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William C Griffith

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Practice Description

Bill is president of the firm and is a shareholder with Larkin Hoffman’s Land Use and Real Estate practice group. He practices extensively in land use, zoning, real estate, environmental permitting and municipal law. Bill has served as local counsel to Mall of America for over 20 years and also serves as City Attorney for the City of Columbus. In addition to practicing law, Bill has served as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law teaching "Land Use Law." He has published articles and guest commentary in Urban Land, Minnesota Business, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minnesota Real Estate Journal and speaks at seminars on land use, zoning, municipal and environmental law.


Bar Admissions
Wisconsin, 2002
Minnesota, 1988

Professional Associations & Memberships
Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd. 
     President, current
     Board of Directors, 2004-2011
     Chair, Real Estate and Land Use practice group, 2010 to 2012
     Chair, Business Development Committee, 2000-2010

Education
William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, 1988 J.D.
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI, 1982 B.A.

Related Experience
Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas Law School

Honors
Super Lawyer,® Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2007
     (formerly known as Minnesota Law & Politics magazine)
Best Lawyers in America,® Land Use & Zoning Law and Municipal Law, 2010-2013

Community Service
Chair, Board of Directors, Hennepin Elementary Charter School
Service Areas
  Government Relations and Administrative Law
  Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations
  Real Estate, Land Use and Resources



Related Experience
Mall of America Wins Funding Approval from Minnesota legislature
Mall of America, an internationally recognized retail and entertainment attraction, relied upon the services of Larkin Hoffman's government relations group for assistance in securing authority from the Minnesota legislature for new tax revenues to support significant new development of the property.

Larkin Hoffman helps Dominium Development obtain Variance for "A Mill" Project
Dominium Development has secured government approvals for construction of 255 artists’ lofts as part of renovation of the former Pillsbury A Mill, a national historic landmark located on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. When a variance approval was appealed by opponents of the project, developers of the project turned to Bill Griffith who successfully defended the appeal in hearings before the City.

Inclusion of Roadway Improvement Funding in State Bonding Bill
The need for road improvements near the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, prompted a group of Bloomington officials, landowners and legislators to contact Larkin Hoffman for support. 



Related Articles
Where Is The Real Estate Market And When Will It Return?

Bill Griffith discusses the state of the real estate market with several industry professionals in the Minnesota Real Estate Journal.



The Challenges of Growing Businesses in a Down Economy
Bill Griffith was quoted in the May Issue of the Minnesota Real Estate Journal discussing the realities of the commercial real estate market in a tough economy. To read the full article, click here.

Big Green is Here to Stay
Bill Griffith and Dan Jasper provide an overview of the 2010 Big Green Conference in the November issue of the Minnesota Real Estate Journal.

Legislature and Governor Hasten Enactment of Jobs Bill
As job losses continue to mount in the state’s construction industry, legislative leaders and the Governor Tim Pawlenty moved swiftly to enact a comprehensive jobs bill last week, culminating with a signing ceremony in the governor’s office last Thursday.

Retail Trends: Green Development Lands on Main Street
Bill Griffith discusses how the trend for green development has gone mainstream with national retailers beginning to incorporate sustainable building and development techniques in prototype stores.

How to Get a Slice of the Economic Stimulus Pie
Bill Griffith and Julie Perrus discuss how small businesses can still tap an infusion of federal and state money from the federal stimulus plan in the August 2009 issue of Upsize magazine. 

Griffith Quoted on Stimulus Package in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
William C. Griffith is quoted in the April 3, 2009 edition of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in an article that summarizes a panel discussion hosted by the same publication entitled "STIMULUS PACKAGE-What does the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act mean for you and your business?

Griffith Applauds the Government on New MSP Runway
Bill Griffith discusses the efforts made by the Joint Airport Zoning Board (JAZB) in getting the new runaway operating at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

The Long Road to LRT: A Look Back to the Beginning
In June, the Twin Cities marked the beginning of Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Minnesota. The opening of the first leg of the LRT line is the product of a process that has been developed, planned and debated since 1964.

Baby Boomers Want More From Senior Housing
There is a subtle but marked shift to home ownership among seniors in recent years. Today, senior housing provides services that allow seniors to age in place. Consequently, developers of condominium housing and cooperative housing have gained a greater share of the market.

City's Development Fees Must be Based on Actual Costs for Review of Zoning & Building Application
Local governments have historically charged fees to developers to offset the cost of review and administration of land use and building applications. As a general rule, these fees are allowed under a city’s broad planning powers found in Minnesota Statutes. Recently, this authority has been limited by the courts and legislature.

How to Maximize Redevelopment Opportunities
Most business people assume that it is easier to develop in a cornfield on the edge of town than it is in a “brownfield” in the center of town. In many cases, that is true. However, given the focus of local government on turning around underutilized or polluted sites, corporate property managers and other business people may want to look to redevelopment as an alternative.


Related Publications
Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Happy Anniversary Habitat! Larkin Hoffman attorney Bill Griffith signed the Articles of Incorporation of Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota ten years ago.


Related News
Larkin Hoffman Government Relations Group Recognized as “Lobbyist of the Year”
Larkin Hoffman’s Government Relations Group will been honored as “Lobbyist of the Year”  at the fourth annual Leaders in Public Policy awards sponsored by Capitol Report and Politics in Minnesota.  The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions toward Minnesota’s political, public policy or civic environment during the state’s current fiscal year or 2013 legislative session. This is the first year that an award for Lobbyist of the Year will be granted. The honor recognizes that Larkin Hoffman’s lobbying team “had the most  successful year for their clients at the Capitol in 2013.” 

Nine Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named 'Best Lawyers'
Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce nine attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013.

Griffith Elected Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren President
Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce that Bill Griffith has been elected as president of the firm. He is also the acting chair of the firm’s Real Estate and Land Use practice group, and has previously served on the Board of Directors and as the chair of the business development committee.

Griffith Discusses Zoning Issues for a Jordan Crematory
Bill Griffith discusses zoning challenges for a Jordan crematory facing claims of  "spot" zoning.

Eight Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America
Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce eight attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Seven Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America
Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd. is proud to announce that seven of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America®.

Griffith Quoted in Star Tribune
Bill Griffith, who represents the Minnesota Vacation Rental Association, was quoted in the Star Tribune regarding the proposed legislation to apply hotel and resort rules to privately-owned cabins that are used as vacation rentals.

Griffith Discusses Strategies in Gaining Entitlements for Development Projects
Bill Griffith participates in the AECRE fall forum as part of a real estate professionals panel addressing strategies for gaining entitlements for large mixed use development projects from local and state governments.

Larkin Hoffman Helps MOA Secure Approval of Key Funding Authority
Larkin Hoffman's legislative team recently assisted Mall of America in securing authority from the Minnesota Legislature for new tax revenues to support development of Phase II.

Griffith Speaks at Annual Habitat for Humanity Meeting
Bill Griffith gives the keynote address at the annual meeting of Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, Inc.

Larkin Hoffman Congratulates 14 Super Lawyers
Fourteen Larkin Hoffman shareholders are named 2006 Super Lawyers by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

Coyle and Griffith Debate Eminent Domain
Peter Coyle and Bill Griffith debate pending eminent domain legislation in the Star Tribune's Business Forum.

Susag receives favorable decision for the City of Oak Grove
Jim Susag, shareholder, helped the City of Oak Grove move forward on a challenging redevelopment project.

Griffith and Kaminski present Mini Master of Real Estate Development
Larkin Hoffman shareholders Bill Griffith and Stephen Kaminski recently served as instructors at the University of St. Thomas for its program entitled Mini Master of Real Estate Development.

Stoltman Reelected President; Board Members Elected
Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce that Thomas "Tim" P. Stoltman has been reelected to serve as the firm's president for another one-year term. Stoltman is a shareholder in Larkin Hoffman's Real Estate Department and has served as the firm's president since 2000. In addition, Peter J. Coyle and Gary A. Van Cleve were reelected to another term on the Board of Directors, and Paul B. Plunkett was elected to a new term on the Board. They join currently-serving directors Terrence E. Bishop, William C. Griffith and Andrew F. Perrin.

Griffith Assists in Approval of Legacy North
Larkin Hoffman attorney Bill Griffith assisted the Hartford Group in obtaining the approval from the City of Apple Valley for Legacy Village North.

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Complete Land Acquisition by City of Oak Grove
The City of Oak Grove recently acquired several parcels of land within the West Lake George Redevelopment Project.


Related Events
Griffth Co-Presents 'Mall of America Phase II, Dream or Reality'
Bill Griffith joined Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson in presenting to the Real Estate Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Jobs Bill Breakfast Seminar
Bill Griffith, Michael Schley and Julie Perrus discussed how the Jobs Bill signed into law on April 1, 2010, can stimulate business for companies or communities.

Griffith on Panel Addressing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
William Griffith joined other local experts at a seminar entitled,"STIMULUS PACKAGE-What does the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act mean for you and your business?" on March 31, 2009. The event was hosted by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Present at Residential Real Estate Summit
Tom Alexander, Peter Coyle, Bill Griffith and Gary Van Cleve discuss legal strategies utilized in a down market at the 2009 Residential Real Estate Summit.

Griffith Presents To Civil Engineers on Financing Public Improvement Projects
Bill Griffith presented a seminar addressing how to finance public improvement projects through special assessments.

         

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