Mackall, Crounse & Moore, PLC has joined Dewitt Ross & Stevens S.C.

The newly formed DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C. will provide clients with enhanced legal services
and efficiencies as well as access to more than 100 attorneys practicing in nearly 30 areas of
law in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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Julie N. Nagorski

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Julie Nagorski is an attorney with significant experience litigating disputes in numerous areas of the law, with a focus in real property and construction disputes. In addition to her substantial litigation experience, Ms. Nagorski has taken many cases through jury and bench trials and has argued multiple cases in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Ms. Nagorski represents all sorts of clients, from businesses, to trusts, to families and individuals, with a far-reaching range of needs, including disputes in the following areas:

  • Landlord-tenant
  • Purchase and sale
  • Land use, zoning, and regulatory
  • Construction and drainage
  • Access, easements (prescriptive and express) and cartways
  • Eminent domain and condemnation
  • Mortgage, mechanic’s lien, and homeowner’s association lien foreclosure and defense
  • Premises liability
  • Debt collection and defense
  • Fraudulent transfers and adversary proceedings
  • Employment (non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure) and dealership

Representative Experiences

  • Secured a Minnesota Court of Appeals decision in favor of landowner clients reversing decision of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that clients could not operate their small mine without first obtaining a permit that would have required the expenditure of exorbitant amounts
  • On behalf of the developer of a group home, convinced a city to immediately issue building permits it had refused to issue mid-construction due to direction from zoning officials based on neighbors’ complaints
  • Directed county sheriff in executing writ of replevin against hundreds of scrap automobiles which had served as collateral for client’s loan and obtained full satisfaction of debt, including attorneys’ fees
  • Resisted adverse claims against client trustee by successful presentation of evidence at evidentiary hearing
  • Prompted expedient resolution of long-standing access dispute by demand of execution of amended express easement
  • Obtained a summary judgment dismissal of claims against property owner clients in connection with the variance and conditional use permit they obtained to permit them to construct their home
  • Obtained substantial settlement of monetary and non-monetary terms at mediation for client woman-owned company suing former employees for violation of their non-competition agreements
  • Secured a Minnesota Court of Appeals' decision in favor of landowner client ordering Minnesota Department of Transportation to approve application for access to property
  • Successfully resolved claims against builder over false allegations that settlement agreement had not been entered
  • Secured substantial settlements from insurers in a wrongful death action
  • Obtained successful monetary and non-monetary settlement of claims by employee client in litigation with former employment regarding terms of agreement between the parties
  • On behalf of a dealer, sued manufacturer which had abruptly cancelled a dealership agreement, asserting claims under the Minnesota Termination of Sales Representatives Act, successfully defended against motion to dismiss the complaint, and then negotiated a settlement for damages and attorneys’ fees
  • On behalf of a contractor that was owed in excess of $150,000 on a judgment entered seven years earlier, undertook collection activities and then negotiated a settlement resulting in full payment of the debt
  • Obtained summary decision in client’s favor denying debtor’s request to remove debt collection litigation from Minnesota district court to arbitration forum in distant state
  • Following several days of jury trial on claims concerning the condition of a commercial property clients purchased and counterclaims regarding a purchase money mortgage, successfully negotiated a favorable resolution
  • Represented former owner of residential property at trial against national bank seeking to evict client following foreclosure of mortgage, obtaining a court order denying bank’s ability to evict client
  • On behalf of owner of residential apartment building in Minneapolis damaged in a tenant fire, obtained cash payments from multiple sources to avoid multi-party litigation over monetary damages
  • Represented tenant in pursuing un-inhabitability claims against residential property owner for mold and other problems, securing a settlement including monetary damages and early termination of lease
  • On behalf of owner of apartment building in Uptown Minneapolis, defended former tenant’s claims of un-inhabitability, obtaining favorable resolution through pre-mediation negotiation
  • Represented former owners of residential property in pursuing claims in federal district court against national bank for wrongful foreclosure and wrongful eviction, securing a settlement including time in property payment-free and monetary damages
  • Negotiated with sheriff and bank to terminate imminent foreclosure sale of client’s home of thirteen years and settlement of monetary defaults
  • Prosecuted homeowner’s claims against roofing company for defects in product and installation, securing favorable settlement
  • On behalf of mortgage company, pursued multiple evictions through trial and then successfully obtained favorable court decisions or negotiated positive settlements
  • Prosecuted condominium owner’s claims against homeowners association for roof defects causing damage to client’s home, securing favorable settlement
  • On behalf of a client whose home’s foundation was defective and threatening collapse, negotiated a settlement with the home builder for damages the homeowner sustained, obtaining a significant cash payment for the client
  • On behalf of group of property owners defending prescriptive easement claim asserted by neighbor, assisted in obtaining a favorable court decision following a three-day bench trial
  • Assisted in securing a favorable settlement of an express easement dispute that had lingered between neighbors for over a decade
  • Placed mechanic’s lien on property on behalf of unpaid contractor and obtained payment in full for client
  • Represented a contractor that was not paid for its work on a reservation within South Dakota, invoking the contract’s arbitration clause for the dispute and then negotiated a full and final settlement that provided the contractor with a six-figure cash payment
  • Successfully defended against motion for new trial brought against commercial construction company by neighboring property owners, and recovered substantial damages
  • Assisted in defending case against commercial property owner sued by subtenant alleging an illegal eviction, securing summary judgment dismissing the plaintiff’s claims and awarding client its legal fees and costs
  • For the owner and manager of properties throughout numerous states, assisted in trial resulting in court decision finding that tenant in the restaurant space in the client’s headquarters owed in excess of $200,000 in past due rent and permitting eviction
  • Assisted in securing an award of substantial damages on behalf of an industrial property owner following four-day bench trial
  • Obtained court order permitting eviction of commercial property tenant, over tenant’s claims of wrongful eviction
  • Negotiated favorable eviction settlements on behalf of numerous property owners and occupants of commercial and residential premises, including some following trials and some resulting in lease amendments with favorable terms
  • On behalf of a professional mechanical engineering firm with a former client who refused to pay for its services, secured a substantial settlement at mediation
  • Assisted in securing a positive settlement at pre-arbitration mediation on behalf of an international manufacturer in a dispute with a contractor over materials and pricing
  • On behalf of apartment building owners, successfully defended tenant’s guest’s litigation claiming negligent maintenance of the premises, securing order for summary judgment which dismissed plaintiff’s claims and awarded clients the entire amount requested for its legal fees and costs
  • Assisted in securing court order granting motion for summary judgment on behalf of convenience store owner, with nearly 1,500 locations in the Midwest, dismissing premises liability claims
  • On behalf of franchisor whose confidential customer list had been stolen by a former employee and franchisee, assisted in successfully moving for temporary injunctive relief prohibiting the use of the list, protecting the ongoing success of the business
  • On behalf of franchisor/landlord, assisted in obtaining a summary dismissal of franchisee’s answer to eviction action, a temporary restraining order to enjoin the ongoing violations of the franchise agreements, and an order allowing replevin of a walk-in beer cooler
  • Assisted in successfully negotiating resolution of fraudulent transfer claims in adversary proceeding in connection with transfer of property from parent to daughter
  • Assisted in successfully negotiating resolution of fraudulent transfer claims in connection with transfer of property to clients from their former business colleagues
  • On behalf of lender client, prosecuted many claims against debtors and former owners of foreclosed property, including pursuit of debtors in bankruptcy

Articles Authored and Continuing Legal Education Seminars Presented

  • Presenter, "Insurance Claim Handling - The Bad Faith Statute Fundamentals and Recent Developments" | Construction Defect & Dispute Conference, August 18, 2016 
  • Lecturer, “Repairs and Tenant Actions” | Legal Services State Support, February 6, 2015
  • Lecturer, “Fraudulent Transfer Concerns in Estate Planning” | Minnesota CLE, January 15, 2015
  • Lecturer, “Accidental Landlords: Actions to Avoid Liability” | Hennepin County Bar Association, October 23, 2014
  • Co-Author, “MnDOT’s Failure to Act on Permit Application Violates Sixty-Day Rule” | Builders Association Twin Cities, December 2013
  • Author, “Priority of Interests: Construction Work Did Not Relate to Demolition Work” | Minnesota Real Estate Journal, April 2011
  • Author, ““As is” Clauses Do Not Equal Iron-Clad Protection” | Minnesota Real Estate Journal, April 2010

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