duggan to Present at Minnesota CLE’s The Real Estate Development Deal

Rory Duggan will be a member of the faculty at the Minnesota Continuing Legal Education’s The Real Estate Development Deal at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center located at 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370 Third Floor City Center in Minneapolis.

On March 28th, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Rory will be presenting “Financing the Development – Part 1: End User Leases or Sales to Facilitate Financing”.

Registration at  For more information contact Rory at 612.359.7675,