The chair of Larkin Hoffman’s Real Estate Litigation practice group, Gary is a seasoned trial attorney and appellate advocate in all real estate-related litigation areas in state and federal court. He also has broad experience in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
Professional Associations & Memberships
Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd.
Chair, Real Estate Litigation Department
Board of Directors, 2002-2008
Bloomington Sister City Organization Board Member
Medtronic Twin Cities in Motion Community Partners
College Scholarship and Medtronic Global Heroes Selection Committee
Larkin Hoffman MS 150 Team Captain for Team Larkin Hoffman
2008 recipient of "Most Improved Team" award
2008 recipient of inaugural Bike MS Cup
Five-time rider in MS 150 charity bike ride
University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA, 1980 J.D.
Honors: With Distinction
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1977 B.A.
Honors: With Honors
National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
Certified Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate
Minnesota State Bar Association
Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
Board Certified Real Property Specialist
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Certified Civil Trial Specialist
Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutral
Past Employment Positions
Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Minnesota, 1983 - 1987
Law Clerk, Senior U.S. District Judge William C. Hanson, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, 1980- 1983
Speaking and Teaching Engagements
Real Estate, Land Use and Resources
Real Estate, Land Use and Resources Experience
Approval of Land Development Rezoning Requests
Seeking to challenge a city’s denial of rezoning requests, a land developer turned to Larkin Hoffman.
Accountability for Timely City Zoning Requests
Developers turn to Larkin Hoffman for representation when in need of timely approval of municipal zoning requests involving application of Minnesota's 60-Day Rule.
Response to Residential/Golf Course Development Fraud Lawsuit
The developer of a major residential/golf course relies on Larkin Hoffman to aggressively respond to a lawsuit from purchasers alleging fraud in the inducement with respect to their lot acquisitions.
Ordinance Banning Billboard Extensions Ruled Unlawful
Property owners opposed to a city ordinance contacted Larkin Hoffman for litigation support. The Minnesota city had attempted to enforce an ordinance banning billboard extensions and a billboard owner had challenged the ordinance in federal district court as unconstitutional and unenforceable because the city adopted it without first discussing its advantages and disadvantages.
Successful Jury Verdict in Transportation Case
After battling the Minnesota Department of Transportation for nearly eight years in his attempt to seek just compensation for the client’s land that was taken for a highway project, this client turned to Larkin Hoffman for litigation support.
Multi-Million Dollar Settlement Secured for Property Owner in Long-Running Special Assessment/Regulatory Taking Disputes with City of Rochester
After five years of litigation, Gary Van Cleve and Rob Stefonowicz successfully settled two lawsuits on behalf of property owner/client Frank Kottschade against the City of Rochester that will result in Kottschade recovering over $5.6 million in cash and development benefits.
Financial Disclosure Pitfalls In Tax Appeals For Income-Producing Properties
Owners of “income-producing property” (property that produces revenue through rents) who are considering filing a tax petition should be mindful of special considerations—and associated pitfalls—that apply to such properties. The Minnesota Supreme Court provided a recent reminder that the financial information disclosure requirements will be strictly enforced—upon pain of dismissal of the tax petition for noncompliance.
The April 30 deadline for filing a property tax appeal will soon be upon us, which makes this the perfect time to consider whether your property is fairly or properly assessed by the local taxing authority. The real estate valuation subgroup of Larkin Hoffman’s Real Estate Litigation department provides property tax consultation services at little or no cost to the client. We provide free property tax appeal consultations for properties with assessed values of $2 million or greater. We have assisted many owners of income-producing properties in determining whether to file a tax petition and in obtaining substantial tax savings through assessed value reductions. There is still time to seek a consultation before this year’s April 30 filing deadline.
Van Cleve Discusses Lawsuit Regarding a Rochester Shopping Development
Gary Van Cleve was quoted in a PostBulletin.com article discussing a case between Franklin and Bonnie Kottschade and MnDot. Van Cleve is representing the Kottschades' who have been in legal battles with MnDot since 2003. Currently, the Kottschades' are seeking the right to install a driveway in front of the northwest Rochester shopping development.
Read the full article, Developer Says Loss of Driveway Stalled Rochester Shopping Center, on the PostBulletin.com website.
Thinking About A Property Tax Appeal? Be Prepared (in some cases) To Make Financial Disclosures
The economic recession and the bursting of the real estate bubble have created great hardships for many property owners, if there is any silver lining, it is that there are great opportunities for owners to reduce their property taxes by challenging the assessed values of their properties for tax purposes. Owners of “income-producing” properties (properties that produce revenue through rents) who are considering filing a tax petition should be mindful that a legal requirement to pursuing such an appeal is that certain financial information must be produced to the taxing authority within a certain period of time after filing the petition—upon pain of dismissal for failure to do so.
Court Rules Ex-Wife Cannot 'Lean' on Lien Defense To Avoid Personal Judgment
If a husband in a divorce settlement gives up his marital interest in the homestead to his wife and receives a lien on the homestead in excess of $67,000, is the husband’s only remedy if the wife does not pay to foreclose his lien on the homestead?
Developer Who Sued State Gets $8 Million Jury Award
A Rochester real estate developer won a multimillion-dollar jury verdict this week in a years-long eminent domain dispute with the state of Minnesota.
Nonresident Parent Companies May be Liable for Claims Against Their Minnesota subsidiaries Under New Court of Appeals Ruling
The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled that a nonresident parent company may be subject to suit in Minnesota for damages claims against its insolvent Minnesota subsidiary company. The decision would appear to defeat a primary reason for forming a separate subsidiary business entity: the protection of related entities and their assets from potential liability arising from the business operations of the subsidiary.
Property Owners’ Condemnation Bill of Rights
As a Minnesota property owner, you have certain constitutional and statutory rights when a local, county, or state government proposes to take your private property for a public purpose. Here is a list that we call our “property owners’ bill of rights” to inform and remind you of these rights.
Court to Township: Not a Smart Way to Establish a Cartway
"Cartway” is an anachronistic term that invokes pastoral images of hay-laden oxcarts lumbering down country roads. But the term cartway has real meaning in Minnesota law, referring to the procedure by which a property owner with no legal access to a public road may petition the local township to provide the owner with access—termed a “cartway” in Minnesota statutes. Cartway law attempts to balance the tension between the right of a landlocked property owner to establish access to a public road through neighboring properties, against the rights of the neighboring property owners not to be unduly disturbed and damaged by the establishment of the access.
In July, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided a case that addressed this balancing act and concluded, on the one hand, that a landlocked property owner must be given a “meaningful” cartway access, but on the other hand, the courts cannot dictate where that access should be.
Supreme Court Holds DNR Without Authority to Intervene in Local Zoning Decisions in Lower St. Croix River Area
The Minnesota Supreme Court has decided two recent cases that will remove a layer of governmental review from zoning requests by property owners in the Lower St. Croix River valley.
Is a Home Mortgage Enforceable if Only One Spouse Has Signed It?
Can a home mortgage be enforced if only one spouse signed it? The answer is, “it depends,” according to two recent decisions by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Road Improvements: When Are Special Assessments Legitimate?
Gary A. Van Cleve authored "Road Improvements: When Are Special Assessments Legitimate?" that was published in the March issue of Hennepin Lawyer.
Midwest Real Estate News Names Larkin Hoffman 'Best of the Best'
Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce the firm's inclusion in Midwest Real Estate News' 2012 'Best of the Best.' Larkin Hoffman was included with 28 other firms that have a significant influence and reputation within the real estate industry.
Fourteen Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named 2012 Super Lawyers
Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd. is proud to announce that fourteen of its attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Minnesota Super Lawyers.
Van Cleve Recertified as Real Property Law Specialist
Gary Van Cleve has been recertified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a MSBA Board Certified Real Property Specialist.
Eminent Domain Verdict Featured in National Publication
The verdict in a recent case between a Rochester real estate developer and the state of Minnesota was featured in the National Jury Verdict Review & Analysis. Larkin Hoffman attorneys Gary Van Cleve and Rob Stefonowicz represented the developer who received a $7.845 million jury award. Click here to view the article.
Fourteen Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named Super Lawyers
Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd. is proud to announce that fourteen of its attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Minnesota Super Lawyers.®
Mechanic's Lien Case Verdict Reached
A Rochester housing developer represented by Gary Van Cleve and Rob Stefonowicz won a multimillion-dollar jury verdict in a year-long eminent domain dispute with the state of Minnesota.
Thirteen Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named to the 2010 Super Lawyers List
Larkin Hoffman congratulates 13 attorneys as 2010 Super Lawyers.
Van Cleve and Korstad Designated as Qualified Rule 114 Neutrals
Gary Van Cleve and Greg Korstad have been designated as Minnesota State Court Administrator qualified Rule 114 neutrals and are listed in the Rule 114 neutral roster. Both are available to mediate and arbitrate civil disputes in the real estate and land use areas.
Should You Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment?
Commonly asked questions and answers in deciding if your property as been accurately assessed and what options can be pursued if you feel your property tax is too high.
Four Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Included in 2010 Super Lawyer Corporate Counsel Edition
Four Larkin Hoffman attorneys were selected for inclusion in the May/June 2010 Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition. ® Tim Stoltman, Jim Susag, and Gary Van Cleve were selected in the Real Estate area, and Peter Coyle was selected in Land Use/Zoning area.
Larkin Hoffman Congratulates 12 Attorneys as 2009 Minnesota Law & Politics Super Lawyers
Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce that Dan Ballintine, Ken Corey-Edstrom, Peter Coyle, Joe Fittante, Chris Harristhal, Frank Harvey, Chuck Modell, Dayle Nolan, Jim Quinn, Tim Stoltman, James Susag and Gary Van Cleve have been named as Super Lawyers® by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.
Four Attorneys Included in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition
Peter Coyle, Gary Renneke, Tim Stoltman and Gary Van Cleve were selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition® May/June 2009 issue as top attorneys in land use/zoning and real estate law.
Larkin Hoffman Client Prevails in Long Fought Takings Case, Noted by National Association of Home Builders
Larkin Hoffman client and Legal Action Network for Development Strategies member, Frank Kottschade, obtained new life in his unconstitutional takings lawsuit against the City of Rochester as a result of a Minnesota Court of Appeals decision reversing a lower court dismissal of Kottschade’s lawsuit against the City because the lower court concluded that Kottschade had waited too long to sue. Kottschade v. City of Rochester, App. Ct. No. A08-0143 (Minn. App. Feb. 10, 2009).
Larkin Hoffman Congratulates 13 Attorneys as 2008 Minnesota Law & Politics Super Lawyers
Thirteen Larkin Hoffman shareholders are added to the 2008 Minnesota Law & Politics Super Lawyers list.
Larkin Hoffman Win Saves Land Developer $1M in Taxes
In a recent case in Olmsted County, the district court ruled that a city over-assessed the value of undeveloped land by more than $1 million when it levied over $1.7 million in special assessments against the land. Larkin Hoffman was able to save the client more than $1 million in taxes.
Four Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Achieve Real Property Specialist Certification
Ryan Boe, Tamara O'Neill Moreland and Jim Susag have joined colleagues Gary Van Cleve, Tim Stoltman, Tom Alexander and Gary Renneke as MSBA Board Certified Real Property Specialists.
Van Cleve Accepted as LANDS Member
Gary Van Cleve has been accepted as the newest member of LANDS—the Legal Action Network for Development Strategies—a Washington, D.C.-based national group of land use and environmental attorneys who represent the building industry.
Van Cleve Completes 2007 Senshu International Marathon
Van Cleve featured in December/January 2008 issue of Minnesota Law & Politics.
Larkin Hoffman Congratulates 14 Super Lawyers
Fourteen Larkin Hoffman shareholders are named 2006 Super Lawyers by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.
Larkin Hoffman Covers Eminent Domain Legislation in MN
Larkin Hoffman attorneys and Rick Collins, Vice President of Development at Ryan Companies, discussed the new eminent domain legislation in Minnesota.
Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Discuss Eminent Domain with Realtors
Larkin Hoffman Land Use and Real Estate Litigation attorneys presented "Eminent Domain in Minnesota" to the Southern Twin Cities Association of Realtors.
Van Cleve Helps Minnesota Bee Keepers Settle Claims with DNR
Gary Van Cleve helped Minnesota bee keepers reach a settlement with the DNR for losses incurred from negligent pesticide spraying.
Larkin Hoffman wins case in favor of Minnesota Bee Keepers
Gary Van Cleve, real estate litigator at Larkin Hoffman, represented three Minnesota beekeepers who sued the DNR and International Paper for spraying pesticides that contaminated the beekeepers’ foraging bees.
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.
Larkin Hoffman Wins Favorable Decision for Chicago Title and Investments
Larkin Hoffman attorneys Gary A. Van Cleve and Christopher J. Deike recently received a favorable decision for their client, Chicago Title Insurance Company and MM&S Investments Corporation (formerly known as Miller & Schroeder Investments Corp.) from the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Larkin Hoffman Wins Real Estate Litigation Cases
Larkin Hoffman attorneys Gary A. Van Cleve and Christopher J. Deike recently won a summary judgment motion in Dakota County District Court concerning a dispute over the enforceability of two purchase agreements for developable land in Farmington and Rosemount.
Eminent Domain 2011: Essential Updates and Issues
Michael Mergens and Gary Van Cleve will present at the Hennepin County Bar Association's Eminent Domain Seminar Friday, May 6 from 8:00 - 4:00 P.M. To learn more about this event and to register, see attached flyer or click here.
Van Cleve to Present at Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation Seminar
Gary A. Van Cleve is scheduled to present on "Judicial Appeals of Administrative Zoning Decisions," part of a one-day live seminar on Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation hosted by the National Business Institute.
Van Cleve to Present at HCBA CLE
Gary A. Van Cleve will be presenting at the March 25th Hennepin County Bar Association CLE program, entitled "Avoiding Trial by Fire: Preparing for Your First Condemnation Jury Trial."
Van Cleve and Boe on Panel Discussing Property Tax Appeals and Rights
Gary A. Van Cleve and Ryan N. Boe were panelists at a Lakeville Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee Meeting on March 19, 2009. The topic of the panel discussion was property tax appeals and rights.
Van Cleve Presents to Minnesota Paralegals Association
Gary A. Van Cleve was invited to present on Eminent Domain Law and Practice in Minnesota at a Real Estate Sectional meeting of the Minnesota Paralegal Association on February 18, 2009.
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.
Larkin Hoffman Real Estate Attorneys Present at MREE Event
Gary Van Cleve, Rob Stefonowicz and Mike Mergens discuss property tax and special assessment appeals at the Minnesota Real Estate Exchangors (MREE) networking event.
Real Estate Litigation Seminar Series
Larkin Hoffman presents a seminar series for property owners, business owners and real estate professionals on issues in real estate litigation.
Eminent Domain Legislation in Minnesota
Join Larkin Hoffman attorneys and Rick Collins, Vice President of Development at Ryan Companies, as they discuss the new eminent domain legislation in Minnesota. This seminar will review the new law and the impact it will have on real estate development, small businesses, land owners and city and state officials in Minnesota.