Anthony J. Gleekel

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"I'm the same person in my professional and personal life. I am authentic. I work hard for my clients. And I give straight advice."

Representing entrepreneurs in real estate and business matters, Tony strives to respond with swift and creative solutions when presented with his clients' circumstances. As a lifetime resident of Minneapolis and the son of a small business owner, Tony understands the global and every day issues of his clients. That includes both big picture advice and a keen focus to the details.

With respect to his real estate development practice, tell him the story and he will help organize the proper entity and assemble the partners — while also assuring consistent representation by aiding in the procurement of permits, public or private financing and contracts for a successful real estate development. He often counsels property owners, landlords, tenants and land management companies on how to protect and manage real estate.

A veteran of land use and real estate development booms and busts since 1987, Tony leverages deep experience to get stalled projects moving again. His development and management know-how also help clients reduce risk and solve problems.

Tony also represents businesses in matters unrelated to real estate, including business planning, contracts and general transactional work.

If a conflict arises among partners or other parties in a deal, Tony provides practical counsel on non-litigation solutions. He works closely with Siegel Brill's attorneys in Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Closely Held Businesses to provide additional options and resources. Contact him for a consultation on real estate, land use and general business.

Some of Tony's representative matters include:

  • Comprehensive oversight on many retail and mixed use developments in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, including purchase, entitlements, leasing and disposition
  • Working with a third-generation commercial property owner on ongoing general leasing, management and corporate asset counsel
  • Participating in litigation preparation and client counsel to assist a golf course owner and potential buyer in receiving just compensation from the City of Eagan for denial of a comprehensive plan amendment. The amendment would have allowed redevelopment of the property under the new owner for residential use. (Wensmann Realty, Inc. et al. v. City of Eagan, 734 N.W.2d 623 (Minn. 2007)


University of Minnesota, J.D., 1987, cum laude University of Minnesota, B.A., 1984, cum laude


Raising his children to be good adults
Baseball (Life's toy department)
Working with an acute sense of humor


American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
U.S. Supreme Court
Licensed to practice law in Minnesota and North Dakota