Michelle Z. McDonald

Top rated real estate attorney in Denver, Colorado

MDH Law Group LLC
Michelle Z. McDonald
MDH Law Group LLC

Practice Areas: Real estate, Banking, Business & corporate; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 2004

Education: University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014

MDH Law Group LLC

1001 Bannock Street
Suite 135
Denver, CO 80204 Visit website


A commercial real estate and business transaction attorney and a founding member of MDH Law Group LLC, Michelle Z. McDonald represents clients in Colorado with extensive legal and business experience. During her career, she has worked with clients in matters of hospitality transactions, multi-family transactions, manufactured housing, land use and large-scale development transactions, build-to-suit ground leasing, industrial leasing, office leasing, retail leasing, commercial real estate lending, and regulatory and licensing matters for manufactured housing.

Ms. McDonald is a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and is counsel to national and local developers of office, hotel, retail and mixed-use property. She also works in the financial industry and provides representation to regional, national and institutional private equity investors, banks and borrowers in all financial aspects of commercial real estate.

In 1994, she graduated from Marymount College with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Ms. McDonald then attended law school at the Sturm College of Law University of Denver, where she graduated Order of St. Ives with highest honors and her Juris Doctor in 2004. While in law school, she was staff editor of the Transportation Law Journal and general editor of the University of Denver Law Review.

She is admitted to practice in the state of Colorado. With almost three decades of experience in the commercial real estate industry, she is prepared to handle any complex or complicated legal matter for her clients. Ms. McDonald is a   member of the Colorado Bar Association and CREW Denver.

Practice areas

Real estate: business, Banking, Business/corporate, Land use/zoning

Focus areas

Condominiums & cooperatives, Landlord/tenant, Mortgage & refinance, Business formation and planning, Limited liability companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business organizations

  • 60% Real estate: business
  • 20% Banking
  • 10% Business/corporate
  • 10% Land use/zoning

First Admitted: 2004, Colorado

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

Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Completed the Downtown Denver Partnership, Leadership Program in 2010
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Former Adjunct professor, Real Estate for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Published, “The Complicated World Of Lender Liability”, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 40, No.4 (2011)
  • Published, “Economic Environment Triggers Lender Liability Claims: Be Proactive”, Colorado Real Estate Journal (20XX)
  • Presented, CLE, “The Complicated World Of Lender Liability”, Colorado Bar Association (2012)
  • Presented, “Colorado Mechanic’s Lien Law: Overview, Speaking Engagement”, National Bank
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Committee Member, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • Board of Directors for the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
  • Colorado Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Transportation Law Journal, Staff Editor, University of Denver Law Review, General Editor
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), Fellow
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marymount College, 1994
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Colorado
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Downtown Denver Partnership, Leadership Program, 2010
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Member of Vistage International
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • CREW Denver

Office location for Michelle Z. McDonald

1001 Bannock Street
Suite 135
Denver, CO 80204

Phone: 720-227-0602


9 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014

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