Thomas M. Fafinski is Co-Founder of Virtus Law, PLLC. Tom graduated 13th in his class cum laude at William Mitchell College of Law and was also a cum laude graduate of the College of St. Thomas, with a BA in Finance.
Tom has been a member of the MNSCU faculty and is also active with the Minnesota Real Estate Investor’s Association. He has been frequently published in Dakota County Tribune, Star Tribune and various newsletters. Tom has also been featured on Todd Rooker’s radio show “Cover your Assets”, as well as a guest speaker on MSPradio. He is a contributor and member of the national asset protection, tax and estate planning organization, Wealth Counsel. He is admitted in State and Federal Court for Minnesota. Tom is an active real estate investor with commercial holdings.
Tom enjoys spending time with his family, reading, coaching youth sports teams, his dogs and attending sporting events. Tom is also a die-hard Bruce Springsteen fan.
Nathan W. Nelson is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Virtus Law, PLLC. Nathan graduated from Hamline University and the Hamline School of Law, and graduated summa cum laude with a Masters of Law in Taxation from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Nathan is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota and North Dakota.
Nathan represents businesses and high net worth individuals in the areas of estate planning, business and corporate law, litigation and banking. Nathan successfully argued the Supreme Court case Zweber v. Credit River Township. Read the Supreme Court decision here… He oversees the Estate Planning and Taxation departments in the firm.
Nathan is involved in MnREIA, and frequently speaks on issues relating to litigation for real estate investors and privately held businesses. He has been a guest speaker for real estate associations, multiple colleges and universities, on Todd Rooker’s radio show “Cover Your Assets”, and Jason Walgrave’s “Home Talk” on ESPN1500. Nathan is a peer group facilitator for Wealth Counsel; a national group of estate planning and asset protection attorneys. Nathan serves on the paralegal advisory board for Inver Hills Community College, and he is a Board Member and Housing Boards Committee Chair for the non-profit organization Community Involvement Programs (CIP). His articles have been published by Minnesota Real Estate Investors and in Minnesota Business Magazine and he was awarded the Rising Star designation from SuperLawyers in 2015 and 2016.
Nate balances his time at work with music, running and his three dogs. He is also a very big Marvel Comics fan!
Ryan D. Kaplan works in the areas of commercial and business law, estate planning, creditor/debtor law and bankruptcy law. He also advises clients on regulatory matters and provides guidance on compliance issues.
Before starting his own practice with Kaplan Legal Services, LLC, Ryan served as Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer with a life insurance purchasing company in Minneapolis, MN. Ryan previously practiced business and creditor/debtor law with a large law firm in Plymouth, MN. Ryan earned his law degree at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN while employed full-time with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
Ryan is an avid Minnesota Twins fan. He also enjoys racquetball, squash, running, volleyball, reading and spending time with his wife and three children in Plymouth, MN.
Kyle A. Gaffaney is an Of Counsel Attorney practicing in business and estate and income tax areas. He is licensed in Minnesota. Kyle attended Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where he received the William J. Kilbridge award for outstanding academic performance in clinical studies and Federal Income Taxation. He was also the News Editor of the Consumer Law Review and received a certificate in Taxation from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.
Kyle is a Minnesota native, growing up in the rural Minnesota town of Glenwood. He has degrees in Accounting and Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. After graduating from the U of MN, Kyle worked as an Accountant at local investment management firm for five years. Mr. Gaffaney resides in Minneapolis with his wife.
Steven V. Rose is an Attorney in our litigation department. He has a BA degree from the University of MN – Duluth in Criminology and Political Science and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law. Steve has over 16 years experience practicing law.
Steve is an experienced trial lawyer in all facets of complex commercial, creditor-debtor and business litigation, and landlord/tenant law. Steve has successfully argued appellate cases. He is admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota and the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Steve lives in Morristown with his wife and two children. He coaches his son’s and daughter’s basketball teams and enjoys sports, hunting, the outdoors, and time on the lake.
R. Donald Estes has joined Virtus Law PLLC as Of Counsel. Mr. Estes has been practicing law for almost five decades and has unparalleled business and legal acumen. He has a bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota. He earned his law degree from Columbia University in 1967. He was very heavily involved in pro bono work with Legal Advice Clinics, Inc. and the Minneapolis Foundation during his first five years practicing law as an Associate with Thompson Nielsen Klaverkamp & James P.A. He became partner there, but at the end of 1981 he left to become a co-founder and President of Estes Parsinen & Levy P.A. (now part of Barnes & Thornburg). Don committed over twenty years to the United States Naval Reserve as a JAG Officer.
He has nurtured one-person companies into multi-million dollar, world-wide organizations. Since 1989, when he started doing joint venture work in Asia, he has practiced with Estes Law Firm P.A. Although not certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association (no one is), he is certified as such and as an Accredited Estate Planner® by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. He currently serves as director of a multitude of Twin Cities and San Francisco based organizations and as Chairman/CEO of World Products Inc. a Sonoma, CA based electronics manufacturer.
Don is highly respected in business and legal sectors and endorsed by his peers and clients. He is a champion for his clients and channels his intense passion into developing quality, long lasting relationships. In addition to the Minnesota Bar, Mr. Estes is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, US Tax Court, the International Court of Trade, Federal Court District of Minnesota, Circuit Court of Appeals and is certified as UCMJ Article 27 Trial/Defense Counsel.
Beth A. Schroeder is an associate attorney at Virtus Law. She focuses her practice on business transactions and corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, business contracts, business succession planning, asset protection, and commercial and residential real estate transactions.
Beth received her BA from the University of Minnesota and graduated with honors from William Mitchell with a focus in Business Law. During law school, she received the Achievement in Public Service recognition for her volunteer service, participated in the Ruby R. Vale Corporate Moot Court Competition, and was a staff member of the Journal of Law & Practice. She also took part in the Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners Clinic and Community Development Clinic.
She is currently an active member of the Real Property and Business Law sections of the American Bar Association, a member of Minnesota State Bar Association, and a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers.
Beth enjoys volunteering in her free time and is currently on the Young Professionals Board of YouthLink, a non-profit organization that provides homeless young people access to education, housing, and other resources. She also dedicates time to Wills for Heroes, a clinic designed to assist first responders and their spouses in preparing wills and other estate planning documents.
Candace M. Groth is an associate attorney at Virtus Law. She focuses her practice on business transactions and estate planning, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate matters, and tax planning. Candace is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota and Texas.
Candace received her Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in 2014 and her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude in International Studies from Macalester College in 2011. She also earned a Global Arbitration Law and Practice Certificate from Hamline Law’s nationally ranked Dispute Resolution Institution and a Business Law Certificate from Hamline Law’s Business Law Institute. During law school, Candace participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition.
After law school, Candace served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Christine A. Nowak in the Eastern District of Texas. Candace is an active member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Dallas Bar Association. Additionally, she currently serves on the leadership council for the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Candace enjoys cycling, running, and reading historical fiction (her favorites are books by Philippa Gregory) in her free time.