Christopher R. Grote

Partner

grotec@ballardspahr.com
Tel 612.371.3226
Fax 612.371.3207
Minneapolis

Christopher R. Grote uses experience, leverage, and resolve to solve business disputes. He provides pre-litigation advice to help businesses properly assess the strength of their positions and to resolve disputes without formal litigation when possible. For those matters that require a lawsuit, Chris provides rigorous trial representation. He focuses his practice on complex matters involving real property title issues, including mortgage, mechanics' lien and tax lien validity and priority disputes; construction payment, defect and warranty claim litigation; performance and cost bond claims; lease and purchase agreement disputes; boundary and easement disputes; zoning and land use issues involving city councils and county boards; and insurance coverage matters.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to global institutional investment management firm regarding real estate issues—including mortgage, as-extracted collateral security, and mechanic's liens—related to $450,000,000 loan to Essar Steel Minnesota to finance the completion of its $1.8 billion taconite plant in Nashwauk, Minnesota.
  • Represented engineering firm in complex mediation and settlement of $4,000,000 breach of contract and mechanic's lien foreclosure dispute with engineering, procurement and construction contractor related to the installation of a dry sorbent injection system at a coal-fueled, thermal electric generating plant in Illinois.
  • Represented national, big-box sporting goods retailer and obtained dismissal of all claims in $15,000,000 breach of lease claim by national shopping center developer related to the construction and lease of building in Detroit, Michigan suburb.
  • Represented apartment complex developer in $1,000,000 change order dispute with general contractor leveraging potential litigation and bad faith lien overstatement claims to achieve settlement of matter without the filing of a lawsuit.
  • Represented residential developer obtaining Minnesota Court of Appeals reversal of County Board's denial of preliminary plat for proposed new residential development in Scott County.
  • Represented architect in successful $350,000 mechanic's lien foreclosure related to work performed on senior living center project that was abandoned before construction began.
  • Represented owner of historic, 1,300 unit apartment complex in Minneapolis, Minnesota obtaining dismissal of lawsuit seeking to eliminate numerous easements providing virtually all of the access and utility services to the complex.

Professional Activities

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Section, Real Property Section, Member

State Bar of Wisconsin, Member

American Bar Association, Member

NAIOP, Member

American Meteorological Society, Member

Speaking Engagements

"Mechanic's Liens," Real Property Law in Minnesota, Minnesota CLE, January 23, 2018 

"Mechanic's Lien Claims: How They Are Won and Lost," 2017 Real Estate Institute, November 2, 2017

"Mechanic's Lien Statement," Presenter, Handling Mechanic's Liens in Minnesota, Minnesota CLE, March 15, 2016

"Perfecting and Foreclosing a Mechanic's Lien: Ten Steps to Doing it Right," 2015 Real Estate Institute, October 22, 2015

"11 Ways to Mess Up a Mechanic's Lien Foreclosure Action," Minnesota State Bar Association and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Real Estate Institute, November 1, 2014

"Preparing for and Appealing Unfavorable Development Application Decisions by Local Government," Minnesota State Bar Association and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Real Estate Institute, November 1, 2013

"Impact Fees: You Can Say 'No,'" Lindquist & Vennum Construction and Development Law Forum, May 1, 2012

"Mechanic's Lien Mechanics," Hennepin County Bar Association, January 1, 2012

"Mechanic's Liens and Lien Avoidance," Lindquist & Vennum Construction and Development Law Forum, May 1, 2011

"Mechanic's Lien Mechanics," Seminar, RJM Construction, Inc., September 1, 2010

"Minnesota Real Estate Law," Fidelity National Title Group, Inc., January 1, 2010

"Minnesota Real Estate Law," A Seminar for Stewart Title Guaranty Company, January 1, 2010


Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) (J.D., editor, Hamline Law Review, 1996)

University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S., with Distinction, 1986)

Minnesota

Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit