Brian is a commercial real estate and finance lawyer who advises corporations and other institutional owners and developers on their commercial real estate, corporate transactions, and sustainability and renewable energy needs. He also has extensive knowledge of credit union and Indian law, providing a unique profile of legal experience to the clients he serves.
A member of Husch Blackwell’s Real Estate, Development & Construction group, Brian counsels clients on real estate acquisition and disposition, development, leasing, land use and financing for commercial projects that include hospitals, quarries, dams, factories and office buildings, and hospitality/residential projects that include resorts, casinos, waterparks, golf courses, condominiums and condominium-hotels. He provides general corporate governance and contractual advice, including regulatory interpretation, negotiation and drafting of domestic and international supply and distribution agreements in the waste processing, agribusiness, manufacturing and chemical sectors.
Brian has provided counsel on many complex business transactions, such as the sale of towing businesses, the purchase of a Superfund site, negotiation of buy-sell provisions for large family-owned businesses and financing of the construction of the country’s largest indoor waterpark. His work in alternative energy and sustainable construction includes long-term project leases, insurance coverage, project ownership structures, easements, covenants and restrictions, contracts and review of corporate disclosures and initiatives related to sustainability.
Brian also advises credit union clients in real estate and finance matters specific to the industry, and Indian tribes on a range of complex transactional matters involving real estate and gaming. These include IRR transfers of jurisdiction, intergovernmental agreements, tribal leasing and contracting, fee-to-trust applications and other matters generally involving the scope and thoughtful assertion of tribal sovereignty.
Before practicing law, Brian was a math and English teacher in rural Wisconsin and rural Kenya. He clerked with a Baltimore nonprofit, an urban redevelopment corporation and The Nature Conservancy at its international headquarters. Following law school, he worked in the business transactions group of the Venable law firm in Baltimore.