Moss & Barnett Advocate Newsletter Winter 2022
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Decisions about custody and parenting time after a separation or divorce are never simple. Family violence of any kind makes the process all the more complex — and the victim is not always protected.

Nearly 30 million children in the United States will be exposed to family violence by the time they turn 17. Exposure includes a child witnessing a parent physically harm the other parent, observing a parent’s injuries after the fact, or overhearing verbal abuse directed at a parent. MORE >
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Moss & Barnett is pleased to congratulate Aaron A. Dean, who was included in Minnesota Lawyer’s inaugural “The POWER 30: Real Estate and Construction Law” (June 28, 2021). Minnesota Lawyer interviewed respected attorneys and other leaders around the state, reviewed outcomes of significant cases, and consulted the archives of Minnesota Lawyer to select talented and influential honorees deserving of this recognition.
Aaron Dean
Congratulations to Aaron and our Construction Law team on this achievement!
We are pleased to announce that Midwest Real Estate News named Moss & Barnett among the top regional law firms for real estate in 2021. Each year, Midwest Real Estate News issues its “Best of the Best” edition, which ranks the industry’s top law firms from 14 Midwestern states. Selection is based on the number of real estate transactions that occurred in the previous year within those states.
Tim Gustin
“We are honored to be recognized by Midwest Real Estate News as one of the leading real estate law firms in the Midwest. We are grateful for the many relationships that provide us with the opportunity to work on challenging and exciting transactions throughout the region."

Tim Gustin, Chair, Moss & Barnett Real Estate Group
With special congratulations to Susan Rhode and Jana Aune Deach, listed on the Top 50 Women and Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers lists for 2021; and Jim Vedder, listed on the Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers list for 2021.
Cindy J. Ackerman
Bradley R. Armstrong
Kevin M. Busch
Jana Aune Deach
Aaron A. Dean
Kelly C. Engebretson
Maggie H. Garborg
Charles E. Jones
Charles E. Jones
Susan A. King
Brittney M. Miller
Mary Frances Price
Susan C. Rhode
John M. Schmid
Dave F. Senger
Dave F. Senger
Thomas J. Shroyer
Thomas J. Shroyer
Taylor D. Sztainer
Bryant D. Tchida
James J. Vedder
Patrick T. Zomer
Seven New Lawyers Join our Team
Justin is a member of Moss & Barnett's Litigation team assisting businesses and individuals at all points of the litigation process. He has experience in many areas of litigation, including shareholder disputes, employment, intellectual property, and property tax. Justin received his J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Justin S. Boschwitz
Litigation, Accountant Law
Nate represents closely held businesses and financial institutions focusing on commercial real estate, secured and real estate-based lending, automobile and marine dealerships, construction trades, health care, and professional services. He represents commercial real estate owners and developers in acquisitions, sales, 1031 transactions, development, leasing, and financing. Nate also represents numerous non-real estate businesses in mergers and acquisitions, financing, succession planning, risk management, and general operational and contract issues. Nate has represented financial institutions in loan and participation transactions, loan restructuring and work out matters, mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions, and corporate governance. Nate received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and his B.A., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis.
Nathan M. Brandenburg
Closely Held Businesses, Financial Services, Real Estate, Business Law
Rebekah advises both individuals and businesses in commercial real estate, real estate financing, and business law matters. She focuses on providing her clients with a full-service legal experience, from entity formation to purchases and sales, organizational changes and succession planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Her unique professional experience coupled with her business and legal education give her insight into the specific challenges clients face through real estate and business transactions. Rebekah received her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she served as editor-in-chief of Mitchell Hamline Law Review; her M.B.A. from the University of St. Mary; and her B.S. from North Dakota State University.

Rebekah Cohen Israel
Business Law, Financial Services, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate
Mary Frances is a member of Moss & Barnett’s Wealth Preservation and Estate Planning team. She focuses her practice on serving individuals and families who are establishing an estate plan, revising an existing estate plan, or dealing with the legal, medical, and financial impacts of aging, chronic illness, and disability. Mary Frances is accredited to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs and counsels and advises veterans and their families on accessing state and federal VA benefits. She is a frequent speaker and community educator on a range of estate and elder law issues, including estate planning, asset protection, medical assistance planning, vulnerable adult issues, and veteran's benefits. She received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and her B.S. from Purdue University.
Mary Frances Price
Wealth Preservation and Estate Planning
Sicheng is a member of Moss & Barnett's Business Law team assisting clients on a broad range of corporate and financial transactions. Prior to practicing law, she honed her skills in financial analysis working for an accounting firm and a venture capital firm. Sicheng also worked as a judicial extern to the Honorable William J. Fisher in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School; her M.S., with honors, from Simon Business School, University of Rochester; and her B.S., with honors, from Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China.

Sicheng Sheng
Business Law
Erinn is a member of Moss & Barnett's Multifamily and Commercial Real Estate Finance team, focusing her practice on closing and delivering loans secured by multifamily projects to secondary market investors such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. As part of this practice, she prepares and negotiates loan documents; reviews legal opinions; examines title, survey, and other due diligence; and works with all transaction parties to ensure a smooth closing. Erinn maintains a database of analysis and documentation and has developed efficiencies to close a large volume of transactions. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she served as managing editor of Mitchell Hamline Law Review, and her B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Erinn B. Valine
Multifamily and Commercial Real Estate Finance, Real Estate, Financial Services 
Jeremy is a member of Moss & Barnett’s Business Law team. He uses his legal and business skills to advise clients of all sizes on a broad range of business and financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, contract law, corporate governance, entity formation, commercial transactions, and general business practice. Jeremy received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School where he served as lead editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality and President of the Business Law Association, and his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Denver.

Jeremy M. Walls
Business Law, Closely Held Businesses, Mergers and Acquisitions 
While our ability to participate as in-person volunteers was limited due to COVID-19 considerations, M&B Cares was able to contribute to these service projects in 2021:
Valentines for Seniors
M&B Cares created and designed over 500 Valentine's Day cards for senior residents at the Presbyterian Homes-Johanna Shores facility in Arden Hills, Minnesota.
M&B Cares Valentines for Seniors
Our M&B Cares families created and designed over 500 Valentine's Day cards for senior residents at the Presbyterian Homes-Johanna Shores facility in Arden Hills, Minnesota.
M&B Cares FamilyWise
Nurture Newborns
The M&B Cares Committee made a cash donation to Nurture Newborns, an affiliate of Emerge Mothers Academy, a nonprofit organization. Nurture Newborns is an annual student-led fundraiser dedicated to providing free newborn and infant supplies to parents in need.
Nurture Newborns
Hennepin Healthcare
Inpatient Psychiatry
M&B Cares learned that, for various reasons, many patients admitted to Hennepin Healthcare Inpatient Psychiatry arrive without footwear. To address this need, we ran a shoe drive for the month of September 2021 and collected over 150 pairs of shoes to ensure patients who need shoes have them at discharge.

M&B Cares Hennepin Healthcare Inpatient Psychiatry
Hope Academy Christmas Book Giveaway
M&B Cares purchased and gift wrapped copies of two books, A Wrinkle in Time and One Crazy Summer, for students at Hope Academy. Hope Academy is a private inner-city school serving over 700 K-12 students in the Minneapolis area.

M&B Cares Hope Academy Book Giveaway
This holiday season – and for the past nine years – the women lawyers of Moss & Barnett “adopted” families who are in the Women’s Program at the nonprofit Breaking Free. Breaking Free helps hundreds of women escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education. Our lawyers purchase and wrap gifts and gift cards to fulfill each family's wish list, ensuring these families have a joyful holiday season. In addition to this holiday tradition, Moss & Barnett employees donate their time and various personal care and household items to Breaking Free throughout the year. To learn more about Breaking Free, visit
Jana Aune Deach
Breaking Free provides a comprehensive response to the complex problem of sex trafficking by providing services and housing to the victims, educating law enforcement and the judicial system, and raising public awareness. Supporting Breaking Free aids in the prevention of trafficking and implementing long-term social change."

Jana Aune Deach, Moss & Barnett Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Phone: (612) 877-5000
150 South Fifth Street
Suite 1200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
St. Cloud, MN
Phone: (320) 654-4100
3800 Eighth Street North
Suite 102
St. Cloud, MN 56303