What's New At Larkin Hoffman
  • John Diehl Published in Minneapolis Star Tribune Opinion Counterpoint

    John Diehl is featured in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune’s opinion Counterpoint. His post Counterpoint: I-35E was a rare victory for free people over freeways offers both additional context and a rebuttal to the Star Tribune's Feb. 12 article Curious Minnesota: Why does I-35E through St. Paul have a 45-mph speed limit?.

  • Franchise Leader Max Schott Joins Larkin Hoffman

    It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of Max J. Schott, II to our nationally-recognized Franchise and Corporate practice. Max has more than 25 years of experience in franchise and distribution law, representing clients ranging from startups to national organizations with multiple brands. He is a Certified Franchise Executive and the former Editor-in-Chief of The Franchise Lawyer.

  • Megan Knight Joins Larkin Hoffman’s Government Relations Team in Washington, D.C.

    We are pleased to announce the expansion of the Larkin Hoffman Government Relations team with the addition of Megan G. Knight. Ms. Knight has fifteen years of experience in federal legislative matters with a focus on the Minnesota market. Based in Washington, D.C., she delivers results for clients utilizing her well-developed bipartisan relationships, not only on Capitol Hill, but across the many federal agencies.

  • Phyllis Karasov and Dan Ballintine Discuss The Changing Landscape of Union Organizing and Worker Activism

    Union organizing is down as compared to previous years, but that does not mean employers should believe that support for labor unions has decreased. NLRB records indicate that the number of representation petitions filed in 2020 is dramatically down from each of the previous four years.

  • Mike Smith Quoted in Star Tribune Article on IRS Dispute Regarding the Value of Prince's Estate

    Mike Smith recently offered his insight in a Star Tribune article published on Sunday, January 3, 2021, regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s claim that the executors of Prince's estate undervalued the estate by 50% or $80 million. The undervaluation of assets by the estate's administrators, Comerica Bank & Trust, leaves the potential for an additional $32.4 million federal tax bill to be resolved creating a dispute that could prolong the probate proceedings.

  • Finding the Future Podcast: Retail Innovation Doesn’t Wait for a COVID Cure

    Walk anywhere in the five and a half million square feet that make up Mall of America and you will find signs of COVID…literally signs that help keep guests safe as they visit and shop the country’s largest retail destination.  Sanitation stations are a few feet apart in every hallway.  Masks are required and strict limits are observed in the theme park and other entertainment venues serving guests of all ages.

  • Peter Coyle's Bisnow Webinar Round Up: Twin Cities Multi-Family and Industrial Sectors Remain Strong

    Last week I moderated an online forum in which three recognized experts in various segments of the real estate industry shared their respective crystal balls as we close out 2020 and look ahead to 2021. The panelists included Tim Elam, Managing Director, Scannell Properties, James Freytag, SVP, CBRE, and Gretchen Camp, Principal, ESG. Each panelist offered a unique perspective of the real estate economy creating a picture of the market that represents a dumbbell of sorts.

  • U.S. News Names Larkin Hoffman "Best Law Firm" for 2021

    Larkin Hoffman has been named a ‘Best Law Firm’ by U.S. News for 2021. The firm’s franchise and land use practices again received national recognition and were ranked in the first tier regionally.  Eight of the firm’s other practices were ranked in regional categories. The categories include construction law, real estate litigation, environmental law, eminent domain and condemnation law, land use and zoning litigation, tax litigation, tax law and municipal law.

  • Joe Fittante on Panel in Scott County’s FAST-TRACK Challenge for Start-Ups

    For the past four years, Scott County entrepreneurs have participated in an annual FAST-TRACK Business Challenge where they compete to win start-up cash and professional business services designed to fast-track start-up and first-stage businesses. Throughout the FAST-TRACK competition process, contestants are given an opportunity to fine-tune their business plans, prepare a pitch and connect with industry leaders.

  • Jacob Steen Named a 2020 “Housing Industry Leader of the Year” by Housing First Minnesota

    Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce that Jacob Steen has been named a 2020 “Housing Industry Leader of the Year” by Housing First Minnesota. Selected by Housing First Minnesota staff, the winners of this award are recognized for their extraordinary contributions during the past year.

  • Jake Steen Bisnow Webinar Round Up: Multifamily Housing Shifts Focus to the Suburbs

    Like most things in 2020, the multifamily housing market is in a state of flux. Recently, I had the opportunity to moderate the Bisnow webinar, Twin Cities Deep Dive: Multifamily Update. The panelists included Brent Webb, Development Manager, Mortenson, Christian Osmundson, Director of Development, Alatus, and Josh Brandsted, President of Greco Properties. These leaders of the multifamily housing market discussed the current state of the industry and made predictions for the future of the Twin Cities real estate market.

  • The Minnesota Employer’s Guide to Navigating Workplace Issues During COVID-19

    The Labor and Employment Law practice group at Larkin Hoffman thought it would be helpful to prepare a resource that employers could use as a starting point for evaluating the legal issues associated with operating a business in the current COVID-19 environment. We have prepared The Minnesota Employer’s Guide to Navigating Workplace Issues During COVID-19 to assist employers grappling with the complex legal and human resources questions that arise.

  • Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America® 2021; Pete Coyle and Bill Griffith Both Named as a 2021 "Lawyer of the Year"

    Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce that 12 of the firm’s attorneys were selected by their peers as The Best Lawyers in America® for 2021. 

  • For the Second Year Running, Larkin Hoffman Has Been Named One of the Country’s “Top 50 Construction Law Firms”

    Larkin Hoffman has been named one of the country’s "Top 50 Construction Law Firms™" by Construction Executive magazine for the second year in a row. Construction Executive magazine is published by Associated Builders and Contractors Services Corp. and serves as “the leading source for news, market developments and business issues impacting the construction industry.”

  • 25 Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

    Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce that 19 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers list. In addition to the Super Lawyers list, an additional six of the firm’s attorneys were named Rising Stars.

  • To Require Vaccines or Not: That is the Question

    We are all waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine. When we have a vaccine, can an employer require that applicants and employees be vaccinated against COVID-19? Employers have a legitimate desire to keep their workplaces safe and to protect their employees from contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. Phyllis Karasov and Dan Ballintine discuss the practical and legal issues associated with an employer mandatory vaccination program.

  • Still No Deal after Second Special Session; Legislature Looks Towards August Primary

    This week Margaret Vesel and Matthew Bergeron recap the Minnesota legislature‘s second special session and the ongoing negotiations over a capital investment bill, a tax bill and a supplemental appropriations package. They also turn their attention towards the August 11 primary election and discuss a number of key races to watch.

  • Estate Planning Opportunities in the COVID-19 Environment

    Due to a convergence of recent tax changes and the economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a handful of particularly effective opportunities available for transferring wealth from one generation to the next. By taking advantage of the current environment, you can increase the likelihood your loved ones will pay lower estate taxes upon your death. It is a common misconception that gift planning is limited to those individuals who are willing to part with control and the economic benefits or their property. Depending on the situation, it is many times possible to structure a gift plan that retains control and economic benefit in the family unit.

  • Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Available

    On June 23, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development started accepting applications for grants to Minnesota owned and operating businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the pandemic. The Minnesota legislature has allocated over $60 million in grant funds. The application process goes through July 2, 2020, and recipients will be selected randomly through a lottery.

  • Todd Freeman Explains New SBA Enhancements on Loan Forgiveness for Most PPP Borrowers

    On June 16th, SBA released an updated loan forgiveness application that reflected provisions of the PPP Flexibility Act. This guidance indicates a significant change in how borrowers may qualify for loan forgiveness and criteria in selecting the 8-week vs 24-week covered period. This podcast will update the factors borrowers consider as well as identify the opportunities and pitfalls arising out of this guidance.

Highlights
COVID-19 Resource Center

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 2020.

Larkin Hoffman has been named one of the country’s Top 50 Construction Law Firms® by Construction Executive magazine.