Anthony T. Smith

Phone:
952-388-0289
Fax:
612-235-7927
Email:

Anthony ("Tony") T. Smith has been representing property owners for most of his career. Tony's practice focuses on the diverse legal needs of common interest communities. He regularly advises condominium and townhome associations on all aspects of operation, management, governance, and litigation, including:

  • Governing document preparation, amendment, and interpretation;
  • Rule enforcement;
  • Compliance with applicable state and federal laws (MCIOA, Minnesota Nonprofit Corporations Act, Fair Housing Act, Minnesota Human Rights Act, etc.);
  • Homeowner dispute resolution;
  • Collections;
  • Contract review and negotiation;
  • Insurance claim disputes and litigation; and
  • Contractor disputes and construction defect litigation.

A skilled communicator, problem solver, negotiator, and trial lawyer, Tony has represented clients in cases before Minnesota's state and federal courts, state and federal appellate courts, and the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Tony is a frequent lecturer on issues pertaining to common interest communities and insurance disputes. He regularly presents educational seminars for CAI-Minnesota, CIC-Midwest, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, and the National Business Institute. Additionally, he serves on CAI-Minnesota's Board of Directors.

Tony volunteers his time and experience as legal counsel for Rein In Sarcoma, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and medical community about sarcomas, supporting sarcoma patients and their loved ones, and funding research directed toward developing new treatments and finding a cure for sarcoma cancers. 

Well respected by his peers, Tony has repeatedly been named to Minnesota's list of "Rising Stars" and "Super Lawyers."

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctorate - 2001
  • Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude
    • Major: Sociology

Published Works

  • Five Tips for Effective Association Governance, or All I really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Wars™, CIC-Midwest, 2017
  • Security Cameras and Premises Liability Issues in Common Interest Community, CAI-MN, 2017
  • Show Me the Money! A Collections Overview for Property Managers, CAI-MN 2017
  • RENT: A Property Manager’s (Non-Musical) Survival Guide to Rentals, presented to private management company client, 2017
  • Hot Topics for Cold Weather, Presented to Private Management Company Client, 2017
  • Match Wars: Property Insurance Claims After Cedar Bluff, Contractor’s Association of Minnesota, 2016
  • Construction Defect Disputes & Litigation: Using Coverage, Case Law and Indemnification to Shift Liability, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Insurance Company Claims Negotiations: Top 10 Challenges, National Business Institute, 2015
  • The Cedar Bluff Decision and its Impact on Contractors, Policy Holders, and Insurance Companies, Contractor’s Association of Minnesota, 2015
  • A Storm Is Brewing: Navigating the Choppy Waters of Property Insurance Claims, CAI-Minnesota, 2014
  • Preparing Files for Litigation: Making a Favorable Record for Your Clients, National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, 2012
  • Five Considerations for Handling Association Property Insurance Claims, CAI-MN

Honors and Awards

  • Minnesota Rising Stars, 2007-2010 and 2012-2015
  • Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2018
  • Attorney of the Year, 2015 Construction Defect & Dispute Conference

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Community Associations Institute – Minnesota Chapter
  • Community Associations Institute – Colorado Chapter
  • CIC Midwest

Areas of Practice

  • Community Association Law
  • Insurance Appraisals and Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
Anthony T Smith