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.

Congratulations to Tom Vollbrecht for being elected as a new Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers

On October 18th, Tom was announced as an elected Fellow by the ACCL board.

“Fellowship is extended by invitation to those who are found to have mastered the practice or the teaching of construction law and dispute resolution in the complex technical and legal fields pertaining to the built environment, whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, scholarship, professionalism, and collegiality, and who have demonstrated a commitment to “give back” to the construction industry.”

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



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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.