Briggs and Morgan Recognizes Careers of Seven Attorneys Set to Retire

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December 22, 2015

Briggs and Morgan, P.A. celebrates the careers of seven of its distinguished attorneys, who will retire effective Dec. 31, 2015, including:

  • Daniel J. Cole, Jr.
  • Jerome A. Geis
  • Avron L. Gordon
  • David G. Greening
  • James E. Nelson
  • Joseph P. Noack
  • Steven W. Tyacke

With a combined total of more than 238 years of practice at Briggs, the firm thanks each attorney for the contributions made to Briggs’ clients and to the firm, and commends their service to the legal community for a combined total of nearly 300 years. Briggs celebrated the careers of the retiring attorneys at a firm luncheon on Dec. 11.

Daniel J. Cole, Jr. was admitted to the bar in 1969 and joined Briggs in 1973. As a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions and Real Estate section, Cole works closely with personal, institutional and corporate clients to address various real estate needs involving the purchase or sale of houses, residential and commercial units, and buildings; financing; title and survey review; leasing; and documentation for common interest communities, both residential and commercial. He also works on troubled real estate projects and assists clients with foreclosures, lease defaults, workouts and cancellations of contracts for deed. Cole received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Justice Foundation and was recognized by Chambers USA and Minnesota Super Lawyers, among other honors throughout the course of his career.

Jerome A. Geis was admitted to the bar in 1973 and joined Briggs in 1977. Practicing primarily in the areas of tax litigation, tax planning and business transactions, Geis regularly represents clients before federal and state taxing agencies in audits and administrative litigation as well as in tax litigation in the courts. He regularly advises both domestic and foreign clients on the structure of operations in Minnesota and other states to minimize the impact of state and local income, sales and use, ad valorem and excise taxes. His efforts include advance planning with respect to the state and local tax considerations of the acquisitions of businesses, the structure of investments, and the identification and negotiation of special tax incentives in Minnesota. Jerry also has more than 30 years of experience in drafting and working to secure adoption of tax legislation and helping to shape tax regulations adopted in Minnesota. Throughout his years of practice, Geis was listed by the Law & Leading Attorneys Business Guidebook, The Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law and Minnesota Super Lawyers, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Section.

Avron L. Gordon was admitted to the bar in 1966 and joined Briggs in 1982 as a member of the firm’s Business Law section and Corporate Securities group. He practices in all areas of corporate and business law, but focuses primarily on representing founders, issuers, and investors and underwriters in public and private financings; startup and emerging growth companies; public and private companies acquiring and disposing of businesses and divisions of businesses in connection with mergers and acquisitions; and corporate management and key employees, as both corporate counsel and special counsel. Throughout his years of practice, Gordon received recognition from The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Minnesota Super Lawyers, and was named a Leading American Attorney.

David G. Greening was admitted to the bar and joined Briggs in 1975. As a member in the firm’s Financial Institutions and Real Estate section, he represents clients in various real estate projects including sales and purchases, financing, construction mortgages, term mortgages, contracts for deed, sale/leaseback transactions, ground leases and tax increment financing. Greening’s representation has involved developer clients with land use and development issues. He has been involved in subdivision, zoning, restrictive covenants, environmental concerns and eminent domain proceedings. Greening also represents clients in connection with general corporate matters, including formation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and drafting and negotiating shareholder agreements, buy/sell agreements, asset purchase sales and various general commercial contracts. Greening is a member of the Ramsey County, Minnesota State and American Bar associations.

James E. Nelson was admitted to the bar in 1972 and joined Levitt, Palmer, Bowen, Rotman and Share in 1979, which merged with Briggs in 1983. Nelson is a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions and Real Estate Section where he assists clients with fulfilling real estate needs through the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of office, office/showroom, office/warehouse, warehouse, and manufacturing facilities. He frequently serves as real estate counsel in connection with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. He has worked with clients in numerous industries—real estate, acute care nursing, hospitality, retail, automotive, manufacturing, restaurant and sports, among others. Nelson also has extensive experience in commercial leasing, real estate acquisition, construction and finance legal services to 501(c)(3) social service organizations. Throughout his legal career, he has been recognized as a Leading American Attorney and Leading Minnesota Attorney and has been ranked by Minnesota Super Lawyers.

Joseph P. Noack was admitted to the bar in 1975 and joined Levitt, Palmer, Bowen, Rotman and Share in 1977, which merged with Briggs in 1983. As a member of the Business Law section, he represents closely held businesses, their owners and individuals in corporate and business law matters, commercial contracts and business succession, tax and estate planning. He has been involved in an extensive array of business and finance matters, including commercial transactions and contract negotiations of all types, mergers and acquisitions, capitalizations, reorganizations and restructurings, equity and debt financings. Joe also has experience in advising management, directors, shareholders, and other equity holders in governance and fiduciary duties and management compensation plans and control arrangements. Noack’s knowledge and experience in business and tax planning comes from working for a national CPA firm during and immediately after law school and from working with closely held businesses as legal counsel for more than thirty years. Noack is a former member of the firm’s board of directors and has been recognized by Minnesota Super Lawyers.

Steven W. Tyacke was admitted to the bar in 1977 and joined Briggs in 2004. Prior to joining the Briggs, Tyacke worked as assistant general counsel at Minnesota Power, bringing with him more than 30 years of energy industry experience representing electric utilities, natural gas shippers, generation developers and asset funds, and power marketers in a broad range of energy related transactions, disputes and regulatory proceedings. As a member of the Energy section, he advises clients on major business development and energy commodity transactions, risk management, international cross border imports and exports, reliability standards, regional transmission organizations, generation development and interconnections, marketing, power marketing and trading and asset transfers. Tyacke was ranked by The Best Lawyers in America and The Best Lawyers in Minnesota, and was named 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law by The Best Lawyers in America.

About Briggs and Morgan
Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, is a trusted name in business law and litigation services. With offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, the firm’s attorneys are committed to providing superior client service and sound legal counsel to clients nationwide. Briggs and Morgan ranks among The NLJ 350 as one of the nation’s largest firms and has received numerous accolades, including recognition by Corporate Counsel and top clients as a “Go-To Law Firm®” in the areas of litigation, corporate transactions, corporate governance, and labor and employment. The firm and its attorneys have also been selected for publication in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. For more information, visit