Publications

MSBA Construction Section
Annual Report

2019-20 

Section Membership

As of June 11, 2020, the Section has 314 members.

Financial Status

The Section had an account balance of $20,744.87 as of May 31, 2020.

CLEs & Events

The Section hosted 10 events in fiscal year 2019-20. 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

 

Allianz Field Tour and Construction Law Social

8/16/19

N/A

N/A

27

Unplugging to Recharge; An Ethical Discussion on the Benefits and Pitfalls of Today’s Technologies

9/13/19

278726

1.0 Ethics

20

MSBA Construction Law Section’s Annual Legislative Update

10/11/19

279338

1.0 Standard

53

The Surety, the Bond Principal, and Bankruptcy

11/8/19

280330

1.0 Standard

36

2019 Construction Case Law Update

12/13/19

281858

1.0 Standard

50

Mini Symposium and Social | Understanding Compliance with the MN Wage Theft Law and Minneapolis Wage Theft Ordinance

1/23/20

282307

2.0 Standard

49

The Law of the Sun – A 360-degree view of Minnesota’s Solar Laws and Related Construction, Finance, and Regulatory Issues

2/20/20

291170

1.0 Standard

78

Inside the Black Box – Survey Results Revealing the Preferences and Practices of Construction Arbitrators

3/13/20

294484

1.0 Standard

29

Worksite Accident Litigation in Tech Age

4/10/20

298564

1.0 Standard

45

Construction Law Annual Elections and COVID-19 Roundtable

6/12/20

309344

1.0 Standard

43


Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on June 12, 2020 and 43 people attended.

The following new council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2022:

• Jim Cownie, Minnesota Department of Transportation 
• Rachael Stack, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

The following council members were re-elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2022:

• Sarah Roeder, Wunderlich-Malec Engineering Inc. 
• Bryan Keane, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
• Michael Rowley, Goetz & Eckland PA
• Mike Schechter, AGC of MN
• Jason Tarasek, Thompson Tarasek Lee-O'Halloran PLLC

The following council members will continue serving on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2021:

• Lincoln Loehrke, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
• Christopher Ryan, LifeTime Fitness
• Robert Shainess, Capstone Law LLC
• Julia Velasquez, Commercial Partners Title LLC
• Elise Radaj, Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson PA

New Lawyers Section Liaison to the Construction Law Section (Non-Voting Position, 2019-2021 term):

• Thomas Schram, Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson PA

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2021:

• Chair: Tom Radio, Felhaber Larson Fenlon & Vogt
• Vice Chair: Hugh Brown, Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson PA
• Treasurer: Scott Andresen, Bassford Remele 
• Secretary: Connie Armstrong, McGough Construction
• Past Chair: Patrick Lee-O’Halloran, Thompson Tarasek Lee-O'Halloran PLLC

Diversity and Inclusion
What diversity and inclusion goals did the Section include in the 2018-2019 work plan, how did you approach these goals, and what was the result?

The Construction Law Section set a goal of increasing diversity of its members and among its leadership on the Section Council. The Section council formed a Diversity & Inclusion committee, which met and generated a draft D & I plan for consideration by the Section Council during the upcoming (2020-2021) bar year.

Other Section Accomplishments:

The Section mobilized construction lawyers to help with LegalCorps’ pro bono efforts on behalf of businesses struggling with the aftermath of the looting and civil unrest that followed the George Floyd killing.

The Minnesota Supreme Court invited the Section to participate in a pending appeal as amicus curiae in the matter of Moore v. Robinson Environmental, et. al, and the Section accepted the invitation. 

Submitted By: Patrick Lee-O'Halloran, Section Chair   Date: June 30th, 2020