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Rob Shainess is a trial lawyer with a particular focus on resolving real estate, construction, and business disputes. Rob’s clients range from individual property owners to national banks, and everyone in between. Rob is proud to have been named a Rising Star in 2012 and 2013 by Super Lawyers Magazine, and to be the author of an award-winning blog focused on Minnesota real estate disputes.


Before founding Capstone Law, Rob spent seven years as a real estate and construction litigator with one of Minnesota’s largest elite law firms. In 2011, Rob set out to start his own firm, believing that he could offer his clients better value if he shed the bloat associated with large firms.


Rob grew up in Connecticut, and received his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College in upstate New York. After college, Rob moved to Minnesota to attend law school at the University of Minnesota. While attending law school, Rob met his wife, a Minnesota native. They now live in the Twin Cities with their daughter and twin sons.


Rob has handled many real estate, construction, and business disputes. Information about specific real estate disputes that Rob has handled can be found here. And, look here for information about Rob’s construction experience.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    11 years, 100 cases
  2. Real Estate: 20%
    11 years
  3. Construction & Development: 20%
    11 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Capstone Law LLC

Canadian Pacific Plaza120 South Sixth Street
Suite 1720
Minneapolis, MN, 55402


MNAuthorized to practice200407/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCapstone Law, LLC2011 - Present
AttorneyFredrikson & Byron2004 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Builders Association of the Twin CitiesMember2012 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law SectionMember2006 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law SectionMember2004 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Turf Wars BlogCourt Warns Title Insurance Companies: Pay Up Or Else2012
Turf Wars BlogMinnesota Mechanic's Lien Surprise!2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Ithaca CollegeN/AB.A.2001
Cheshire High SchoolN/AN/A1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Minnesota CLEWho Owns It? The Most Common Claims When Ownership or Use of Property Is In Question2011
Annual MeetingConsensusDOCS Contracts-Overview and Use2009
Annual MeetingTop Contract Provisions for Subcontractors2008
Volunteer Lawyers NetworkBasics of Residential Eviction Defense2005