Overview

Breia Schleuss represents commercial and investment banks, other financial institutions and companies in connection with widely syndicated, club and single-bank loan transactions, including asset-based credit facilities, real estate financings, supply chain financings, senior and mezzanine debt financings, and other complex debt facilities. Breia also counsels clients in connection with the restructuring of underperforming loans.

Breia is a leader of FaegreBD’s agribusiness finance practice and was named a Rising Star in banking by Minnesota Super Lawyers and a Top Woman in Finance by Finance & Commerce. Breia serves on the Business, Finance and Advisory Committee of WomenVenture, a small business lender, and the Boards of Directors of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations and Minnesota Women Lawyers.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

University of St. Thomas School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude; top five of graduating class; Law Review (publications editor) (2008)

St. Olaf College
B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (2003)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • The Law of Secured Transactions Under the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Co-author, Ch. 8: The Food Safety Modernization Act: Compliance Issues for Secured Lenders, May 2017
  • Developments in Commercial Lending
    Minnesota CLE, Banking Law Institute, March 31, 2017
  • The Food Safety Modernization Act: A Primer for Secured Lenders (Part II)
    Co-author, Clarks Secured Transactions Monthly, November 2016
  • The Food Safety Modernization Act: A Primer for Secured Lenders (Part I)
    Co-author, Clarks Secured Transactions Monthly,October 2016
  • Financing, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Future: A Candid Conversation Between Companies and Lenders
    Moderator, 2016 Food & Agriculture National Conference, Indianapolis, May 2016
  • Annual Conference for Women in the Law
    Panelist, Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2016
  • Business Law
    Panelist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016
  • Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference
    Keynote Panelist, 2016
  • Merger Best Practices
    Presentations to National Commercial Banks, 2016
  • FSMA and Food Safety: Considerations for Secured Lenders
    Co-author, Clarks Secured Transactions Monthly, August 2015
  • Implications of the Food Safety Modernization Act for Lenders
    Important Issues in Today’s Commercial Lending Transactions, Minnesota CLE Conference, Minneapolis, 2015
  • Agricultural Lending: “Secret” Liens and Regulatory Schemes
    Presentation to Commercial Banks, 2015
  • FSMA and Food Safety: Understanding the Impact on Customers and Lenders
    Presentations to Commercial Banks, 2015
  • Agribusiness Bankruptcies, Failures and Fraud — BFFs?
    Moderator, Food and & Agriculture National Conference, 2014
  • Hot Topics in Banking Law
    Minnesota State Bar Association and MWL, 2012 and 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • The Cowles Center — Cowles Council Board, 2017-present
  • National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations — Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers — Board of Directors, 2011-present, Treasurer of the Board
  • American Bar Association — Syndications and Lender Relations Subcommittee; Secured Lending Subcommittee; Agricultural and Agri-business Finance Subcommittee
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota AgriGrowth Council
  • Turnaround Management Association

Honors

  • Finance & Commerce — Top Women in Finance, 2016
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Top Women Attorneys, Rising Star, 2014-17
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Banking, 2014-18
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — North Star Lawyer, 2013-15
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