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Kareen R. Ecklund provides general business advice to a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and has extensive experience in negotiations, complex transactions, contract and lease review and preparation, governance and operations of non-profit organizations, with particular expertise in all areas of commercial real estate, including finance and development, sales and purchases, leasing and property management.

Kareen is a member of the real property law section of the county and state bar associations, having served as Chairperson of both the County and State Real Property Law Sections and for many years on the statewide Executive Council of the Real Property Law Section, and on the planning committee and faculty of the Annual Real Estate Institute presented jointly by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education and the Real Property Section for many years. She has been a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education programs on real estate issues and is a former adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, where she taught courses in mortgages and real property law.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Kareen was employed in human resources management in the insurance industry.

Practice Areas

  • Non-Profit Organizations
    • Formation
    • Tax Exemptions
    • Governance
    • Strategic Planning
    • Board Development
    • General Counsel
  • Business Organizations and Transactional
    • Entity Selection, Formation and Governance
    • General Counsel
    • Contract Negotiations and Preparation
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • General Business and Construction Financing
    • Business Agreements
    • Purchase and Sale of Office, Commercial and Industrial Property
    • Complex Financing
  • Real Estate Law
    • Complex Title Issues
    • Title Registration
    • Entity Selection
    • Commercial Real Estate Law
    • Real Estate Development Law
    • Real Estate Finance Law
    • Mortgage Foreclosures
    • Problem Loan Workouts
    • Tax-Free Exchanges of Real Property
    • Real Estate Aspects of Bankruptcy
    • Lease Negotiations and Preparation
    • Real Estate Appeals/Estate Planning
    • Platting, Zoning and Subdivision Issues
    • Easements
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Mediator

Representative Work

  • Consultation regarding entity selection, structuring of operations and preparation of member control agreements for ownership of real estate investment property and family recreation property
  • General counsel to businesses and non-profit organizations, including entity selection and formation, contract negotiations and preparation, governance and intellectual property issues
  • General business and construction finance, sale/leasebacks, and real estate development
  • Mortgage foreclosures, problem loan workouts, tax-free exchanges of real property, coordination of real estate implications of bankruptcies, public financing
  • Plan, negotiate and prepare contracts for all phases of real property development including office buildings, industrial parks, planned developments, residential developments, time share and resort complexes, recreational vehicle campgrounds, shopping centers and common interest communities
  • Complex mixed-use projects, including vertical subdivisions, ground leases, air rights, easements, multi-tier owners associations
  • Acquisition, disposition and utilization of commercial and industrial real estate, including environmental issues and leasing matters; representation of major owners of mineral interests
  • Representation before governmental boards of municipalities, preparation of ordinances in connection with platting, zoning and subdivision issues; real and personal property tax appeals

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • 2014 Distinguished Service Award by the Real Property Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Certified Real Property Law Specialist, Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” (highest rating) by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory

Bar Admission

  • U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Iron Ore Lessors Association (Current Board Member)
  • Board of Continuing Legal Education, MSBA (Board Member)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Real Property Section and Corporate, Banking and Business Law Section, Real Property Section Executive
  • Council, Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair, Member of Legislative Affairs Committee and Common Interest Community working group)
  • Ramsey County Bar Association (Chair, Real Property Law Section)
  • Lambda Alpha International, Honorary Land Economics Society

Professional/Academic Experience

  • William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Legal Writing Instructor


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude
  • M.A., program, American Studies, University of Minnesota
  • B.A., University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, cum laude


  • Contributing editor, Minnesota Methods of Practice, West Publishing. Author, chapter “Foreclosure of Mortgages by Advertisement” and “Closing a Real Property Transaction.”
  • Contributing editor, Minnesota Residential Real Estate Practice,Fourth Edition, author of section “Representing Condo, Coop and Townhouse Purchasers.”
  • Numerous continuing legal education seminar materials.
  • Metropolitan State University Foundation – Current Board Member, Chair Governance Committee
  • Minnesota Landmarks – Current Board Member, Officer, Executive Committee, Space Planning Committee, Chair Personnel Committee
  • Minnesota Institute of Talented Youth – Board Member
  • Minnesota Humanities Commission/Center – Board Member, Officer, Executive Committee Vice-Chair, Chair
  • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra – Board Member, Officer, Executive Committee, Joint Committee on Orchestra Affairs Chair, Personnel Committee Chair, Administrative Committee Chair
  • Minnesota Women’s Campaign Fund (Now Women Winning) – Board Member, Co-President
  • Health East, Inc. – Sponsor Board Member, Ethics Committee Member
  • Bethesda Lutheran Medical Center – Board Member, Quality of Care Committee Chair, Bioethics Committee Chair, Quality Assurance and Credentials Committee
  • Bethesda Development Corporation – Board Member
  • Bethesda Foundation – Board Member
  • White Bear Area Arts Council – Board Member, Fair in the Fields Chair
  • Black Bear Yacht Club – Founder, Member
  • North Suburban Friends of Chamber Music – Founder, Board Member


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