Bradley F. Williams

Bradley F. Williams




Brad uses his legal and business knowledge to represent clients in a wide range of transactional and other matters. These matters have involved real estate of all types (including mixed-use projects), construction, financings, mergers, receivership, foreclosure, bankruptcy, litigation and arbitration.

Brad’s practice focuses on real estate and commercial finance, including acquisitions, dispositions, development and leasing matters, including: public-private partnership (P3) real estate development (including tax-exempt bond financing); mezzanine financing; tenant-in-common (TIC), air rights and ground lease structures; letters of credit; workouts and restructurings. His extensive experience includes representation of national clients of all types. From this experience, Brad has become a nationally known attorney who has been quoted in news publications including the Wall Street Journal.

Education & Admissions

University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., 1993), with distinction

University of Northern Iowa (B.A., Marketing, 1991), with highest honors


  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


Representative Work

Transactional Experience

  • Representation of national lenders and investors in purchases and sales of commercial real estate and loans in transactions ranging up to several hundred million dollars
  • Representation of a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in a $118,300,000 public-private partnership development/construction and financing in Florida
  • Represented a national lender in a $208,500,000 financing of an office/retail building in Boston
  • Represented a REIT in the $61,500,000 acquisition of a multi-site industrial-warehouse complex
  • Represented a CMBS lender in a $389,000,000 portfolio financing involving properties in 14 states

Litigation and Bankruptcy Experience

  • Workouts, loan modifications, forbearance agreements and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure agreements
  • Contested receiverships and judicial and non-judicial foreclosures
  • U.S. Bank, Nat’l Ass’n, et al. v. RBP Realty, LLC, 888 N.W.2d 699 (Minn. Ct. App. 2016) (borrower’s right to redeem from foreclosure by advertisement unimpaired by purported redemption waiver)
  • In re: DBSI, Inc., et al., Case No. 08-12687 (Bankr. Del. 2008) (counsel for hundreds of creditors in DBSI Inc. bankruptcy, one of the most complex bankruptcies filed in the District of Delaware) 

News & Resources

Select Presentations

  • National Retail Tenants Conference (October 1998) 
    • Estoppel Certificates and Subordination, Non-disturbance and Attornment Agreements

Industries & Practices

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Construction & Design
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Investment Management
  • Lending Transactions
  • Private Equity
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate & Land Use

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American Bar Association (Business Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections; Construction Lending, Mortgage Lending, Real Estate Financing; Workouts, Foreclosures and Bankruptcies; and Legal Opinions in Real Estate Transactions Committees; ABA Advisory Panel)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Real Property and Business Law Sections)
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Habitat for Humanity, Dallas, TX (1995, volunteer)
  • Rebuild Resources, Inc., St. Paul, MN (1998-1999, pro bono counsel)
  • Penumbra Theater, St. Paul, MN (1998-2000, pro bono counsel)
  • Meals on Wheels, St. Paul, MN (1998-present, delivery volunteer)
  • Aeon, Minneapolis, MN (2007-2012, Cornerstone member)
  • LegalCORPS, Minneapolis, MN (2009-present, volunteer)


  • “Rising Star” - Minnesota Law & Politics in 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Certificate of Achievement - Office of Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Combined Arms Command, 1992
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts I, 1991
  • Presidential Scholar – University of Northern Iowa, 1987
Bradley F. Williams