Jonathan R. Septer




Assistant: Samantha Monson



Jonathan Septer is a Shareholder practicing commercial real estate and agricultural law at Messerli Kramer, providing practical, results-driven legal solutions to businesses and individuals. 

Jonathan’s focus is commercial real estate, where he works with owners, investors, lenders and closely-held businesses in connection with all phases of the commercial real estate life cycle.  Jonathan advises clients on real estate matters related to acquisitions, sales and development; retail, office and industrial leasing; construction contracts; real estate finance; mobile home and manufactured housing; land use; loan workouts; foreclosures; and environmental.   His clients also rely on him for guidance on general real estate due diligence, including loan, title and survey matters. 

Jonathan also has extensive experience in the agricultural real estate and agribusiness industries, counseling institutional investors, equipment manufacturers, lenders, and farmers in connection with complex farmland acquisitions; sales and financing matters; grain handling; equipment manufacturing; and general farming operational and compliance matters.  

Prior to joining Messerli Kramer, Jonathan spent a year as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Tiffany of the Hubbard County District Court from 2010-2011.

Representative Experience
  • Represented private equity fund successfully closing on more than $200 million in agricultural land investments throughout the United States since 2014.

  • Represented large manufactured housing community in Colorado in complex refinancing transaction.

  • Represented partnership in the acquisition and disposition of manufactured housing communities in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Pennsylvania.

  • Represented anchor tenant in negotiation of office lease in Minneapolis.

Publications & Presentations


  • Author, “Discovery of Assets” – Chapter Seven, Debtor-Creditor Handbook, Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 2014

Professional & Community


  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin  


  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Manufactured Housing Association, Member
  • Minnesota Shopping Center Association, Member
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Member  

Community Involvement 

  • Breck School Alumni Council, Member
  • Volunteer Lawyer Network’s Youth Law Clinic, Frequent Volunteer