Melinda enjoys representing parties in complex real estate transactions and using her legal skills to effectively and efficiently help clients meet their specific goals.
As a strategic legal adviser, Melinda provides practical and effective legal solutions tailored to her national and regional real estate clients’ needs. She counsels individuals and businesses in protecting their rights and maximizing outcomes in a variety of commercial real estate transactions, including leasing, purchases and sales, joint ventures, and real estate development. She is a Minnesota State Bar Association Board-Certified Real Property Law Specialist, certifying her capabilities dealing with real property transactions as her specialty area of law.
Melinda works with developers, investors, builders, and tenants in drafting, reviewing and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, easements, parking agreements, declarations of restrictive covenants, mixed-use, office, retail, industrial and ground leases and other documents related to ownership, acquisitions, sales, development, and leasing of commercial property.
Melinda serves as a trusted advisor for her clients, who praise her for being deal-oriented, attentive to detail, organized and responsive, all of which helps her clients successfully achieve their desired outcomes.
Represents the landlord of a 455,000 square foot class “A” multi-tenant office building in the southwest suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul area with the drafting and negotiating of office leases.
Represents the landlord of a 194,000 square foot class “A” multi-tenant office building in the downtown Minneapolis area with the drafting and negotiating of office leases.
Represents the landlord of a 170,000 square foot class “A” multi-tenant office building in Charlotte, North Carolina with the drafting and negotiating of office leases.
Represents a regional health care provider and health insurance company in connection with leasing of medical office space, clinic and hospital space in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Represented a regional health care provider and health insurance company in connection with its 400,000 square foot corporate headquarters lease in suburban Minneapolis.
Commercial Acquisition, Disposition and Development
Represents one of the largest residential home builders in the country in connection with its land acquisition, disposition and development of residential homes in the greater Twin Cities area, as well as in Iowa and Nebraska.
Represents a national developer in connection with the ground leasing, development and office leasing of a bio-medical, health care innovation research facility in Rochester, Minnesota.
Represents clients who wish to re-invigorate retail real estate by the acquisition and development of experiential uses.
Represented a national real estate investment trust (REIT) in the disposition of over 40 commercial properties nationwide.
Represented hotel owners and operators in numerous transactions.
Represents the buyer in the acquisition of a 153-unit multifamily apartment complex in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.
Represents the seller of a 162-unit multifamily apartment complex for $30 million in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
Melinda is committed to pro bono service, and is currently a volunteer attorney with the Children’s Law Center, which provides free legal services to youth in foster care and other children navigating the legal and social services systems.
Melinda serves on the Minneapolis Recruiting Committee and is committed to the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts in this regard.
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Minnesota Lawyer Up & Coming Attorney Honoree, 2023
Named to the 2024 Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" list
Selected to the Super Lawyers© Minnesota Rising Stars list, 2022-2023
Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association
Recognized in Minnesota State Bar Association’s North Star Lawyer’s Bench & Bar, for providing 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services, 2015-2021
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLCMN), Volunteer/Pro Bono Attorney
Minnesota Justice Foundation, Board Member, 2018-22
Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), New Lawyer Representative on Real Property Council, 2018-21
Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women (MNCREW)
Teach For America, Corps Member, 2009-11
Practices & Industries
University of Minnesota School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2014
- Minnesota Law Review
- President of Women’s Law Student Association
- Honors in legal research and writing
University of Memphis, master’s degree level courses for teaching certification, 2011
College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, B.A., magna cum laude, Psychology with minor in History, 2009