James R. Walston

James R. Walston
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2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3244
F 612.371.3207
Melissa A. Johnson
T 612.752.1069
  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota

Jim Walston is a commercial real estate attorney with more than 30 years of in-depth experience covering a broad range of real estate matters in Minnesota and throughout the U.S.  As reflected in Jim’s experience, his practice includes commercial real estate purchases, sales, leases, easements, real estate financing transactions, non-profit entity real estate transactions, land use matters, public transportation projects, renewable energy projects, and the resolution of real estate & title related disputes.

Additionally, Jim serves as a reliable and experienced resource for many small to mid-market owner-managed businesses in Minnesota on a variety of real estate-related matters and general corporate matters.

Awards & Recognition
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2015)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2006–2013
  • “Spirit of Camp Fire” Award, Camp Fire USA-Minnesota Council, 2008


  • Purchases, sales and leases of industrial sites and related use facilities throughout the country for national transportation company.
  • Sale of contaminated sites for national solid waste disposal company.
  • Representation of municipalities on real estate matters including public transportation projects, right of way projects and public/private development projects.
  • Acquisition and sale of hotels.
  • Acquisition of property interests for renewable energy projects.
  • Sale and financing of apartment complexes in numerous states.
  • Acquisition and redevelopment of property for shopping centers.
  • Acquisition and sales of parcels for residential developments.
  • Acquisition of parcels for senior housing projects.
  • Commercial leasing for national restaurants, retailers and service industries.

Land Use Matters

  • Negotiated, processed  and obtained land use approvals for construction and operation of industrial and commercial projects in  Minnesota and throughout the country.
  • Negotiated, processed and obtained land use approvals for construction and operation of multi million dollar entertainment facility in the Twin Cities.

Real Estate Litigation and Workouts

  • Foreclosure and workouts of real estate loan portfolios for community banks.
  • Client contact and manager of title insurance claims for national title insurance underwriter.
  • Property tax appeals for warehouse, storage, and industrial properties.
  • Counsel for court appointed receivers on real estate projects.


  • Negotiate, draft and close commercial real estate loans for community banks.
  • Negotiate, draft and close non-recourse commercial real estate loan transactions for life insurance companies throughout the country.
  • Multi-state financing of industrial manufacturing facilities.
  • Financing and refinancing of warehouse distribution facilities.
  • Financing and refinancing of recreational facilities, shopping centers, hotels.
  • Refinancing of recreational facilities, shopping centers.
Media & Presentations
News Releases
Complimentary Seminar
Complimentary Seminar
  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota
Professional & Community


  • American Bar Association, Real Property Trust and Estates and Business Law sections
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • VLN Housing Clinic
  • Northeast Senior Services, Inc. Legal Clinic
  • Lindquist & Vennum Winter Closet Foundation
  • Urban Homeworks, Volunteer


  • Real Property Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association
2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3244
F 612.371.3207
Melissa A. Johnson
T 612.752.1069
  • William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law)

    (J.D., 1985)

  • University of Nebraska

    (B.A., 1982, Political Science)

  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota

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