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Smith Gardner Slusky Law 11/6/15  11/06/15 9:09:12 AM

Smith Gardner Slusky Law
Smith Receives National Recognition
For Sharepoint Years in the Making

H. Daniel Smith was recently honored at the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) annual meeting with its ACREL Award of Achievement for his work affecting law practices across the United States.
Smith, partner with Smith Gardner Slusky Law, and fellow award recipient, Washington attorney Gordon Tanner, worked together over a three-year period to develop technology for the new ACREL website through which ACREL fellows from all 50 states can share information, forms and case law.
Jerry Slusky, a partner with Smith Gardner Slusky Law, says this is very unusual for anyone to get this type of recognition from ACREL. “The project Smith’s team completed has been years in the making,” says Slusky, “and will make a significant impact on the way lawyers around the country are able to access important elements to building their cases in the area of real estate law.”
ACREL Executive Director Jill Pace says the team worked tirelessly on the project. “Smith and Tanner put many hours into getting this massive undertaking accomplished,” says Pace. “We were pleased to have them also receive recognition from Microsoft for their innovative use of Microsoft’s SharePoint software, and we just can’t thank them enough for all their efforts!”
With 35 years of experience, Smith is a knowledgeable, determined advocate for his clients. He has been AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell®, a testament to his kowledge, abilities and ethical practice of law.
For more information about ACREL, please go to: www.acrel.org.
Slusky Named to Dakota REIT’s Board of Trustees

The Dakota Real Estate Investment Trust (The Dakota REIT), which owns and manages commercial and residential rental properties throughout the upper midwest, has recently named Omaha attorney and property developer Jerry Slusky to its Board of Trustees.
Slusky, partner with Smith Gardner Slusky Law and a partner with Bob Batt in the real estate venture SB Communities, worked with The Dakota REIT in 2014, renovating and transferring ownership of three multifamily apartment complexes in the Omaha metro area: Pacific West (Omaha), Copper Creek (Council Bluffs) and Britain Towne (Bellevue).
The Dakota REIT (www.dakotareit.com) is a growing North Dakota real estate investment trust with greater than $300 million in commercial real estate holdings, and this property exchange is the beginning of a focused expansion into the Omaha-Council Bluffs market.
“This was beyond a good business deal. SB Communities and The Dakota REIT share in a caring view and focus on positive tenant relationships,”says Tammy Hauck, Chief Operating Officer of The Dakota REIT. “SB Communities managing partner Jerry Slusky and The Dakota REIT parallel the same standards and we’re pleased to have a working relationship between the two.”
The Dakota REIT Executive Vice President Jim Knutson says Slusky was an obvious choice because of his depth of knowledge as a real estate attorney and multifamily commercial developer. “The Dakota REIT is governed by highly successful, independent business people,” says Knutson. “Their professional knowledge, and insight into the real estate market enables us to recognize sound investment opportunities, and Slusky is exactly the type of individual we look for to serve on the Board of Trustees.”
Slusky has certification from the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution and earned an advanced degree in dispute resolution from the University of Notre Dame/University of Windsor, Toronto. As a certified mediator, he has helped opposing parties resolve conflicts involving more than $100 million over a five year period, including a $25 million real estate partnership dispute and a $15 million joint-venture disagreement.
The Dakota REIT’s website is: www.dakotareit.com. For more information regarding Smith Gardner Slusky Law, please go to: www.lawsgs.com.
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