Michelle Z. McDonald

Michelle Z. McDonald

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Denver, CO

MDH Law Group LLC
 | 1001 Bannock Street, Suite 135
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 720-227-0602
Fax: 720-533-2022
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (60%),
  • Banking (20%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Michelle Z. McDonald is a member of MDH Law Group LLC, located in Denver, Colorado. A key member of the firm's real estate and development team, she has focused her career on assisting her clients throughout the Denver area in their real estate and development transactions since the early 1990s, managing private and public equity investments for a top real estate investment company even prior to attending law school.

After receiving her Bachelor of Business Administration in 1994, Ms. McDonald went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Following law school, she began her long career in real estate and development law, practicing in those areas first at two well-known area law firms before joining Fortis Law Partners LLC.

Ms. McDonald's clients include national, regional and institutional banks, private equity investors and borrowers, whom she represents in originating and restructuring complex real estate projects and developments. She has assisted her clients through completion of extremely large real estate deals, including assisting a private equity fund client with the purchase and sale of 28 multi-unit family apartment complexes valued at $800 million across the nation. The latter transaction involved securing $300 million in financing through FHA multi-family supplemental and originating loans.

Ms. McDonald has been named as a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women's Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, Vistage International and CREW Denver. She has been published in The Colorado Lawyer and the Colorado Real Estate Journal, and she has given presentations on lender liability and mechanic's liens.

About Michelle McDonald

Admitted: 2004, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://mdhlawgroup.com/michelle-z-mcdonald/


  • Colorado Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), Fellow
  • Transportation Law Journal, Staff Editor, University of Denver Law Review, General Editor

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Downtown Denver Partnership, Leadership Program, 2010
  • Member of Vistage International
  • CREW Denver
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Committee Member, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • Board of Directors for the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Former Adjunct professor, Real Estate for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Presented, “Colorado Mechanic’s Lien Law: Overview, Speaking Engagement”, National Bank
  • Presented, CLE, “The Complicated World Of Lender Liability”, Colorado Bar Association (2012)
  • Published, “Economic Environment Triggers Lender Liability Claims: Be Proactive”, Colorado Real Estate Journal (20XX)
  • Published, “The Complicated World Of Lender Liability”, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 40, No.4 (2011)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Completed the Downtown Denver Partnership, Leadership Program in 2010

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marymount College, 1994
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Office Location for Michelle Z. McDonald

1001 Bannock Street
Suite 135
Denver, CO 80204

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Last Updated: 10/11/2019

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