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Jim Wilson

My legal career has always been focused on real estate, as it is both a personal and professional passion. I am driven by the challenges presented by the unique and interesting nature of real estate and the many ways in which it can be enjoyed, developed and improved.  I represent a wide variety of clients in their commercial real estate projects, ranging from national retailers, lenders and developers, to local companies and individuals.      

Like real estate, each client’s business and goals are unique. I maintain strong relationships with clients and work hard to bring together the right team to meet the needs of each client.  My job is to understand you and your business and find solutions that achieve your goals. Together, we will develop a successful strategy and feel good about the results.


Tel: 612-353-1010

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William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.S.

Representative Experience

  • Represents publicly-traded restaurant chain in its nation-wide expansion campaign, including lease, SNDA and operating agreement negotiations for shopping centers across the country.

  • Represents publicly-traded national homebuilder in all stages of its acquisition and development of property in Minnesota, including HOA documentation.

  • Represents publicly-traded national Fortune 100 retailer in its leasing and development activities across the country.

  • Represents a regional-based clothing retailer in its Twin Cities area acquisitions and leasing activities.

  • Represents national and state banks in commercial loan transactions.

  • Represents local developer in purchasing and financing senior housing developments, including joint venture agreements.

  • Represents developer in joint development agreements and leasing activities for solar gardens in Minnesota.

  • Represented national sporting good retailer in the acquisition, development and leasing of stores across the nation, including preparation of complex shopping center operating agreements.

  • Represented national retailer in the leasing and development of multiple 1,000,000+ square foot distribution centers at locations across the nation.

  • Advised international salon on its US leasing activity.


  • MSBA Certified Real Property Law Specialist

  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers: 2020, 2021 and 2022

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Minnesota Shopping Center Association (MSCA)

  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

  • Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Real Estate

  • Retail and Office Leasing

  • Land Assemblage and Due Diligence

  • Office, Retail and Industrial Development

  • Purchases and Sales

  • CREM Lending

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