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: mezzanine financing; tax-exempt bond financing; public-private partnership (P3) real estate development; letters of credit; tenant-in-common (TIC), air rights and ground lease structures; workouts; and restructurings. His extensive experience includes representation of individuals, as well as 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 multiple 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 regional developer in the development and construction financing of an over $30 million mixed-use project (apartments and grocery store) in Minneapolis
  • Represented a major national lender in a $208,500,000 financing of an office/retail building in Boston
  • Counsel to a national mortgage banking company in an acquisition and merger valued over $60 million
  • 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
  • Represented a lender in a $200 million term credit loan to a public pension fund
  • Developed form documents and program requirements for clients
  • Local Counsel in numerous transactions, including a national fitness club

Litigation and Bankruptcy Experience

  • Workouts, loan modifications, forbearance agreements and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure agreements
  • Contested receiverships and judicial and non-judicial foreclosures
  • Counsel to an officer/shareholder of a multi-billion dollar company in employment/shareholder litigation
  • Represented shareholders of a broker-dealer with billions of assets under management in a shareholder derivative action and bankruptcy
  • 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)
  • Swenson v. Bushman, 870 F. Supp.2d 1049 (D. Idaho 2012) (confirming fraud and breach of contract award on behalf of TIC owners against DBSI principals), appeals dismissed (9th Cir. 2014)
  • 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) 
    • Tenant Estoppel Certificates and Subordination, Non-disturbance and Attornment (SNDA) 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 and Construction Lending, Mortgage Lending, Real Estate Financing, and Workouts, Foreclosures and Bankruptcies Committees and Committee on Legal Opinions in Real Estate Transactions; ABA Advisory Panel)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Real Property and Business Law Sections, Revised UCC Article 9 Committee)
  • 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 the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Combined Arms Command, 1992
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts I, 1991
  • Presidential Scholar – University of Northern Iowa, 1987