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Blake R. Nelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Edina, MN

Hellmuth & Johnson
8050 West 78th Street
Edina, MN 55439
Phone: 952-746-2131
Fax: 952-941-2337
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2001 - 2002
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1995
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business, Construction Litigation: Business, Business/Corporate, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business
Attorney Profile

Blake R. Nelson, a partner with Hellmuth & Johnson, serves the Twin City areas of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, with great distinction, and he is the chair of the firm’s Construction Law Group. Although he represents all types of privately held businesses, Mr. Nelson’s primary focus is on the needs of the construction industry, specifically, construction and real estate law and litigation, general corporate representation, and creditors’ remedies.

After learning firsthand about the construction business while working in his family’s lumberyard, Mr. Nelson pursued his undergraduate education at Gustavus Adolphus College and received Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and English. He then attended what was then known as William Mitchell College of Law, and in 1995, he was awarded his Juris Doctor. Admitted to practice in Minnesota and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Mr. Nelson has been certified as a specialist in real property law by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Mr. Nelson's caseload has encompassed real property purchases, sales, and development, mechanic’s liens, business advice and counsel, regulatory compliance, the preparation and review of commercial real estate leases, buy-sell agreements, entity formation, and equity and debt financing transactions. He has written numerous articles on subjects related to his practice areas, and he is a frequent lecturer on construction law and creditor issues.

Mr. Nelson’s professional affiliations include the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Construction Lawyers Society of America and the Minnesota State Bar Association. Held in high regard by his fellow attorneys, he has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Real Estate: Business
  • 40%Construction Litigation: Business
  • 20%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Creditor Debtor Rights: Business
Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning


21 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2001 - 2002

Certificates and Credentials

About Blake R. Nelson

First Admitted: 1995, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member


  • AV peer-review rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2005
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's "40 Under Forty" top business leader in 2009
  • Multiple-year member of the Minnesota Super Lawyers list

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Regular contributor to various real estate and construction industry publications
  • Frequent speaker and teacher for seminars and continuing education classes in the construction and real estate industries.

Educational Background

  • Gustavus Adolphus College, Bachelor of Arts, majoring in both English and Political Science, cum laude

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Real Property Law Specialist, 2000

Industry Groups

  • Closely Held Business
  • Construction
  • Real Estate
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Office Location for Blake R. Nelson

8050 West 78th Street
Edina, MN 55439

Phone: 952-746-2131

Fax: 952-941-2337

Last Updated: 7/19/2022

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