Construction Law Symposium

Event Description

9:00 – Urban Redevelopment – The Big Picture

Jay R. Lindgren, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP

Jay Lindgren helps to structure public-private partnerships for infrastructure and urban redevelopment projects. Jay is a nationally recognized legal expert in innovative finance and regulatory strategies for urban redevelopment and public infrastructure projects. Jay represents project developers and governments seeking to solve complex land use, real estate development, urban redevelopment, and infrastructure issues. Jay formerly served the Metropolitan Counsel, first as general counsel and later as Chief Administrative Officer, and currently serves as General Counsel to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.  Jay will discuss key factors in large development projects to achieve consensus among diverse stakeholders in an era of tight government budgets, uncertain market conditions, and growing infrastructure needs.     

9:30 – Environmental Challenges to Urban Redevelopment

Matthew A. Slaven, Briggs & Morgan, P.A.

Matt represents national and local developers, builders and design professionals in connection with contract negotiations, drafting and construction defect litigation. This work includes representation of the Minnesota Vikings in the development and construction of their new stadium.  He has also served these clients as a business consultant and assisted with permitting and licensing issues across the country.  Matt will discuss the environmental challenges associated with many urban redevelopment projects and the best strategies for avoiding and resolving them. 

10:15 –Public and Private Financing Aspects of Urban Redevelopment

John H. Herman, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

John will discuss the financing challenges inherent in urban redevelopment projects in an era of tight government budgets and where the complexity of the sources of subsidy often make their use more challenging.  In spite of these difficulties, projects can move forward with innovative combinations of both older tools and new solutions.   Several mid-sized projects will provide case studies of successful funding.  John Herman has been one of the central figures in Minnesota real estate development and environmental policy for more than 25 years. His has often combined his experience in real estate development finance with his knowledge of legislative and government relations to successfully accomplish his projects.  He will give particular attention to the Minnesota Historic Tax Credit, New Market Tax Credits, pollution abatement funding and State Bond Financed projects in this presentation. 

10:45 - Break

11:00 – Panel Discussion – Building the People’s Stadium and Downtown East

Moderator: Eric A. O. Ruzicka, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

MSBA Section Vice-Chair Eric Ruzicka will moderate a timely panel on one of the most exciting urban redevelopment projects in this city’s history.  Eric is a partner in Dorsey & Whitney’s Construction & Design Group and also serves as the firm’s Pro Bono Partner.  Specializing in construction and real estate litigation, Eric regularly represents contractors, owners, and design professionals in complex commercial litigation.

Michele Kelm-Helgen, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority; Chuck Lutz, City of Minneapolis; Tony Barranco, Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Michele Kelm-Helgen is the chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, and is responsible for overseeing the construction of the People’s Stadium.  Chuck Lutz is Deputy Director of CPED, and worked on the Downtown East development on behalf of the City.  Tony Barranco is Vice President of Development at Ryan Companies US, Inc., and worked on the development of the Downtown East project on behalf of Ryan.  Collectively, our panelists will discuss the process that enabled the financing and construction of the People’s Stadium and the adjacent Downtown East project.  Questions welcome!

CLE Credits:
3.0 Standard CLE credits approved | Event Code: 192377

Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - Check in and Continential Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - Election of 2014-2015 Council and Section Officers
8:45 a.m. - CLE program
11:45 a.m. - Final Remarks

Location: Dorsey & Whitney
50 S. Sixth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Construction Law Section Members:   $60.00
Non-Section Members:  $65.00
Law Students:  Free

Remote Participation:
Teleconference is not available for this event.

Deadline to Register:  June 11, 2014
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Friday, June 13, 2014

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Dorsey & Whitney Minneapolis, MN United States