Three Questions with Jake Steen


What interesting career path did you take to becoming a real estate and land use attorney?

Law practice is a second career for me.  Prior to going to law school, I was a city planner for the City of Minneapolis where I had the opportunity to work on complex legal zoning issues and appeals.  I went to law school while I worked as a planner and eventually joined Larkin Hoffman because of its exceptionally strong zoning and land use practice.  While a non-traditional path, my experience as a city planner created a strong foundation for a solution-oriented zoning and land use practice.

Tell us about something that has shaped your career as a real estate and land use attorney? 

Early in my career as a city planner, I was fortunate to work with a great mentor who encouraged me to always find a way to get to “yes.”  That mindset challenged me to find creative solutions within the zoning and regulatory framework and has guided my career as a lawyer.   

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I enjoy helping my clients' overcome challenges and solve their real estate-related problems.  It's a great feeling to be able to help clients accomplish their goals.   


Jacob W. Steen advises and represents businesses, developers, and property owners seeking favorable government approvals, including zoning and land use entitlements, liquor licensing, business licensing, environmental review, and other ‎regulatory matters. Additionally, Jake has represented clients and industry groups on environmental matters seeking favorable determinations from governmental agencies. 

His work includes representation before the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the Environmental Quality Board with regard to state rulemaking for floodplain and shoreland regulations, environmental review determinations, and the drafting of model rules and regulations.