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Timothy Hassett has practiced in the areas of real estate, construction and business law for more than 30 years. He has experience in real estate sales, development and construction for residential and commercial developers, and hospitals and health care clients. Tim also has significant experience in the sale and leasing of commercial real estate and in real estate related litigation.

Tim is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and a past Chairman of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Real Estate Section. He is also experienced in appellate practice, having represented clients in both Minnesota and Wisconsin appellate courts.

Tim has helped clients form new companies and reorganize existing companies, as well as counseled clients in the purchase and sale of businesses. His development experience includes the development of a hospital campus, medical clinics, and a significant number of residential and mixed-use developments.

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Business Organizations and Transactions
  • Real Estate and Construction Litigation

Representative Work

  • Represented healthcare organization in the acquisition and development of 135 acre healthcare campus and construction of a hospital and clinic
  • Represented real estate developers in the development of residential and commercial mixed use condominium developments
  • Represented developers in loan restructuring and sales in a commercial/residential development
  • Represented healthcare organization in the negotiations of a long term lease and facility build out
  • Represented hospital corporation in land acquisition and construction of new clinic facilities
  • Represented regional construction company in corporate reorganization.
  • Represented regional food production company in facilities lease and real estate option.
  • Represented Minnesota trade organizations in connection with both corporate and strategic legal matters.

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)
  • Best Lawyers in America© 2011 – 2021
  • “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Real Estate, 2017, Best Lawyers in America©
  • Named in Super Lawyers®, 2006- 2019
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” (highest rating) by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory
  • Qualified mediator and arbitrator pursuant to Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of General Practice for District Courts

Bar Admission

  • State of Minnesota
  • State of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • United States District Court
  • United States Tax Court

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Minnesota Bar Association, Member, Business Law, Real Property Law and Construction Law Sections
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Legislative Committee, Member (1990 – 1994)
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Real Property Council (1994-2006), Chairman (2004-2005)
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Chairman (1988); Co-Chair (2001-2002)
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member of Real Estate Law, Business Law and Construction/Public Contracting Sections


  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude,1981
  • B.A., University of St. Thomas, cum laude,1976

Timothy J. Hassett

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  • Published more than 50 articles on various real estate, business and construction law topics, including in the Minnesota Real Estate Law Journal, The Minnesota Builder Magazine and Builders Digest
  • Co-Editor of the Minnesota Real Estate Deskbook, published by the Minnesota CLE
  • Author, Real Estate and Construction Law
  • Author, Summary Guide to Construction Defect Claims


Tim has taught over 60 seminars on real estate, construction and business law topics and has presented seminars on behalf of Minnesota CLE, the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, the Builders Association of Minnesota, the National Association of Home Builders, Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®, Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants, Minnesota Multi-Family Housing Association, and Minneapolis Association of REALTORS®.

The following list highlights some of the courses he has taught:

  • Drafting Member Control Agreements for Closely Held Companies
  • Avoiding Legal Liability in Townhome and Condominium Developments
  • Drafting Member Control Agreements for Real Estate Transactions
  • The Intersection of Law and Green Building
  • 2009 Real Estate Webcast Series (Minnesota CLE – Course Chairman)
  • Co-Presenter of Green Buildings and Green Certification
  • Representing Builders and Developers in Troubled Times (Minnesota CLE – Course Chairman)
  • Corporate Counsel Institute: The Lease, Sale and Development of Real Estate
  • Tax Issues in the Sale and Development of Real Estate
  • The Basics of Buying, Selling and Developing Commercial Property (Minnesota CLE -Course Chairman)
  • Business Entity Selection in Real Estate
  • Options for the Purchase of Commercial Real Estate
  • Buying and Selling Commercial Real Estate (Minnesota CLE – Course Chairman)
  • The Measure of Damages in Construction Cases
  • BATC Foundation – Volunteer
  • Stillwater Area basketball and baseball coach (12 years)


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