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Construction Law Section

Section Chair
Matthew Collins
Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thompson, Minneapolis
(612) 359-7600

Section Vice-Chair
Eric Ruzicka
Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis
(612) 340-2600

Section Treasurer
Jennifer Thompson
Hammargren & Meyer, Bloomington

Section Secretary
Elizabeth Larsen
Leonard Street and Deinard, Minneapolis

MSBA Manager
Jennifer Carter
(612) 278-6309

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Every year, the Construction Law Section donates the proceeds from one of their CLEs to a charity. This year the section donated the revenue from their December event to the Emergency Foodshelf Network, a total of $1,620.00. The Section is happy to be able to support such a well-deserving organization.



  • Legislative

A subcommittee of the MSBA Construction Law Section worked for many months developing model case management orders to govern multifamily and single family residential construction defect cases filed in Minnesota State District Court. Both plaintiff and defense counsel were represented on the special committee.  The model orders, which were endorsed by the MSBA Construction Law Section as a whole at its December, 2008 meeting, provide for certain automatic disclosures and establish timeframes for these cases, which can be very difficult for the courts and counsel to manage. The model orders are just that, they are models that may be proposed to the Court in lieu of standard scheduling orders in residential construction defect cases.  In the coming months, members of the subcommittee will be conducting outreach to members of the bench to introduce the model orders.  

--Mary Schwind  Co-Chair   MSBA Defective Construction Subcommittee

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Single Family Residential Construction Defect
Multi-Family Residential Construction Defect


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