Daniel M. Eaton

Top rated Real Estate attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Waypoint Law PLLC
Daniel M. Eaton
Waypoint Law PLLC

Practice Areas: Real Estate, Business & Corporate, Civil Litigation view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2008

Education: University of St. Thomas School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018
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Waypoint Law PLLC

333 Washington Ave N
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401 Visit website


Providing a variety of legal services for individuals and businesses, Daniel M. Eaton is a real estate attorney at Waypoint Law PLLC located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He represents clients in the Twin Cities area and throughout Minnesota. Licensed to practice in the state courts of Minnesota since 2008, Mr. Eaton is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Western Wisconsin.

Certified as a specialist in real property law by the Minnesota State Bar Association, Mr. Eaton devotes a considerable amount of time to that subject. He has represented both buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of residential and commercial properties, and he has handled cases governed by the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, as well as those involving fraud, construction defects, mortgage servicing disputes and wrongful foreclosures.

Outside of real estate law matters, Mr. Eaton has an active business law practice that involves assisting entrepreneurs with respect to the most appropriate form of legal entity for their new ventures, as well as sales and acquisitions, litigation, and general advice and counsel.

Mr. Eaton is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association and the Real Property Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. A 1996 recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with honors from the University of Montana, he obtained his legal education at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 2008.

Recognized by the legal community for his many achievements in the field, Mr. Eaton has been peer reviewed on Martindale-Hubbell and received several 5 out of 5 ratings. His professionalism and vast legal acumen have earned him the respect of his colleagues, including a “Superb” rating on Avvo, along with plenty of positive reviews from grateful clients.

Practice areas

Real Estate: Business, Business/Corporate, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense, Real Estate: Consumer
  • 20% Real Estate: Business
  • 20% Business/Corporate
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 20% Real Estate: Consumer

First Admitted: 2008, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daneaton/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board Member, YMCA Camp du Nord, 2018 - Present
  • Board Member, YMCA Camp Menogyn, 2012 - 2016
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • MSBA Board Certified Real Property Specialist, 2014 - Present
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Bar Admission, United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2011
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Co-chair, Minnesota State Bar Association Real Property Diversity and Outreach Committee, 2017 - Present
  • MSBA Bankruptcy Bulletin Editorial Board Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, 2012 - 2016
  • Bar Admission, United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 2009
  • Bar Admission, Minnesota State Court, 2008
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Selected Case Summaries Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Bulletin, 2012-2016
  • Organizer, "Understanding Mechanic's Liens," (MSBA Real Property Section, Mar. 7, 2019).
  • Presenter, "Remedies for Consumers Facing Foreclosure," (MSBA Bankruptcy Section, July 19, 2018).
  • Organizer, "Five Problems That Can Derail Your Real Estate Closing (and what you can do to avoid them)," (MSBA, April 25, 2017)
  • Presenter, "Dealing with Student Loans In and Out of Bankruptcy," 2015 Bankruptcy Institute (Minn. CLE October 8, 2015).
  • Presenter, "Helping the Distressed Homeowner in Foreclosure," Mortgage Foreclosure Conference (Minn. CLE June 12, 2012.)
Educational Background:
  • University of Montana, B.A., in Journalism, Anthropology
  • Represented buyer in purchase of $1.35M commercial property, Ramsey County, Minnesota, 2021
  • Successfully represented landowner in contested establishment of cartway, Goodhue County, Minn., 2021
  • Represented seller in sale of $975,000 commercial property, Ramsey County, Minn., 2020
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Trial verdict of $421,000, including $100,000 in punitive damages, representing homeowner against builder where builder had stolen homeowner's money designated for rebuilding home after insurance claim. Gate City Bank v. Jenni, No. 11-CV-20-1294, Minn. Dist. Ct. 9th Dist., June 30, 2022
  • At appeal, successfully reversed dismissal of out-of-state parties due to personal jurisdiction on claims by loan guarantor against lender and defaulting borrower after lender foreclosed on guarantor's property in Minnesota. Davis v. EagleBank et al., Minn. Ct. App. A21-1417, June 20, 2022
  • Trial verdict of $151,000 on behalf of investor against investment manager for manager's breach of fiduciary duty and civil theft. Successfully defended post-judgment motions and appeal. Krawczyk v. Aberle, 02-CV-6400, Minn. Dist. Ct. 10th Dist., July 7, 2020
  • Trial verdict defending claims against homeowner by contractor. All State Construction v. Vo, No. 27-CV-19-4703, Minn. Dist. Ct. 4th. Dist. Oct. 24, 2019
  • Successfully defended appeal of arbitration award in home buyer disclosure case. Madison v. Hooper, No. 02-CV-18-4278, Minn. Dist. Ct. 2nd Dist. Oct. 25, 2018
  • Trial verdict granting damages for breach of contract in commercial production dispute. Fox Valley Electronic Design LLC v. Sybaritic Inc., Case No. 27-CV-16-1674, Minn. Dist. Ct. 4th Dist. May 23, 2018
  • Successfully defended mortgage servicer's motion to dismiss borrower's claim that servicer had violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act by failing to pay borrower's property taxes on time from escrow account. Althaus v. Cenlar Agency, Inc., 17-CV–445-JRT-DTS, 2017 WL 4536074, D. Minn. Oct. 10, 2017., 2017
  • Client awarded $36,000.00 against home improvement contractor due to contractor’s failure to timely complete home remodeling project and due to defects in work completed by contractor. Roloff v. v. Transform Design Solutions, LLC, No. 27-CV-16-3716, Minn. Dist. Ct. 4th Dist. June 14, 2016
  • Judgment for plaintiff suing contractor for failing to complete agreed-upon work. Quito v. Jaan Properties LLC, No. 27-CV-14-10131, Minn. Dist. Ct. 4th Dist. Jan. 20, 2015
Industry Groups:
  • Construction
  • Individuals
  • Investors
  • New Businesses
  • Property Managers
  • Real Estate
  • Small Businesses

Office location for Daniel M. Eaton

333 Washington Ave N
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-326-6410


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  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018

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