Mark Savin double-dipped as a prominent attorney in the Twins deal
The Faegre & Benson partner represented Hennepin County when it was acquiring the land for Target Field through eminent domain. Then he represented the developer who was working with the landowner to get the sweetest deal possible.
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And that, folks, is an ethics violation, according to a recently public document from the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility. A Hennepin County Attorney filed a complaint with the ethics group when it learned all that had gone on. Now, the Minnesota Supreme Court will decide what sort of discipline Savin should face.
Here's what Savin had to say for himself in the document:
Respondent, by way of mitigation, states that he had previously represented landowners adverse to Hennepin Couny in eminent domain and property tax matters without specific objection by the County, he had not been made aware of all of the communications between the County Attorney's office and other Faegre lawyers regarding the conflict of interest, and that during his representation of Hines he met with various Hennepin County officials to discuss issues with respect to North Star Rail.