Peter is recognized by his peers as a top regulatory attorney. He represents private businesses, including builders, developers, and landowners who either require government approval to pursue business objectives or are defending against alleged regulatory violations. He also represents clients seeking to change state law or regulations before the Minnesota Legislature and state agencies.
Professional Associations & Memberships
Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd.
Minnesota State Bar Association
Wisconsin State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Past Board Member
US Green Building Council, Minnesota Chapter
Past Board Member
Eastview Community Foundation
Past Board Chair
Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN, 1984 J.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Hamline Law Review
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, 1979 B.A.
Best Lawyers in America,® Land Use & Zoning Law, 2007-Present
Super Lawyer,® Super Lawyers magazine, 2005-Present
(formerly known as Minnesota Law & Politics magazine)
Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition® 2009-2012, Land Use/Zoning
Government Relations and Administrative Law
Health Care Industry
Real Estate, Land Use and Resources
Real Estate, Land Use and Resources Experience
Lender Relies on Larkin Hoffman to Protect Property from Default and Reposition it for Development
A national lender took control of property after a large mixed-use project failed due to the national economy. By that time the property was encumbered by multimillion dollar tax and assessment obligations, a substantial portion of which were delinquent, the property had been exposed to forfeiture. The firm’s Real Estate, Land Use and Government Relations teams helped our client develop a strategy for avoiding tax forfeiture while securing municipal support for a creative public finance plan that enables the client to pursue a significant taxable use of its property, while meeting the existing tax obligations.
Overcoming City Opposition to School District’s Proposed New Building
When an urban school district encountered opposition from a community in which a new school building was proposed, the district turned to Larkin Hoffman to guide its presentation to the local planning commission and city council.
Garden Greenhouse Expansion Approved Despite Initial Community Opposition
A major lawn and garden retailer/nursery sought Larkin Hoffman’s assistance in developing a strategy to overcome potential opposition to a major expansion of their greenhouse facilities, in an area of the city planned for more intensive land use.
Government Relations and Administrative Law Experience
Large Industrial Client Has Ongoing Government Relations Concerns
Larkin Hoffman’s Government Relations and Regulatory team helped to develop a strategy for a large industrial client with varied tax, environmental and real estate concerns that needed to interact regularly with senior elected and appointed cabinet officials in the State of Minnesota.
Larkin Hoffman Helped Property Managers Fend Off Legislation
A sophisticated property management organization engaged Larkin Hoffman’s Government Relations team to help it pro-actively engage the legislature on issues affecting their business and that of their clients.
Industrial Sand Mining Company Engages Larkin Hoffman to Pursue Business Strategy
A large minerals company serving the oil and gas industry sought out regulatory and land use support from Larkin Hoffman to help it develop a strategy for approaching local government units in connection with potential sand mining and multi-modal shipping facilities.
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.
Conditional Use Permit
Larkin Hoffman pursues conditional use permit for a new telecommunications tower on behalf of a national wireless phone company.
Sale of Raw Land Site Along High-Growth Development Corridor
A property owner relies on Larkin Hoffman's Real Estate team in the sale of land, including buildings, to a developer for future commercial development in connection with a new freeway interchange.
Coyle Featured in BATC Magazine as 'Our Guy At The Capitol'
Peter Coyle was featured in the January 2013 edition of Builders' Digest: The Magazine for BATC Members published by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. The article discussed Peter's long-standing relationship representing BATC at the capitol and three successful issues Peter helped resolve for BATC involving variance issues, attorney fees and park fees.
Development Costs Continue to Confound
Peter Coyle discuses how barriers imposed by public agencies, including by cities, will effect forward progression in the real estate development and construction markets.
Multifamily Housing Market is a Shining Star
Amidst a stubborn recession in the residential and commercial real estate markets, multifamily housing, including senior housing, appears to be prospering. Peter Coyle discusses the growth of multifamily housing in the May Issue of Minnesota Real Estate Journal. To read the full article, click here.
Governor Signs Bipartisan Environmental Streamlining Legislation
Governor Mark Dayton has signed important legislation into law that reforms Minnesota’s process for completing environmental review and permitting of major projects. This legislation, identified as HF 1, was a high priority of both the Minnesota legislature and the business community and received broad, bipartisan support as part of an agenda to attract and retain businesses in Minnesota. Environmental groups wasted no time in unfairly and incorrectly characterizing the legislation as “the chicken guarding the henhouse” (StarTribune, 3/3/11) or that it “rolls back” environmental protections currently in law (StarTribune, 3/4/11).
Legislative Efforts to Overturn Krummenacher Moving Slowly
Last summer, the Minnesota Supreme Court, in a case entitled Krummenacher v. City of Minnetonka, reversed the City of Minnetonka’s application of a widely-followed standard for approving variances arising under a municipal zoning ordinance. The effect of the ruling was immediate and far-reaching, causing most cities to halt consideration of any variance request and even refusing to accept applications for such relief.
Minnesota Supreme Court Establishes Significant New Development Hurdle
Peter Coyle discusses the practical effect of the recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision interpreting the standard for approving variance applications.
Coyle Sourced by Minnesota Lawyer on the Rising Number of Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Filings
Peter Coyle was quoted in the July 19, 2010 issue of Minnesota Lawyer in an article highlighting the how the economy has resulted in an increase in the number of bankruptcy and foreclosure filings and how law firms are responding.
Courts Approve Corporate Political Advertising
Peter Coyle discusses recent court decisions that have invalidated federal and state restrictions on the use of corporate funds to pay for campaign advertising in political campaigns.
State Passes Historic Jobs Bill
Peter Coyle and Julie Perrus authored an article entitled "State Passes Historic Jobs Bill Legislation" in the June 2010 issue of the Minnesota Real Estate Journal. The article highlights the the range of incentives the bill provides that local governments and developers can take advantage of over the next several years.
Coyle Pens Article on Housing Industry Recovery
Peter Coyle discusses the state of the housing industry in an article published in the February 2010 issue of the Minnesota Real Estate Journal.
Coyle Discusses Future Trends in the Legal Industry
Peter Coyle, President of Larkin Hoffman, was interviewed in the December issue of Processor Magazine regarding prospective trends in the legal industry for 2010.
Coyle Quoted in Minnesota Lawyer
Peter J. Coyle is quoted in the March 9, 2009 issue of Minnesota Lawyer article entitled "Managing Partners: Mid-sized law firms weathering the storm (so far)."
Coyle Interviewed by Minnesota Real Estate Journal on Law Firm Management
Peter J. Coyle addressed the challenges law firms face in this economy in an interview published in the February issue of Minnesota Real Estate Journal.
Regulation at What Price?
Peter Coyle recently authored an article in the Star Tribune entitled "Regulation at What Price?" which highlights proposed state regulations and the cost of compliance in light of the current economy.
CapitolWatch - Session Preview 2009
The CapitolWatch Session Preview highlights 2009 Minnesota Legislative issues.
Competing for the Public Interest -- Alternative Energy Projects
Peter Coyle discusses the public's interest in preserving natural aesthetics while simultaneously encouraging new forms of energy in Minnesota Lawyer.
Real Estate Downturn Increases Due Diligence Need
Peter Coyle and Ryan Boe discuss factors to consider during real estate downturn to manage the risk of loss.
Legal Update: Affordable Housing
Peter Coyle discusses the erroneous components of the Attorney General's support for mandatory dedication of affordable housing.
Comp Plan Rewrites are Call to Action
Coyle discusses the action property owners should take regarding local government comprehensive plan updates.
Coyle Discusses the Minnesota Legislature's Reaction to Kelo
Twin Cities Business interviewed Peter Coyle for the article "Private Property Panic" in the July 2006 issue. The article discussed the Minnesota Legislature's reaction to the Supreme Court's Kelo decision.
Coyle Discusses the Need to Review Property Takings
In light of the recent Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London, Peter Coyle urges the legislature to review other ways private property is being taken by government action, without any compensation.
Supreme Court to Review Eminent Domain Authority
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to consider a property rights case testing the constitutional limit of government's use of condemnation or eminent domain authority.
Municipal Fees Subject to New Challenges
As the cost of new housing in the Twin Cities region, as well as around the country, continues to climb, developers and builders are becoming more aggressive in challenging the appropriateness of certain local government fees.
How About a Little Access Here?
In the world of real estate, every successful development project can be summarized by the cliche: "location, location, location." While location remains important, for some developments, property location is giving way to "access, access, access" as the most important factor in determining future success.
When Good Development Projects Go Bad
Every developer has been in this spot: your development application is pending in front of the local city council, perhaps with a recommendation of support from staff. The project complies with the applicable development regulations; yet the room is packed with residents objecting to the project for reasons that are both real and imaginary. This article, which originally appeared in the Minnesota Real Estate Journal, discusses the resolution of some of the issues which could influence whether your project is approved or denied.
Conceal and Carry: What It Means for Minnesota Businesses
Minnesota's new Conceal and Carry Gun Law will become effective on May 28, 2003. Though there is much about the bill that remains unclear, this article outlines some facts that may help Minnesota employers and building owners/operators prepare for the effects of the new legislation.
Changing A Zero-Sum Game: How to Make Government Interactions a Win-Win Situation
If you ask a typical small business owner to describe his or her recent encounters with government, the response most likely will include words like "frustrating," "slow to respond," or "waste of time/money," and maybe some flashes of anger. The truth is that most small business owners would rather not deal with government at all, if they can help it, unless their product or service targets government as a customer.
Nine Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named 'Best Lawyers'
Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce nine attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013.
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.
Eight Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America
Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce eight attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).
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.®
Seven Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America
Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd. is proud to announce that seven of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America®.
Thirteen Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named to the 2010 Super Lawyers List
Larkin Hoffman congratulates 13 attorneys as 2010 Super Lawyers.
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.
Coyle Elected to the US Green Building Council Board of Directors
Peter Coyle was elected to the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter of the US Green Building Council.
Coyle Lectures on Land Use Law and Politics
Peter Coyle was invited as a guest lecturer on land use law and politics at the University of Minnesota Law School.
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 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.
Larkin Hoffman Helps MOA Secure Approval of Key Funding Authority
Larkin Hoffman's legislative team recently assisted Mall of America in securing authority from the Minnesota Legislature for new tax revenues to support development of Phase II.
Coyle Leads Developers Roundtable
Peter Coyle led a roundtable discussion on development agreement issues sponsored by the Central Minnesota Builders Association.
Coyle and Griffith Debate Eminent Domain
Peter Coyle and Bill Griffith debate pending eminent domain legislation in the Star Tribune's Business Forum.
Coyle Represents Lake Elmo Landowner Group
Peter Coyle is representing a group of land owners in the Lake Elmo area that has filed an unusual lawsuit against the City of Lake Elmo and the Metropolitan Council in a dispute over land use and plans for growth.
Coyle Presents 'Regulation of Wetlands in Minnesota' at BATC University
Peter Coyle presented Regulation of Wetlands in Minnesota as part of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities University, a continuing education program, on January 29, 2013. The course examined federal and state approaches to establishing regulatory jurisdiction over wetlands and other waterbodies.
Coyle Co-Moderates Managing Partner Session at 2010 State Capital Group Annual Meeting
Peter Coyle was one of three co-moderators of a Managing Partner Session focused on partner and associate compensation and alternative billing arrangements at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the State Capital Group.
Coyle and Mergens Speak at Minnesota Association of Assessment Officers Meeting
Peter Coyle and Mike Mergens presented to the Minnesota Association of Assessment Officers on May 21, 2010 on how land use and zoning standards influence highest and best use of real property.
Coyle Speaks to MBA Students on Real Estate and Land Use Topics
Peter Coyle presented an overview of current issues surrounding real estate and land use law in Minnesota to MBA students at the University of St. Thomas.
Coyle and Alexander Present at Healthcare & Medical Properties Conference
Larkin Hoffman attorneys Peter Coyle and Tom Alexander presented at the Healthcare & Medical Properties Conference hosted by Minnesota Real Estate Journal on February 26, 2010.
Coyle to Present at Builders Association of Minnesota Annual Convention
Peter Coyle will present "Mechanic Lien Laws" at the Second Annual Builders Association of Minnesota Convention.
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.
Coyle Speaks at MN City Attorney Educational Conference
Peter Coyle presented “Whatever Happened to Non-Conforming Uses?” at the 2007 Minnesota City Attorney Educational Conference.
Coyle Presents at Public Finance Seminar
Peter Coyle discussed property rights and the legal limits for land use control at the Ehlers & Associates, Inc. seminar entitled "Financial Fitness: Personal Training for Healthy & Vibrant Communities."
Coyle Presents To BATC on Development Fees
Peter Coyle presented a seminar on Development Fees to the Builders Association of the Twin Cities at their October meeting.
Coyle Presents Legislative Update to Builders Association
Peter Coyle, shareholder at Larkin Hoffman, presented a Legislative Update to the Developers' Council of the Twin Cities Builder Association.
EAW/EIS, Worth the Paper?
Peter Coyle presented "EAW/EIS, Worth the Paper?" for the Sensible Land Use Coalition. His presentation discussed the merits of environmental review.