Debra M. Newel

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Location:
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Phone:
651-451-1831
888-451-1831
Fax:
651-450-7384
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Deb Newel has practiced real estate law since 2004, including working for over four years as the in-house attorney at the largest RE/MAX franchise in the world with over 30 office locations and more than 1,000 agents. She also owned and operated her own law firm prior to joining LeVander, Gillen & Miller, P.A.

As part of her practice, she works with residential and commercial real estate owners, buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, property managers, agents and brokers on all aspects of real estate law. This includes drafting and reviewing documents related to the purchase, sale, leasing and property management of real estate. It also involves providing legal advice and guidance in regard to issues that may arise during a transaction or after a closing.

Deb regularly counsels real estate agents and brokers throughout the State of Minnesota on a diverse range of real estate-related legal matters and compliance and risk-management issues. Although she prefers to proactively prevent legal problems in a cost-effective manner and resolve issues without the need for further legal action, Deb also represents real estate agents and brokers in relation to ethics complaints, commission dispute arbitrations, Department of Commerce investigations and residential real estate arbitration proceedings.

As part of her work with real estate agents and brokers, Deb has conducted numerous training sessions and taught continuing education courses. These training sessions and educational courses have covered a wide variety of legal and compliance topics that are pertinent to real estate licensees' business activities and representation of consumers in real estate transactions.

Areas of Practice

  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate
  • Real Estate Brokerage Services
  • Licensing and Regulatory
  • Residential Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Residential Property Management Services
  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate Expert Witness Services
  • Real Estate Agent and Broker Trainings and Presentations

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2005
  • Minnesota Supreme Court, 2004

Education

  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctorate - 2004
  • University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • M.B.A. - 2008
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.A. - 1999
    • Honors: Certificate in Criminal Justice
    • Major: Sociology and Behavioral Science and Law

Published Works

  • Arbitration for Residential Real Estate Transactions Brochure, 2017 and updated in 2018
  • Real Property for Estate Planning Attorneys, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2017
  • Various articles in monthly newsletter to RE/MAX Results agents and brokers, RE/MAX Results, 2012-2016
  • Contractors and Homeowners Beware: New Restrictions Apply to Negotiating Storm Damage Claims, Minnesota Community Living, 2011

Classes/Seminars

  • Procuring Cause and Protecting Your Real Estate Commissions, Real Estate Brokerage in Minnesota, 2019
  • Seller and Agent Disclosure Obligations in Minnesota, Real Estate Brokerage in Minnesota, 2019
  • Top Ten Practices to Help Avoid Issues with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Real Estate Brokerage in Minnesota, 2019
  • Buying and Selling Real Estate: Five Issues Buyers and Sellers Face and How to Help Your Clients Tackle Them, Real Estate Brokerage in Minnesota, 2017
  • Resolving Real Estate Disputes Without the Need for Litigation, Ramsey County Bar Association, 2018
  • Real Estate Agent Disclosure Obligations and the Seller’s Disclosure Alternatives, Real Estate Brokerage in Minnesota, 2018
  • The Residential Purchase Agreement, Addendum and Contingencies: What You Need to Know, Minnesota CLE, 2018
  • Protecting Your Residential Real Estate Commissions, Hellmuth & Johnson, 2018
  • FIRPTA Basics and Open Forum to Answer Agents’ Most Pressing Questions, Real Estate Brokerage in Minnesota, 2018
  • Understanding the Arbitration Agreement in Residential Real Estate Transactions, Several Real Estate Brokerages in Minnesota, 2017 and 2018
  • Compliance and Risk Management Sessions, Real Estate Brokerage in Minnesota, 2017 and 2018
  • Compliance and Risk Management Session, Real Estate Brokerage in Minnesota, 2017
  • FIRPTA’s Acronym Soup – What Is It? Why Should I Care? How Do I Protect My Clients?, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2016
  • FIRPTA - What Is It and Why Should Realtors Care?, RE/MAX Results Legal Updates, 2016
  • Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts to Avoid Issues With the Department of Commerce, RE/MAX Results Legal Updates, 2015 and 2016
  • Legal Updates - The Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing Yourself, RE/MAX Results Ultimate Results, 2013
  • Legal Updates – Inspections, RE/MAX Results Ultimate Results, 2015
  • Legal Tips and Traps, RE/MAX Results Ultimate Results, 2014
  • The Residential Purchase Agreement, Addendum and Contingencies: What You Need to Know, Your First Minnesota Real Estate Transaction, Minnesota CLE, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Annual Community Association Seminar, Thomsen Nybeck, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Residental Real Estate Litigation - Involving Buyers, Sellers, Agents, Appraisers, Closers and Mortgage Brokers, Co-author of seminar materials, Minnesota CLE- Real Estate Institute, 2009
  • Avoiding Appraiser Malpractice Suits and Complaints, Co-author of seminar materials, Minnesota Appraisal Institute, 2009
  • Business Practicum Course, Adjunct Practicum Professor at William Mitchell College of Law (n/k/a Mitchell Hamline School of Law), 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • Thomsen Nybeck Annual Community Association Law Seminar, Presenter and author of seminar materials
  • Former Adjunct Professor for Business Practicum Course, William Mitchell College of Law

Honors and Awards

  • John Wesley Leadership and Service Award, Hamline University, 2004
  • Recognized as “Rising Star”, Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2011
  • Badger of the Year Award, Wisconsin Alumni Association – Twin Cities Chapter, 2012
  • “Cool as a Cucumber” Award, RE/MAX Results, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dakota County Bar Association, Member, 2018 - Present
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Minnesota Association of Realtors®, Affiliate Member, 2013 - Present
  • Minnesota Association of Realtors®, Risk Management Committee, 2014 - Present
  • Minnesota Association of Realtors®, Professional Standards Policy Committee (f/k/a Professional Standards Workgroup), 2013 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 2004 - Present
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member, 2004 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, 2004 - 2017
  • Minnesota Land Title Association Ad Hoc FIRPTA Work Group, Member, 2015 - 2016
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Member, 2012 - 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Newel Law Firm, PLLC, Owner and Attorney, 2016 - 2018
  • RE/MAX Results and Home Title, Inc., General Counsel, 2012 - 2016
  • Thomsen & Nybeck, P.A., Attorney, 2005 - 2012
  • Thomsen & Nybeck, P.A., Law Clerk, 2004 - 2005

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mentor law students and recent law school graduates, 2013 - Present
  • Minnesota State Board of Physical Therapy, Board Member, 2009 - Present
  • Minnesota State Board of Physical Therapy, Complaint Review Committee, Member, 2015 - Present
  • Minnesota State Board of Physical Therapy, Legislative and Policy Committee, Member and Chair, 2011 - Present
  • Results Foundation, Board Member, 2015 - 2016
  • Missions, Inc. Programs and Mission Farm Nursing Home, Inc., Board Member, 2009 - 2013
  • Missions, Inc. Programs and Mission Farm Nursing Home, Inc., Secretary, 2012 - 2013
  • Missions, Inc. Programs and Mission Farm Nursing Home, Inc., Finance Committee, Member, 2011 - 2012
  • Missions, Inc. Programs and Mission Farm Nursing Home, Inc., Building and Planning Committee, Member, 2010 - 2013