International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that three prominent attorneys have joined the Firm’s Real Estate & Land Use practice group in Minneapolis as Partners.

Dorsey continues to expand its Real Estate & Land Use practice with the additions of Marcus Mollison, Laura Graf and Anne Olson as partners. Each bring a deep background in commercial real estate and construction transactions; including development, leasing, acquisition, and disposition work, as well as debt and equity financing.

“Our three new hires bring extensive experience to Dorsey and their backgrounds are a strong complement to our Real Estate & Land Use practice group,” said Mark Hamel, Partner and Real Estate & Land Use Practice Group Chair. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Marcus, Laura and Anne to the Firm.”

Marcus Mollison

Mr. Mollison assists clients across the country with real estate and construction transactions. He has deep expertise and experience with all aspects of real estate development, acquisitions and dispositions, investment funds, leasing, financing, governmental assistance and entitlements, and construction contracts. He also serves as outside general counsel, advising clients on regulatory compliance and land use issues.
Mr. Mollison joins Dorsey from Lindquist & Vennum LLP, where he was a partner practicing primarily in that firm’s Real Estate practice group. Before joining Lindquist & Vennum in 2009, he was General Counsel at Opus North Corporation, and Senior Counsel at Target Corporation.

“I’m excited I made the move to Dorsey and very pleased that my colleagues Laura and Anne also have joined the Real Estate & Land Use Practice Group,” said Marcus Mollison, Partner. “Dorsey’s global platform will provide us tremendous opportunities to grow our client relationships and expand our practices.”

Laura Graf

With more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate law, Ms. Graf handles a wide variety of real estate matters and has significant experience in representing landlords and tenants in commercial leasing transactions. She has also acted as primary development and acquisitions counsel for developer clients, acquiring real property for commercial office and industrial developments, multi-family residential developments and retail and mixed-use developments.
Ms. Graf joins Dorsey from Lindquist & Vennum LLP, where she was a partner practicing in that firm’s Real Estate practice group. Before joining Lindquist & Vennum in 2012, she was a partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

Anne Olson

Ms. Olson’s practice focuses on owners, developers and users of real estate. Her clients include not only large corporate real estate users, but also national, regional and local developers and landlords. Her experience as both a former in-house counsel and on the investment side of real estate transactions provides her with business acumen that her clients find invaluable.

Ms. Olson joins Dorsey from Lindquist & Vennum LLP, where she was a partner practicing in that firm’s Real Estate practice group. Before joining Lindquist & Vennum in 2011, she served as Director of Investment Operations and Senior Real Estate Counsel for Welsh Companies, LLC and as Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Welsh Securities, LLC. From 2004 until joining Welsh Companies in 2006, she served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for U.S. Bank National Association, where she was the primary attorney for retail development of new bank locations. Before joining U.S. Bank, Ms. Olson was in private law practice.

“We are very pleased that Marcus, Laura and Anne have joined Dorsey,” noted Ken Cutler, Managing Partner of Dorsey & Whitney. “Their deep experience and expertise in Real Estate & Land Use will fit perfectly with our strong Real Estate practice and our strategic focus on serving the public-private project development industry across our global platform.”