Newel Law Firm provides clients in the Twin Cities area and out state Minnesota with professional and cost-effective legal services. The firm is not only committed to protecting and advancing clients’ interests, but is also dedicated to listening to and understanding its clients’ concerns. The firm prides itself on offering honest, practical, solution-oriented advice and representation in an effective and proficient manner. Due to Newel Law Firm’s size and business model, clients avoid paying big law firm rates and the firm is able to take a more personalized and flexible approach to better serve clients’ needs. Since no two legal issues are the same, Newel Law Firm ensures it evaluates the case based on its own terms and analyzes all of the details so it can offer clients the most appropriate advice and course of action for their particular matter. Customer service is one of the core values of the firm. This means that we return phone calls and respond to emails promptly. It also means that we keep clients updated every step of the way, and respond to any questions or concerns clients may have, when assisting them with their legal matters.

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Newel Law Firm’s Attorneys:

Deb Newel

Deb is an experienced litigator, negotiator and problem solver who offers strategic and pragmatic legal advice, risk and liability reduction planning, contract analysis and negotiation and dispute resolution to both businesses and individuals. Her goal-oriented mindset, along with her attention to detail, thorough analysis and diligence, often results in favorable outcomes or the avoidance of litigation altogether. Whether handling a transactional or litigation matter, Deb takes a no nonsense approach to determine efficient and cost-effective ways to obtain the best possible result for her clients while keeping the client’s best interests and desired goals in mind.

Deb believes that businesses and individuals should not leave risk management to chance. For this reason, she strives to proactively identify and examine pertinent issues in order to help clients implement the best possible solutions to accomplish their goals, minimize risk and avoid pitfalls. With both a law degree and M.B.A., Deb understands the need to provide guided legal representation that appropriately balances an organization’s legal obligations with its operational and fiscal needs. Deb’s experience as the General Counsel of a real estate brokerage and title company, along with her participation on several boards, provides her with the knowledge and experience to provide advice on licensing, regulatory and compliance issues that impact individuals and businesses alike so that they can thrive and prosper.

Deb has extensive volunteer and board level leadership experience, and has been recognized for her leadership, community involvement and service to the legal profession. She frequently conducts trainings and educational courses for both attorneys and REALTORS®, and offers in-house trainings and compliance sessions for real estate brokerages and title companies. Deb is also active on several committees of professional associations within the real estate and title industries. Her committee work has included helping to create a complete set of standardized FIRPTA forms for title companies to use in connection with closing residential and commercial real estate transactions.

Deb is licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota. In addition, she has experience in utilizing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods for resolving disputes. Deb has participated in a comprehensive general mediation skills training course and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights mediator training. These trainings helped to enhance Deb’s skills in facilitating discussions between those in conflict to assist them in reaching a mutually satisfactory resolution to their dispute. Deb has also taken a certified civil arbitration skills training course and serves on the Department of Labor and Industry’s Home Warranty Dispute Resolution Neutral Roster.

Deb’s practice includes counsel and representation in the following areas
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  • Residential and commercial real estate transactions, including sales, leasing and contracts for deed
  • Torrens initial registration proceedings and proceedings subsequent
  • Real estate brokerage law
  • Licensing and regulatory matters, including Department of Commerce investigations, Department of Labor and Industry investigations, and responding to Attorney General’s Office complaints
  • Minnesota Association of REALTORS® Ethics Complaint hearings and Minnesota Association of REALTORS® commission dispute arbitration hearings
  • NCDS residential real property arbitrations
  • Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) in connection with real estate sales, property management and contracts for deed
  • Pre-litigation negotiation and resolution of various consumer complaints, contract disputes and construction defect claims
  • Litigation of conciliation court matters and state district court cases
  • Assisting individuals and businesses with responding to subpoenas and other requests for information and providing them with representation at depositions if they are subpoenaed to provide testimony as witness in a lawsuit
  • Compliance, best practices and risk-management consulting for real estate brokerages and title companies
  • Estate planning, including wills, trust, health care directives and powers of attorney

Deb’s practice also includes doing presentations and conducting trainings for real estate brokers, real estate agents, title companies and closers, and serving as an expert witness in litigation involving these individuals and entities.

Throughout the years, Deb’s clients have included small business owners, residential and commercial property owners and real estate investors, homebuyers and sellers, real estate agents and brokers, property management companies, title companies, trustees, closers, notaries, appraisers, insurance agents, homeowner’s associations, contractors and subcontractors.

Past Employment:

  • General Counsel, RE/MAX Results and Home Title, Inc., May 2012 – September 2016
  • Attorney, Thomsen Nybeck, February 2005 – May 2012
  • Adjunct Practicum Professor for Business Practicum Course, William Mitchell College of Law, January 2008 – December 2010
  • Law Clerk, Thomsen Nybeck, October 2004 – January 2005

Bar Admissions:

  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, Admitted 2005
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, Admitted 2005
  • Minnesota State Supreme Court, Admitted 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • MLTA Ad Hoc FIRPTA Work Group, Member, 2015 – Present
  • Minnesota Association of Realtors®, Affiliate Member, 2013 – Present
    • Risk Management Committee, 2014 - Present
    • Professional Standards Policy Committee (f/k/a Professional Standards Workgroup), 2013 – Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 2004 – Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, 2004 – Present
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member, 2004 – Present
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Member, 2012 – 2016

Awards and Recognition:

  • Received “Cool as a Cucumber” award from RE/MAX Results in November 2015
  • Recipient of Badger of the Year award through Wisconsin Alumni Association – Twin Cities Chapter in 2012 for being a business leader in the community through volunteer activities and service to the legal profession
  • Recognized as “Rising Star” for 2011, an award granted to less than 2.5% of attorneys in Minnesota
  • Recipient of John Wesley Leadership and Service Award through Hamline University in 2004

Presentations:

  • FIRPTA’s Acronym Soup – What is it? Why should I care? How do I protect my clients?, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2016
  • FIRPTA - What Is It and Why Should Realtors Care?, RE/MAX Results Legal Updates, 2016
  • Top 10 Do's and Don'ts to Avoid Issues with the Department of Commerce, RE/MAX Results Legal Updates, 2016
  • The Residential Purchase Agreement, Addendum and Contingencies: What you Need to Know, Your First Minnesota Real Estate Transaction, Minnesota CLE, 2015
  • Legal Updates – Inspections, RE/MAX Results Ultimate Results, 2015
  • Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts to Avoid Issues with the Department of Commerce, RE/MAX Results Legal Updates, 2015
  • The Residential Purchase Agreement, Addendum and Contingencies: What you Need to Know, Your First Minnesota Real Estate Transaction, Minnesota CLE, 2014
  • Legal Tips and Traps, RE/MAX Results Ultimate Results, 2014
  • The Residential Purchase Agreement, Addendum and Contingencies: What you Need to Know, Your First Minnesota Real Estate Transaction, Minnesota CLE, 2013
  • Legal Updates - The Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing Yourself, RE/MAX Results Ultimate Results, 2013

Publications:

Volunteer Experience and Board Work:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association's Wills For Heroes Program (basic wills, health care directives, financial power of attorneys), October 2016 – Present
  • Minnesota State Board of Physical Therapy, Public Member, October 2009 – Present
    • Complaint Review Committee, Member, January 2015 – Present
    • Legislative and Policy Committee, Chair, November 2011 – Present; Member, January 2010 – November 2011
  • Results Foundation, Board Member, April 2015 – September 2016
  • Missions, Inc. Programs, Board Member, April 2009 – April 2013
    • Secretary, May 2012 – April 2013
    • Building and Planning Committee, Member, April 2010 – April 2013
    • Finance Committee, Member, April 2011 – April 2012
  • Mission Farm Nursing Home, Inc., Board Member, April 2009 – April 2013
  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Volunteer Mediator, January 2012 – July 2012

Education:

  • University of Saint Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota (MBA, emphasis in Management, 2008)
  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota (JD, 2004)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (BA, 1999)

Key Skills and Strengths:

  • Proficient and persuasive negotiator who has the ability to resolve disputes and obtain positive outcomes
  • Skilled drafter of legal documents, policies and procedures to accomplish identified goals
  • Detail-oriented data analyzer with ability to make informed conclusions and recommendations for appropriate solutions
  • Knowledgeable compliance and risk manager who is familiar with legal and regulatory requirements to effectively manage risk and avoid liability
  • Thoughtful advisor on strengths, weaknesses and impact of policies, procedures, rules and regulations, at the individual, organizational and legislative levels
  • Team leader who works collaboratively with others to reliably deliver results and effectively and successfully achieve individual’s or organizations’ objectives
  • StrengthsFinder Strengths: Analytical, Achiever, Focus, Responsibility and Discipline

The Rest of the Story:


Deb thrives on taking on new challenges both professionally and personally. As an attorney, she will take on your legal matters with the same energy, focus and determination that she applies to her own life. Prior to opening her own law firm, Deb as the first in-house counsel for the largest RE/MAX franchise in the world took on the challenge of successfully building the company’s legal department from the ground up. In her free time, Deb enjoys challenging her physical endurance and strength. Deb does this by playing soccer and volleyball multiple times each week, training with kettle bells, hiking, biking, running, and cross country skiing. Deb also has a passion for travel. She particularly enjoys spending time exploring our country’s beautiful national parks and traveling to as many foreign countries or exotic places as she can. One of Deb’s most memorable trips was when she traveled to Tanzania and successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.