The Real Estate Litigation team handles any dispute concerning the ownership, improvements, dimensions, use or value of real estate. Our experienced trial lawyers represent property owners, buyers, sellers, lenders, landlords, tenants and business entities in a wide variety of real estate disputes. These disputes include boundary and easement disputes, condemnation and eminent domain, construction and design defects, environmental disputes, foreclosures, green/sustainable development disputes, land use disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, liens, property tax appeals, special assessments, transactional disputes and telecommunications, as well as other disputed matters related to or involving real property.
We successfully represent land and home owners in eminent domain actions brought by local government, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, port authorities and utility companies, to name a few. In these cases, we help clients obtain independent appraisals, reimbursement of certain appraisal costs, compensation and relocation costs. For clients affected by property tax assessments and special assessments, we have the expertise to competently handle the appeals.
We also represent property owners and lessees in all aspects of commercial and residential lease disputes ranging from an eviction action to a complex commercial lease dispute involving liability for repairs or property damage. We work successfully with clients to resolve landlord-tenant disputes in arbitrations, housing courts and jury trials. In the area of liens and mortgages, we represent lenders and condominium/townhome associations in mortgage foreclosures and foreclosures of an association’s assessment lien. We also walk clients through the highly technical foreclosure process to ensure the best collection remedy for the situation.
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.
Land Purchase Dispute
Larkin Hoffman's Real Estate team member obtains judgment for developer at trial and on appeal.
Mortgage Fraud and Flipping
Larkin Hoffman defends a national title insurance company in federal court in connection with a mortgage fraud and flipping scheme.
Commercial Leasing Dispute
Larkin Hoffman Real Estate Litigation team defends a super-regional shopping mall in connection with claims it misrepresented estimated real estate taxes in its commercial lease.
Common Interest Community Defective Design and Construction
Larkin Hoffman pursues claims on behalf of a townhome associate for defective construction under the Minnesota Common Interest Community Act against a large, national homebuilder.
Real Estate Taxation
Larkin Hoffman represents three of the largest shopping malls in the upper Midwest in their protest of real estate taxes.
Litigation Opposing Land Development Fees
Larkin Hoffman forces settlement from a city on claims of violations of state law and breach of contract arising out of development approvals to which the city sought to attach substantial lot development fees.
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.
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.
Real Estate Litigation Team Defends Commercial Construction Company
A commercial construction company facing damage claims turned to Larkin Hoffman for support. The Larkin Hoffman real estate litigation team successfully defended the company against claims that its construction of a condominium had damaged the neighboring property owners’ common wall.
College Campus Purchase/Construction Projects
A non-profit arts college seeking to purchase some land contacted Larkin Hoffman for support. The Larkin Hoffman team, led by Tom Alexander, assisted the college in the purchase of the last parcel of land – needed to complete ownership of its multi-block inner city campus – from a difficult holdout property owner.
Favorable Verdict for Construction of Duluth Western Middle School
Larkin Hoffman successfully defended Duluth Public Schools in a lawsuit brought by several citizens who opposed the construction of Duluth’s Western Middle School.
Full Compensation for Damages Secured for Contractor in Construction Dispute
Rob Stefonowicz secured a very favorable settlement for a contractor client in a contract dispute arising out of a construction project in western Minnesota.
Larkin Hoffman Represents Lender in Eviction Dispute After Foreclosure
Representing a lender after foreclosure of its mortgage against a multi-unit building, Julie Nagorski recently obtained favorable decisions allowing the two remaining occupants to be evicted.
Larkin Hoffman Successfully Represents Real Estate Brokerage Firm in Exclusive Leasing Agreement Dispute
James Susag and Julie Nagorski successfully represented a real estate brokerage firm in prosecuting its claims that an owner of a multi-unit building breached the exclusive leasing agreement and caused it to suffer significant monetary damages. Following a successful opposition to a vigorous motion for summary judgment, they recently negotiated a settlement of the claims, allowing the brokerage firm to obtain substantial compensation for its damages.