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Michael Klemm offers practical advice and effective representation regarding land use regulation and development, real estate transactions and common interest communities. Michael is an MSBA Certified Real Property Law Specialist, and he has repeatedly been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business.

Prior to joining Hellmuth & Johnson, Michael represented several Minnesota cities and worked with urban planners and civil engineers regarding residential, commercial and industrial developments. He also served as chairman of several municipal boards and commissions, including a planning commission, board of adjustment and appeals and environmental advisory committee.  Michael has extensive experience with subdivisions, plats, development agreements, business subsidies, zoning, conditional use permits and variances.

Michael also has represented clients in hundreds of residential and commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, construction, financing, leasing and sales. He consults with clients regarding potential transactions, negotiates agreements, assists with due diligence regarding property, title, and environmental matters, drafts or reviews loan documents, and represents clients at closing.

Michael’s broad experience with community associations ranges from small buildings to master-planned communities with golf courses, lake resorts and mixed-use residential and commercial developments. He assists with drafting and amending governing documents, declarant control and turnover, enforcing rules and covenants, and general corporate and management issues. Michael has served as President of the Minnesota Chapter of Community Associations Institute, and he is a member of the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act Committee of the MSBA Real Property Law Section and the Minnesota Legislative Action Committee of Community Associations Institute.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 20%
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 20%
  3. Construction: 20%
  4. Residential Real Estate: 20%
  5. Commercial Real Estate: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC

8050 West 78th Street
Edina, MN, 55439


MNAuthorized to practice199908/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Minnesota Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2013
Minnesota Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2012
Minnesota Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2011
Minnesota Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2010
Minnesota Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2009
Minnesota Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2008
Certified Real Property Law SpecialistMinnesota State Bar Association2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member, Past ChairmanCity of Shakopee Planning Commission2010 - 2016
Member, Past ChairmanCity of Shakopee Board of Adjustment and Appeals2010 - 2016
Past Member, Past ChairmanCity of Shakopee Environmental Advisory Committee2008 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law SectionMember2002 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act CommitteeMemberN/A
Community Associations Institute, Minnesota ChapterMember, Past PresidentN/A
Community Associations Institute, Minnesota Legislative Action CommitteeMember, Past ChairmanN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota Community LivingSolar Legislation2015
Minnesota Community LivingCoordinating Emergency Preparedness with Police and Fire2015
Minnesota Community LivingKnow Where You're Going?2014
Minnesota Community LivingContracts2014
Minnesota Community LivingEfficient Meetings2013
Common Ground, CAI's Magazine for Community Association LeadersAsk the Experts: Money Grab2013
Minnesota Community LivingAction Without Meeting / Meeting Without Action2013
Minnesota Community LivingAssociation Turnover: Making the Transition from Declarant Control2012
Minnesota Community LivingMCIOA Reshuffled2011
Minnesota Community LivingReplacement Reserves: Assessing the Alternatives2011
Minnesota Community LivingHome Warranty Dispute Resolution2010
Minnesota Community LivingMCIOA Amendments in a Nutshell2010
Minnesota Community LivingIn the Hot Seat: Making Board Decisions2010
Miinnesota Community LivingCollecting Assessments in Hard Times2008
Minnesota Community Living"Top 10" Annual Checklist for Homeowners' Associations2008
Bench & Bar of MinnesotaTips & Traps: CIC Disclosure2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Minnesota, MorrisPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Where You Live, AM 1280 The PatriotGuest speaker regarding Short-Term Rentals in Common Interest Communities2016
Fundamentals of Landlord Tenant LawLandlord and Tenant Obligations2016
Fundamentals of Landlord Tenant LawScreening Prospective Tenants Effectively and Legally2016
Where You Live, AM 1280 The PatriotGuest speaker regarding Group Homes for Persons with Disabilities2015
Where You Live, AM 1280 The PatriotGuest speaker regarding Dispute Resolution and Political Signs2015
Community Associations Institute Manager SeminarThe Legislative Process in Action2015
Community Associations Institute Legal SeminarConstruction and Maintenance of Streets, Sidewalks & Utilities2015
Where You Live, AM 1280 The PatriotGuest speaker regarding Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation2014
Community Associations Institute of Minnesota Trade ShowBoard Meetings2014
Where You Live, AM 1280 The PatriotGuest speaker regarding Condominiums2013
Community Associations Institute Manager SeminarPicking Up the Pieces After the Developer Walks Away2013
Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Legal Seminar (Panelist)Commercial Leases2013
Community Associations Institute Manager SeminarLegislative Update (Panelist)2012
Community Association SeminarBudgeting, Reserves and Assessments2012
Community Associations Institute Manager SeminarAvoiding Legal Landmines2011
Community Associations Institute Manager SeminarSummary of 2010 Amendments to Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act2010
Seeking Precedence - A Christian Perspective on Legal Issues, AM 980 KKMSGuest speaker regarding Mortgage Foreclosure2009
KARE-11 TV newsFeatured in KARE-11 TV news report: Solar Panels Pit Homeowners Against Associations2009
Community Associations Institute Community Association Volunteer Leader SeminarForeclosure of Assessment Liens2009
Community Association Training ServicesLegislative Update2009
Community Association Training ServicesLegislation Impacting Common Interest Communities2009
Community Association Training ServicesLegal Framework for Enforcing Governing Documents2009
Community Associations Institute Manager SeminarEthics, Conflict of Interest, and Apparent Authority2007
Institute for Christian ConciliationMinnesota Statutes and Court Rules Regarding Mediation2006
Institute for Christian ConciliationLegal Considerations Regarding Conciliation under Minnesota Law2005