What's New At Larkin Hoffman
  • Molly Eichten Selected as One of the World's Leading Trademark Professionals for 2023

    Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce that for the seventh consecutive year, Molly Eichten has been recognized in the 2023 edition of WTR 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals for her work in trademark property prosecution and strategy. World Trademark Review is a news service dedicated to identifying the world’s leading trademark legal services providers.

  • Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Celebrate Twin Cities Women Leading Real Estate

    On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, Bisnow held its annual Power Women event Twin Cities Women Leading Real Estate: Celebrating the Trailblazers that Paved the Way in CRE.  Larkin Hoffman proudly sponsors this annual event which brings together some of the real estate and construction industry's most powerful and influential women.   

  • Building Affordable Housing: Interview with Johnny Opara, President and CEO of JO Cos

    Megan Rogers recently had the opportunity to talk with developer Johnny Opara, President and CEO of JO Cos., a real estate development company in the Twin Cities that specializes in developing high-quality, affordable multifamily housing. Johnny took an unusual path to starting JO Cos and his career as a developer but as a first-time developer, he was able to get the St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority to unanimously approved bond financing for construction of The Hollows in the Payne-Phalen area of St Paul. Today, the 62-unit workforce housing development is complete with affordable units for low-income renters.

  • In Memory of Dayle Nolan

    On February 4, 2023, we lost our dear friend and colleague, Dayle Nolan. She was a brilliant labor and employment attorney, firm leader and mentor for nearly 40 years.

  • Real Estate and Construction Leaders Discuss the Twin Cities Multifamily Market with Bill Griffith

    On February 1st, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by another quarter-point. This first rate hike of 2023 follows seven interest rate hikes in 2022.  With the rising interest rates in mind, Bill Griffith sat down with a panel of real estate and construction industry leaders last fall at Bisnow’s Twin Cities Multifamily Market Overview to discuss the effect of rising interest rates on their business.

  • Employer Non-Competes Under Threat by FTC Proposal

    On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a proposed rule which, if enacted, would ban most non-compete clauses in employment contracts. The rule would also require employers to rescind existing non-compete clauses with its workers and provide those workers with written notice that the non-competes have been rescinded.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2023

    On January 16, 2023, Larkin Hoffman will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by giving employees a day off to allow time to reflect and participate in a day of service.  We encourage everyone to not only consider an act of service on this one day each year but to think about what each and every one of us can do throughout the year to build a stronger and more inclusive community.  As Dr. King said, "The time is always right to do what is right."

  • Larkin Hoffman Welcomes Kyle Vick to Its Real Estate Litigation Team

    Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce that Kyle Vick has joined  Larkin Hoffman’s real estate litigation team.  Kyle has a wide range of experience representing clients in complex litigation matters involving real estate, contract, and shareholder disputes.   Kyle takes great pride in ensuring that his clients’ legal needs are met in an effective and efficient manner.

  • Paul Plunkett Elected Vice Chairman of SCG Legal

    Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce that Paul Plunkett has been elected to serve as Vice Chairman of SCG Legal in 2023. SCG Legal is an international network of 122 leading independent law firms serving clients in every U.S. state capital, the District of Columbia and more than 62 countries worldwide. Firms in SCG Legal’s network are selected for their outstanding practices, leadership, dedication to client service, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and devotion to transparent and fair billing practices.

  • Susan Tegt Presents at the ABA’s Premier Event on Franchising

    Susan Tegt was recently honored with the opportunity to co-present at the “Annual Developments” plenary session at the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising. The Forum on Franchising’s annual meeting is attended by hundreds of attorneys from around the world with the Annual Developments presentation consider the signature event and a highlight of the Forum. The Annual Developments presentation covered the most important legal cases, policies and regulations affecting franchising and distribution over the past year.

  • Larkin Hoffman's Government Team Wraps-Up the 2022 Midterm Elections

    Midterm elections are infamously bad for the party that controls the White House, and with Democratic President Joe Biden’s approval rate hovering in the low 40s, most pundits expected some form of “Red Wave” across the country.  While votes continue to be counted nationwide and the majorities in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are yet to be confirmed, one thing is clear, whatever momentum national Republicans had in other states, it failed to reach Minnesota. 

  • U.S. News Names Larkin Hoffman "Best Law Firm" for 2023

    Larkin Hoffman has been ranked in the 2023 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in two practice areas and regionally in 10 practice areas. Firms included in the 2023 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

  • Larkin Hoffman Releases 2022 Minnesota General Election Guide

    This year, Minnesota voters will go to the polls with more decisions to make than any time in the last 20 years. All four executive offices, including the Governor’s office, all 201 seats in the Minnesota Legislature, and all eight of Minnesota’s congressional seats are on the ballot.  

  • Phyllis Karasov on Panel Discussing Title lX and How to Prepare for New Rules on Handling Sexual Misconduct

    Phyllis Karasov recently participated in a panel which discussed how Title IX is implemented at schools and on college campuses, and the implications of proposed changes to Title IX rules regarding the handling of sexual misconduct.  The panel, Title lX: How to Prepare for New Rules on Handling Sexual Misconduct, organized by Minnesota Lawyer, took a deep dive into the administration of Title IX and how Title IX has changed through the years.  They also discussed the proposed regulations from the Biden Administration requiring schools to comply with new requirements when addressing sexual misconduct allegations. The panel discussed the proposed rules; what the changes will mean for complainants; accused individuals; and educational organizations.  

  • Larkin Hoffman Welcomes Heidi Bassett to Litigation Team

    Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce that Heidi J Bassett has joined our business litigation team.  Heidi is a zealous advocate and trusted advisor to her clients. She has a wealth of experience handling cases involving unfair competition, disputes arising out of closely held businesses, real estate litigation and trusts and estates disputes.  Heidi is adept at balancing her clients' legal needs and objectives with financial realities. She is an experienced trial attorney and has represented clients in more than 200 appeals.

  • Twin Cities State of the Market With Jake Steen

    In our second episode of the Larkin Hoffman Real Estate Podcast series, Jake Steen wraps up a Bisnow panel he recently moderated at Bisnow’s Twin Cities State of the Market event held in Minneapolis in late August. The panel covered the trends, opportunities and forecasted growth of the Twin Cities construction and real estate markets including predictions about where capital investments are going; the effect of rising interest rates on new development projects; the impact of rent control policies, how developers are pushing new projects forward; what a return to the office is looking like; and the future of redevelopment in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.  

  • Phyllis Karasov Helps Minnesota Employers Navigate Legalized THC Edibles in Kare11 Interview

    Yesterday, Phyllis Karasov was interviewed by Kare11 news in an effort to help Minnesota employers navigate legalized THC edibles.  In the interview, Phyllis discussed the complexities created by the legalization of THC edibles in Minnesota.  In a recent blog post about the topic, Phyllis points out that the new "THC statute does not discuss protections for employees or applicants who test positive for marijuana because they have consumed a THC product.  An applicant or an employee can now explain a positive result for marijuana as arising from the lawful use of THC products, which creates a conundrum for employers." 

  • Larkin Hoffman Celebrates the Return of its Women’s Networking Event at the New Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis

    Larkin Hoffman celebrated the return of its women's networking event at the new Minneapolis Four Seasons Hotel. After a two-year break due to Covid-19 concerns, guests once again came together to enjoy an evening of networking under the night sky of downtown Minneapolis.  Guests celebrated the Minnesota Aurora women’s soccer team’s first season with a toast to its president and co-founder, Andrea Yoch.  Guests also enjoyed a brief presentation from Sonja Dusil, senior vice president of commercial development and national sales leader of United Properties who said a few words about the building of the Four Seasons Hotel. 

  • Larkin Hoffman is Honored to Support IFA's Partnership With Blue Star Families

    Larkin Hoffman is honored to sponsor the International Franchise Association's (IFA) partnership with Blue Star Families in support of Blue Star Families Welcome Week. The Blue Star Families organization supports veterans and their families by connecting them with neighbors and resources in an effort to help them feel welcome and supported when they move to new communities across the world. 

  • Jake Steen Moderates Bisnow State of the Construction and Real Estate Market Event

    Jake Steen recently moderated a Bisnow panel discussion covering the trends, opportunities and forecasted growth of the Twin Cities construction and real estate markets at Bisnow’s “Twin Cities State of the Market” event held in Minneapolis on August 18, 2022. The panel discussed where capital investment is going, the effect of rising interest rates on new development projects, the impact of rent control policies, how developers are pushing new projects forward, what a return to the office is looking like, and the future of redevelopment in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.  

  • 18 Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America®; Joe Fittante Named "Lawyer of the Year"

    Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce that the 18 attorneys were selected by their peers as The Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for 2022.  Joseph Fittante was also recognized as the 2023 Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Franchise Law. 

  • Larkin Hoffman Participates in the Second Annual Bloomington Pride Event

    On August 13, 2022, the City of Bloomington held its second annual Bloomington Pride event on the east lawn of the Bloomington Civic Plaza with entertainment, food, arts, crafts and games. Larkin Hoffman was proud to be included as a community sponsor of the event and to support the LGBTQ+ community.  A number of our attorneys and staff attended the event and engaged with attendees including firm friends, clients and Bloomington Mayor, Tim Busse. We look forward to continuing our support in the years to come.

  • Building the RBC Gateway: Interview with Bill Katter, President of United Properties Development

    I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Bill Katter, President of United Properties Development, in the firm’s new offices located in the RBC Gateway, a building he developed. The 37-story tower sits on a key block linking the downtown Minneapolis core with the bustling North Loop neighborhood and providing tenants with commanding views of the Mississippi River, just a few blocks away.

  • Larkin Hoffman Launches New Real Estate Podcast

    Interested in hearing from real estate and construction industry leaders in the Minnesota market? Looking for insight and commentary on the state of local real estate projects and planning? Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce a new Larkin Hoffman Real Estate Podcast series where we will share insights and commentary from industry leaders in our region.

  • Larkin Hoffman Releases 2022 Minnesota Primary Election Guide

    Today marks the start of the last weekend of campaigning before the state’s primary election on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 and rarely has Minnesota seen so many intra-party contests in a single year. In addition to three competitive congressional races, dozens of state legislative districts across Minnesota have yet to determine who will be on the ballot come the November general election.  The once-every-decade redrawing of Minnesota’s electoral map has pit some incumbents against one another while a conservative grassroots organization called Action4Libery has sought to challenge a number of incumbent Republicans, particularly in greater Minnesota. 

  • Joe Fittante Appointed to NASAA Advisory Committee

    Larkin Hoffman is pleased to congratulate Joe Fittante on his appointment to the Advisory Committee to the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Franchise and Business Opportunities Project Group (the “Advisory Committee”).  The twelve-member Advisory Committee works with state and federal regulators on franchise law issues and assists in the training of state franchise examiners.

  • Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

    Larkin Hoffman is honored to announce 15 attorneys have been named in the 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers® list and 8 attorneys have been named as Minnesota Rising Stars®.  

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Larkin Hoffman attorneys in franchising, construction and real estate were again ranked highly by Chambers USA.

Larkin Hoffman has been named a ‘Best Law Firm’ by U.S. News for 2023.