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Gislason & Hunter represents large agricultural entities, family farms, developers, investors, lenders and businesses in all aspects of real estate including the acquisition of property, development projects, financing, sale and leasing of property. We have experience with all current permitting, land use compliance issues, environmental regulations and property tax issues.

Title Resources LLC, a partner with Gislason & Hunter, is a full service title company that helps guide lenders, realtors, developers, builders, buyers and sellers through residential and commercial title transactions. Title Resources has two office locations in New Ulm and Mankato.

Our accomplished attorneys bring substantial expertise to the Real Estate & Development industry to deliver the very best in service and results.


Cases & Clients

  • Lender Liability

    Advised a client as to potential lender liability for foreclosing on environmentally hazardous properties.

  • Trespass and Property Lines

    In 2016 Dean Zimmerli tried a case to a jury involving a claim that the defendants had crossed onto Dean’s clients’ property and cut down dozens of old-growth trees, even after defendants’ had been warned about the location of the property line. This case involved a disputed version of events between the plaintiffs and the defendants, as well as competing expert testimony concerning the valuation of the damaged trees. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury agreed that the defendants had trespassed on Dean’s clients’ property, awarded damages for the lost trees, and vindicated Dean’s Clients’ property rights. Dean has been involved in other disputes concerning property lines or disputed claims to real property, obtaining successful resolutions for the client.

  • Environmental and Permitting Litigation

    Dean Zimmerli has been involved in several appeals to the Minnesota Court of Appeals concerning agricultural producers and environmental law and permitting issues. For example, Dean researched complex areas of water regulation under the Federal Clean Water Act and assisted in briefing questions about the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s ability to regulate farming and irrigation practices as part of a stream improvement project. Dean has also defended a new swine facility that was approved by the County board but opposed by a vocal minority of nearby landowners in a case before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Dean has assisted farmers in responding to administrative orders from the DNR and other governmental entities.

  • $300 Million Loan Refinancing

    In early 2017, Christopher Bowler assisted in a loan refinancing project that resulted in a $300 million syndicate loan.  Chris’ involvement in the refinancing project included drafting multiple promissory notes, perfecting security interests in multiple states, and verifying the enforceability of mortgages and collateral assignments filed on over 50 different parcels of real property.

  • Acquiring Land and Buildings

    Represented commercial property and restaurant owners in acquiring land and buildings for restaurants in Uptown, South Minneapolis, Northeast Minneapolis and Robbinsdale.

  • U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n as Trustee v. Lamb, et. al.

    U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n as Trustee v. Lamb, et. al.; Iowa Supreme Court Case No. 14-1536 David Nelmark served as lead counsel, drafted appellate brief, and presented the oral argument in a case of first impression with significant impact on the banking and real estate industries. 874 N.W.2d 112 (Iowa 2016)