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Carl Christensen founded Christensen Law Office PLLC. Previous to that he clerked for the Honorable Kenneth Sandvik in the Sixth Judicial District, Lake and Cook Counties and had a short stint as a prosecutor in outstate Minnesota. Carl's scholarship includes multiple presentations and publications on foreclosure, collection, and consumer law. As a student, Carl also contributed to various textbooks on intellectual property and domain name law.  He acquired his extensive knowledge of intellectual property and domain name law while a student law clerk at the National Arbitration Forum, a ICANN-designated domain name dispute resolution provider. While in law school, Carl’s trademark and property research enabled him to study land reform law in South Africa, a country he first visited under the auspices of the U.S. Peace Corps as a member of the first group of volunteers in post-apartheid South Africa.  Carl is currently an adjunct professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law, his alma mater, teaching the Intellectual Property Foundations course.


Prior to law school, Carl worked for various non-profits, including Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc., contributing to the renovation of Minneapolis’ historic Band Box restaurant, as well as the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.


Carl received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and his B.A. from Washington University.


When not in the office, Carl enjoys cross country skiing and spending time outdoors with his dog, Maple.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    10 years
  2. Foreclosure: 20%
    10 years
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    10 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    9 years
  5. Probate: 10%
    4 years



Hourly ($200-325/hour), contingent (33-45%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Peter Francis Barry

    Carl is a fabulous advocate for individual consumers facing a housing crisis in the Twin Cities Metro. He has worked tirelessly for the greater Minneapolis area community on housing and other consumer issues for years. He's smart, tough, thoughtful and pragmatic. Carl has never hesitated to lend a helping hand to me or many other practitioners in need of his sage advice. He is absolutely selfless in his approach to helping consumers navigate the dangerous waters of mortgage banks, and others. Carl has the respect of not only the judges and defense attorneys--he has the respect of his fellow plaintiff's lawyers like me. He's just a fabulous lawyer and a great human being, too.


    Peter Barry Debt collection Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John Noble Saunders

    Carl is an excellent advocate, and his practice demonstrates the courage required to work with banks in foreclosure situations.


    John Saunders Commercial real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

800 Washington Av N #704
Minneapolis, MN, 55401


MNAuthorized to practice200508/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
SBA Emerging 200U.S. Small Business Administration2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyChristensen Law Office PLLC2008 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorWilliam Mitchell College Of Law2008 - 2012
Law Clerk for the Honorable Kenneth SandvikSixth Judicial District2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesN/A2008 - Present
Better Business BureauN/A2008 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Hennepin County Bar Association, Debtor/Creditor Remedies SectionCo-chair2011 - 2013
Hennepin County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral and Information Service Oversight CommitteeMember2010 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Nelson et al., case no. 48-CV-10-1496 (Jan. 8, 2013)Granting of Defendants' summary judgment motion.
Anderson v. Countrywide Home Loans, 2011 WL 1627945, case no. 10-2685 (MJD/JJG) (Apr. 8, 2011)Denial of defendants' motion to dismiss on count to void foreclosure
Cole v. Primary Mortgage, case no. 27-CV-09-16146 (July 1, 2010)Ordering that the note and mortgage be voided, the sheriff's sale by defendant be set aside, and title in fee restored to plaintiffs
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Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota CLELegal QuickSheet on Defenses to Foreclosure Actions2011
Contributing Author: Advising Minnesota Corporations and Other Business EntitiesChapter 22: Intellectual PropertyN/A
Contributing Author: Advising Minnesota Corporations and Other Business EntitiesChapter 4: Joint VenturesN/A
Contributing Author: Advising Minnesota Corporations and Other Business EntitiesChapter 86: Law of AdvertisingN/A
Contributing Author: Advising Minnesota Corporations and Other Business EntitiesChapter 15: Trade AssociationsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Washington University in St. LouisEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Distressed Real Estate: Legal Defenses and WorkoutsDistressed Real Estate: Legal Defenses and Workouts2013
Winning DiscoveryObtaining Discovery from Large Institutional Parties2012
What Lawyers Handling Debt Collection Matters Need to KnowRepresenting Consumer Debtors/Substantive Defenses and Firewall Strategies2012
Helping Distressed Homeowners Rise from the Ashes of ForeclosureHelping Distressed Homeowners Rise from the Ashes of Foreclosure2012
That Old Judgment or Claim May Have Value: Tips to CollectThe Answer2011
Hennepin County Bar Association, Debtor/Creditor Remedies SectionConsumer Scams: Collection and Foreclosure2011
Hennepin County Bar Association, Debtor/Creditor Remedies SectionNew Cases in Foreclosure Defense2011
Foreclosure Law & Practice--Hot Issues in 2011Foreclosure Defense Litigation2011
Debtor and Creditor Conference, 2011Foreclosure Defense Litigation2011
2011 Real Estate InstituteTop Ten Defenses to Foreclosure Actions2011
Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal EducationForeclosure Defense Litigation2010
New Lawyer BasicsConsumer Law Basics2010
Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal EducationForeclosure Defense Litigation2010