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Thomas Radio is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Litigation practice areas.  He provides a range of services and creative solutions for corporations, individuals, non-profit organizations, and public entities on issues related to construction, real estate valuation, and land use.  By providing wise advice and understanding his clients’ goals, Tom has been able to achieve significant success for his clients, even in the most challenging and complicated disputes.  Using those experiences, he is committed to advising his clients on ways to avoid litigation, if possible, but to be ready to take the matter to trial, if necessary.

During his professional career as a trial lawyer and counselor, Tom has acted as counsel for both private and public entities on construction, land use, eminent domain, and real property valuation matters.  He has represented owners and developers who sought governmental approvals, and faced special assessment and eminent domain proceedings.  For those in the construction industry, Tom has been adept at negotiating construction contracts, litigating payment, delay, and defect claims and resolving bid disputes.  He serves as a mediator and arbitrator, and is listed on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Rule 114 roster of qualified neutrals.

An active member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Tom served on the Minnesota State Bar Association Board of Governors and Litigation Section Governing Council.  He has served as Chair of the Local Government Section, Chair of the Appellate Practice Section, and Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Construction Law Section. Tom currently serves as Chair of the Real Property Specialist Certification Board of the MSBA Real Property Section.

Serving the legal profession, Tom has served as Vice Chair for the Federal Practice Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and as Chair of the Minnesota Supreme Court State Board of Continuing Education. Tom also served on the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure.

Tom has been named Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist and Certified Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and has been recognized as a Minnesota “Leading Attorney” and Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law and Politics. He has also achieved an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Tom was recognized as Attorney of the Year for Real Estate Litigation in 2021 by Best Lawyers in America©.  Minnesota Lawyer recognized him in its Power 30 in Real Estate Special Section.

Tom is dedicated to providing pro bono legal services, and, as a result, has been named a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy & Creditor Remedies
  • Real Estate Collection, Foreclosure & Bankruptcy
  • Construction
  • Claims
  • Contracts & Procurements
  • OSHA
  • Government Law & Land Development
  • Condemnation & Eminent Domain
  • Economic Development
  • Liquor Licensing & Regulation
  • Municipal Law
  • Special Assessment & Tax Appeals
  • Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Litigation & Motions
  • Condemnation & Eminent Domain
  • Insurance
  • Mechanic’s Lien
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use
  • Landlord & Tenant Litigation
  • Real Estate Condemnation & Eminent Domain
  • Real Estate Development
  • Redevelopment

Representative Cases

  • Represented corporation on a construction delay claim that resulted in an arbitration award of $4 million after thirty days of hearings.
  • Represented homeowners’ association on a defective siding work claim that resulted in a $2 million jury verdict.
  • Represented homeowners’ association on a defective roofing work claim that resulted in substantial monetary settlement for the client
  • Represented governmental unit in an eminent domain proceeding in which property owner sought over $22 million in damages that resulted in a commissioners’ award after a hearing at a significantly reduced amount and consistent with the testimony of the government’s appraiser.
  • Represented property owner in an eminent domain proceeding that resulted in a jury verdict that was three times the government’s offer and 50% more than the commissioners’ award.
  • Represented city in a special assessment appeal that ultimately resulted in full payment of the $1.7  million assessment and trial and appeal.
  • Represented county in Minnesota Tax Court on first “big box” tax appeal, that resulted in a significant reduction in value claimed by owner.
  • Represented a national real estate investment company in an eminent domain matter and achieved a multimillion dollar settlement.

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • “Best Lawyers in America©,” 2018-2022
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” (highest rating) by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory
  • Certified Civil Law Trial Specialist by Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Certified Real Property  Specialist by Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Named in Super Lawyers ® 2004-2005, 2011-2021, 2023
  • “Best Lawyers in America” – Attorney of the Year in Real Estate Litigation, 2021
  • North Star Lawyer, MN State Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • State of Minnesota
  • State of Iowa
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Past President, Local Government Section
    • Past President, Appellate Law Section
    • Past President, Construction Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Barrister, Order of Maximus, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Trial Law Institute
  • Diversity Law Institute


  • J.D., With honors, University of Iowa College of Law, 1979; Editor, 1978-79, Iowa Law Review
  • B.S., With Distinction, Iowa State University, 1976; Phi Beta Kappa


Thomas J. Radio

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Presentations – Over 50 Presentations.  Most recent examples: 

  • Government Contracts Law:  Fundamentals and Hot Topics, Course Chair, January 2022, MN CLE.
  • Condemnation 101:  What Every Real Estate Attorney Should Know, 2021 Real Estate Institute, MN CLE.
  • Mechanics’ Lien Remedies on Construction Projects–Be Aware of Deadlines and Rights, July 2021, MN CLE.
  • What Can The City Make You Pay? Special Assessments, Area Assessments, Taxes and Fees?, 2018 Real Estate Institute, MN CLE.
  • Discovery in Eminent Domain Cases, 2015 Midwest Conference on Land Use and Eminent Domain, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education.
  • Union Gospel Mission – Board Member (1995 – 2015) and Former Board President (2002-2004)
  • United Hospital Foundation – Board Member (2018-2022)


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