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Steve Yoch enjoys helping clients avoid and solve problems. His extensive 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.

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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
  • 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.

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Appointed as Leader in his Field by the Chambers USA Guide
  • Named a Super Lawyer®
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” (highest rating) by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Certificate, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Certified Distance Education Instructor, IDECC & Arello

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Virgin Islands, 2020
  • Wisconsin, 2003
  • Minnesota, 1990


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


Written over 50 articles on legal topics.  Examples include:

  • The two volume, Minnesota Real Estate Deskbook, published by Minnesota CLE (Co-editor)
  • “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”
  • “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?”
  • “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”


Presented and taught over 50 seminars and classes to lawyers and industry groups.  Examples include:

  • Happy Trails:  Retiring, Transferring or Selling Your Business
  • “What You Need to Know About Cyber Security & Social Media Attacks”
  • “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”
  • “Modifications of Owners Plans – Cost or Opportunity?”
  • “Mortgage Fraud Prosecutions in Minnesota”
  • “Negotiating and Completing Commercial Real Estate Closings”
  • “Summary Guide to Construction Claims”
  • “The Eye of the Storm: Preparing for the Next Cyber Security Incident”
  • “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”


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