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Fredrikson shareholder and president John M. Koneck has been recognized as one of Minnesota’s most powerful business leaders in the 2022 edition of the Minnesota 500. Executives named on the Minnesota 500 are chosen from more than 7,000 impactful candidates throughout the state.

“It is an honor to be selected for this award; and it makes me glad to see Fredrikson & Byron’s name among a strong group of business leaders,” said Koneck.

Unique among his real estate lawyer peers, Koneck handles both complex real estate transactions, including sales, financings and leases, and complex real estate disputes and litigation, including contract disputes, foreclosures, workouts and bankruptcy.

Koneck is a real estate lawyer. His goal is to help his clients obtain their business objectives—in a transaction, that usually means closing a deal, and in a dispute, it usually means winning. Koneck has represented clients in transactions across the United States, has tried cases in various state and federal courts, and has represented clients in arbitrations. He has handled real estate transactions and disputes involving commercial, industrial, and multi-family sales and acquisitions, brokerage agreements, commercial lease, tax and business planning, and construction and permanent real estate financing. He also has substantial experience in bankruptcy and debtor/creditor law and has represented borrowers and lenders in real estate workouts, and debtors and secured parties in real estate bankruptcy cases. John also regularly counsels his real estate clients on the legal aspects of their business, disputes, and risk-management strategies.

Since 2018, the Greenspring editorial team has found the 500 most powerful and influential leaders in Minnesota across more than 60 industries, including business, nonprofits, health care and manufacturing. Minnesota 500 profiles the best and brightest individuals, shares some secrets to their successes, and brings attention to some of the amazing people in our state. For more information about the Minnesota 500, visit

Fredrikson & Byron is a leading Midwest law firm working collaboratively to help businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. With a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet,” our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients and operate as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. The firm’s 350+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Ames, Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Madison, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.


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