Christopher R. Grote

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Christopher R. Grote
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4200 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3226
F 612.371.3207
Amy B. Crawford
T 612.752.1067
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Chris Grote litigates cases in a variety of commercial contexts at both the trial and appellate levels. He has focused his practice on complex matters involving real property title issues including boundary and easement disputes;  mortgage, mechanics’ lien and tax lien validity and priority disputes; construction payment, defect and warranty claim litigation; performance and cost bond claims; lease and purchase agreement disputes; zoning and land use issues involving city councils and county boards; and insurance coverage matters.

Experience
  • Counsel to global institutional investment management firm regarding real estate issues -- including mortgage, as-extracted collateral security, and mechanic’s liens – related to $450,000,000 loan to Essar Steel Minnesota to finance the completion of its $1.8 billion taconite plant in Nashwauk, Minnesota.
  • Represented engineering firm in complex mediation and settlement of $4,000,000 breach of contract and mechanic’s lien foreclosure dispute with engineering, procurement and construction contractor related to the installation of a dry sorbent injection system at a coal-fueled, thermal electric generating plant in Illinois.
  • Represented national, big-box, sporting goods retailer and obtained dismissal of all claims in $15,000,000 breach of lease claim by national shopping center developer related to the construction and lease of building in Detroit, Michigan suburb. 
  • Represented residential developer obtaining Minnesota Court of Appeals reversal of County Board’s denial of preliminary plat for proposed new residential development in Scott County.
  • Represented architect in successful $350,000 mechanic’s lien foreclosure related to work performed on senior living center project that was abandoned before construction began. 
  • Represented owner of historic, 1,300 unit apartment complex in Minneapolis, Minnesota obtaining dismissal of lawsuit seeking to eliminate numerous easements providing virtually all of the access and utility services to the complex.
Media & Presentations
Events
03.15.16
"Mechanic's Lien Statement"
Presenter, Handling Mechanic's Liens in Minnesota, Minnesota CLE
10.22.15
"Perfecting and Foreclosing a Mechanic's Lien: Ten Steps to Doing it Right"
2015 Real Estate Institute
11.01.14
“11 Ways to Mess Up a Mechanic’s Lien Foreclosure Action,”  Minnesota State Bar Association and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Real Estate Institute
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Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Professional & Community

Memberships

  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Section, Real Property Section, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • NAIOP, Member
  • American Meteorological Society, Member
4200 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3226
F 612.371.3207
Amy B. Crawford
T 612.752.1067
  • Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law)

    (J.D., editor, Hamline Law Review, 1996)

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    (B.S., with Distinction, 1986)

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

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