DANIEL R. TYSON
Dan brings to his ADR practice over 35 years of practical transactional and commercial experience focused on deal making and reaching resolution. He approaches difficult transactions with an eye on the outcome–getting the deal closed, yet keeping a listening ear to manage the many interests and personalities at play. Dan is an even tempered and cooperative person, and this makes him a great Rule 114 qualified neutral. He is intensely focused when it comes to finding solutions for problems and conflict. This makes him an excellent mediator, specifically.
Dan practices as a shareholder with Nilsson Brandt, P.A., a boutique firm in the areas of real estate, finance, business formation/governance, and related litigation. Dan represents both for-profit and non-profit developers in acquisition, financing, sale, purchase, development and leasing matters; lenders and servicers in areas of real estate mortgage financing, regulatory compliance, loan documentation and modification, workouts and remedies. He has developed and assisted in preparing “standard loan documents” for several of his bank clients. Dan represents commercial and residential clients in all aspects of real estate. He also represents business clients in entity formation, business planning, general business advice, contract drafting, sale and acquisitions.
During the Great Recession, Dan helped organize a national coalition of non-profit real estate developers and municipal redevelopment agencies to develop an infrastructure to acquire, rehabilitate and re-sell foreclosed and abandoned properties from banks and servicers with the goal of stabilizing urban cities ravaged by the foreclosure crisis.
As part of his pro bono practice, he helped form a task force of attorneys from private practice, government and legal aid to represent the victims of predatory lending practices and especially the fraudulent practice known as “equity stripping.”
When environmentally contaminated property was stalling development, he helped found an ad hoc environmental roundtable resource group consisting of environmental consultants, property owners, lenders and governmental redevelopment agencies to inform the members and third parties with creative and practical remedies for remediating, selling and financing environmentally contaminated properties.
He holds the real property specialist certification from the Real Property Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He was on the legislative drafting committee for the new Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act. Dan is a member of the Real Property Council, the governing body of the Real Property Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He currently co-chairs the Council’s Liaison Committee, which acts as the point of contact between the Section and other parties including other MSBA sections and banking and real estate trade organizations. Dan is also the board chair for Central Minnesota Legal Services. Law & Politics has frequently listed him as a Minnesota Super Lawyer since 1996.
Prior to joining Nilsson Brandt, Dan enjoyed a solo practice at Daniel R. Tyson, P.A. He was also a partner at Best & Flanagan LLP and an attorney with Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP.
Mediation started early for Dan. He was raised in a Midwestern family, the oldest of 13 kids. He has developed good listening skills, openness to alternatives and the ability to be able to develop trust with people with opposing positions. Dan has spent his whole life working on solving problems and mediating disputes. He has carried that experience over the past 36 years into the practice of real estate law.
Outside of work, Dan enjoys baseball, practicing yoga, the performing and visual arts, studying voice, singing, reading, listening to all kinds of music, biking, hiking and spending time with his adult children and his granddaughter, who constantly amaze him with their busy, interesting and successful lives, and his six grand-dogs. Dan resides in downtown Minneapolis.