Cyri Van Hecke focuses her legal practice in the areas of real estate and construction litigation. She has represented financial institutions, contractors, suppliers, owners, commercial carriers, railroads, and other public and private entities in a variety of real estate and construction litigation matters. Cyri also has extensive experience with commercial real estate and lending transactions, including real estate acquisition, leasing, construction, development, and financing matters.

Cyri is a magna cum laude graduate of Hamline University School of Law, where she was honored multiple times with the CALI Award of Excellence, an award given to the highest scoring student in each class. During law school, she volunteered with the Indian Legal Assistance Program. Cyri earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, at The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

Selected Experience

  • Represented a variety of public and private companies in disputes involving:

    • Quiet title actions;
    • Defective design, defective construction, and delay claims;
    • Torrens proceedings; 
    • Historic preservation actions;
    • Commercial lease disputes;
    • Evictions;
    • Easement and boundary disputes;
    • Eminent domain proceedings;
    • Real estate acquisition, sales, and financing matters; 
    • Mechanic's liens claims; and
    • Contract disputes.
  • Represented international bridge design firm in $80+ million dispute arising from claims made by bridge's general contractor for additional compensation due, in part, to alleged design defects.
  • Represented a religious corporation in defending a lawsuit brought by parishioner group under Minnesota Environmental Rights Act asserting that church building was an historical resource. 
  • Represented major U.S. railroad in a variety of real estate litigation matters, including right-of-way quiet title actions, disputes, administrative law proceedings, condemnations, and lease disputes.
Decisions
  • In re Petition by Qwest Corporation for Resolution of a Dispute with BNSF Railway Company Over the Use of Railroad Right-of-Way Under Minn. Stat. § 237.045, 918 N.W.2d 578, (Minn. Ct. App. 2018)

Professional Activities

American Bar Association: Forum on Construction Law
Minnesota State Bar Association: Real Property Section; Construction Law Section
Hennepin County Bar Association
Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota: Land Acquisition Committee Member 2017-2019
American Rail Development Association

Recognition

CALI Awards of Excellence: Summer 2011, Fall 2011, and Spring 2012

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Education
Hamline University School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude
Honors: Dean's List
The College of Saint Scholastica
B.A., summa cum laude
Honors: Webster Scholar
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