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Matthew A. Drewes

Matthew A. Drewes

Partner, DeWitt LLC | Law Firm
  • Business Law, Real Estate Law, Construction Law ...
  • Minnesota
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I'm a shareholder with DeWitt Law Firm practicing in the areas of real estate and business. I have assisted local and international banks and retailers, national restaurant operators and other businesses, community associations, property managers and owners, title insurers, general contractors and construction trades, creditors, landlords, and parties to insurance coverage disputes. I also work with community associations and their property managers in all kinds of transactions and disputes. I have successfully tried and arbitrated cases and handled insurance appraisals in state and federal courts, as well as appeals. I have also been selected to serve as mediator involving issues of international trade and implicating United Nations conventions relating to the sale of goods, and as a member of an appraisal panel charged with determining the loss attributable to the partial roof collapse of a commercial building.

I have been quoted in articles in both print and online sources, including: Minneapolis StarTribune; Minnesota Lawyer (regarding construction defect litigation and punitive damages in connection with the Highway 35W bridge collapse); Habitat Magazine; Yahoo!;; and I also have been named several times to the Minnesota list of Rising Stars as maintained by Minnesota Law and Politics, a distinction achieved by only 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state each year.

Practice areas:
Real Estate/Land Use
Debtor/Creditor Law
Insurance Coverage and Disputes

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. | Law
Honors: Cum Laude
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Concordia College-Moorhead
B.A. | Business, History and Philosophy
Honors: Cum Laude, Alpha Society, Robert B. Byrd Scholarship Recipient, Academic All Conference --Track & Field
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Professional Experience
Community Associations Institute -Minnesota Chapter (CAI-MN)
Board Member
Community Associations Institute -Minnesota Chapter (CAI-MN)
President Elect
Community Associations Institute -Minnesota Chapter (CAI-MN)
Articles & Publications
Regular Presenter
Thomsen & Nybeck, P.A. Annual Association Law Seminar
HOA Email: Does Your State Permit Email for Handling Homeowner Association Business?
HOA Maintenance: Know Your Options When Owners Won't Maintain
HOA Contracts: Can One Board Member Contractually Bind Your Homeowners Association?
HOA Elections: What's Cumulative Voting, and Should You Use It?
HOA Financial Matters: What's Receivership, and When Do Condo and Homeowner Associations Need It?
HOA Legal Compliance: A Primer on the Fair Housing Act for Homeowners Associations
Six Ways to Recruit Strong Board Members for Your Condo or Homeowner Association
Condo Insurance: 5 Tips to Double-Check Your Association's Insurance Coverage
HOA Elections: 6 Mistakes to Avoid with your Condo or Homeowners Association Elections
HOA Reserve Studies: What You Need to Know
Recalls, Part II: If You Must Do a Recall Vote, Read This First
Bulk Cable: Not an Exclusive Relationship Any Longer
Minnesota Community Living
Did Your Developer Plant Strong Financial Roots?
Minnesota Community Living
Is Your Association Starting on the Right Financial Foot? A Primer on the Developer's Obligations
CIC Midwest News
Associations and Managers Both Benefit if Expectations are Managed
Minnesota Community Living
Speaking Engagements
The Design Professionals Guide to the 2017 Amendments to Minn. Stat. Chap. 515B (MCIOA), Building Engineering Construction Conference, Minnetonka, Minnesota
American Council of Engineering Companies -Minnesota Chapter
Presented an update regarding the impact of recent legislation on lawsuits arising out of multi-family construction projects.
Legal Seminar - MCIOA Changes and more, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Associa Minnesota
Presented to property managers and community association board members about changes to the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act and how communities can comply with new maintenance plan requirements, as well as answering general questions concerning community associations, rule enforcement, assessments, and reserve funding.
Easier Enforcement of Your HOA's Rules: Steps to Create Enforceable Rules, Effective Fines, and a Fair Violation Process, Webinar
Presented with Regional Vice President of FirstService Residential's Florida office regarding ways community associations should maintain their rules and procedures to help with enforcement and maintaining order.
Named to list of Rising Stars
Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
Listed on numerous occasions
Professional Associations
National Association of Industrial and Office Professionals (NAIOP)
- Current
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Hennepin County Bar Association
- Current
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Community Associations Institute -Minnesota Chapter (CAI-MN)
- Current
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CIC Midwest -a Division of the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association
- Current
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American Bar Association
- Current
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Minnesota State Bar Association
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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8th Circuit
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  • Contingent Fees
    Most matters are billed at my hourly rate, but flat-fees and contingency fees are available depending upon your case and your needs.
Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Construction Law
Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Insurance Claims
Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Additional Practice Areas
  • Townhome, Condominium and Community Association Law
  • General Civil
  • Insurance Bad Faith
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