Attorneys

We are a small firm, but we conduct our practice at or above the standards of large firms. We are skilled practitioners and we have experience with virtually all manner of commercial transactions. We are creative, responsive, efficient and cost effective. We are regarded by our peers as being among the best there are at what we do.

Will Tansey

612.317.4760 / 612.759.1117 c

"Clients look for prompt and complete attention to their needs and problems. That's what we provide."


Will Tansey practices in the areas of business reorganization, commercial law and real estate. Will represents debtors, creditors and other interested parties in connection with out-of-court workouts and chapter 11 bankruptcies.


Will also has a significant focus on representing private landowners and developers in connection with real estate acquisition, development, sale, lease, finance and related operational and corporate matters.


Education:

  • University of Minnesota, J.D. - 2002 Cum Laude
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. - 1995 Cum Laude

Paul Ravich

612.317.4749 / 612.751.0195 c

"My current focus is representation of borrowers and guarantors in distressed situations. I have been involved in at least six real estate downturns in my 45 years of practice. This experience is crucial for obtaining successful results.

Entrepreneurs who entered the real estate field after the end of the RTC era in approximately 1992 haven't experienced a downturn. It is critical that owners and developers who lack experience in difficult financial times obtain experienced counsel to guide them in workout situations."


Paul Ravich practices principally in the areas of real estate, business and finance law representing small to medium sized businesses and their owners, as well as real estate users, developers, investors, managers and syndicators.


In recent years, Paul has utilized his financial background to represent distressed corporations and real estate owners as well as companies attempting to benefit from such distress.


Paul's business counseling skills are frequently utilized by his clients to provide them with a disinterested, experienced viewpoint.


Education:
  • University of Minnesota, J.D. - 1964 Cum Laude
  • University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting Major. - 1961 Cum Laude
Honors:
  • Listed in every annual edition of The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Real Estate category, from the inception of the publication, to date.
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine listed since 2000.

Michael Meyer

612.317.4745 / 612.759.7144 c

"There are many tools available to reorganize and save any business, with chapter 11 being only one. We look to use the right tools to provide a solution for the troubled business which is both cost-effective and as private as possible."


Mike Meyer practices primarily in the area of business financial reorganization, including chapter11 bankruptcies, out-of-court workouts, creditors' remedies and related commercial litigation.


Recent chapter 11 debtor clients include Tomsten, Inc., d/b/a Archiver’s; Superior Plating, Inc.; MN Airlines, LLC d/b/a Sun Country Airlines; Ceco, Ltd.; Schwing America, Inc.; Victor Plastics, Inc.; Diversified Graphics Incorporated; M.W. Johnson Construction, Inc.; Mesaba Aviation, Inc. (Mesaba Airlines); Eveleth Mines, LLC (EVTAC); and Paper Warehouse, Inc. He also represented the Asbestos Claimants Committee in the API, Inc. chapter 11case.


In addition to representing debtors and creditors in bankruptcy cases, Mike has represented clients in acquiring businesses that are under bankruptcy court jurisdiction. He has successfully represented clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, both in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy courts.


Prior to founding the firm with Paul Ravich, Dave Kirkman and Michael McGrath, Mike was an associate and then partner with the firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi (1975-91).


Education:
  • University of Minnesota, J.D. - 1974 Cum Laude
  • University of Minnesota, B.A. - 1971
  Honors:
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy.
  • The Best Lawyers in America, listed since 2001.
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, listed since 2000.

Dave Kirkman

612.317.4746 / 612.759.7155 c

"Clients are looking for solutions from their attorney, not simply an accurate assessment of legal problems. To effectively represent a client, a lawyer must be able to think creatively to design (and to aggressively implement) solutions for each unique situation."


For over 30 years, Dave Kirkman has practiced transactional business and commercial law, with an emphasis on commercial real estate, including development, financing, leasing, acquisition and disposition.


Projects include market and affordable rental housing; single and multi-family residential; office; retail; hotel; warehouse; and industrial. Clients are exclusively borrowers, developers, owners and entrepreneurs; by design, no lenders are represented.


Dave's practice requires a depth of expertise in ownership entity structuring, enforcement issues, creative financing, subdivision, environmental, tax and governance planning, and municipal controls. During the recent recession, Dave's practice has included significant involvement in mortgage debt restructuring and workouts on behalf of borrowers and guarantors, including litigation in those areas.


Education:
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. - 1979 Magna Cum Laude
  • St. Cloud State University, B.S. - 1975 Magna Cum Laude
Honors:
  • Adjunct Professor of Law,Commercial Real Estate, William Mitchell College of Law - 1989-2009
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, listed since 2000.
  • Minnesota's Best Lawyers, Minnesota Monthly Magazine, 2007-2013.
  • Member of the Minnesota Shopping Center Association - 1999-2013
  • Member of NAIOP since 2013
  • Member of Minnesota Multi Housing Association since 2013

Michael McGrath

612.317.4744 / 612.759.7133 c

"There are few things in life as personal and as difficult as working through business and related personal financial distress."


For 25 years, much of my practice has been dedicated to helping entrepreneurs with complex business and legal issues to develop and execute business and personal plans for financial survival and future success."


Michael McGrath practices in the area of business reorganization and debt restructuring, including chapter 11 bankruptcy, out-of-court workouts, secured transactions and related business planning. Michael's practice includes the counseling of both corporate debtors and creditors with regard to debt restructuring and business planning.


Prior to founding the firm, Mike was an associate with the firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi (1986-89), an associate with the firm Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly (1990-91) and clerk to Chief Judge Robert J. Kressel of the United States Bankruptcy Court (1985-86).


  Education:
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D. - 1985 Cum Laude
  • University of Colorado, B.S. - 1981 Cum Laude
  Honors:
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, listed since 2000.

Joe Nauman

612.317.4747 / 612.759.7175 c

"There is an element of our practice that is as much business counseling as it is legal counseling. Business and legal concerns are almost always intertwined and many times they are in conflict."


Joe Nauman practices in the area of general corporate law, with an emphasis on the organization, structure and operation of closely held businesses.


Joe's practice encompasses all aspects of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, financial transactions, corporate governance, commercial real estate, contract negotiations, shareholder/partner relations, employment issues and relationships between manufacturers, distributors, dealers and sales representatives.

Education:

  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. - 1988 Summa Cum Laude
  • Bemidji State University, B.S. - 1985 Magna Cum Laude

Honors:

  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, listed since 2000.
  • Top 40 Business & Commercial Transactions Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, 2005
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, 1998, 2000.

Will Tansey

612.317.4760 / 612.759.1117 c

"Clients look for prompt and complete attention to their needs and problems. That's what we provide."


Will Tansey practices in the areas of business reorganization, commercial law and real estate. Will represents debtors, creditors and other interested parties in connection with out-of-court workouts and chapter 11 bankruptcies.


Will also has a significant focus on representing private landowners and developers in connection with real estate acquisition, development, sale, lease, finance and related operational and corporate matters.


Education:

  • University of Minnesota, J.D. - 2002 Cum Laude
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. - 1995 Cum Laude

David Oslund

612.317.4768

David Oslund practices in the area Business Litigation, including contract disputes, shareholder claims, and contract and real estate related cases.


Education:
  • Hamline University, B.A., 1975 (with highest distinction; Phi Beta Kappa)
  • University of Minnesota, J.D., 1978 Magna Cum Laude
Honors:
  • 2004 Fourth Judicial District Pro Bono Publico Award
Professional Memberships:
  • Hennepin County Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
Bar Memberships:
  • State of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
 

Peter A. Snyder

"Options are plentiful, but trust is scarce.  Clients need to not only have their present problems solved with precision, but they also need a trusted counselor to vigilantly keep watch for those issues that may lie ahead."


Peter Snyder practices principally in the area of commercial transactional law, including financial transactions, corporate governance, commercial real estate, contract negotiations, shareholder/partner relations, and employment issues.

Education:
  • Victoria University of Wellington, in Wellington, New Zealand, 2007
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2013 Magna Cum Laude
Honors:
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Legal Reasoning Writing – 2014-2016
  • Transactional Law Meet Coach, Mitchell Hamline School of Law – 2014-2016
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary R. Vasaly, Minnesota District Court (4th Judicial District) – 2015-2016
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Janet N. Poston, Minnesota District Court (4th Judicial District) – 2014
  • William Mitchell Journal of Law & Practice, co-Editor-in-Chief (Vol. 6)
  • Transactional LawMeets National Champion
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation volunteer certificate
Bar Memberships:
  • State of Minnesota
Professional Memberships:
  • Minnesota State Bar Association