Best Lawyers in America© Recognizes Ten Fabyanske Attorneys; Mark Becker, Charles Carpenter, Matt Collins, Rory Duggan, Gary Eidson, Marv Fabyanske, Kyle Hart, Jesse Orman, 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. 

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
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 Construction Lawyer Mark Becker Recognized by Who’s Who Legal as One of Three “Future Leaders” in the United States.

Congratulations to Fabyanske construction lawyer Mark Becker for being recognized as a “future leader” in the 2020 edition of Who’s Who Legal.  Mark is one of only three United States construction law partners, and 61 lawyers worldwide to receive this honor.

According to Who’s Who Legal:  Future Leaders are recognized “for their excellent work in the construction market. The types of matters they have advised on include regulatory issues, commercial disputes and contracts, and project development.”


Fabyanske Construction Lawyers Recogized as Elite by Who’s Who Legal

Congratulations to the five Fabyanske Westra Hart and Thomson construction lawyers recognized in the 2020 edition of Who’s Who Legal.   They are:  Dean B. Thomson, Kyle E. Hart, Mark R. Becker, Marvin T. Fabyanske, and Gregory T. Spalj.

According to Who’s Who legal:  “WWL: Construction provides in-depth analysis to the world’s elite construction lawyers and experts as well as Future Leaders in the field. The lawyers have been selected for their outstanding experience and expertise in resolving complex multi-jurisdictional construction disputes through litigation, mediation and arbitration while the experts gain recognition for their impressive work on disputes and claims arising from both quantum and delay issues on major projects.”

Becker_Mark_308 Mark R. Becker
Fabyanske_Marv_032 Marvin T. Fabyanske
Hart_Kyle_496 Kyle E. Hart
Thomson_Dean_494 Greg T. Spalj
Thomson_Dean_494 Dean B. Thomson

Fabyanske Lawyers Named 2020 Minnesota “Rising Stars”

Congratulations to the Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. attorneys who have been named 2020 Minnesota “Rising Stars”. They are Hugh Brown and  Julia Douglass. “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

Congratulations to Fabyanske Attorneys Named 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the ten attorneys from Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. who have been named 2020 “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 2020 “Minnesota Super Lawyers” include Scott Anderson, Mark Becker, Gary EidsonMarv Fabyanske, Kyle Hart, Jesse Orman, 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
Thomson_Dean_494 Dean Thomson
Vollbrecht_Thomas_cropped Tom Vollbrecht
Westra_Mark_467 Mark Westra

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.