Fabyanske Ranked Highest (Band 1) Chambers 2020

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. Numerous attorneys within the team are well known in the sector, having been appointed to leadership roles at a variety of industry bodies.”

Ranked Lawyers:

Dean Thomson (Band 1 Construction Law)
Kyle Hart (Band 1 Construction Law)
Jesse Orman (Band 3 Construction Law)
Mark Becker (Band 3 Construction Law)
Rory Duggan (Band 4 Real Estate Law)

Described as “the best in Minnesota,” Dean Thomson wins praise from all corners of the market for his impressive construction practice. “I trust his judgment implicitly and his talents are second to none in the industry,” comments one interviewee. Another reports: “He has an in-depth knowledge of construction litigation and insurance and knows how to communicate well with clients.”

Kyle Hart has extensive experience representing general contractors in litigation. One impressed client remarks: “I value his advice and work and consider him to be one of the premier construction attorneys in the entire Midwest.” A market source adds: “He has so much experience and knowledge, I don’t how he stays on top of so much but it is amazing. He knows his way around cases so well.”

Jesse Orman has a wide-ranging construction practice which covers the drafting and negotiation of contracts, as well as representing clients in litigation. He counts materials suppliers and design professionals among his clients.

Mark Becker is described by one peer as a fountain of construction knowledge and information. He has extensive experience representing owners, contractors and design professionals in both contentious and noncontentious matters.

Rory Duggan has a wide-reaching national practice. He represents financial institutions in real estate and construction financing. I love working with him,” says one interviewee, who adds: “He always finds a way to get a deal done.”.

To view the Chamber’s ranking page click here.

Fabyanske Welcomes New Shareholder

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. welcomes its newest shareholder, Robert Smith.  Robert, a graduate of Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and the University of Minnesota Law School, has over 20 years of experience as an attorney, almost all of which has been exclusively devoted to construction law.  He comes to the firm after spending the past seven years at PCL Construction Enterprises, where he oversaw all legal matters involving PCL’s commercial buildings operations in the U.S.  Robert is a former chair of the MSBA Construction Section, was previously a shareholder at Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A., and also served as Associate General Counsel at Life Time Fitness.

Jesse Orman and Dean Thomson presenting at the Minnesota State Bar Association Office

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Jesse Orman and Dean Thomson will be giving a presentation to the Minnesota State Bar Association Section on Construction Law entitled “Inside the Black Box – Survey Results Revealing the Preferences and Practices of Construction Arbitrators”.

The program starts at noon at the MSBA offices in City Center, Minneapolis, and visitors are welcome. The presenters conducted a survey of construction arbitrators across the nation and received approximately 230 replies.  The survey responses reveal the practices of construction arbitrators in allowing discovery and dispositive motions and conducting hearings.  The respondents also described what they thought were persuasive and unpersuasive advocacy techniques.

For more information, please visit the MSBA website here.

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.