Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Participate in Seminar on Real Estate Litigation


Larkin Hoffman attorneys were featured in an upcoming seminar held by the Hennepin County Bar Association entitled, "The Unique Pitfalls of Real Estate Litigation." The Continuing Legal Education seminar took place at HCBA on Oct. 17, 2008.

Four members of Larkin Hoffman's Real Estate Litigation group presented at the CLE. The attorneys discussed land sales gone bad, a tenant’s right to “just compensation,” the requirements to challenge a land use decision and special assessment claims.

Department Chair Gary Van Cleve, a Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Real Property Specialist, spoke on a tenant's right to just compensation in the eminent domain context and how that might change in light of the Minnesota Supreme Court's acceptance of Metropolitan Airports Comm’n v. Noble.

Mike Mergens spoke on issues relating to claims for breach of a purchase agreement. Mr. Mergens also served as course chair for the event.

Rob Stefonowicz gave a presentation on how to challenge an improper special assessment. He will discuss a recent case in which the Larkin Hoffman real estate litigation team helped save a developer $1 million after the City of Rochester over assessed land owned by the developer. 

Tamara O'Neill Moreland, also a Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Real Property Specialist, discussed the myriad of technical requirements to challenge a municipalities land use decision.

Larkin Hoffman’s Real Estate Litigation team handles any dispute concerning the ownership, improvements, dimensions, use or value of real estate. The attorneys combine experience in real estate, land use, construction and environmental matters with expertise in litigation, dispute resolution and appellate advocacy.

Five of the attorneys in real estate litigation are certified as Real Property Law Specialists by the Minnesota State Bar Association, a credential earned by passing an examination, demonstrating experience and education, passing a disciplinary check and obtaining review by attorneys familiar with their expertise. Department Chair Gary Van Cleve is also certified as a trial specialist by both the Minnesota State Bar Association and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.