Bradley N. Beisel

Bradley N. Beisel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Beisel & Dunlevy, P.A.
 | 730 2nd Avenue South, Suite 282
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-436-4343
Fax: 612-338-6600
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (70%),
  • Insurance Coverage (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Brad is a shareholder in the Minneapolis law firm of Beisel & Dunlevy, P.A. He concentrates his practice on real estate litigation, with an emphasis on the representation of title insurance companies and their insureds. Brad graduated from Mankato State University, summa cum laude, and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. He is an MSBA-certified real property specialist and perennially named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list. Brad has been instrumental in the development of several areas of Minnesota law including mechanic's lien law, title insurance coverage, the doctrine of equitable subrogation, and torrens law.  He frequently speaks at continuing education training courses and title insurance training seminars.

    Certificates and Credentials

    MSBA Board Certified Specialists

    About Bradley Beisel

    Admitted: 1977, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1992

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Real Property Specialist certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association., 2000

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "The Optional Advance Rule in Minnesota," Minnesota Real Estate Law Journal, September/October, 1992, Vol. 5, No. 13.                           
    • Minnesota Title Insurance (with Steven J. Tierney and John K. (Jack) Zackow), Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1988.
    • A Complete Guide to Title Insurance in Minnesota (Course Chair) Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, 2006


    • Riverview Muir Doran, LLC v. JADT Development Group, LLC,  790 N.W.2d 167 (Minn. 2010) (Attorney for amicus curiae Minnesota Land Title Association.) When there has been no actual and visible beginning of the improvement on the ground, the priority of a mechanics lien and a mortgagee upon whether the mortgage had actual notice of an existing lien.   Mortgagees that had paid all known, outstanding invoices of lien claimant at time mortgages were recorded did not have actual notice of existing mechanic's lien.
    • E.H. Renner & Sons v. Sherburne Homes, 458 N.W. 2d 177 (Minn. App. 1990). (Paving of streets, curbs and gutters in subdivision is not actual and visible beginning of improvement under statute directing that as against a bona fide mortgagee no mechanics lien shall attach before beginning of improvement on the ground.)
    • Kirkwold Constr. Co. V. M.G.A. Constr. Co., Inc., 498 N.W. 2d 465, (Minn. App. 1993), affd. 513 N.W. 2d 241 (Minn. 1994) (Mechanics' liens of engineer and surveyor had priority over interests of bona fide purchaser and mortgagee, even though purchaser and mortgagee recorded their interests prior to time of actual and visible improvement on the ground, where purchaser and mortgagee had actual notice of lienable work performed by engineer and surveyor; lien claimants other than engineer and surveyor could not tack their liens onto priority of engineer and surveyor.)
    • In the Matter of the Petition of Thomas M. Willmus, 568 N.W. 2d 722 (Minn. App. 1997) Rev. Denied.  (Doctrine of estoppel by deed does not apply to registered land.  Mere registration of instrument affecting title to registered land does not impute "actual notice" to owner or purchaser of Torrens property; rather, actual notice requires actual knowledge, and party must actually know that interest in the land exists.)
    • Premier Bank v. Becker Development, LLC, 785 N.W.2d 753 (Minn. 2010) (Attorney for amicus curiae Minnesota Land Title Association.) When a mechanics lien claimant seeks to enforce a blanket mechanics lien over less than all of the liened property it must apportion its lien so that the amount of the lien to be enforced is a pro rate share of the original lien amount.
    • Suburban Exteriors, Inc. v. Emerald Homes, Inc., 508 N.W. 2d 811 (Minn. App. 1993). (Removal of trees, not in furtherance of construction of residence but for transplanting into neighboring yard of vendors of lot, did not constitute "actual and visible beginning of the improvement" within meaning of statute providing that as against mortgagee, no mechanic's lien shall attach prior to actual and visible beginning of improvement on the ground.)
    • Pine Valley Meats, Inc., v. Canal Capital Corporation, 566 N.W. 2d 357 (Minn. App. 1997) Rev. Denied. (Land purchase agreement and accompanying indenture providing that seller had obligation to provide cattle walkway between buyer's meat packing plant and seller's remaining land created license, rather than easement).
    • Citizens State Bank v. Raven Trading Partners, Inc. 786 N.W.2d 274 (Minn.,2010). (Attorney for amicus curiae Minnesota Land Title Association.) Equitable Subrogation is available to real estate professionals where there is a justifiable or excusable mistake of fact.
    • Fingerhut Corp. v. Suburban Nat. Bank, 460 N.W. 2d 63 (Minn. App. 1990). (Mortgage against registered property did not give mortgagee equitable interest which took precedence over any interest created by notice of lis pendens which was filed and registered after mortgage was executed but before mortgage was registered.)
    • Home Lumber Co. v. Kopfmann Homes, Inc. 535 N.W.2d 302 (Minn.,1995)  (Attorney for amicus curiae, Minnesota Land Title Assoc.) (For purposes of rule that mortgage given to secure future advances has priority over mechanics liens attaching after mortgage is given but before such advances are made, if advances are "obligatory", question of whether advances optional or obligatory is determined solely on basis of controlling documents themselves.)
    • Langford Tool & Drill Co. v. Phenix Biocomposites, LLC, 668 N.W.2d 438 (Minn. App., 2003).  (If there is an abandonment of a project and a subsequent recommencement of work, mechanic's liens arising from the new work do not relate back to the original start of construction.)

    Educational Background:

    • University of Minnesota Law School, JD, 1977
    • Mankato State Univerity, BA, Summa Cum Laude; Philosophy, 1974

    Industry Groups

    • Minnesota Land Title Association
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    Office Location for Bradley N. Beisel

    730 2nd Avenue South
    Suite 282
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

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    Last Updated: 5/28/2020

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