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Jonathan L.R. Drewes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Drewes Law PLLC
10 NE 2nd St, Suite 205
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Phone: 612-285-3052
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Consumer, Creditor Debtor Rights: Consumer, Consumer Law, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business, Real Estate: Business
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Mr. Drewes focuses his practice on real estate and consumer disputes, primarily litigating against national banks and loan servicing companies. Wins on behalf of homeowners contesting bank foreclosure, or inappropriate loan servicing/debt collection led to Mr. Drewes's recognition as a "Power 30" real estate attorney in June 2021 by the publication Minnesota Lawyer, a "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers from 2014-2021, a featured "Next Generation Lawyer" in April 2016 by Attorney-at-law Magazine, (see, e.g. without limitation, Ruiz v. 1st Fid. Loan Servicing, LLC, 829 N.W.2d 53 (Minn. 2013); Larsen v. Wells Fargo Bank NA, No. A19-0952, 2020 WL 1129880 (Mar. 9, 2020); Levine v. Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC, 926 N.W.2d 49 (Minn. Ct. App. 2019), McGraw v. Fannie Mae, No. 14-CV-0142 (PJS/HB), 2015 WL 4488399 (D. Minn. July 23, 2015), Mann v. Nationstar Mortg., LLC, No. 14-99 (MJD/HB), 2015 WL 4094209 (D. Minn. July 7, 2015); Eger v. Messerli & Kramer, P.A., No. 14-1424, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82365 (D. Minn. June 24, 2015); Woelfel v. U.S. Bank, No. A13-2052, 2014 WL 3558141 (July 21, 2014); and Gleason v. Deutsche Bank Nat'l Tr. Co., No. 13-704 ADM/FLN, 2013 WL 3893311 (D. Minn. July 26, 2013).

Mr. Drewes testified in 2017 to the Minnesota state legislature concerning foreclosure fee-shifting statutes and the practical implications of proposed public policy.

Mr. Drewes was admitted to courts in Minnesota (2007), Illinois (2006), and Washington (2014) and is a Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Real Property Law Specialist. Mr. Drewes has presented at least 19 CLEs concerning the nexus of consumer financial distress, credit reporting, debt collection, bankruptcy, foreclosure, foreclosure alternatives, and loan modification.

A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Mr. Drewes tries to play ice hockey at least a couple times per week and enjoys spending outdoor time with his wife and two daughters.

Certificates and Credentials

About Jonathan L.R. Drewes

First Admitted: 2006, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.dreweslaw.com/jonathan-lr-drewes.html

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • MSBA Certified Specialist in Real Property Law

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Minnesota State Bar Association Member
  • National Business Institute CLE Presenter on Foreclosure Compliance: New Rules and Hot Issues, 2021

Educational Background

  • Vanderbilt University (BA with honors): triple-major in Economics, Spanish, and History., 2003

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Testified to Minnesota State Legislature on impacts and public policy of fee-shifting statutes. https://minnlawyer.com/2017/02/23/in-the-hopper-attorneys-fees-freezing-out-trespassers-booze-on-sunday/, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "There is a large demand today due to Covid-19 for attorneys fluent in loan modification alternatives, foreclosures, evictions, and Airbnb law. This practice area has created an unprecedented need today for debtors’ counsel to modify existing loans, defend millions of homeowners, businesses, & landlords facing evictions and foreclosures. At the same time, banks and other creditors have retained record numbers of attorneys to foreclose on loans, perform evictions and take legal action on Airbnb's. The faculty for this seminar features four leading authorities, who will describe foreclosure tactics, loan modification alternatives, CDC orders & CARES Act.", Speaker, Evictions, Loan Modification Alternatives, & Airbnb Law, The Rossdale Group, 2020
  • A CLE discussion of foreclosure and foreclosure alternatives., Speaker, Mortgage Loan Modification and Dual-tracking in Real World Scenarios, Hennepin County Bar Association, Real Estate Section, 2019
  • Discussion of liens and foreclosure issues that arise when examining real estate title., Speaker, Title Commitments, Exceptions, Endorsements and Objections, National Business Institute, 2018
  • Analyzing foreclosure mistakes and alternatives to foreclosure., Speaker, How to Handle a Foreclosure, National Business Institute, 2017
  • Review of FDCPA, FCRA, and foreclosure issues surrounding a financially distressed consumer., Speaker, Better Serving the Debtor: Collateral Issues to Bankruptcy, The 2016 Bankruptcy Institute by Minnesota CLE, 2016

Honors/Awards

  • "Welcome to the POWER 30, a new regular feature from Minnesota Lawyer that will examine the power brokers who lead and influence various parts of the Minnesota legal community. For this edition of POWER 30, we've chosen to focus on real estate and construction lawyers. In POWER 30, we focus on those whose mere presence on a case signifies the stakes, who have influenced the direction of the law, whose leadership in the community is pervasive and whose respect within the bar is undeniable.", Named to inaugural "POWER 30" Minnesota Real Estate Attorneys, Minnesota Lawyer (Saint Paul Legal Ledger), 2021
  • "We scored 196 Real Estate Attorneys in Minneapolis, MN and Picked the Top 16", Ranked "Best Real Estate Attorneys in Minneapolis", Expertise.com, 2021
  • , Next Generation Lawyer , Attorney at Law Magazine, 2016

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Jury Verdict WIN for Homeowner - After seven day trial, the foreclosure by action was dismissed (special verdict by jury), with homeowner taking the real estate free and clear from illegal/unfunded mortgages. Crow Wing County Court File 18-CV-17-4772, Fish Tale Credit LLC vs Deloren E Anderson, Marilyn S Anderson, Little Yukon Greenhouse Inc, Donna Marie Stinchfield, Kay Nicholson et. al. Judgment entered July 5, 2022., 2022
  • Court Trial WIN for homeowner, plus attorney fee award against Homeowner's Assocaition for illegal HOA foreclosure. Hennepin County Court File. 27-CV-20-6803, Mattie Beard vs Morgan Manor Condominium Association. Order for Judgment June 17, 2022., 2022
  • Jury Trial WIN for homeowner, finding deed/contract for deed void as usurious, with Homeowner owning the property free and clear of other interests. Hennepin County Court File 27-CV-19-7885, Harriet Lewis vs EllisSPE22329, LLC. Judgment entered November 18, 2021. , 2021
  • MN Court of Appeals WIN for homeowner - Strict compliance remains the rule of law concerning Minnesota foreclosure by advertisement. Larsen v. Wells Fargo Bank NA, No. A19-0952, 2020 WL 1129880 (Mar. 9, 2020)., 2020
  • MN Court of Appeals WIN for homeowner in published opinion - Homeowners may bring FDCPA cases against loan servicers in state court for post-bankruptcy negative credit reporting. Levine v. Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC, 926 N.W.2d 49 (Minn. Ct. App. 2019)., 2019
  • MN Court of Appeals WIN for homeowner in published opinion - Housing court's authority limited to only cases involving "residential rental housing." "Because Hart's house is not residential rental housing and the county's nuisance petition did not otherwise 'relate[] to residential rental housing,' the housing court lacked authority to hear and determine the county's petition against Hart about her use of her property." Cty. of Hennepin v. 6131 Colfax Lane, 907 N.W.2d 257, 262 (Minn. Ct. App. 2018)., 2018
  • Dismissing foreclosure as past the 15-year statute of limitations. Fish Tale Credit LLC v. Anderson, No. 16-cv-4068 (JRT/LIB) (D. Minn. June 6, 2017)., 2017
  • Finding a forelcosure void in favor of a homewoner on summary judgment, "foreclosure‐by‐advertisement statutes must be strictly construed." McGraw v. CitiMortgage, et al., 14-CV-142 (PJS-HB)., 2015
  • Holding debt collector liable. Eger v. Messerli & Kramer, P.A., No. 14-1424, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82365 (D. Minn. June 24, 2015)., 2015
  • Enforcing Minnesota's dual-tracking laws, homeowner wins on summary judgment and the foreclosure sale was void. Mann, et al., v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, 14-CV-99 (MJD/HB)., 2015
  • Win at the Minnesota Supreme Court: mortgage foreclosures must strictly comply with the requirements of Minnesota law. Ruiz v. 1st Fid. Loan Servicing, LLC, 829 N.W.2d 53 (Minn. 2013)., 2013
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Office Location for Jonathan L.R. Drewes

10 NE 2nd St
Suite 205
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Last Updated: 7/7/2022

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