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Tom Carlson, Carlson & Associates, Ltd.
Thomas Carlson is the founding shareholder of Carlson & Associates located in Vadnais Heights. Tom practices extensively in the area of community association law, representing hundreds of condominium and townhouse associations throughout Minnesota in all matters, including collection of assessments, lien foreclosures, document enforcement and revisions and construction defects. Tom also represents municipalities, insurance carriers, small businesses and individuals in a wide range of areas, including municipal law, land use, subrogation and employment law. Tom is admitted to practice before all Minnesota State and Federal courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.


John Dorgan, Dorgan Law Office
John R. Dorgan has been an attorney for nearly 32 years, having graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in1981. Since graduating from law school, John has represented homeowners associations and their members in matters involving just about every area of homeowners association law. John’s homeowners association practice includes a wide range of involvement in the following areas: (1) assessment collection matters; (2) construction defect cases; (3) rules enforcement issues; (4) document drafting (and amending); (5) Board/Member disputes; and (6) Declarant (Developer) - Association transition. John also has a broad litigation practice, from mediations and arbitrations to trials and appeals.

John has been heavily involved in CAI ever since he became an attorney. He is currently a member of both the CAI Legislative Action Committee and the CAI Community Association Volunteer Leaders Committee. John has also been a member of numerous other CAI committees over the last 31 years and has presented a variety of legal programs at CAI seminars during that time. John was honored to have been selected as the CAI Minnesota Chapter’s “Outstanding Chapter Volunteer” for 2012.


Jon Edin, Levin Law Group, LLP
Jonathan Edin is the managing attorney of the Minneapolis/St. Paul office of Levin Law Group, LLP Raised in central Minnesota, Jonathan is an honors graduate of both the University of Minnesota and Pepperdine University School of Law. In his 20 years of practice, Jonathan has focused his career on litigation, both as an elected County Attorney and in the private sector. He has represented private individuals, insurance companies, and governmental entities. He is an accomplished trial attorney, having handled hundreds of bench trial cases and many jury trial cases to verdict.

Jonathan has served as Chapter President of the Community Associations Institute, Minnesota Chapter, and is presently chair of the Trade Show Committee. He is a past member of CIC Midwest’s planning committee. Jonathan has presented numerous seminars on construction defect litigation topics in the Twin Cities area, as well as writing several articles on construction defect-related issues for CAI Community Living Magazine and CIC Midwest Magazine.


John Felton, Building Restoration Corporation
John Felton is a Senior Project Manager at Building Restoration Corporation based in Roseville, MN. BRC specializes in the repair and restoration of masonry and related building exterior envelope components. John has participated in the evaluation and repair of numerous buildings since joining the company in 1999, with projects ranging in scope from very small masonry repairs to comprehensive restoration projects of entire building exteriors.


Rick Grobovsky, AMBE Ltd.
Richard Grobovsky, founder of AMBE LTD. with over 35 years in the Building Envelope Industry. AMBE LTD. specializes in Roof, Wall Restoration and Below Grade Waterproofing.

The AMBE LTD. team specializes in investigation and evaluation of existing structures and new construction. Upon completion of the investigation stage Richard provides independent design and consulting services, which assures property managers and building owners the ability to receive competitive bidding on specifications (established by AMBE LTD.) that are project specific and designed for ownership needs and budgets.

Richard has worked with many different types of roof systems including conventional built-up, modified built-up single ply and metal roofing. Richard’s project experience ranges from large office warehouse buildings to urban high rises to institutional buildings, building on the historical register, Condominium and Town Home Associations. He has worked on such notable projects as the IDS Crystal Court roof and skylight waterproofing and the new Minneapolis Public Library green roof in downtown Minneapolis and many others.

With over 30 years of experience and expertise with building envelopes, Richard Grobovsky has provided design and consulting services for hundreds of roof, wall restoration projects, and below grade waterproofing both locally and nationally.


Dave Hellmuth, Hellmuth & Johnson
David G. Hellmuth is a founding partner of the firm, where he provides counsel and services to business and corporate clients ranging from small, privately-held entities to large corporations – including lenders, banks, finance companies, and commercial creditors. He also works extensively with builders, developers, and community associations on a variety of business matters.

David concentrates his business in the following areas:

  • Banking, financing & workouts
  • Business organization/emerging companies
  • Collections, creditor’s rights and remedies
  • Creditor bankruptcy representation
  • General business law

David provides his business clients with a broad array of legal services, advice and representation, with a primary emphasis in representing the daily, ongoing legal and planning needs of business organizations. He has extensive experience assisting clients with contract formation and negotiation, financial and business capitalization, corporate formalities, buy-sell agreements, business succession planning, accounts receivable and collection matters (including credit policies and procedures), and commercial real estate matters including commercial leasing and commercial land purchasing.

David is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts in Minnesota. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, participating in the Debtor/Creditor, Corporate/Business, Real Property, and Civil Litigation Sections, and the Hennepin County Bar Association.


Rob Keena, Hellmuth & Johnson
J. Robert Keena is a partner with Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC and chair of the Litigation Practice Group. He is also a member of the Community Association Practice Group where he represents a significant number of property owners faced with construction defect claims.
Robert provides thoughtful counsel and proactive representation to his clients, and aggressively defends their interests in all aspects of warranty, insurance, and negligence claims related to real property.

For four consecutive years (2008-2012) Rob was named to the Super Lawyers® list. Only 5% of attorneys in the state are chosen each year. He was also named to the Minnesota Rising StarsSM list for multiple years running.

Robert is a frequent speaker and author on a multitude of legal issues including construction law, construction defect litigation, insurance claims and Minnesota New Home Warranty claims. He has been quoted in Midwest Home magazine, the Star Tribune, and The Builder's Journal, among others, and has appeared on KARE 11, FOX9, KSTP-TV and WCCO-TV to discuss construction defect and warranty claims.

Robert is licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota, Federal District Court of Minnesota and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association. Robert is also a member of Greater Minneapolis Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

Robert obtained his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law, and graduated with the school’s criminal law award for academic excellence. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, with a B.A. in history.


Michael Klemm, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer
Michael Klemm represents clients in connection with real estate transactions, land use regulation, real estate development and common interest communities. He achieved certification as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association in 2006, and he has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in real estate law by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business every year since 2008. Michael has assisted clients with hundreds of residential and commercial real estate transactions, and he is frequently involved in zoning, land use and development matters. Michael also represents homeowners associations and management companies in connection with drafting and amending association governing documents, enforcing rules and covenants, and general corporate and management issues. Michael is actively involved in the ongoing development of the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act as a member of the MCIOA Committee of the MSBA Real Property Law Section and the Minnesota Legislative Action Committee of Community Associations Institute, and he is president-elect of the Minnesota Chapter of CAI.


Dave McGee, Thomsen & Nybeck
David J. McGee is a partner and head of the litigation department of Thomsen & Nybeck, P.A. Mr. McGee practices in the area of real estate, construction and commercial litigation. He is a lecturer and author of articles on construction defect, real estate and community association issues. He is a qualified neutral in both arbitration and mediation. He represents clients in arbitrations, mediations and district court actions, in both state and federal court. He represents agents and brokers on behalf of several insurers in arbitrations, administrative proceedings, licensing agencies and in court. Mr. McGee has been recognized by several publications, including Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and Minnesota Law and Politics as a Top Lawyer in the State of Minnesota.


Howard Noziska, Encompass
Howard K. Noziska, PE, is a principal and the founder of Encompass, Inc., an Eden Prairie Minnesota consulting engineering firm specializing in the forensic analysis of construction and building failures throughout the nation. He also serves as an expert witness in various construction disputes. Howard is the former Executive Director of the Minnesota Masonry Institute and is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and 7 other mid-western states. He is a 1967 graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Consulting Engineers Council of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Masonry Society.


Gretchen Schellhas, Thomsen & Nybeck
Gretchen S. Schellhas practices in the area of Community Association Law, Collection and Real Estate. She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1988. In 1997, her law firm, Rode, Lucas and Schellhas merged with Thomsen & Nybeck, P.A. She was the managing CEO of Thomsen & Nybeck from 2007 through 2012. Consistently named a “Super Lawyer” of Top Lawyers by the Minneapolis/St Paul Magazine, she is a frequent lecturer on Foreclosure and Community Associaiton Law.




Jennifer Thompson, Hammargren & Meyer
Jennifer A. Thompson is a shareholder with Hammargren & Meyer, P.A. Her practice is largely devoted to the representation of homeowners and homeowner associations in all aspects of the residential construction process – from contract formation to post-performance claims and litigation. She also assists homeowner associations with their general business matters. Jennifer also has experience representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties in the commercial construction arena. In January 2011, Jennifer was appointed by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak as an attorney Commissioner on the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission. In 2012, she served a term as the Vice Chair of the Commission and also sat on the Commission’s Contract Compliance Committee, whose focus is to review and evaluate reports from the Department’s Contract Compliance Unit on, among other things, affirmative action goals for construction contracting and procurement. Jennifer is the Legal Advisor to the Association of Women Contractors (AWC) and formerly the Director of Membership for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). She is the Secretary of the Construction Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and also a member of CAI-MN and Minnesota Multi Housing Authority.

Jennifer received her law degree from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota. Between 2007 and 2012, Jennifer has been annually recognized on the Minnesota Rising Stars® list. She regularly presents continuing education courses and seminars on a variety of topics, ranging from mechanic’s lien law, to construction contracts, to residential real estate disclosure requirements. Jennifer has also served as a mentor to law students through the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s mentor program since 2006. In 2010, Jennifer was a selected participant for the inaugural year of the MWL Leadership Project: A Core Development Program for Women Attorneys.

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