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John A. Markert

John Markert is a partner with Heley, Duncan & Melander, PLLP and focuses his practice in the areas of construction and complex commercial litigation.  John worked in the construction industry for 16 years prior to joining the firm in 2001.  John utilizes his “real world” experience in the construction industry to assist clients involved in matters relating to both commercial and residential construction.  John’s clients include design professionals, owners, general contractors, developers, sub-contractors and suppliers.  John’s areas of expertise include:

  • Design defect litigation
  • Payment disputes, including mechanic’s liens and bond claims
  • Construction delay claims
  • Warranty claims
  • Defense of wrongful death claims
  • Construction contract review and negotiations
  • Insurance coverage matters
  • Labor and employment matters
  • Pre-litigation dispute resolution
  • Real estate transaction negotiations and disputes
  • Representation of clients in administrative board actions

In addition to handling matters related to construction, John also assists a variety of business clients with general employment and corporate matters, business litigation as well as real estate and asset purchase transactions.

Client Services:

Construction Litigation

Business Litigation

Business and Real Estate Transactions

Admitted to Practice:


United States District Court for District of Minnesota

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Activities:

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association

Member, Hennepin County Bar Association


Co-author: ConsensusDOCS 240: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, The Construction Lawyer, Winter 2010 

Co-Author: Lessons Learned – How the 1997 Revisions to A201 Have Fared After 10 Years, presented at the Forum on the Construction Industry’s Midwinter Meeting, January 2007

Awards and Recognition:

Recognized as a “Rising Star” from 2002-2011 by the Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1997

Law School:

Juris Doctorate, William Mitchell College of Law, 2001

John A. Markert


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