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Steve Yoch enjoys helping clients avoid and solve problems. His extensive business, transactional, and litigation experience allows him to assist clients in evaluating all the alternatives when facing legal challenges. Most importantly, Steve values the long-term relationships he develops with his clients.

Steve is a member of the Felhaber Larson Board of Directors.  He currently serves as Chair of the Business & Real Estate Section of the Firm, and is also Chair of the Firm’s Finance Committee.

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“What does practicing general corporate law entail?”
Experience with construction law
How Steve handles disputes
Steve’s practice groups

Practice Areas

  • Business Organizations and Transactional
    • General Corporate Law
    • Business Acquisition and Sale
    • Commercial Contracts
  • Real Estate Law
    • Construction Law
    • Land Acquisition and Sale
    • Lease Negotiations
    • Landlord Tenant Disputes
  • Civil/Commercial Litigation
  • Cyber Security and Response


Representative Work

  • Steve provides general corporate advice to a variety of businesses, including manufacturing, real estate, construction and service companies.  He has expertise in cyber security prevention and response.
  • His transactional experience includes business acquisition and sale, construction agreements, land acquisition and sale, business contracts, and lease negotiation.
  • His litigation experience includes contract, shareholder, construction, landlord/tenant, non-competition, probate and copyright claims.

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Named in Super Lawyers®, 2000- 2016
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” (highest rating) by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Certificate, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 2000
  • Minnesota, 1990

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota, cum laude, 1990
  • B.A., Boston College, cum laude and Scholar of the College, 1987

Articles

  • “All Breaches Are Not Created Equal – Understanding Default and Breach”
  • “Before You Cash That Check…”
  • “Can You be Bound by an Arbitration Agreement You Didn’t Sign?”
  • “Email: When ‘You’ve Got Mail’ Means ‘You’ve Got a Deal’!”
  • “Force Majeure – A Clause for Our Times”
  • “From Car Accidents to HVAC Mishaps: Is the Fault Comparative?”
  • “Getting Paid in the Event of a General Contractor Bankruptcy”
  • “Hey! They stole my plans! Architectural Copyright in Minnesota”
  • “How Do You Sign a Contract?”
  • “Indemnification Agreements – You Want Me to Pay for What?”
  • “Insurance Subrogation Clauses – Definition and Application”
  • “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Legal Pitfalls of Green Construction”
  • “Key Warranty Issues”
  • “Legal Implications of Building Information Modeling”
  • “Legally Running a Company (or Else)”
  • “Limitation on Damages Clauses – We Made a BIG Mistake!”
  • “Real Estate Deskbook — Property Tax Considerations”
  • “Right to Audit Provisions – Trust But Verify”
  • “Selecting an Entity and Controlling It”
  • “Summary Guide to Construction Claims”
  • “The Personal Side to Personal Guarantees”
  • “The Tides are Turning – Weathering the Storm of Uncertain Financing”
  • “Warranties 101”

Presentations

  • “Essentials in Protecting Yourself from Personal Liability Claims”
  • “I Want Out of the Deal! Minnesota’s Statutory Cancellation”
  • “Leasing in Troubled Times: Negotiating and Enforcing Commercial Leases in a Distressed Market”
  • “Legal Update – Purchases and Sales in a Challenging Market”
  • “Modifications of Owners Plans – Cost or Opportunity?”
  • “Mortgage Fraud Prosecutions in Minnesota”
  • “Negotiating and Completing Commercial Real Estate Closings”
  • “Real Estate Deskbook — Property Tax Considerations”
  • “Real Estate Disclosure Requirements”
  • “Summary Guide to Construction Claims”
  • “Three Stupid Legal Mistakes in Leases”
  • “Work-Outs, Debt Restructuring, and Other Ways to Stay Financially Fit”
  • “You Can’t Do That! Restraints on Trade: Non-Competes, Confidentiality and Other Agreements”
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS), Volunteer Attorney for 25 years
  • Board of Trustees, President-Elect of Mounds View Schools Educational Foundation

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