Jason C. Tarasek

Adept in the Industry

Jason Tarasek is a construction attorney who resolves disputes through experienced negotiation and, when necessary, litigation. He assists contractors, engineers and architects in obtaining full payment for their work. He advises clients on the proper manner in which to preserve their payment rights and has litigated dozens of cases involving mechanic’s liens and payment bond claims. Jason successfully represented a surety before the Minnesota Supreme Court in Safety Signs v. Niles-Wiese Construction, Inc., 840 N.W.2d 34 (Minn. 2013), a case involving an interpretation of Minnesota’s payment bond statute.

Battle Tested

Jason also represents owners experiencing problems related to construction defects. In December 2013, Jason helped conduct a two-week construction-defect jury trial that resulted in a $2.1 million jury verdict for the client, a townhome association in Nisswa, Minnesota. Jason also obtained a favorable arbitration order for homeowners who fired their builder after the builder failed to demonstrate that it was capable of competently completing the construction of the home. He has an active practice representing North Dakota homeowners. From Fargo to Bismarck to Minot to Williston, he has successfully represented clients with claims of defective construction.

Litigation Success

Jason often forecloses mechanic’s liens on behalf of his clients, who – when successful – may be entitled to recover their attorney’s fees. Jason prevailed at trial for an engineering firm by obtaining a verdict that directed payment of more than $300,000.00 of overdue fees for professional services plus all of the attorney’s fees that the firm incurred over the course of the litigation. He also successfully sued a state government agency to obtain overdue payments for an electrical contractor.

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  • Board of Directors, American Council of Engineering Companies – Minnesota, 2014-2016
  • Member, Programs Committee, Construction Financial Management Association – Twin Cities, 2013-present
  • Member, Minnesota Subcontractors Association, 2015-present
  • Member, Associated General Contractors – North Dakota, 2015-present
  • Minnesota Rising Stars® list, Minnesota Law & Politics magazine; Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, 2007, 2009 – 2010, 2012

Jason is a frequent author and lecturer on construction law and surety topics with local and national legal education and industry groups. In recent years, Jason has authored and presented the following seminars:

  • American Council of Engineering Companies – Minnesota: Protecting Your Firm’s Payment Rights, May 2016
  • Associated General Contractors – North Dakota; Contract Fundamentals, December 2015
  • Fundamentals of Mechanic’s Liens, February 2015
  • NBI, Construction Surety: Resolving Common Disputes, December 2014
  • Half Moon Seminars, Legal Issues for Civil Engineers, August 2014
  • Half Moon Seminars, Payment Bonds and Performance Bonds, May 2014
  • Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann webinar, How to Get Paid Without Getting Sued, May 2013
  • CliftonLarsonAllen conference, Priority of Performing Surety’s Claim to Contract Funds, November 2013
  • Financial Institution Bond Annotated 3d Edition, contributing author, July 2013
  • American Council of Engineering Companies – Minnesota, Mechanic’s Liens: Protecting Your Right to Payment, May 2012
  • American Council of Engineering Companies – Minnesota, Getting Paid: Mechanic’s Liens and Other Remedies, September 2011
  • American Council of Engineering Companies – Minnesota, Protecting Your Firm’s Payment Rights, May 2016
  • Minnesota Subcontractors Association, Protecting Your Payment Rights, November 2016
  • Construction Financial Management Association – Twin Cities, Changes to Minnesota’s Construction Payment Laws, August 2016

Admitted to Practice

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community Tribal Court
  • University of California – Hastings, San Francisco, California
    • Juris Doctor; 2002
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.A. Political Science, Journalism; 1996