Andy Jacobson's legal practice covers a broad range of commercial real estate issues, with a particular focus in commercial and retail/restaurant leasing, design and construction-related agreements, and telecommunications.

Andy is a frequent author and speaker on real estate subjects and teaches Real Estate Transactions at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. A graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, Andy is also a licensed architect, having earned his Bachelors of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, and practiced architecture prior to attending law school. Andy is a member of both the Minnesota and California bars.

Selected Experience

  • Represented businesses in various sectors of the restaurant, entertainment, and retail industries in the negotiation of letters of intent, leasing standards, leases, design, and construction agreements related to locations in a variety of settings, including shopping malls, lifestyle centers, strip centers, stand-alone sites, and urban entertainment developments.
  • Represented major league sports franchise in the development of a downtown, state of the art corporate office/practice facility in tandem with a strategic partnership with a world class sports medicine facility.
  • Represented Fortune 500 companies in the management of domestic real estate portfolios, including acquisitions, sales, leasing, construction, and related matters.
  • Represented commercial, industrial, and warehouse businesses with purchase and sales transactions, leases, and design/construction agreements across a spectrum of settings, from small local sales offices, corporate campus, and large warehouse/distribution facilities.
  • Represented private university on the development of baseball/softball and hockey facilities.
  • Represented individual, industry, and institutional owners in the drafting and negotiation of complex design, engineering, and construction-related agreements, between the owner and architects, engineers, and contractors, in a variety of project delivery structures, including design/build.
  • Represented aggregate industry companies in the protection of over 4,000 acres of prime operating quarry land and freeway access from undue infringement by incompatible proposed adjacent land uses.
  • Represented a coalition of major real estate industry groups, defending against the institution of federal and state rules that would establish "forced access" to private property.

Professional Activities

Minnesota State Bar Association
California State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
University of St. Thomas School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Real Estate Transactions, since 2004
National Retail Tenants Association: Board Member

Pro Bono Activities

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity: Pro Bono Counsel
Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota: Pro Bono Counsel


"Annual Case Law Update" and various other retail and restaurant lease related classes, National Retail Tenants Association, Annual Conferences, since 1999
August 30, 2013
"Sharpen Your Pencils: What Every Owner Needs to Know About Contracting with Designers and Constructors," Maslon Speaker Series, 2007
January 1, 2007


"Owner-Architect Form Agreements: An Owner's Perspective," The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, March 2017


Mentor of the Year Award, Maslon LLP, 2016

2014 Founders' Award, National Retail Tenants Association (NRTA)

1998 Excellence in Writing Award, Best Cutting Edge Article, American Bar Association Probate & Property Magazine

AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® (AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.)

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Minneapolis, MN 55402
Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1999
California, 1991
Berkeley Law, University of California (Boalt Hall)
J.D., 1991
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
B.Architecture, 1984
Additional Qualifications

Licensed Architect, California

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