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.

Fabyanske Ranked Highest (Band 1) Chambers 2019

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)
Gregory Spalj (Band 2 Construction Law)
Jesse Orman (Band 3 Construction Law)
Mark Becker (Band 3 Construction Law)

Dean Thomson offers a broad construction law practice covering both contentious and non-contentious matters. He is viewed by market observers as “one of the top construction minds in Minnesota” and a “shining star” of the state construction Bar.

Kyle Hart is consider by sources to be a “tremendous lawyer” with “excellent trial skills.” He enjoys a leading reputation in the Minnesota market, handling construction disputes in all of their forms, including litigations, arbitrations and mediations.

Gregory Spalj has vast experience in the construction arena, offering a broad practice that encompasses contract negotiation, dispute resolution and insurance matters.

Jesse Orman continues to consolidate his reputation in the market, handling contract drafting and negotiations, defect disputes and insurance coverage litigation, among other matters. Interviewees label him an “excellent” attorney and consider him a “rising star” of the Twin Cities Bar.

Mark Becker has a “wealth of construction knowledge” and is “one of the brightest and most creative minds in construction law,” reports one observer. He handles both contentious and transactional construction law matters, including litigations, arbitrations, mediations and contract negotiations.

To view the Chamber’s ranking page click here.

Gary Eidson co-chairing a CLE presentation: Drafting and Reviewing Office and Retail Leases

Eidson_Gary_037Gary Eidson is co-chairing a presentation on: Drafting and Reviewing Office and Retail Leases – What matters Most.  It will be held at the Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Conference Center in downtown Minneapolis on May 8th.

For additional information please visit  or feel free to contact Gary at 612.359.7621, or email him at

A Presentation On Known and Unknown Delegated Design & Extended Warranties with Matt Collins


Join Matt Collins (Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson P.A.), Paul Longsdorf (Redpath and Company, Ltd) and Bob Bowman (CSDZ) on March 8th  at the Town & Country Club located at 300 N Mississippi River Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55104 at 7:30 a.m. for a joint presentation on best practices for managing extended warranties and delegated design risks (both known and unknown).

This is the first session of a continuing series of advanced discussions on current and persistent topics in the construction industry. Benefit from the legal, accounting, credit and risk management perspectives on a variety of topics!

To register click here.

Congratulations to Mark Becker for being named a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America

Minneapolis attorney Mark R. Becker, of the law firm Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A., has been selected as a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.  Mr. Becker is a shareholder in the firm’s nationally lauded construction law group and is a past Chair of the Construction Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.  A 2000 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, Mr. Becker received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University in 1997.  Mr. Becker represents major developers, general contractors, design professionals, construction managers and specialty subcontractors in construction disputes and transactions.  Mr. Becker is recognized for his expertise in innovative uses of ADR procedures to precipitate early resolutions of complex disputes.

          The CLSA is an invitation-only international honorary association composed of preeminent lawyers specializing in construction law and related fields.  Fellowship is limited and selective, with lawyers being invited into Fellowship upon a proven record of excellence and accomplishment in construction law at both the trial and appellate levels.  Lawyers nominated or selected may be in any discipline in the construction law arena, including contract specialization, negotiations, litigation, arbitration, appellate and/or surety law, but who have in addition superior ethical reputations.  The CLSA seeks a high level of diversity in its selection process.  Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized advanced status among their peers.  The CLSA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy and ethical standards in construction law and fostering a scholarly and advanced exchange of ideas in all practices related to the specialty.


Fabyanske Named U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” 2019

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. has been honored as a 2019 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 2019 “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.