Carl E. Christensen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Christensen Law Office PLLC
 | 800 Washington Avenue North, Suite 704
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-823-4427
Fax: 612-823-4777
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property (30%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (50%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Carl E. Christensen is an attorney and the founder of Christensen Law Office PLLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Christensen practices in the areas of bankruptcy, intellectual property and real estate law, and has a great deal of litigation experience and represents clients throughout Minnesota. Since beginning his legal career, Mr. Christensen has been involved in many significant cases. 

Mr. Christensen graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree and earned his law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. While attending law school, he studied land reform law in South Africa, a country he had previously been to as a Peace Corps volunteer. He also clerked at the National Arbitration Forum and gained valuable knowledge in the area of intellectual property. He has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota since 2005.

Before founding his firm, Mr. Christensen acquired legal experience by clerking for a state court judge and serving as a prosecutor. In addition to his law practice, he also served as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, teaching Intellectual Property Foundations.

Mr. Christensen has also given back to his community by working for various nonprofit organizations in the Minneapolis area including Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. and the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.

Passionate about sharing his legal knowledge, Mr. Christensen has given presentations on various legal topics to groups including the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Ramsey County Bar Association and at Minnesota based continuing legal education events. In 2012, he also authored an informational article on defenses to foreclosure actions for a Minnesota continuing legal education publication.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Intellectual Property (30%): Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Real Estate (50%): Mortgage & Refinance

Civil Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law, Mortgage & Refinance

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2014 - 2015

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About Carl Christensen

Admitted: 2005, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.clawoffice.com/bios/carl-christensen

Honors/Awards:

  • SBA Emerging 200, U.S. Small Business Administration, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Consumer Law Litigation Section Council Member, 2014
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral and Information Service Oversight Committee, 2010
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 2005 - Present
  • Member, National Association of Consumer Advocates, 2008 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, 2008 - Present
  • Member, Better Business Bureau, 2008 - Present
  • Co-chair, Hennepin County Bar Association, Debtor/Creditor Remedies Section, 2011 - 2013

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Trademark Prosecution Services for Pro-Choice Resources, 2012
  • Volunteer, Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter, "Trends in Mortgage Foreclosure Law," Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Creditor/Debtor Dec. 21, Presenter, 2016
  • Presenter, Pro Se Project Consumer Rights Seminar, 2014
  • Presenter, "Obtaining Discovery from Large Institutional Parties," Winning Discovery, MN CLE,  Jan. 28, 2013
  • Presenter, "Distressed Real Estate: Legal Defenses and Workouts," Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Creditor/Debtor Jan. 16, 2013, 2013
  • "Legal QuickSheetsm on Defenses to Foreclosure Actions", MN CLE, 2012
  • "Helping Distressed Homeowners Rise from the Ashes of Foreclosure", Henn. Co. Bar Assoc. Real Prop. Mar. 8, 2012
  • Presenter, "Representing Consumer Debtors/Substantive Defenses and Firewall Strategies," What Lawyers Handling Debt Collection Matters Need to Know, MN CLE, Apr. 25, 2012
  • Legal QuickSheet on Defenses to Foreclosure Actions, Minnesota CLE, 2012
  • Presenter, "Consumer Scams: Collection and Foreclosure", Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Creditor/Debtor  Mar. 16, 2011
  • Presenter, "Foreclosure Defense Litigation," Foreclosure Law & Practice -- Hot Issues, Minn. CLE Mar. 22, 2011
  • Presenter, "New Cases in Foreclosure Defense", Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Creditor/Debtor Sept. 21, 2011
  • Presenter, "Foreclosure Defense Litigation," Debtor and Creditor Conference 2011, Minn. CLE Oct. 10, 2011
  • Presenter, "Top Ten Defenses to Foreclosure Actions," 2011 Real Estate Institute, Minn. CLE Nov. 4, 2011
  • Presenter,  "THE ANSWER," That Old Judgment or Claim May Have Value: Tips to Collect, Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Dec. 1, 2011
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Teaching Intellectual Property Foundations, William Mitchell College of Law, 2011
  • Contributing Author, Chapters 4, Joint Ventures, 15, Trade Associations, 22, Intellectual Property, and 86, Law of Advertising, Advising Minnesota Corporations and Other Business Entities, 2011
  • Presenter, "Foreclosure Defense Litigation", Ramsey Co. Bar Assoc Real Estate Sect. Feb. 16, 2010
  • Co-Presenter, Carl E. Christensen and Todd Murray, "Consumer Law Basics," Minnesota Continuing Legal Education New Lawyer Experience, Minn. CLE July 29, 2010
  • Presenter, "Foreclosure Defense Litigation", Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Jan. 20, 2010
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Teaching Intellectual Property Foundations, William Mitchell College of Law, 2010
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Teaching Intellectual Property Foundations, William Mitchell College of Law, 2009
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Teaching Intellectual Property Foundations, William Mitchell College of Law, 2008
  • Chapter 15: Trade Associations, Contributing Author: Advising Minnesota Corporations and Other Business Entities
  • Chapter 86: Law of Advertising, Contributing Author: Advising Minnesota Corporations and Other Business Entities
  • Chapter 4: Joint Ventures, Contributing Author: Advising Minnesota Corporations and Other Business Entities
  • Chapter 22: Intellectual Property, Contributing Author: Advising Minnesota Corporations and Other Business Entities

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant on Plaintiff’s claims for trademark infringement, false advertising, declaratory relief, and trademark cancellation, Nutraceutical Corp. v. Affordable Naturals, LLC., 2:14-cv-00907-JNP-PMW, 2017 WL 4564739, D. Utah Sept. 9, 2017
  • Denying Defendants’ motions for summary judgment, in part, and allowing Plaintiffs’ claims for declaratory judgment and quiet title to proceed to trial, Langer v. JP Morgan Chase, et al., 27-CV-15-21901, Minn. Dist. Ct. Oct. 3, 2017
  • Granting Defendant’s motion, dismissing all claims, including copyright infringement claims where Plaintiff merely held a non-exclusive copyright license and, therefore, lacked standing to assert a copyright infringement claim, Stubby Strip, LLC v. Food Market Merchandising, Inc., 15-CV-1410, N.D.N.Y., Sept. 26, 2016
  • Granting partial summary judgment and dismissing all ten of Defendant’s counterclaims, including breach of contract, common law unfair competition, federal trademark infringement (15 U.S.C. § 1114), federal unfair competition (15 U.S.C. § 1125(a)), dilution (NY Gen. Bus. Law § 360), deceptive trade practices (NY Gen. Bus. Law § 360), deceptive trade practices (Minn. Stat. § 325D.44), statutory consumer fraud (Minn. Stat. § 325F.69), conversion, and veil piercing, Food Market Merchandising, Inc. v. Stubby Strip, LLC, 27-CV-15-11442, Minn. Dist. Ct. Sept. 7, 2016
  • At a bench trial, finding that Defendant agreed to indemnify Co-Defendant against any loss incurred by Defendant’s failure to convey title in real property free and clear of all liens, mortgages, and other encumbrances, and granting $350,000 judgment plus attorney fees, Bridgewater Bank v. Hessburg, 27-CV-11-6954, Minn. Dist. Ct. Nov. 3, 2016
  • Denying Defendant’s Motion to Stay Proceeding pending the outcome of an unrelated trademark action in the District of Utah where Defendant sought a stay of indeterminate length and failed to make an adequate showing of hardship or inequity, Affordable Naturals, LLC v. Hidden Valley Group, Inc., d/b/a Designing Ducks, LLC, 14-CV-04527, D. Minn. June 4, 2015
  • Granting sua sponte summary judgment,  holding that Plaintiff’s claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, civil theft, and conversion all failed, TCI Business Capital, Inc. v. Five Star American Die Casting, LLC,19HA-CV-14-2708, Minn. Dist. Ct. Aug. 19, 2015
  • Successfully defended $47,000 attorney fees claim in Aarnio v. Village Bank, case no. A14-0218, Minn. Ct. App. Nov. 3, 2014
  • Defended and Settled Trademark Infrigement Lawsuit brought by Fortune 200 company in the form of a coexistance agreement, 2014
  • Settled an equity stripping matter involving client's loss of home, 2014
  • Granting summary judgment and holding that plaintiff's loss of her property, due to the foreclosure of a mortgage that preceded her purchase of the property, was the result of defendant title insurer's negligent failure to issue title insurance policy, Glassick v. Wells Federal Bank, case no. 27-CV-12-2308, Sept. 20, 2013
  • Real Estate, Granting of Defendants' Summary Judgment Motion, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Nelson, case no. 48-CV-10-1496, Jan 8, 2013
  • Foreclosure, Denial of Defendants' Motion to Dismiss on Count to Void Foreclosure, Anderson v. Countrywide Home Loans, 2011 WL 1627945, case no. 10-2685, Apr 8, 2011
  • Holding that receiving a blank notice of right to rescind and contradictory Truth-in-Lending disclosures at closing create an issue of fact whether the lender made clear and conspicuous disclosures to the borrower pursuant to the Truth-in-Lending Act and whether the borrower can rescind the transaction, Peterson-Price v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass'n, 2010 WL 1782188, Civ. No. 09-495, May 4, 2010
  • Real Estate, Ordering that the note and Mortgage be Voided, the Sheriff's sale by Defendant be Set Aside, and title in fee restored to Plaintiffs, Cole v. Primary Mortgage, case no. 27-CV-09-16146, July 1, 2010
  • Debt / Lending Agreements / TILA, Denial of Defendants' Summary Judgment Motion, Peterson-Price v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass'n, 2010 WL 1782188, Civ. No. 09-495, May 4, 2010
  • Holding that the lender's mortgage loan of 13.49% was in violation of Minnesota's usury laws and ordering that the note and mortgage be voided, the sheriff's sale by Primary Mortgage be rescinded, and title in fee restored to plaintiffs, Cole v. Primary Mortgage, case no. 27-CV-09-16146 (July 1, 2010)

Educational Background:

  • Washington University, St. Louis.  B.A., in English Literature, Minor: Mathematics, 1993
Office Location for Carl E. Christensen

800 Washington Avenue North
Suite 704
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-823-4427

Fax: 612-823-4777

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Last Updated: 11/14/2018

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