Dan Schleck - Firm Founder (retired)

Minneapolis Environmental Lawyer

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Dan Schleck formed Schleck & Associates PA in 2006 and practices in the areas of Environmental Law, Real Estate Development — including municipal and land use law and eminent domain proceedings. Voted one the Best Lawyers in America (2001) in the Best Lawyers Consumer Guide, Dan has vast experience in structuring complex transactions and financing packages for contaminated and uncontaminated property development. He has been extremely successful in securing public grant funds for clients that choose to redevelop contaminated property. His expertise on these projects, along with his experience as the former city attorney for Mendota Heights, Minnesota, allows Dan to add value when negotiating Development Agreements with municipalities. Dan's technical experience, along with a hands-on background of cleaning up contaminated sites, allows him to provide a unique perspective on clients issues in this area.

Dan hasn't always been a lawyer

Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Schleck was an engineer with Waste Management, Inc. of Oakbrook, Illinois. While at Waste Management, his work focused on hazardous waste site remediation, reuse of previously polluted properties and general strategic corporate environmental compliance. Mr. Schleck was admitted to the bar in 1995 after graduating from Chicago Kent College of Law with honors in that same year. Since that time, Mr. Schleck has practiced in the area of real estate development and secured transactions, with a focus on environmental due diligence and redevelopment of Brownfield properties. Mr. Schleck is a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin; he is also a certified hazardous materials manager, a certified environmental specialist and is a speaker at many continuing education classes and seminars.


  • Practical Aspects of Tenancy in Common Arrangements and 1031 Exchanges (with Matzen, Timm and Markwardt). Minnesota Real Estate Journal, Special Investment Conference Insert, February 2004
  • Tax Aspects of Conservation Easements, 1999, (with Crayne)
  • New Brownfield Legislation, Changes mean Opportunities, Minnesota Real Estate Journal, September 8, 1997, (with Nowlin)
  • EPA Issues a Final Audit Policy, Environmental Protection Magazine, June 1996
  • Biotechnology Law Update as part of the Special Committee on Science and Technology, published in American Bar Association Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Litigation annual Year in Review monograph, 1996
  • New Source Performance Standards For Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, Environmental Protection Magazine, February 1996, (with Mennel, J.A.)
  • Unresolved Issues May Stay After EPA Issues Landfill NSPS Rules, Solid Waste Report, Vol. 27, No. 2, January 11, 1996, (with Mennel, J.A.)
  • What does the Grossinger Case tell us?, Dupage County Bar Brief, Real Estate Symposium Issue, September 1994
  • In-Situ Testament: When Does it Apply?, Hazardous Materials Control Research Institute Superfund 90 Conference, November 1990
  • Closure of Lackawanna Landfill in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, American Institute of Chemical Engineers 1990 Summer National Meeting, San Diego, CA, August 1990
  • Hazardous Waste Treatment Technology Selection, East West Corporate Corridor Association Midwest Tech III Conference, November 1989, (with Cartwright, Rosenberg)

Bar Admissions & Education

  • Minnesota Bar, 1995
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1995
  • Chicago Kent College of Law J.D., with honors, 1995
  • University of Wisconsin B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1987
  • Licensed Professional Engineer since 1991
  • Certified Hazardous Material Manager since 1991
  • Certified Environment Specialist since 1996

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