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Brian Flakne

General Counsel

Brian has been practicing law in Minnesota since 1981. In addition to his private law practice, Brian is General Counsel for Wall Development LLC and Lupe Development Partners, LLC.

As General Counsel, Brian directs contract negotiations, environmental review, financial and insurance underwriting, and the professional and governmental compliance aspects of these real estate development companies. His extensive legal background has been a significant asset for various real estate projects that have been developed in the City of Minneapolis, including the Stone Arch Apartments (221 units), Marcy Park Apartments (59 units), Franklin Lofts (54 units), Madison Lofts (47 units), Flour Sack Flats (65 units), Eat Street Flats (63 units), 520 Second Street Apartments (91 units), Mill City Quarter (165 units), East Side Apartments (114 units) and Lake Street Dwelling (110 units).

Brian is a lifelong resident of the Minneapolis area. He graduated from Shattuck School in 1974, the University of Minnesota in 1978 and the University of Minnesota Law School in 1981.

Community Involvement
Brian is active in many state and national legal associations and community organizations within the City of Burnsville. He has been involved as an advisor in numerous political campaigns at both the local and state level. He is a past member of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, past President of the Bloomington Fine Arts Council and past member of Minnesota Council for Arts Education. Brian was also the Commissioner of Competitive Soccer for the City of Burnsville for 10 years. From 2010 to 2012, Brian was co-chair of the Savage Dome Task Force, a citizen-driven initiative which was instrumental in the building of the Savage Sports Dome Complex at Community Park. Brian is also active in the Bible Study Fellowship ministry.

Hobbies & Interests
Since 1988 Brian has been a proud member of Torske Klubben, the Norwegian fellowship club. Brian’s hobbies include upland game hunting, downhill skiing, gardening and yoga. Brian is married to Victoria Rico. They have two children, Kathryn, a 2012 graduate of Augsburg College, currently working in the event planning industry, and Cameron, a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth. In 2015, Cameron earned a degree in business management from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. He is currently working with Brian in the real estate development activities noted above. Brian and Victoria are members of Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield.

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